Luxembourg, 11 October (RFE/RL) -- European Union foreign ministers
approved plans to send fuel aid to Serb communities controlled by
groups. The 15 EU ministers said in a statement they supported the "Energy
Democracy" plan. The southern cities of Nis and Pirot were to be the first
receive the aid. Both had been damaged by NATO air strikes. Despite the EU plan, key opposition leaders boycotted talks scheduled
today in Luxembourg with EU ministers. The opposition leaders decided to
Belgrade because they objected to the EU's insistence on the need to
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and other officials to face trial at
international war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
Vladan Blatic, a leading opposition activist, said the cooperation
tribunal was not a priority for the opposition. Blatic said the main tasks
to remove Milosevic from power, win the lifting of sanctions and defend
and non-Albanians in Kosovo.
The tribunal has indicted several Serb officials, including Milosevic,
crimes against humanity.
Opposition leaders who did n-o-t fly to Luxembourg for the meeting
Vuk Draskovic and Zoran Djindjic. The German DPA news agency reports that
who did travel to the meeting included Vuk Obradovic of the Social
party and Montenegrin Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic.
Some EU foreign ministers suggested that those who stayed away did so
because of pressure from authorities in Belgrade.
In Yugoslavia, meanwhile, Milosevic today accused the Serbian
trying to lead the country into a civil war. Making a rare public
re-open a bombed-out railway station in the south of the country, Milosevic
called opposition leaders "cowards" and said they are not people who will
and develop the country.
Milosevic acknowledged that "life in Serbia is difficult." But he
the conditions on the fact that his government is rebuilding the country
following NATO air strikes this spring with no help from abroad.