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UPDATED: 11:56, March 18, 2006
Over 50 foreign delegations to attend funeral for Milosevic
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Over 50 foreign delegations will attend the funeral of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic on Saturday, a senior official with Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) said on Friday.

The funeral to be held in Milosevic's hometown of Pozarevac, some 80 km east of Belgrade, will be attended by some dignitaries, said Miomir Ilic, the SPS's regional leader in Pozarevac.

Ilic told the official Tanjug news agency that the dignitaries include Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, Russian State Duma Vice-President Sergei Baburin, former U.S. state prosecutor Ramsey Clark, and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

Ilic said over 100,000 people from Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnian Serb republic would be present at the funeral ceremony for Milosevic, who died on March 11 in the detention unit of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Earlier on Friday, the tribunal's President Fausto Pocar said in The Hague that provisional results have shown that Milosevic, 64, was not poisoned but died of heart attack.

According to unofficial estimates, some 30,000 people have paid their respects to Milosevic, whose coffin was placed on display at the Revolution Museum in Belgrade since Thursday afternoon, SPS Vice President Branko Ruzic said on Friday.

He said that Milosevic's coffin would be exhibited until noon on Saturday, when his remains would be transferred to Pozarevac for burial.

Source: Xinhua

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