Sreda 11. oktobar 2000
KAKO JE JUCE SAOPSTENO U LONDONU
Aleksandar Karadjordjevic u nedelju u Beogradu
Princ Aleksandar Karadjordjevic u nedelju, 15. oktobra dolazi u Beograd kako bi licno novom predsedniku SR Jugoslavije Vojislavu Kostunici i Demokratskoj opoziciji Srbije (DOS) cestitao na uspehu na izborima, saopsteno je iz njegove kancelarije u Londonu.
U saopstenju se ocenjuje da je pobeda Kostunice i DOS-a "otvorila vrata za demokratski preobrazaj zemlje".
"Prestolonaslednik ce naglasiti potrebu da se ocuva jedinstvo svih demokratskih politickih stranaka u interesu svih gradjana, kao i neophodnost da se preduzmu hitne mere da bi se pomoglo najugrozenijim slojevima stanovnistva", navodi se u saopstenju.
Princ ce apelovati na uzajamno postovanje svih gradjana i iskljucivanje bilo kakvog revanšizma.
Sa princom Aleksandrom Karadjordjevicem dolazi i njegova supruga Katarina.
Posle Drugog svetskog rata komunisticke vlasti zabranile su kralju Petru Karadjordjevicu i njegovoj porodici povratak u zemlju i oduzeli im svu imovinu.
Princ Aleksandar Karadjordjevic boravio je poslednji put u SRJ 16. jula ove godine kada je došao na sahranu svog strica Tomislava Karadjordjevic.
Tada je oko 3.000 okupljenih na Oplencu uzvikivalo: "Hocemo kralja".
Yugoslav Crown Prince to congratulate Kostunica
October 11, 2000
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Yugoslavia's exiled crown prince says he will personally congratulate the new president Vojislav Kostunica in Belgrade on Sunday.
Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic told CNN.com that he had been invited to visit by Kostunica, whom he called a "serious gentleman who is not corruptible."
He praised both Kostunica and the multi-party alliance behind him "on their valiant achievements" and the Serbian people for a truly "velvet revolution."
Karadjordjevic will spend five days in Yugoslavia with his wife, Crown Princess Katherine, but has not yet decided if he will return permanently to Yugoslavia.
He said: "It was an amazing feeling watching the events of last week unfold at an incredible pace.
"A great pleasure and happiness for the Serbian people, that finally democracy was coming, better days were going to take place, that sanctions would be lifted which that are at the moment. I was thrilled.""
The invitation comes in the wake of a recent statement by Kostunica that the Karadjordjevic ancestral home, recently occupied by Slobodan Milosevic, would be handed back to the royal family pending a referendum.
The crown prince said: "My future is in the homeland and in the family. In going back which was always my desire (I want) to help the country, to serve the people, but not to create any problems.
"It's the government that has been elected by the people and they are the ones who do the daily business. The monarchy provides unity, the continuity and the stability of the state."
He says he will stress the need for unity by political parties during the rebuilding process and will also urge people not to take revenge on Milosevic supporters.
In the short-term he sees pension and health provision as absolutely vital to the people and calls on the international community to provide aid and bring sanctions to a quick end.
The crown prince says he will assess his own role in the process following his visit.
He supports Serbia's maintenance of a union with Montenegro in a federal Yugoslavia calling it "vital" for all parties.
On his first visit to the republic in 1991, following the death of former Yugoslav strongman Tito, half a million people lined the streets of Belgrade to greet him.
Since then he has made frequent visits, the most recent in July for his uncle's funeral.
The prince, who has never taken the title of King, was born in a London hotel that was briefly declared Yugoslav territory, after his father had fled the country in 1941.
NB: HRH Office wishes to make clear that Tito died in 1980.
NATIONAL POST, Wednesday, October 11, 2000
Royalty exiled Prince to visit Belgrade
President to hold referendum on restoring Monarchy
LONDON - As the family and friends of Slobodan Milosevic, the ousted president, scramble to find refuge abroad, Yugoslavia's royal family, exiled in Britain since the Second World War, is making plans to return home.
Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, 55, who lives in London, will travel to Belgrade this weekend, his aides said yesterday.
Vojislav Kostunica, the new President and an avowed monarchist, has said he intends to hold a referendum on restoring the house of Karadjordjevic, which ruled Yugoslavia in 1918-41 and Serbia before that.
