Zagreb, 13 September 2000 (RFE/RL) - European parliamentary leaders urged Yugoslavs today to choose an alternative to President Slobodan Milosevic. Countries part of the Balkans Stability Pact made the appeal in a declaration issued today at a meeting in Zagreb to promote security and development. The declaration--approved by Russia--said that Milosevic's regime has isolated Yugoslavia from European integration.
While drafting the declaration, the Russian delegation at first pressed for a clause explicitly supporting the integrity of the Yugoslav state. The Russians ultimately rescinded their demand and joined in adopting the declaration.
More than a dozen parliamentary heads and senior officials from more than 40 nations and organizations participated in the two-day summit.