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Yugoslav President-Elect Kostunica Speaks on Serbian TelevisionAired October 6, 2000 - 3:20 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: The president-elect, Vojislav Kostunica, is now speaking on Serbian television. We are going to check in on that.
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VOJISLAV KOSTUNICA, YUGOSLAV PRESIDENT-ELECT (through translator): ... and a kink of opening of this country. And it is very important also opening of the Europe to our country. We hope that, Monday, there are good opportunities for lifting the sanctions.
Replace ability of the power is very good test for democracy. So I think we did the first test. So the change happens now, but it should have happened earlier, if the other side showed more understanding. And if it had happened earlier, I'm sure that all of the troubles would have been avoided. For example, the situation like Poland is quite possible. They come in and (UNINTELLIGENT) enough that they came to power.
And here everything happened with delays. Yesterday and today, I had a lot of contact, even with those who are authorities, who represent the power in this country and republic, and both in federation. And that proves the fact that the change of power happened. And I had some meetings also with army officials. And I expect meetings even with Mr. Milosevic.
I received invitation to participate in the first session of republican parliament from Mr. Tomic.
WATERS: Vojislav Kostunica, the president-elect of Yugoslavia, speaking on Serbian television about replacing what he calls the civility of power. We passed the first democratic test, he said. Now he hopes for the restoration of an opening to rejoin the European community.
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