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10 -- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 10, 1996

NATION/WORLD

Christopher puts
pressure on Serbs

Los Angeles Times
BRUSSELS, Belgium -
Secretary of State Warren
Christopher escalated U.S. pressure
on Serbian President Slobodan
Milosevic yesterday, urging him to
talk to opposition leaders, recognize
freedom of assembly, respect oppo-
sition victories in recent municipal
elections and unfetter the media.
Although he said Milosevic demon-
strated at the Dayton, Ohio, peace con-
ference that he was capable of abrupt
changes of course, Christopher said,
"Milosevic's position at the present
time is self-defeating."
A senior Clinton administration offi-
cial said, "The tendencies that he is
showing are not much' in his favor.
Milosevic is digging himself in (to an
inflexible position) which is a very bad
sign for him and his country. ... If he
doesn't clean up his act, he is and will
be in deep trouble."
Christopher, in Brussels to attend a
meeting of NATO foreign ministers
today, told a news conference that
Washington has made its views crystal

clear to Milosevic, though no U.S. offi-
cial above the rank of embassy charge
d'affaires has spoken with the Serbian
leader since the current round of
demonstrations began in Serbia.
"The United States has left no doubt
and I leave no doubt about U.S. support
for democratic change in Serbia,"
Christopher said. "We urge Milosevic
to open dialogue with the opposition,
recognize freedom of assembly, respect
the results of the election and stop inter-
fering with the press."
He predicted that the NATO foreign
ministers will issue a call for democra-
cy in Serbia during their winter meet-
ing.
Christopher repeated that the United
States reserves the right to seek a reim-
positionsof U.N.-mandated economic
sanctions against Serbia, though he
conceded that Russia could veto such a
move in the Security Council.
He declined to spell out other steps
under consideration by the United
States but he insisted that Washington
has ways to show its displeasure with
Milosevic.
John Kornblum, an assistant see-

AP PHOTO
An elderly man shakes a bell and carries a photo of Serbian prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic during opposition demonstra-
tions in downtown Belgrade, yesterday.
retary of state and the administra- said the absence of high-level meetings The official added that
tion's point man on the Balkans, last is intended to underline the message Washington also has warned
met with Milosevic 2 2/2 weeks ago, Washington is trying to send. "We don't Croatian President Franjo Tudjman
before the anti-regime demonstra- want to appear to be negotiating with that his government must move
tions began in Belgrade and other Milosevic about his (un)democratic toward democracy. "We aren't satis-
Serbian cities. behavior," the official said. "We are fied with the present situation in
But a senior administration official telling him what our views are." Croatia," he said.

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