YU president meets Myanmar FM

BELGRADE, Jul 7, 2000 -- (Reuters) Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Thursday received Myanmar's Foreign Minister Win Aung who is on a official visit to Yugoslavia, state news agency Tanjug reported.

Milosevic and Win Aung agreed that Yugoslavia and Myanmar as friendly countries and members of the non-aligned movement had common interests in economic and other bilateral ties, Tanjug quoted a statement from Milosevic's cabinet as saying.

In international relations, both countries were committed to respect the principle of equality, sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom of internal development of states and peoples, the report said.

Yugoslavia, which has been under a series of Western sanctions over its role in the 1990s Balkans wars, has turned increasingly to other states for support.

Western countries have tried to isolate Yangon over what they see as a poor human rights record and for its treatment of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition.

The two sides said pressures and sanctions against sovereign states represented untenable criminal behavior by individual countries that grossly violated human rights.

Milosevic said Yugoslavia and Myanmar would continue to cooperate bilaterally and also "secure closer links between states and peoples that resist domination in the world, and especially separatism and terrorism as a means of destabilizing countries that have an independent policy."

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