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Yugoslavia: Opposition To Milosevic Allies In Cabinet

Belgrade, 20 October 2000 (RFE/RL) - Members of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica's coalition today said they were opposed to some of former President Slobodan Milosevic's allies being included in the transition government. The Serbian parliament meets tomorrow to elect a transition cabinet which will run the republic until early elections scheduled on 23 December. Kostunica's allies and Milosevic's Socialist Party on Monday agreed to share power in the transition government until the elections. But Kostunica ally Nebojsa Kovic today said Socialists nominated in the government key figures who were close to Milosevic.

Meanwhile, Kostunica today moved to calm a diplomatic row with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The central Bosnian government had objected to an invitation to Kostunica by the Bosnian Serb entity to visit the Serbian-ruled part of Bosnia. Kostunica said the visit to the Bosnian Serb town of Trebinje was what he called a "private trip." Bosnia is the only former Yugoslav republic which hasn't formalized ties with Belgrade.