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Yugoslavia: EU Vows To Lift Sanctions

Brussels, 18 September 2000 (RFE/RL) - EU foreign ministers agreed in Brussels today to lift sanctions against Belgrade if the opposition wins Sunday's elections in Yugoslavia. The EU ministers also called on the Serbian people to vote against President Slobodan Milosevic even if conditions for voting are not fair. The ministers urged that the people reject clearly and peacefully Milosevic's policies. Earlier today, the EU opened its markets--duty free--to most industrial and agricultural products from four former Yugoslav states. And the EU granted free trade benefits to Serbia's UN-administered province of Kosovo and the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro.

The EU foreign ministers also agreed to organize a summit between EU and western Balkan leaders on 24 November in Zagreb.