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Bosnia: Yugoslav Foreign Minister In Sarajevo


Sarajevo, 22 November 2000 (RFE/RL) --Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic today arrived in Sarajevo for talks with Bosnian officials on the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations. The visit will be the first to Bosnia by a Yugoslav foreign minister since the 1992-95 war in Bosnia. Svilanovic will meet his Bosnian counterpart Jadranko Prlic. They are expected to discuss diplomatic relations, the situation in the region and the implementation of the Dayton peace accords which ended the war in Bosnia. He is also to meet the chairman of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, Zivko Radisic, a Serb. Relations between Yugoslavia and Bosnia were strained due to Belgrade's role in Bosnia's war. In the early stages of the war, the Yugoslav army supported Bosnian Serb forces who captured most of the country's territory. The new Yugoslav foreign minister also says the government of President Vojislav Kostunica will seek renewed ties with Albania, cut last year over Albania's support for the NATO-led war in Kosovo.

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