|Israeli Ambassador in Yugoslavia Presents his Credentials|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
On November 8, 2000, in Belgrade, Mr. Yoram Shani presented his credentials as the Israeli Ambassador to Yugoslavia (Serbia- Montenegro) to the new President Vojislav Kostunica.
Mr. Shani served as Charge d’Affaires in Belgrade from January of this year. Israel refrained from appointing an ambassador, as long as Slobodan Milosevic was serving as President of the Yugoslavian Federation. Milosevic has been described as a war criminal by the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague.
With the election of Kostunica as President in the free and democratic elections held in Yugoslavia on September 24, 2000, there has been a positive change in Yugoslavia, resulting in its emergence from the international isolation which characterized the Milosevic years. The United States and the West view the election of Kostunica as the dawning of a new era in Yugoslavia and in the Balkans region, and trust that Yugoslavia will continue to build the foundations of a democratic and free government.
The presentation of the Ambassador’s credentials to President Kostunica constitutes the beginning of a new era in relations between Israel and Yugoslavia, signifying the start of cooperation in all areas of common interest.