Without question, the people of Serbia joined ranks and gave their full majority support in the last Sunday’s elections to Dr Vojislav Kostunica. Outrageously, the Federal Electoral Commission controlled by the regime announced last night that a second round of the presidential elections would be held on October 8.
Last Sunday, Dr Vojislav Kostunica got over 55 percent of the vote and this was enough to clearly give him outright victory. DOS has the detailed figures for each of the over three thousand polling stations undoubtedly demonstrating the results of the elections. Furthermore, all the results were signed and sealed by local controllers and that included Mr. Slobodan Milosevic’s ruling party as well as their opponents. There is absolutely no question that Dr Vojislav Kostunica and DOS are the outright majority winners and that they have the full confidence of the people.
It is imperative that the people of Serbia remain firmly united behind Dr Vojislav Kostunica and DOS. Beware, Mr. Slobodan Milosevic is scheming to steal the people’s vote using massive fraud and cheating.
Once again, Mr. Slobodan Milosevic has shown that he only cares about himself and perpetual power like all dictators. Mr. Slobodan Milosevic and his regime must not be allowed to steal what belongs to the people. The Serbian people must stand united and show no weakness. Mr. Slobodan Milosevic will try to blackmail and intimidate the opposition and all citizens to gain the upper hand. Mr. Slobodan Milosevic will use the state propaganda machine to deceive and swindle the people. The people of Serbia and Montenegro have only one option and that is to unanimously demand that Mr. Slobodan Milosevic hand over power to Dr. Vojislav Kostunica immediately.
The armed forces must act accordingly to military honour and protect the people from the regime’s deceitful behaviour. I also strongly request all institutions to unanimously support the people and not fall into the hands of the conniving regime. I appeal to all citizens to put their differences aside and unite against the regime. There must be no retribution or abuse of any citizen.
It is clear that Mr. Slobodan Milosevic has no alternative, but to
hand immediately the presidency in a civilized manner to Dr. Vojislav Kostunica.
Resignation is the honourable and correct thing to do. The suffering, poverty
and isolation of the Serbian people must not be allowed to continue. What
is also at stake is the future of Serbia and Montenegro, as common partners
in Yugoslavia and that must survive for the good of all citizens.
Dr Vojislav Kostunica and his government for the people must be allowed
to get on immediately with the hard work and implementation of democratic
reforms to ensure the survival of the nation for the benefit of all citizens.
London 27 September 2000