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Bosnia to establish diplomatic ties with Milosevic's YU

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mar 30, 2000 -- (AFP) Bosnia is ready to establish diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Bosnian Foreign Minister Jadranko Prlic told a Bosnian Serb independent weekly published Wednesday.

"I am ready to sign at this moment (the establishment of) diplomatic relations with the FRY, regardless of the situation" in that country, Prlic said in an interview with Nezavisne Novine.

Prlic stressed that the establishment of bilateral relations between Bosnia and the federation led by President Slobodan Milosevic did not depend on Sarajevo.

Belgrade gave military and political backing to secessionist Bosnian Serbs during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

In 1993 Bosnia filed a genocide suit against the former Yugoslavia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a move considered by Belgrade as the main obstacle to normal relations between the two countries.

"I have an obligation to help our citizens now living in the FRY and face bureaucratic problems with documents," Prlic said, referring mainly to Bosnian Serbs who found refuge in Yugoslavia during the conflict.

He stressed that Sarajevo's goal was to see neighbouring Croatia and the FRY enjoying democracy and prosperity.

The FRY is made up of Serbia and Montenegro, which has separatist ambitions.



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