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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), April 15, 1997

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        Serbian Parliament Elected Vlajko Stojiljkovic . . . . . . .  21
        Marjanovic: Criminals Killed Stojicic  . . . . . . . . . . .  29
        SPS Denies Albanian Negotiations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41
  15    Radicals: Socialists Hypocritical  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  50
        Draskovic: Trust Re-established  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  62
        Tudjman Wins Provinces, Loses Cities . . . . . . . . . . . .  85


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      The Serbian Parliament on Tuesday elected Vlajko Stojiljkovic,
      former Chairman of the Chamber of Economics, as Vice President of
      the Government and Minister for the Interior. An official
  25  statement says that Mr Stojiljkovic had worked in the police force
      for a number of years. The session was not attended by
      representatives of the Zajedno coalition and the Democratic Party
      of Serbia.


  30  The Serbian Prime Minister, Mirko Marjanovic, on Tuesday said that
      he supposed that murdered Deputy Interior Minister Radovan
      ``Badza'' Stojicic had been the victim of criminals. ``We still
      have no proof, we have not caught the killer. It is too early to
      speak about who killed him, but we have instituted all measures to
  35  catch the murderer,'' said Mr Marjanovic, who added that he did
      not fear for his personal safety because he was doing his job
      fairly and correctly. When asked whether Mr Stojicic had also been
      doing his job fairly and correctly, the Prime Minister replied
      ``Yes, he had, but if someone really wants to kill you, you can
  40  hardly stop him.''


      The General Secretary of the governing Socialist Party of Serbia,
      Gorica Gajevic, said on Tuesday that the SPS had not negotiated
      with Kosovo Albanians. ``The SPS expressed its views on Kosovo
  45  through the constitution. All problems should be handled on the
      basis of the constitution.''  She added that the SPS was yet to
      decide if it would participate in possible round table Serb-
      Albanian talks in Belgrade, and that that decision would depend on
      who organised the talks and what was on the agenda.


      The parliamentary leader of the Serbian Radical Party, Tomislav
      Nikolic, on Tuesday said that the ruling Socialist Party had
      behaved hypocritically and unconstitutionally, and that their
      behaviour in the Serbian Parliament only encouraged the repression
  55  of democracy and the escalation of criminal activities in the
      country. Mr Nikolic said that the Radicals had been unsuccessfully
      trying to regain parliamentary mandates which had been stolen, and
      that the Radical Party was the only serious opposition party which
      had attempted to open a fair dialogue with the authorities in
  60  order to establish peace, order and parliamentary democracy in


      The President of the Serbian Renewal Movement, Vuk Draskovic, on
      Tuesday said that the foundations of trust within Zajedno had been
  65  re-established by the signing of a new agreement. Mr Draskovic
      said that mistrust had been the main cause of rumblings within the
      coalition, but that it was now overcome and belonged to the past.
      ``Some public statements had sparked that mistrust. Yesterday's
      agreement is very important because it defined the implementation
  70  of all that was already agreed. We decided that if Zajedno
      participates in this year's elections, the Civic Alliance of
      Serbia will propose the candidate for the Speaker of the
      Parliament, the Democratic Party will propose the candidate for
      Prime Minister and the Serbian Renewal Movement will propose the
  75  candidate for President,'' said Mr Draskovic, adding that the
      Zajedno coalition would not be expanded by new members. ``Of
      course we would like to have the support of Mr Panic or Mr Karic,
      but they cannot become members of Zajedno. Any addition of small
      political parties would man new headaches and new destabilisation
  80  of the coalition,'' claimed Mr Draskovic. He added that the
      Zajedno members had no ideological differences and that they had
      the same economic plan, and the same views on both internal and
      foreign policy and that they would stick to those principles in
      any possible election campaign.


      The governing Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has won the Croatian
      parliamentary elections, but lost several major cities in the
      local elections. Analysts say that the result of the republic
      elections does not reflect the real support of the people, but is
  90  the product of an electoral system which enables a party with a
      relative majority to automatically gain an absolute majority in
      the parliament, despite the number of votes. HDZ's best results
      were in Slavonia and worst in Istria. The City Assembly of Zagreb
      will have 50 HDZ members and 50 members of all other parties
  95  combined.

      Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
      Edited by: Steve Agnew

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