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Yugoslavia: Serbia-Montenegro 'Association' Agreed On

Podgorica, 1 November 2000 (RFE/RL) - A senior aide to Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica says an agreement has been reached with officials in Podgorica on a new relationship between Serbia and Montenegro. Zoran Djindjic, a leader of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia, told RFE/RL that a concept has been established for what he called "a common association of Serbia and Montenegro." He said the association would serve the citizens of both republics "as a single government" but provided no further clarification.

"I'm very satisfied that Serbia and Montenegro finally agreed on certain reasonable fundamentals without heightened emotions and without being mesmerized by the moment. We agreed on two things -- the priorities at present and the priorities of the future organization of our common state."

Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic said before his talks with Belgrade officials today that he would propose a much looser union between Serbia and Montenegro. That proposal would leave only defense, monetary policy, and foreign relations under federal Yugoslav control.

Kostunica has appealed to political forces in Montenegro to delay any decision on the future status of their republic until after Serbia's parliamentary elections on 23 December.