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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Diplomat Says Bosnia Not Legislature's Affair

MOSCOW -- Parliament should stop meddling in the Russian government's diplomatic efforts in former Yugoslavia, a top Foreign Ministry official said Monday.


Anatoly Adamishin, Russia's first deputy foreign minister, said in an interview that it was "none of parliament's business" to intrude on the government's attempts to forge a solution to the conflict.


"Parliament should pass laws and not interfere in operations, especially on such an international level", said Adamishin, 58, a career diplomat and a former Soviet ambassador to Italy.


Adamishin was referring to a resolution, passed in parliament last week, urging the Foreign Ministry to seek a reversal of the United Nation's position on former Yugoslavia.


The resolution, which parliament passed 162-4, called for Russia to propose in the U. N. Security Council that international sanctions be imposed against Croatia. If the Security Council refused that offer, Russia's U. N. representatives would propose lifting sanctions already in place against Serbia.


The 162-4 vote was a sign of the conservative-dominated legislature's attempts to wrest control of foreign policy from the government of President Boris Yeltsin, which has firmly backed the U. N. position on former Yugoslavia until now.


The government has been under growing pressure from parliament to soften its policy towards the Serbs, who, as Orthodox Slavs, are Russia's traditional allies in the region.


Many legislators are angered by what they perceive as the government's pro-Western stance in former Yugoslavia, and on the Gulf War.


They have called for the resignation of Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, whom they accuse of selling out Russia's interests.


Kozyrev told parliament earlier this month that the Security Council was against softening sanctions against Serbia, and that Russia must respect international law and uphold the sanctions.


But he said Sunday, the Foreign Ministry was studying ways of implementing humanitarian aid for Serbia and Montenegro, Itar-Tass reported.