Albright says Serbs deserve democratic government

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25, 2000 -- (Reuters) U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said on Monday the United States had no quarrel with the Serbian people, who deserved a democratic government.

She had been asked, during a visit to the United Nations, about a report in the New York Times that she had told senior aides that one of her goals before leaving office was to see Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic out of office.

"I believe that the Serbian people deserve a democratic government. They have suffered for a long time under a government that does not allow them to express their views. The United States has made very clear for a long time that it has no fight with the Serbian people," she told reporters.

Albright said the whole international community "has in fact made quite clear that it does not agree with the way that Mr. Milosevic carries out his presidency."

"We would all feel that the time has come for the Serbian people to be able to express their choice freely for the kind of government that they want, which I believe is a democratic one," she added.

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