G17 Plus inter-party
BELGRADE -- Tuesday ’Äì The inter-party discussions on political
cooperation begun yesterday by G17 Plus in a meting with Social
Democracy, have continued today with the Democratic Party of Serbia.
The party’Äôs leader, Vojislav Kostunica, who is heading
the delegation meeting G17 Plus, said today that the
discussions would be an exchange of opinions on various important
He said that the Democratic Party of Serbia
had declined discussion of a post-election coalition because the
time for this was after the elections.;
Instead, the party
has proposed discussions on the constitutional organisation
of Serbia, relations with the federal state, Kosovo,
the regionalisation of Serbia and social aspects of privatisation
and the debt crisis.
He warned that the talks should not
give the impression of any rapprochement between his party and
G17 Plus after what he described as the negative campaign
conducted in last year’Äôs presidential elections.
’ÄúThere is however something more important than that which
is to see whether we can bring this collapse to a halt,’Äù he said.
’ÄúThe more we delay elections, the deeper we sink’Äù
also said his party would seek similar discussions with
other parties and provoke a public debate, together with unions
and professional associations.
’ÄúThe public sees clearly that
we can no longer continue like this and that the more we delay
the elections, which are the only way out, the deeper we sink into
the mire,’Äù he told B92.
The Democratic Party of Serbia also
emphasised that all public opinion
surveys had shown that two
thirds of the public was in favour of early elections.
yesterday’Äôs meeting, G17 Plus and Social Democracy agreed on the
need for urgent adoption of new election legislation.
Democracy has proposed that the legislation be based on the
model prepared by the Centre for Free Elections and Democracy.
This includes the introduction of proportional voting,
that Serbia be a single electoral unit, that the threshold
vote for a party to be represented in the parliament be reduced
from five to two per cent and guaranteed representation for national
B92 asked Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic whether the
participation of some DOS member parties in the G17 Plus discussions
was a threat to the governing coalition.
somebody is a member of the DOS coalition, he isn’Äôt barred from
independent political operation,’Äù said the prime minister.
’ÄúThe one question this raises is why someone in the3
governing coalition would discuss extraordinary elections with
anyone, but even that is part of political life and I don’Äôt think we
need to object to these meetings,’Äù he added.
parties which have so far accepted the invitation of G17 Plus are
the Civil Alliance of Serbia, the Sandzak Democratic Party, the
Vojvodina Reformists and the Initiative for a Normal