The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 28, 1998 · Page 9
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 9

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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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Yugoslav leader refuses to talk with U.S. envoy over Kosovo the U.S. has warned President Slobodan Milosevic that sanctions - and war - are looming. downs on alleged armed separatists this month, fanning fears of wider bloodshed and spurring foreign powers to try and solve the crisis. Kosovo's Albanians, who outnumber Serbs in the province 9-to-1, seek independence which Serbia refuses and foreign powers also do not support. Serbia insists Kosovo must stay Serb because it is the cradle of Serbian culture and its Orthodox church. After snubbing Gelbard, Milosevic met with Poland's for eign minister, Bronislaw Gere-mek, the current chairman of the 54-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Geremek said he brought a plan for ending the crisis, but after meeting Milosevic, he was clearly upset. "I have to say that I am disappointed that (Yugoslavia's) position is still unchanged," he said before flying to Kosovo's capital, Pristina, to press the case for quick negotiations with ethnic Albanian leaders. Milosevic says the Kosovo mer 1992 for fomenting waj- in problem can be solved without foreign mediation which the Albanians want. He is holding out for Yugoslavia to rejoin the OSCE before doing any other deals. "A foreign envoy for our internal issues, such as the Kosovo issue . . . cannot be accepted," Milosevic was quoted as saying by the Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug. Yugoslavia, consisting of Serbia and Montenegro, was suspended from the OSCE in sum Bosnia. t In Washington, the State:De-partment said Milosevic is risking stiffer economic sanctions by rebuffing U.S. and European efforts to resolve the crisis. "We think he is making a mistake," deputy spokesman James Foley said. 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