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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

      Odraz B92 vesti (by 9 PM), April 6, 1997

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      NEWS BY 9 PM

        Serbs and Albanians in New York  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
        Children Killed in Sarajevo  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
        Eastern Slavionia Referendum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
  15    Germany Criticised Over Repatriation . . . . . . . . . . . .  50
        RS Decries Hunt for Karadzic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  57
        Karadzic's Private State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  65


      NEWS BY 9 PM
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      Most of the participants for the Kosovo Dialogue have gathered in
      New York over the weekend. Those present include Zajedno leaders
      Vuk Draskovic and Vesna Pesic with Miroljub Labus representing the
  25  third of the triumvirate, Zoran Djindjic.

      Of the Serbian ruling leftist coalition, only the New Democracy
      party is so far represented.

      All invited Kosovo Albanians have arrived, and have announced that
      they will jointly promote the idea of an independent Kosovo.


      Three children were killed by an exploding mine in suburban
      Sarajevo on Sunday. SFOR spokesman Tony White said that the
      Bosnian government had announced that the children died in a mine
      field. According to Mr White an investigation was under, but
  35  details of the incident were so far unknown. He added that a
      Catholic monastery near Kakani, 60km to the north of Sarajevo had
      been attacked on Saturday night. The explosion caused considerable
      damage to the building.


  40  A referendum was held in Eastern Slavonia on Sunday to determine
      the Serb position on whether the region should remain one unit
      after reintegration with Croatia. Croatia has divided the region
      into two units and thirty municipalities. Two hours before polling
      closed, 75% of the electorate had cast votes.

  45  UNTAES spokesman Philip Arnold told media on Sunday that the Serb
      referendum would not affect the April 13 elections in Croatia and
      the peaceful reintegration of the region into Croatia. Mr Arnold
      also said that the most local Serb leaders had displayed little
      interest in the referendum.


      Dudit Kumin, representative of the UN High Commissioner for
      Refugees on Sunday criticised Bonn authorities for forcing Bosnian
      refugees to return to Bosnia. She predicted that this would have a
      destabilising effect, risking new tensions and social conflict if
  55  large numbers of refugees are forced to live somewhere in Bosnia
      other than their homes, which have been destroyed.


      The foreign minister of Republika Srpska, Aleksa Buha, on Sunday
      said that a new war could ensue if international troops launched a
  60  hunt for former RS President Radovan Karadzic and military
      commander Ratko Mladic. Mr Buha said that masses of documentation
      had been sent to the Hague War Crimes Tribunal and, if these had
      been taken into account and if justice existed, the indictments
      against the two men would have been withdrawn.


      The former president of Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadzic
      maintains a monopoly in tobacco fuel and other goods, lining his
      pockets with millions of US dollars at the expense of RS, claimed
      Sunday's issue of the New York Times. The paper claimed Western
  70  diplomats and RS officials as its sources. These sources alleged
      that Mr Karadzic holds these monopolies jointly with Momcilo
      Krajisnik, the RS representative on the Bosnian Presidency. The
      current RS President, Biljana Plavsic had claimed that the state
      had no control over the economy, and that the police and other
  75  institutions had reacted severely against her orders to
      investigate tax avoidance. The New York Times reports that the
      monopoly had alienated international donors who believe that the
      RS has become the private property of two people.

      Prepared by: Marija Milosavljevic
  80  Edited by: Steve Agnew

      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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