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Friday, May 28, 1999 Published at 21:00 GMT 22:00 UK


Text of Yugoslav statement

The following is the text of report by Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug, following a meeting between Russia's Balkans envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin and Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic:

Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic today met Russian President Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin's special envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and his aides.

The two men noted that a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Kosovo-Metohija was in the interest of both countries.

In this respect, it is necessary to move the entire problem from the current situation of conflict to the UN Security Council.

The preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is the mutual and final position of the international community and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

It is necessary to normalize the situation as soon as possible and secure the safe return of refugees and displaced people to their homes in Kosovo-Metohija.

'Political agreement'

The crisis in Kosovo-Metohija should be resolved through a political agreement on genuine autonomy, which would guarantee the equality of all citizens and national communities living in Kosovo-Metohija.

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia accepts the general principles of the G8 and agrees that the UN Security Council should pass a resolution in line with the UN Charter.

The talks were also attended by Serbian President Milan Milutinovic; Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic; Federal Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic; the head of the Supreme Command Headquarters, Col-Gen Dragoljub Ojdanic, and a group of Yugoslav Army generals; and on the Russian side by Deputy Defence Minister Col-Gen Leonid Ivashev; the head of the foreign relations committee, Russian ambassador to Yugoslavia Yuriy Kotov and other officials.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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