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Bulgaria: Draft Resolution Expresses Concern About Serbia

Sofia, 12 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - A draft resolution expressing concern about events in neighboring Serbia has been introduced in a closed meeting of the Foreign Policy Committee of Bulgaria's Parliament.

Our Sofia correspondent reports the draft resolution was proposed yesterday by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Assen Agov, a member of the opposition Union of Democratic Forces (UDF). Our correspondent quotes the draft as reading, in part, that the refusal to reinstate annulled local election results by Serbia's President Slobodan Milosevic is raising "deep concern about stability in the Balkans."

The draft also raises fears of renewed international sanctions on the Belgrade Government. As a so-called "front-line state," Bulgaria's economy was deeply hurt by enforcing previous sanctions on the former Yugoslavia - a strong trade partner for Sofia.

The Socialist Government of Bulgaria has avoided criticizing Milosevic' Socialist Government.

Serbian opposition leaders tell RFE/RL that they believe renewed sanctions would have a negative impact on Serbian citizens, and only strengthen Milosevic' position.