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Tribute Paid To Milosevic In Serbian Parliament

Slobodan Milosevic (file photo) (CTK) BELGRADE, March 27, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Radical parties in Serbia's parliament honored former Yugoslav President and war crimes suspect Slobodan Milosevic with a minute of silence today.

Government deputies took part in the official parliamentary session but remained seated as Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia and the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party stood for the tribute.

Serbian deputy parliament speaker and Socialist Party member Zoran Andjelkovic, leading the tribute, said Milosevic had been "slain."

"I am asking you for a minute of silence [in tribute] to the slain former president of the Socialist Party of Serbia and Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic," he said. "Rest in peace.

Serbia's parliament was convening for the first time since Milosevic died of a heart attack in his cell at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague on March 11.

Milosevic's party claims the former president was poisoned.

(RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service, with AFP)

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