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Yugoslavia: Kostunica Confirms Break With Serbia's Coalition

Belgrade, 24 June 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica has confirmed that his party has dropped out of Serbia's ruling coalition. Kostunica's Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) was one of 18 reformer groups in the DOS ruling coalition that overthrew former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Since then, DSS has often found itself at odds with its main coalition partner, the Democratic Party of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

Kostunica told the DSS leadership yesterday that "no coalition agreement binds the Democratic Party of Serbia any longer".

He accused Djindjic's party of "violating the coalition accord, and not just once," and of trying to impose its will on their coalition partners.

Earlier this month, DSS deputies quit the Serbian parliament to protest the expulsion of some of their fellow deputies for absenteeism.

Regular parliamentary elections in Serbia are due in 2004.