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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 14, 1997

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    NEWS BY 4 PM


    Vecernje Novosti on Friday, claiming sources among top Socialists,
    said that Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic will be President
    of Yugoslavia by the end of June, when current president, Zoran
    Lilic's term expires. According to the paper, once the parliament
    elects Mr Milosevic Federal President, parliamentary and
    presidential elections will be called in Serbia by September at
    the latest.


    A panel discussion on the Draft Law on Public Information took
    place in the Serbian Parliament on Thursday evening. The Zajedno
    Parties and the Serbian Radical Party did not attend. The panel
    will meet again when a new draft of the bill has been prepared.

    Democratic Party spokesman Slobodan Vuksanovic on Friday said that
    the Zajedno parties did not attend the discussion panel on the
    draft information law because they had proposed a better solution.
    This was a round table, not only on the liberation of the media,
    but also on electoral law, party funding and the control of
    elections. Mr Vuksanovic said that the government would probably
    disregard this proposal and that new protests were possible.


    Socialist Party Secretary General Gorica Gajevic told media after
    Thursday's panel in the Serbian Parliament that the round table
    proposed by Zajedno would be a backward step. Ms Gajevic accused
    Zajedno of using blackmail against the parliamentary panel. She
    claimed that all Zajedno's demands, including that for consensus,
    had been incorporated into the panel.


    Most of the editorial staff of Belgrade news magazine NIN demanded
    on Friday that General Manager Tomislav Dzadzic reverse his
    decision to take disciplinary action against four of their
    members. The journalists insisted that Mr Dzadzic's decision to
    suspend the four was unjustified, as they had not obstructed a
    staff meeting on March 3, as alleged, but merely left the meeting,
    along with fourteen other journalists. The staff members left the
    meeting in protest at the replacement of Editor in Chief Dusan


    The trial of Montenegrin Opposition Leader Slavko Perovic was
    adjourned on Friday before the verdict was handed down. Mr Perovic
    is on trial on slander charges brought by Montengrin President
    Momir Bulatovic, Parliamentary Speaker Svetozar Marovic and Prime
    Minister Milo Djukanovic. As the verdict was about to be read, Mr
    Perovic snatched the document from the judge's desk, tore it into
    pieces and flung it at the judge. Mr Perovic was protesting at
    police barring of journalists and his relatives from the
    courtroom, although the trial was supposedly public. The judge had
    refused to intervene in this matter. Following the incident the
    judge adjourned the case and left for consultations in Podgorica
    on the matter of Mr Perovic's contempt of court.


    The Serbian Parliamentary Committee for Serbs outside Serbia, on
    Friday adopted the draft Agreement on Special Parallel relations
    between Yugoslavia and Republika Srpska. The Committee described
    the agreement as a strong affirmation of the policies of peace,
    equality and democratic relations among nations and states.


    The Serbian ministers for Civil Engineering, Trade and Industry on
    Friday visited Pale in Republika Srpska. They attended discussions
    on final arrangements for implementing the Agreement on Special
    Parallel Relations between Yugoslavia and Republika Srpska.


    The president of Republika Srpska, Biljana Plavsic, told Belgrade
    daily Nasa Borba that she would not have signed the Agreement on
    Special relations between Yugoslavia and Republika Srpska. Ms
    Plavsic said that the agreement had no basis either in the
    constitution of Republika Srpska or in the Dayton accords. She
    added that although the document incorporated a number of
    provisions to which RS was entitled, the docusment was
    unnecessary, and had been signed behind the peoples' backs. The
    president insisted that the document had only been a draft, and
    that Mimcilo Krajisnik, who had signed it, had disregarded the
    Senate of Republika Srpska in doing so. She added that RS was
    completely unsupported by Serbia, and that it was unwise for a
    country to tie itself to another country in a weaker position. Ms
    Plavsic said that because of that she supported Montenegrin Prime
    Minister Milo Djukanovic. who wanted to pull Montenegro out of the
    whole thing.


    Montengro Tourism Minister Ivo Armenko on Friday announced that
    Yugoslav Government would revise tourist visa arrangements during
    its next session. He said that visas would not be required for
    foreign tourists during the next tourist season. Instead, they
    would be issued with tourist passes at Montenegro's external
    borders. The passes would be valid for one month, according to Mr

    Prepared by: Marija Milosavljevic
    Edited by: Steve Agnew

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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