Miyazaki, Japan, 13 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Foreign ministers of the
Group of Seven leading industrial countries plus say they are concerned
about the possible consequences of new constitutional changes in
The Yugoslav parliament amended the constitution last week to provide
that President Slobodan Milosevic, who has been indicted by the
international tribunal for war crimes, could prolong his rule by running
for re-election next year.
The G-7 and Russia foreign ministers, in their statement issued at the
end of a two-day meeting in Miyazaki, Japan, also welcomed steps by
Communist North Korea toward a dialogue with the international community.
They called on North Korea to make a constructive response to concerns over
non-proliferation and human rights issues.
The foreign ministers' meeting came in preparation for next week's
(July 21-23) G-8 leaders' summit in Okinawa.
Earlier, the ministers debated energetically in seeking consensus on
Yugoslavia. In talks yesterday, the ministers agreed on a ban on the export
of small arms to war-torn countries.