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Serbia: Time Not Right for Milosevic Monument

Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, President of the Serbian Parliament and a senior official of the Socialist party, says "the time is not right" to build a monument dedicated to Slobodan Milosevic.


An initiative to build such a monument was recently launched in the southern town of Prokuplje, according to news agency Blic.

According to reports, Djukic-Dejanovic said: "history should appraise" the former Serbian and Yugoslav president "and other personalities that marked the 1990s".

Admitting that she learned about the initiative through media reports, despite it being launched by a local SPS councillor in Prokuplje, Djukic-Dejanovic said: "We live in a country where everyone is free to start an initiative. However, we have not discussed it with the SPS and we do not intend to, since this was not directed at us, but at the municipal assembly of Prokuplje," concluded Djukic-Dejanovic.

The Socialist Party of Serbia, SPS, was founded and led by Milosevic until his death while on trial in The Hague. The party relinquished power along with its leader in 2000, but was back in government in 2008, when the current ruling coalition was formed.

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