He has already promised to evict the Milosevic family from the White Palace in Belgrade and return the mansion to the royal family. "Mr. Kostunica's position on bringing back the monarchy is that his own opinion does not matter and that the people must decide in a referendum," said one presidential aide. Public support for the monarchy is low in Yugoslavia, which is beset by social, economic and political problems. In addition, Mr. Kostunica's advisors have warned that returning the White Palace could encourage other families to demand compensation for assets seized during the war.
Prince Alexander is careful to put the welfare of his potential subjects first. "[Restoring the monarch] must be done in a way that does not hurt the people, but is for the good of the people," he said, adding that fighting poverty should take precedence over restoring the monarchy. He said that even without a restoration of the monarchy, he would like to return to Yugoslavia. "It is my homeland," he explained. The prince was born in Claridges Hotel in London in 1945 -- in a room briefly declared to be Yugoslav territory to ensure his claim to succession -- after his father, King Peter II, fled from the Nazis in 1941.
He grew up in Britain and worked as an international insurance broker, settling in Piccadilly, a smart London neighbourhood. But he never lost touch with his homeland or its political struggles. He even gave up his insurance career to concentrate on unseating Mr. Milosevic. "Over 10 years I worked hard to get rid of that awful man," he said. In recent months, he had several meetings in London where opposition figures plotted ways to topple the dictator.
"This did galvanize them, and the most important thing I tried to do was
to ensure unity," he explained. "Vojislav Kostunica has my full support. But what concerns me now is that the 18 members of the coalition stick together." Prince Alexander thinks a constitutional monarchy offers the best hope of unity for strife-torn Yugoslavia. His British upbringing and his blood links with the House of Windsor suggest he would steer Belgrade into closer ties with the West. But he is no Western puppet: He opposed last year's NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, describing it as "a tragic turn of events which never should have been allowed to happen." The prince, who speaks halting Serbian, has been in Yugoslavia before. His first visit was in 1991, after the death of Marshall Tito, the Communist ruler, when 500,000 people lined the streets to welcome him. He returned in July for the funeral of his uncle, Prince Tomislav, who had also found refuge in Britain.
SRNA - 10 Oktobar 2000
LONDON - NJegovo kraljevsko visocanstvo prestolonasljednik Alekasandar
Karadjordjevic putuje u nedjelju, 15. oktobra, u Beograd kako bi licno
cestitao njegovoj ekselenciji predsjedniku Vojislavu Kostuncii i Demokratskoj
opoziciji Srbije na izbornom uspehu koji je otvorio vrata za demokratski
preobrazaj zemlje - saopsteno je SRNI iz prestolonasljednikove kancelarije.
Karadjordjevic je pozdravio odluku EU da ukine sankcije SR Jugoslaviji,
navodeci da bi "odluka o njihovom uklanjanju sada trebalo da u najkracem
vremenu bude pracena obecanom zamasnom finansijskom i materijalnom pomoci
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ALEKSANDAR KARADJORDJEVIC DOLAZI U NEDELJU U BEOGRAD
Princ Aleksandar Karadjordjevic u nedelju, 15. oktobra dolazi u Beograd
kako bi licno novom predsedniku SR Jugoslavije Vojislavu Kostunici
i DOS-u cestitao na uspehu na izborima, saopsteno je iz njegove kancelarije
u Londonu. U saopstenju se ocenjuje da je pobeda Kostunice i DOS-a "otvorila
vrata za demokratski preobrazaj zemlje".
Yugoslav crown prince to visit Yugoslavia on 15th October
Text of report in English by Belgrade-based I Net web site
Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic will visit Belgrade on 15th October to personally congratulate Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and the Democratic Opposition of Serbia on their election victory, it was announced in Karadjordjevic's office in London.
Source: I Net web site, Belgrade, in English 10 Oct 00
Exiled Yugoslav Prince Backs Kostunica
LONDON, Oct 10, 2000 -- (Reuters) Yugoslavia's exiled Crown Prince
Alexander Karadjordjevic was quoted on Tuesday as saying he fully supported
the Balkan country's new president Vojislav Kostunica. The prince, who
has a home in London, told the Times newspaper it had always been his dream
to return to his homeland but he would do so only "in the proper way".
Prince Alexander, son of Yugoslavia's last king, Peter II, said he had
not yet received an official invitation. "It must be done in a way that
does not hurt the people, but is for the good of the people," he said,
adding that huge social problems and great poverty in Yugoslavia were far
more pressing issues than the return of the monarchy.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Wednesday 11 October 2000
Crown Prince's Belgrade visit may mark end of London exile
By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor
CROWN Prince Alexander, heir to the Yugoslav throne, will travel to
Belgrade this weekend to congratulate President Vojislav Kostunica in what
may be the first step towards the end of his London exile.