Kostunica to South Serbia Monday, Rules out Sending in Army

Published November 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica said he will fly to southern Serbia later Monday after new tensions erupted on the Kosovo border, but he ruled out sending the Yugoslav army back into the area. 

Speaking in Vienna, he said that Belgrade does not plan to send army troops into the buffer zone in southern Serbia, as threatened if NATO does not stop rebel attacks by a Monday deadline. 

"The situation is getting more and more tense and I will need to go back to Serbia earlier than planned, and in fact from Vienna to go directly to the south of Serbia," he told a press conference. 

Asked about the threat to send troops into the buffer zone, he said Belgrade will respect an accord under which only police with light arms are allowed to be deployed there. 

"The so-called safety ground zone .. only Serbian police with light weapons should move, and we are going to respect that provision of the military-technical agreement," he said. 

"Not a single provision, not a single paragraph of the military-technical agreement has been violated by Serbian police and our army and we are actually going to behave like that." 

Kostunica was speaking at a brief press conference at the start of a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which his government is joining eight years after the former Yugoslavia was suspended over to the war in Bosnia – VIENNA (AFP) 



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