|On 13th and 14th October 1997 some Belgrade papers published a number
of unfounded and provocative reports in connection with the recent meeting
in Paris of HRH Crown Prince Alexander and the well-known Serbian Byzantine
scholar, Dr Ivan Djuric. Thus, today's "Politika" carries a Tanjug dispatch
from Paris under the heading "Alexander Karadjordjevic and Ivan Djuric
to work together", while the "Dnevni Telegraf"says: "The Sumadija Alternative:
Karadjordjevic at its Head?".
In this connection this Office is authorised to state as follows:
HRH Crown Prince Alexander on Friday, 10 October saw Mr Djuric who is recuperating from a serious operation. The meeting was private and had no political objective or significance.
This Office would like to state once again that the Crown is above and outside any day-to-day party politics. HRH Crown Prince Alexander never enters or has ever entered into any party combination or alliance, always having in mind only the national and state interest. His Royal Highness, like everyone else in a free democratic society, has the right to meet with people freely. It is sad to see the continuation of disinformation, intimidation and fabrication in our Serbian Media.
London, 14 October 1997