Current Developments in Yugoslavia's Domestic and Foreign Politics
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEAmbassador Belovski was educated as an attorney and took an active part in the National Liberation War of 1941-45. He held important political and military positions during and following the war. These included position in both the government and the party in Macedonia. In addition he was Director and Editor-in-Chief of New Macedonia, a daily. Later he served as Deputy Chief Delegate to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador to China, and Assistant Secretary of State. As a member of the Council of the Presidency, the chief policy-making body of Yugoslavia, he, in turn, serves as President of the country.ANNECDOTE Contrary to the rash, ideological language of the Cold War era, Belovski opined: "The United States is vital to all the world. When it sneezes, we all catch cold. When it trips on its shoelace, we all rush to catch it so that it doesn't fall on its face."SUMMARY He essentially expressed Yugoslav national interests as independence, self-management, national equality; also noted Yugoslavia's role as a pragmatic balancer in the Cold War between US, USSR, and PRC. He noted the importance of mutual interests in international politics. For example, the USSR wants the US to remain strong to help the USSR pursue mutual interests through detente. .