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TESTIMONY BY YUGOSLAVIA'S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER MILIVOJ MAKSIC BEFORE THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENT'S FOREIGN POLICY COMMITTEE

TESTIMONY BY YUGOSLAVIA'S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER MILIVOJ MAKSIC
 BEFORE THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENT'S FOREIGN POLICY COMMITTEE
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embassy of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia issued the following text and comment on testimony by Yugoslavia's Deputy Foreign Minister Milivoj Maksic before the Federal Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee:
 The changed balance of power in Europe was considerably affecting Yugoslavia's position on the continent. However, in order to define its place in new Europe, Yugoslavia first has to define itself and constitute itself as an acceptable partner to others.
 The recognition of independence of Slovenia and Croatia deeply infringed on the recognized sovereign rights of Yugoslavia which have been recognized in all major international documents, from the U.N. Charter to the CSCE documents.
 Every country which recognized the independence of Slovenia and Croatia was sent a protest note. However, alongside of this, talks are being held with all those acting on the formation of international relations.
 The recognition of independence of the breakway Yugoslav republics of Slovenia and Croatia, in fact, encouraged secession. The EC reaffirmed the method of pressure and violence in international relations, which is a danger and should be a major source of concern to all other countries, not only Yugoslavia.
 Regarding the crisis in Yugoslavia, some countries did not even abide by their own decisions. An example of that was the stand of the European Community that it would not recognize certain Yugoslav republics until a comprehensive solution to the Yugoslav crisis was found.
 According to Maksic, the Italian President Francesco Cossiga's statement that Italy was willing to deliver arms to Slovenia and Croatia, represents a "flagrant violation of principles of good- neighborly relations and a direct violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning arms deliveries to Yugoslavia."
 What is happening now to Yugoslavia is part of the overall changes in Europe where the strengthening of the German bloc has been conspicuous, the Yugoslav deputy foreign minister concluded.
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