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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 15, 1997

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      NEWS BY 9 PM

        Serbian Parliament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
        Montengro State Prosecutor Denies Bulatovic Allegations  . .  48
        JUL Proposes Reforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  63
  15    Pesic Dismisses Zajedno Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  76
        Djindjic: Zajedno Not a Sacred Cow . . . . . . . . . . . . .  86
        BK TV Repairs Blocked  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
        Izetbegovic: Hunt War Criminals ``To the Ends of the Earth''
         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
  20    US to Crack Down on Dayton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120


      NEWS BY 9 PM


  25  The Serbian Parliament sat on Tuesday without representatives of
      the Zajedno coalition and the Democratic Party of Serbia who were
      boycotting the session in protest at the continued refusal of the
      government to resume live television broadcasts of sessions.

      The Parliament passed the final budget for 1996, with expenditure
  30  reduced 14.6% from the estimated 12 billion dinars.

      A new Chairman and members of the Electoral Commission were
      appointed. Radical Party parliamentary leader Tomislav Nikolic
      criticised the appointment of acting Supreme Court President Balsa
      Govedarica as Chairman of the Commission, saying that Mr
  35  Govedarica had had major responsibility for the November 1996
      electoral fraud and should have been removed from his position in
      the Supreme Court.

      The Parliament also passed legislation aimed at reforming prison

  40  The session will continue on Wednesday.

      Zajedno leader Zoran Djindjic on Tuesday criticised the
      appointment of Vlajko Stojiljkovic as Serbian Minister for the
      Interior. Dr Djindjic told Radio B92 that this was a continuation
      of President Milosevic's policy of appointing government officials
  45  as personal staff, and further demonstrated the weakness of the
      Government and its failure to understand the gravity of the
      problems facing Serbia.


      The State Prosecutor for Montenegro, Vlado Susovic, on Tuesday
  50  evening rejected claims by President Momir Bulatovic that the
      Montenegro State Security Service had breached the constitution.
      Mr Bulatovic on Monday called an urgent session of the parliament,
      claiming that the Service was taking repressive measures against

  55  Mr Susovic said that on the president's instructions he had
      investigated all documents pertaining to this issues and had found
      that no repressive measures had been intended. He stressed that
      there was no ground for initiating procedures against any member
      of the State security, adding that he had informed the President
  60  of this. Mr Susovic added that this could not have been the reason
      for the President calling an extraordinary session of the


      The Management Committee of the Yugoslav United Left (JUL) said on
  65  Tuesday that it had proposed to the government a comprehensive
      project for reform and restoration of society. The program
      insisted that partial change was not feasible and that the whole
      society would have to go through a radical change in order to be
      successfully and rapidly restored. The reform would carried out
  70  ``in line with the principles of modern and humane material and
      spiritual development, within the framework of the huge
      technological, economic, political, cultural and scientific
      changes and processes which characterise our epoch.''

      JUL also announced on Tuesday that it would filed candidates in
  75  this year's presidential and parliamentary elections in Serbia.


      Zajedno leader Vesna Pesic told Radio B92 on Tuesday that
      differences of opinion over the concept of the coalition were not
      critical, and that all three leaders were unanimous in their
  80  desire to preserve the coalition. Mrs Pesic added that she was not
      opposed to the idea that Zajedno should be broadened, adding that
      this did not necessarily mean new members. ``It is not necessary
      for everyone to become a member of Zajedno, but we could certainly
      hold discussions with people who could help us and advise us,''
  85  said Mrs Pesic.


      Zajedno leader Zoran Djindjic told Radio B92 on Tuesday that
      relations within the coalition were not critical, but that the
      main problem was in the concept of joint action. He said that this
  90  concept must imply the broadening of the coalition and gathering
      the support of all democratic forces in Serbia in order to win in
      the forthcoming elections.

      Dr Djindjic stressed that the goal of the coalition was victory,
      and anything which could help achieve that must be considered. If
  95  Zajedno did not do this, Dr Djindjic added, it would prove that
      its priority was not the democratisation of Serbia and he would
      see no reason to fight for the continuation of the coalition.

      ``It is not Zajedno which is the sacred cow,'' said Dr Djindjic,
      ``but democracy in Serbia.''


      BK Television announced on Tuesday that security staff at Radio
      Television Serbia had been preventing its technicians from
      repairing a faulty transmitter. The fault has impaired BK's
      coverage of the Novi Sad region. BK stressed that it had a proper
 105  lease for the transmission station, and even a court order
      allowing the company free access to the site.


      President of the Bosnian Presidency Alija Izetbegovic gave a
      rousing speech in Sarajevo on Tuesday, calling for war criminals
 110  from Bosnia to be hunted to the ends of the earth.

      Standing on the same stage where, two days earlier, Pope John Paul
      had called for reconciliation, Mr Izetbegovic told a crowd of
      2,000 soldiers and 30,000 civilians ``We cannot and will not
      forgive them.'' The rally was to celebrate the fifth anniversary
 115  of the establishment of the Bosnian Army.

      The Moslem President's rhetoric supported the fears of some
      Sarajevo diplomats that the Bosnian Army, equipped and trained by
      the US Government, may go back to war after NATO troops leave
      Bosnia in June 1998.


      US diplomat Robert Gelbard officially replace John Kornblum on
      Tuesday as Special Envoy for the former Yugoslavia. Mr Gelbard
      said on Tuesday that Washington would become more strict in the
      implementation of the peace agreement in Bosnia.

 125  Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
      Edited by: Julia Glyn-Pickett

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