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Serbia: Washington Urges Quick Adoption of Opposition Victory Law

Washington, 11 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - The United States is urging Serbia's parliament to speedily adopt a law recognizing the results of the disputed November 17 municipal elections.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said yesterday that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright expressed Washington's desire to Serbia's President Slobodan Milosevic in a letter sent over the weekend. She wrote that she feels strongly that the his government should resolve Serbia's political crisis and recognize the opposition election victories. Burns said this is the only result the U.S. will accept.

Albright's letter called on Milosevic and Serbian authorities to open a formal dialogue with the opposition.

Albright also urged Milosevic to take positive steps to resolve ethnic tensions in Kosovo, a Serbian province populated mostly by ethnic Albanians. Burns called the situation there very troubling.

Burns said the letter further urged that Serbia comply fully with the Dayton accords, especially provisions on war crimes.