Exiled YU prince wants Serb opposition unity

BANJA LUKA, Jan 27, 2000 -- (Reuters) Yugoslavia's exiled crown prince called on the Serbian opposition on Wednesday to work together in order to introduce democratic changes in Serbia.

"We must work to remove the regime in Belgrade," Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic told reporters, referring to the government of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

"I support everyone who works for democracy," he said after a meeting with Western-leaning Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik.

Alexander, his wife and two sons arrived in the Bosnian Serb capital Banja Luka earlier on Wednesday and will meet political leaders and cultural figures on his three-day visit.

It is his first visit to Bosnia, whose declaration of independence from Yugoslavia in 1992 was followed by a 43-month war. Post-war Bosnia consists of the Serb republic and the Moslem-Croat federation.

During his stay in the Serb republic, Alexander is also expected to meet representatives of opposition parties in neighboring Serbia, struggling to oust Milosevic after a decade of Balkan wars.

He described Milosevic last year as the "leader of 250,000 thugs who run the country through oppression."

Alexander is the son of King Petar II, who left Yugoslavia in 1941 after Nazi Germany overran his country and died in exile in 1970.

The crown prince lives in London and has spent only about 35 days in Yugoslavia in three private visits from 1991 to 1995.

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