Belgrade regime blames Albright, Djukanovic, Otpor

Jun 20, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) The Socialist People's Party (SNP) of Montenegro, which is loyal to Milosevic, said in a statement on 18 June that it deeply regrets the assassination attempt on Draskovic, an RFE/RL correspondent reported from Podgorica.

The statement added, however, that there "is no basis" for speculating that the Belgrade authorities are behind the attempt to kill a man "who has greatly lost political influence" in recent months.

In Belgrade on 17 June, Ivan Markovic, who is a spokesman for the United Yugoslav Left of Milosevic's wife, Mira Markovic, blamed U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Milo Djukanovic, and the "terrorists" from the Otpor (Resistance) student movement for the incident.

An Otpor spokesman denied the charge and said that Ivan Markovic is trying to make political capital out of the assassination attempt.

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