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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

      Odraz B92 vesti (by 10 PM), April 4, 1997

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      NEWS BY 10 PM

        Draskovic, Djindjic in Public Clash  . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
        Pesic Denies Conflict  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  37
        Milentijevic: US Government Snubbed SPS  . . . . . . . . . .  49
  15    New York Dialogue  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  64
        Djukanovic, Marovic Ready to Move  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  71


      NEWS BY 10 PM


      Zajedno leaders Vuk Draskovic and Zoran Djindjic made no attempt
      to hide their differences over Mr Draskovic's candidacy for this
      year's presidential elections at a media conference in Washington
      on Friday.

  25  Dr Djindjic avoided answering a question as to whether he
      supported Mr Draskovic as Zajedno's candidate, instead insisting
      that Zajedno would field no candidate unless the coalition's
      conditions for the election process were first met. These were
      freedom of the Serbian media, change of the electoral system and
  30  international monitoring of the elections.

      Mr Draskovic sharply opposed that view, saying that the selection
      of a candidate should proceed simultaneously with the fight for
      democratisation. He added that the democratic opposition always
      retained the option of leading the people back onto the streets if
  35  Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic failed to meet the demands of
      the Serbian people and the international community.


      The third member of the Zajedno triumvirate, Civic Alliance leader
      Vesna Pesic, on Friday said that rumours of differences among the
  40  Zajedno leaders were unfounded. ``We are very satisfied with
      today's meetings, as well as with our internal relationships,''
      said Mrs Pesic, adding that the Zajedno leaders had already been
      informed of the private visit to the USA of Mr Draskovic's wife
      Danica. ``There is no conflict over Mrs Draskovic's visit,'' said
  45  Mrs Pesic.

      Mrs Draskovic had earlier made a lengthy statement criticising
      Zoran Djindjic and fiercely defending her husband's candidacy for
      the presidential elections.


  50  The Serbian Information Minister, Radmila Milentijevic, on Friday
      said that the real reason the Socialist Party of Serbia would not
      attend the New York dialogue on Kosovo was that the Zajedno
      triumvirate had been invited to hold discussions with US Secretary
      of State Madeleine Albright, while the SPS had received no such
  55  invitation.

      ``If the SPS and the government had asked for my advice on the
      matter, I would also have advised refusing to attend,'' said the
      minister, adding that it was unacceptable that the opposition
      representatives were invited for discussions while the government
  60  was not. ``This is a signal of great consequence for our political
      circumstances,'' said Miss Milentijevic.

      The dialogue on Kosovo has been convened by the non-government
      Project for Peace.


  65  Kosovo Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova on Friday confirmed that a
      seven member Albanian delegation would attend the dialogue on
      Kosovo in New York next week. Mr Rugova said that the Albanian
      delegation would unanimously call for an independent Kosovo.

      Zajedno leader Vesna Pesic also confirmed on Friday that she would
  70  participate in the conference.


      The Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro,
      Milo Djukanovic and Svetozar Marovic are ready to found a new
      political party, if the lose support in the Montenegrin
  75  parliament, BK television reported on Friday.

      Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
      Edited by: Steve Agnew

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