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108TH CONGRESS

20 SESSION

H. RES. 726

Congratulating the people of Serbia and government of Serbia for conducting

a democratic, free and fair presidential election and for reaffirming Serbia's commitment to peace, democracy, and the rule of law.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JULY 19, 2004 Mr. BEREUTER (for himself, Mr. EMANUEL, Mr. WEXLER, and Mr. BURTON

of Indiana) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

RESOLUTION Congratulating the people of Serbia and government of Ser

bia for conducting a democratic, free and fair presidential election and for reaffirming Serbia's commitment to peace, democracy, and the rule of law.

Whereas the democratic revolution in Serbia on October 5,

2000, resulted in the overthrow of President Slobodan Milosevic;

Whereas the Prime Minister of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic, a

leader of the Democratic Party, was assassinated in March 2003, threatening Serbia's democratic reforms;

Whereas Mr. Boris Tadic, a close friend and colleague of Mr.

Djindjic, was elected President of Serbia on June 27, 2004, by a majority of Serbian voters who chose his path

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of reform and opportunity over radicalism, isolation, and

conflict; Whereas, as Minister of Defense of the Government of Serbia

and Montenegro, Mr. Tadic demonstrated courage, composure, dignity, and wisdom during the outbreak of ethnic violence in Kosovo between March 17-19, 2004, by not deploying Serbian military forces in reaction to the violence and by working with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Kosovo Force (KFOR) to resolve

the crisis; Whereas, as Minister of Defense of the Government of Serbia

and Montenegro, Mr. Tadic achieved significant reforms

of the Serbian military and security organizations; Whereas the 2004 presidential election in Serbia signifies a

turning point for Serbia and offers hope and opportunity

to the Serbian people; Whereas President Tadic has affirmed that full cooperation

with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is a pre-condition for Serbia's political and economic integration with the West; and

Whereas Serbia and the Serbian people remain committed to

democratic reforms and the path toward regional cooperation and integration into Europe and Euro-Atlantic institutions, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU): Now, therefore, be it

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Resolved, That the House of Representatives,

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(1) commends the people of Serbia and the gov

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ernment of Serbia for conducting a democratic, free

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and fair presidential election;

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encourages and supports the integration of Serbia and Montenegro into Euro-Atlantic institutions.

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Mrs. DAVIS. At this point, for the sake of time, I will also place the amendment I am offering on the table as well.

The clerk will read the amendment.
Ms. HALLOCK. "Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute

Mrs. Davis. I ask unanimous consent that the amendment be considered as read.

Without objection.
[The amendment referred to follows:)

H.L.C.

AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE

TO H. RES. 726

OFFERED BY MRS. Jo ANN DAVIS OF VIRGINLA

Strike the preamble and insert the following:

Whereas the democratic revolution in Serbia on October 5,

2000, resulted in the overthrow of President Slobodan Milosevic;

Whereas the Prime Minister of Serbia, Zoran Djindjic, a

leader of the Democratic Party, was assassinated in March 2003, threatening Serbia's democratic reforms;

Whereas Mr. Boris Tadic, a close friend and colleague of Mr.

Djindjic, was elected President of Serbia on June 27, 2004, by a majority of Serbian voters who chose his path of reform and opportunity over radicalism, isolation, and conflict;

Whereas, as Minister of Defense of the Government of Serbia

and Montenegro, Mr. Tadic demonstrated courage, composure, dignity, and wisdom during the outbreak of ethnic violence in Kosovo between March 17-19, 2004, by not deploying Serbian military forces in reaction to the violence and by working with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Kosovo Force (KFOR) to resolve

the crisis; Whereas, as Minister of Defense of the Government of Serbia

and Montenegro, Mr. Tadic achieved significant reforms of the Serbian military and security organizations;

Whereas the 2004 presidential election in Serbia signifies a

turning point for Serbia and offers hope and opportunity to the Serbian people;

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