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Serbia and Montenegro out of tune

Peter van Dyk | 12:30 UK time, Wednesday, 15 March 2006

You might think that all the talk in Serbia this week was over the death of former President Slobodan Milosevic, but you'd be wrong. A row has blown up over Serbia and Montenegro's entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest which means the federation will not enter a song this year.

The dispute has highlighted the divisions between the two republics ahead of a referendum on Montenegrin independence in May - coincidentally to be held the day after the Eurovision song fest.

Let us know if this has hit a sour note with you.

The controversy started after the TV judges chose a Montenegrin band that was booed by the studio audience in Belgrade and officials could not agree over which band to send.

Former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic says the furore had caused "much more excitement last night than the death of Slobodan Milosevic".

Some people in Montenegro say the row shows that the federation with Serbia doesn't work. We'll be finding out what people in Serbia and Montenegro think, and you can send us your comments too.

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