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New Series no.17/18 July - September 2000


Why Should Serbia Represent a Neighbour at the United Nations?
by Anna Husarska

New York's East River shore is probably the only place in the world where the `Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia' is alive and well. As a result of a 1992 backroom deal at the United Nations, the international body is housing a country that is no more. The US representative to the UN, Richard Holbrooke, [argues that] given that the SFRY has ceased to exist, the FRY should apply for UN membership.

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ý the FRY, as opposed to the old SFRY ý does not have UN recognition but does have a UN ambassador, Vladislav Jovanovic, a Serb from Serbia. He has not been indicted for war crimes yet is a loyal envoy of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, himself eagerly awaited in The Hague, where the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia has indicted him for genocide. Ambassador Jovanovic wants to speak also in the name of Montenegro, Serbia's little sister republic. Montenegro has its own foreign policy, monetary policy, customs, border controls and police force. Last August it proposed a redefinition of its relations with Serbia. Almost a year later, still waiting for an answer, Montenegro got a slap in the face last month when Mr. Milosevic changed the federal constitution, altering the electoral rules and giving himself the possibility to remain in power for eight more years. The changes reduced the role of Montenegro from that of an equal partner in the federation, with a 50 percent say in the election of deputies to the House of Republics, to a minor partner with a symbolic 6.5 percent say corresponding to its share of the electorate.

One way for the outside world to assist Montenegro would be to give its government status of some sort at the United Nations.


From an article in the International Herald Tribune, 115 August 2000
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