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Freedom inconceivable without equality
February 15, 2000

Slobodan Milosevic
Slobodan Milosevic
Belgrade, February 14 (Tanjug) - Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic received yesterday a delegation of participants in the international conference of the European inter-parliamentary assembly of Orthodox countries, which is under way in the northern Serbian town of Novi Sad. The delegation included representatives of parliaments of Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Moldavia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, and Yugoslavia.

Bidding the guests a hearty welcome, the president Slobodan Milosevic said:

"Orthodox peoples have been cooperating over centuries, and it can be said that in these relations they always sent the message inherent in relations among Christian Orthodox churches, the message which pertains to the equality of nations and people," he said.

"Freedom cannot be imagined without equality, so that we consider this meeting of yours, its contents, and your presence, as symbolic striving not only for freedom, but also for equality, which is inseparable from it. I hope your messages will contribute to cooperation on an equal basis and friendship among nations and peoples, that they will be a contribution to peace and understanding among peoples and states," said Milosevic.

The visitors told Milosevic that the conference was taking place in Yugoslavia because that country spearheads resistance to the policy of force in the world, and its people strongly symbolize the aspirations of the vast majority of mankind for freedom, independence and national dignity.

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