George A. Papandreou - President of Socialist International - Former Prime Minister
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CNN-Interview with G. Papandreou

CNN, 5 October 2000

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Foreign Minister of Greece Discusses Political Situation in Yugoslavia

Aired October 5, 2000 - 6:18 p.m. ET

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR : We are joined by someone we're told who is close both to President Slobodan Milosevic and to the president-elect, as the opposition forces are declaring him today, Vojislav Kostunica. He is the foreign minister of Greece, George Papandreou. We are joined by someone we're told who is close both to President Slobodan Milosevic and to the president-elect, as the opposition forces are declaring him today, Vojislav Kostunica. He is the foreign minister of Greece, George Papandreou.

Mr. Minister, you have been in contact, I have to assume, in the last few days with President Milosevic.

Have you spoken with him?

GEORGE PAPANDREOU, GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER : No, I haven't. The last time I saw him was on a visit, three weeks ago approximately, when I got a very clear message that the world was expecting open and free elections, democratic elections, and that would be a ticket for Yugoslavia to come back into the international world, and particularly to the European family. This was a message not only to him, but to the Serbian people. And obviously the Serbian people decided they wanted a democratic change, and we're on the verge of a major change in Yugoslavia, in the region.

WOODRUFF : Based on what you know of Mr. Milosevic, is he going to accept this peacefully?

PAPANDREOU : Well, that I think is a big question. What we want is a peaceful and Democratic transition, as I said the Yugoslav people have made their statement through the elections. Vojislav Kostunica is the new leader of this country, and we want to see a smooth and Democratic transition. But no one really knows what in the end will take place.

We have asked all sides, and particularly the regime, to accept a peaceful and Democratic transition.

WOODRUFF : And just quickly, Mr. Minister, the remaining questions about the army and the security forces in Yugoslavia. Do you have a reading on where they are going to come down, for or against Mr. Milosevic?

PAPANDREOU : Well, I think Vojislav Kostunica in his address today made an appeal, saying that the army and the security forces were welcomed to help the Democratic transition. He appealed to them to be helpful and neutral, and he is a person I think of stature, integrity, and I do believe that his word will be heard by the majority of them. And this seems to be the case right now. So let's hope that this is the case and this continues to be the case.

WOODRUFF : All right, the foreign minister of Greece, George Papandreou, we thank you very much joining us.

PAPANDREOU : Thank you very much.

Judy Woodruff

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