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Croatia: Klein Supports Dual Serb/Croat Citizenship

Zagreb, April 5, 1997 (RFE/RL) - UN administrator for Croatia's Serbian-occupied region of Eastern Slavonia, Jacques Klein says he supports the concept of dual citizenship between rump Yugoslavia and Croatia.

He made the comment in an interview on Croatian televison last night.

Croatian and rump Yugoslav delegations of experts began talks in Zagreb and Belgrade yesterday as part of the process of normalizing relations between the two countries. The talks in Zagreb concern draft agreements on cross-border traffic and dual citizenship issues and the visa system.

The talks in Belgrade are focusing on other consular issues. Croatia is to hold general elections April 13, including in Eastern Slavonia. Recent incidents in Eastern Slavonia have highlighted continuing Serb unease at the prospect of life under Croatian rule. Local ethnic Serb leaders have in the past threatened a boycott and raised the possibility of a mass exodus after the poll.