The Serbian people can no longer endure either politically or economically or even biologically the effects of the disastrous national and state policies pursued by Slobodan Milosevic and his governments. The Serbian people can no longer bear or be expected to bear the burden of ethical responsibility for the misdeeds and crimes that have been committed and are still being committed in their name without their knowledge and consent. What is at stake here is no longer the position and reputation of the Serbian people and their state in the civilised world, but their further survival as a nation. This is why the Crown Council and Privy Council are joining His Royal Highness Crown Alexander in his demand, as well as the demands of the Holy Synod and other highly respected national organisations and institutions, for President Milosevic and members of his governments to resign and leave office at once. For the salvation of the people, it is high time for the executive power, abused by the incumbents to the limit, to pass into the hands of people who are both responsible and capable.
After the catastrophe for which it bears the ultimate responsibility, the current regime abandoned Kosovo and Metohia in a shameful manner, exposing the innocent people to the most terrible suffering for the second time this decade. However, a deep sense of moral obligation, Christian and human compassion and even physical courage to be with their people in these tragic times, were demonstrated above all by those who have been with the people all throughout the centuries: the highest dignitaries of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian Crown. Having attended the events marking St. Vitus Day (Vidovdan) events in Montenegro, Crown Prince Alexander went to Kosovo and Metohia, to Pec and visited the Pec patriarchate to meet His Holiness Patriarch Pavle and other bishops and learn on the spot about the terrible suffering of the remaining Serbian population and about all other horrors of destruction, murder and pillage which took place as a result of the policy for which Slobodan Milosevic`s regime bears main responsibility.
At this critical moment, the Crown Council and Privy Council, demanding
the resignation of Slobodan Milosevic and his governments, point out that
the easiest and, at the same time, most equitable way out of this chaos
created by an illegitimate regime, the successor of the previous one which
usurped power half a century ago, would be a return to legitimacy by restoring
the monarchy, embodied in the historical Karadjordjevic dynasty,
as a guarantor of constitutional rights and democracy.
Given in Belgrade, London and Chicago, 17 July 1999.
Members of the Crown Council and Privy Council:
Professor Emeritus Ivan Antic, member of the Serbian Academy of Science
and Arts (SANU)