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Yugoslavia: OSCE Urges Milosevic To Accept Poll Results

Geneva, 27 December 1996 (RFE/RL) - The head of an international team investigating the recent Serbian elections called on Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic today to accept the poll results as, in his words, "reflecting the wish of the majority of the citizens."

The head of the team from the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, told a news conference in Geneva that the opposition coalition Zajedno ("Together") won victories in at least 13 towns, and in at least nine districts of Belgrade.

"The authorities, like all the political forces in (rump) Yugoslavia, should accept the results of the local elections on Nov. 17," Gonzalez said.

The OSCE team visited Serbia last weekend at the invitation of Milosevic to investigate complaints by opposition parties of what they called the government's fraudulent annulment of their victories in the municipal polls.