Magazine article Newsweek International

'I Think This War Is Slowly Coming to an End'

Magazine article Newsweek International

'I Think This War Is Slowly Coming to an End'

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Bogoljub Karic, a multimillionaire businessman and government minister, has emerged in recent weeks as one of Slobodan Milosevic's most trusted envoys and a back channel to talks on both sides of the Atlantic. He was invited to travel to Washington this week for meetings with members of Congress--a trip he calls "popular diplomacy" and not an official visit. He spoke with NEWSWEEK's Mark Dennis last week in Belgrade. Excerpts:

On direct negotiations:

We want to have decision makers from four countries sit down: Russia, Yugoslavia, Germany and the United States. (Moderate Albanians like Ibrahim Rugova must also take part.) We must have the key men who make these decisions on every side, such as Al Gore and Mr. Milosevic. If they can get together, it can be done in seven days. But we don't want to negotiate while there's bombing.

On Viktor Chernomyrdin's initiative to end the war:

I think this war is slowly coming to an end. …

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