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Yugoslavia: OSCE Readmits Belgrade As Member

Vienna, 10 November 2000 (RFE/RL) - Yugoslavia was today officially readmitted into the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, after an eight-year suspension. Yugoslavia's application was accepted during a special session of OSCE's Permanent Council in Vienna. Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic said his government wants the OSCE to be present in Yugoslavia to monitor parliamentary elections scheduled in December. Svilanovic reassured his country's neighbors that Yugoslavia will respect their territorial integrity and will promote peace in the Balkans. New Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica on Monday agreed to the OSCE's conditions for membership and submitted a readmittance application.

One of the OSCE's conditions was that Yugoslavia apply as one of the successor states of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.