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Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
January 3, 1997
OSCE Meeting in Special Session on Serbian Crisis
The OSCE Permanent Council met today in special session to consider the current political crisis in Serbia and the report prepared by former Spanish Prime Minister Gonzalez as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office. There was widespread recognition by the OSCE participating states that this crisis can only be resolved through prompt action by the government in Belgrade to implement the recommendations of former PM Gonzalez. His report urged the "FRY" to take steps toward democratization, specifically, to respect and abide by the results of the November 17 elections.
The United States fully supports the OSCE Chairman-in-Office's endorsement of the Gonzalez report's recommendations and today's renewed call on Belgrade by the OSCE to implement them as soon as possible. To that end, we repeat our call for the "FRY" to restore the November 17 election results without delay. The letter that "FRY" Foreign Minister Milutinovic sent the OSCE Chairman this morning failed to address the Gonzalez recommendations in a meaningful way and is insufficient. We look to the Belgrade authorities to take positive action now.
Over the coming days, we will be working closely with our European allies and partners to ensure that the OSCE remains actively engaged in encouraging democratization, including a free media, independent judiciary, and improvements in the electoral system within Serbia.

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