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Yugoslavia is voted into history

Yugoslavia was consigned to history yesterday as the Yugoslav federal parliament met to complete the creation of a new Union of Serbia and Montenegro, sponsored by the European Union. The new state replaces the rump of the once-proud federation, which imploded during more than a decade of war, atrocities and nationalist secessions that cost at least 300,000 lives. Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia obtained independence from Belgrade and Nato bombed Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, which was swept away by a popular uprising October 2000. “This is the final act in the creation of the new country,” Dragoljub Micunovic, president of the parliament, told deputies from both houses in Belgrade. MPs were expected to approve the final name change, which has been endorsed by the individual parliaments of Serbia, the dominant republic, and Montenegro. Full Story

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