penny x stamm (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 9 Dec 2000 02:14:36 -0500

 AP Wire
 Serbia Deploys Peacekeeping Forces to U.S.
      BELGRADE--Serbian president Vojislav Kostunica deployed more 
than 30,000 peacekeeping troops to the U.S. Thursday, pledging full 
support to the troubled North American nation as it struggles to 
re-establish  democracy.
      "We must do all we can to support free elections in America and
allow democracy to re-gain a foothold there," Kostunica said. "The 
U.S. is a major player in the Western Hemisphere and its continued 
stability is vital to Serbian interests in that region."
    Kostunica urged Al Gore, the U.S. opposition-party leader who is
refusing to recognize the nation's Nov. 7 election results, to "let the
democratic process take its course."
      "Mr. Gore needs to acknowledge the will of the people and concede
that he has lost this election," Kostunica said. "Until America's
figures learn to respect the institutions that have been put in place,
nation will never be a true democracy."
       Serbian forces have been stationed throughout the U.S., with an
emphasis on certain trouble zones. Among them are Oregon, Florida, and
eastern Tennessee, where Gore set up headquarters in Bush territory. An
additional 10,000 troops are expected to arrive in the capital city of
Washington, D.C. by Friday.
      Though Kostunica has pledged to work with U.S. leaders, he did 
not rule out the possibility of economic sanctions if the crisis is not
resolved soon.

      "For democracy to take root and flourish, it must be planted in 
the rich soil of liberty. And the cornerstone of liberty is elections
of tampering or corruption," Kostunica said. "Should America prove
itself  incapable of learning this lesson on its own, the international
community may be forced to take stronger measures."

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