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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 4 PM), March 4, 1997

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    NEWS BY 4 PM


    The American administration on Monday supported Bosnian President,
    Alija Izetbegovic in his protest against the signing of a special
    agreement between Republika Srpska and Yugoslavia. Washington
    admitted that the agreement was not outside the provisions of the
    Dayton agreement, but said that it came earlier than it was due.
    American officials stated that such an agreement should have been
    signed only after full diplomatic relations between Yugoslavia and
    the government in Sarajevo had been established. The USA urged
    Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to establish such relations
    as soon as possible.


    American Defense Secretary, William Cohen, on Tuesday said that
    European troops must be ready to take over all peace keeping
    positions in Bosnia by the middle of 1998, as Amercian troops will
    be withdrawn at that time, as planned. During his visit to
    Germany, Bosnia, Italy and Belgium, Mr. Cohen advocated the
    forming of international military units without American
    participation. He added that if American troops were not withdrawn
    at the planned time, there was a possibility that they might
    remain in Bosnia for decades.


    A bomb exploded outside the Catholic Church of St. Joseph in
    Sarajevo on Monday night. Sarajevo police say that the bomb
    demolished the doors of the church, destroyed five vehicles parked
    nearby and shattered windows in all buildings in the street. The
    Catholic Church in Bosnia had earlier warned that its buildings
    would be subject to attacks, since the announcement that Pope John
    Paul would visit Sarajevo on April 12 and 13.


    Tuesday's issue of the Belgrade daily Demokratija reports that the
    manager of indpendent daily Blic, Ljubisa Stanojevic had resigned.
    The present editor-in-chief, Manojlo Vukotic, was to be appointed
    manager. Mr. Stanojevic said that he had decided to resign because
    the capital behind Blic was 100% foreign, that the company served
    for money laundering, and profits from the newspaper ended up in
    private pockets, says Demokratija.


    Tuesday's issue of Belgrade's daily Nasa Borba says that the
    promotional launch of the political party formed by the former
    mayor of Belgrade, Nebojsa Covic, had been postponed. The paper
    claims that the promotion had been planned for March 10, but the
    founding members had run out of enthusiasm. The was to have been
    called Social Democracy and among founding members were said to
    include business magnate Bogoljub Karic, former Yugoslav Prime
    Minister Milan Panic and the former governor of the Yugoslav
    National Bank, Dragoslav Avramovic, according to Nasa Borba.


    Tuesday's Dnevni Telegraf claims that the weekly magazine
    Gradjanin (The Citizen), a joint venture of the former Minister
    for Information Aleksandar Tijanic and Dnevni Telegraf proprietor
    Slavko Curuvija, has been postponed. According to the Telegraf, Mr
    Tijanic plans to found his own daily newspaper before beginning
    work on the magazine.

    Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
    Edited by: Steve Agnew

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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