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Milosevic Opponents Seize Parliament Building and Television Stations; State-Run News Agency Declares Kostunica President-Elect

Aired October 5, 2000 - 4:25 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Wolf Blitzer in Washington.

"SHOWBIZ TODAY" will not be seen at this time so we can continue our coverage of the dramatic developments in Yugoslavia. Political unrest there has reached the boiling point. Opponents of Slobodan Milosevic seized the parliament building in Belgrade, demanding that the Yugoslav president step down; they've also taken control of state television. President Clinton says he's keeping a close watch on the events in Belgrade, and he supports the will of the people, he says, in Yugoslavia. But he also says the U.S. military will not get involved in the crisis.

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WILLIAM J. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I don't believe that it's an appropriate case for military intervention, and I don't believe that the United States should say or do anything which would only strengthen Mr. Milosevic's hand. The people of Serbia have made their opinion clear, they did it when they voted peacefully and quietly, and now they're doing it in the streets because people tried to -- there's been an attempt to rob them of their vote.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

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TONY BLAIR, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: The verdict from the elections is clear. The verdict from the streets is clear. The message for Milosevic is clear: go, go now, go before anymore lives are lost, before there is anymore destruction.

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BLITZER: The unrest stems from the Yugoslav president's refusal to resign after he garnered fewer votes than the leading opposition candidate in the presidential election. We want to bring you right now some of the sights and sounds that unfolded in these hours today, as thousands -- tens of thousands -- in fact, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Belgrade moved on the parliament building there. We also want to credit the bravery of our camera crews for getting these pictures.

(FOOTAGE OF YUGOSLAV PROTESTERS) BLITZER: We're going to take a quick break. When we come back, we'll rejoin CNN International for its continuing coverage of these historic developments.

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