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Belgrade blocking burial: Milosevic's son

The remarks by Milosevic's son were at odds with statements reported in Belgrade which said preparations were being made for the burial there.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 16:37 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Authorities in Serbia are blocking burial of the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic in his homeland, his son Marko Milosevic told the agency here, contradicting statements from officials in Belgrade.

"The authorities in Belgrade are not allowing this," he said, referring to burial of his father.

"They want to avoid this event. They are threatening us officially and unofficially. We have no other choice" than to ask for a provisional burial in Moscow.

Milosevic was speaking to the agency at Moscow's Sheremyetevo airport as he prepared to board a regular commercial flight aboard Russian flag carrier Aerflot bound for Amsterdam.

He said he had asked for permission to bury his father provisionally in Moscow.

"Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has agreed to this, as far as I know," Milosevic said.

The flight was scheduled to arrive in Amsterdam at around 10 am local time.

The remarks by the son of the late Serbian leader, found dead in his cell at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Saturday, were at odds with statements reported in Belgrade which indicated that preparations were being made for Milosevic's burial there.

The longtime legal adviser to the elder Milosevic, Zdenko Tomanovic, said yesterday that the family had made a "final decision... To have the funeral in Belgrade," adding "The remaining question is whether it will be a state one."

Serbian President Boris Tadic said a state funeral would be "completely inappropriate" given Milosevic's role in the bloody 1990s Balkan wars and his ouster in a popular uprising in 2000.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 16:37 IST

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