Statement on the situation in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

2 October 2000

As the electorate in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia demand respect for the choice they made in last week’s election the member parties of the Socialist International worldwide reiterate their firm support for the struggle to establish authentic democracy in that country.

The popular will manifested in recent days at polling stations and elsewhere must be acknowledged by those who are attempting to impose a personal dictatorship in defiance of the large majority .

Continued obstruction of the popular will can only prolong the already tragic suffering undergone by the population.

The Socialist International is committed to collaborate with the democratic forces in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in their efforts to establish their elected government and to ensure that their country takes its place in the community of democratic nations.