Kosovo Serb leaders to visit Moscow

BELGRADE, Apr 15, 2000 -- (AFP) Two Kosovo Serb leaders, Orthodox Bishop Artemije and Momcilo Trajkovic, opponents of President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia, will travel to Moscow upon the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Trajkovic said Friday.

Trajkovic, who took part in the anti-Milosevic rally organized by the Serbian opposition which attracted more than 70,000 people, told reporters that he and bishop Artemije were to leave for Moscow on Monday.

"We are also going to address the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) and will meet Russian Patriarch Alexis," Trajkovic said.

Bishop Artemije and Trajkovic are heads of the Serb National Council, which was created to defend interests of the Serbs who remained in Kosovo after Belgrade forces had left the province last June.

Last week, Ivanov met with Vuk Draskovic, head of the Serbian Renewal Movement, the main opposition party in Serbia.

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