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Statement by Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
December 25, 2000

Parliamentary Elections in Serbia

The United States congratulates the Democratic Opposition of Serbia on their victory in Saturday's election for the Serbia parliament. Official results indicate that the United Democratic Opposition (DOS) won with 64 percent of the vote to just 13 percent for the Socialist Party.

We also congratulate the Serbian people for their widespread participation in what international observers have stated was a free and fair election. This is the first time the Serbian people have had a free and fair election in over a decade. As such, it is an important milestone in the ongoing democratic transition that began with Milosevic's defeat in September's federal presidential elections. The Democratic Opposition is now in a stronger position to carry out the reforms needed to fully integrate Serbia into the international community.

We look forward to working with the new Serbian government in the same amicable and cooperative spirit we now enjoy with the federal Yugoslav government.

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