Yugoslavia destabilised after government’s resignation

Yugoslav President Kostunica talks to Serbian
and Montenegrin coalition partners to set up new government and
avert political crisis

Yugoslavia will have to call early elections under the
constitution if a new government is not set up within three
months of the prime minister’s resignation.

After the parliament’s session, Yugoslav
President Vojislav Kostunica, who also opposed Milosevic’s
extradition, met with the former coalition partners and
discussed the composition of the new federal government. On
5 July, he will meet again with the coalition partners from
Montenegro, who have promised to work with him towards a
new Yugoslav government and resolve the political
crisis.

Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic
said that the new Yugoslav government should draft a new
constitution that redefines relations between Serbia and
Montenegro, and prepare for the next federal elections.

 

The Yugoslav parliament accepted on 4 July the resignation
of Yugoslavia's prime minister Zoran Zizic and his allies,
who resigned in protest against Slobodan Milosevic's
extradition to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. The
government crisis has shaken the fragile Yugoslav
federation and put the co-existence of its two republics -
Serbia and Montenegro - into question.

 

The federation of Serbia and Montenegro, including the
Serbian regions of Kosovo and Vojvodina, has been under
severe strain after the extradition of its former president
Milosevic to the UN tribunal for war crimes in The Hague.

Mr Djindjic, who up to now seemed to be
indifferent to Montenegro's intention to proclaim
independence from Yugoslavia, called for the preservation
of the federation at the recent European Economic Summit in
Salzburg. Montenegro's independence would immediately pose
a problem in Kosovo, a Serbian province with an ethnic
Albanian majority, which is currently a NATO protectorate
but aspires to become an Albanian nation state.

 

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