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ODRAZ B92, Belgrade Daily News Service
Odraz B92 vesti (by 11 PM), January 16, 1997
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NEWS BY 11 PM
MILOSEVIC ANNOUNCES GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE
Belgrade media reported on Thursday that Serbian President
Milosevic and Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic met today to
discuss the current situation in Serbia and privatisation of the
President Milosevic stressed that the success of the economic
policy hinged on the ability of top cadres to implement it, and
announced a reshuffle in the government.
Mr. Milosevic insisted on the preservation of political stability
in Serbia because confrontation over political differences had not
only had negative political effects but also massive economic ones
for the country.
He also stressed that political differences must not be allowed to
block economic and day to day life, urging that the political and
party contentions be solved constructivelly and democratically.
He, again, pointed out the important role the government should
play in this.
BELGRADE ELECTORAL COMMISSION ACKNOWLEDGES ZAJEDNO'S MAJORITY
The Belgrade Electoral Commission's decision acknowledgning
Zajedno's majority in the Belgrade City Assembly, was sent today
to the coalition Zajedno. That decision annuled 45 rulings by the
Belgrade Municipal Court on November 23, which cancelled 33
Zajedno seats in the Belgrade City Assembly.
The legal term for the appeal against this decision is 48 hours
from the time of notification. Zajedno has no intention of
submitting any appeal, but sources have indicated that the
Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and the Yugoslav United Left (JUL)
may to do otherwise.
This commisssion decision also annuled the November 23 rulings of
the Belgrade Municipal Court -- namely the 3rd and 4th electoral
The electoral commission claimed that the court only had the
authority to annul the commission's decisions after the SPS had
filed their complaints and order it to revise its electoral
The court, however, did not have the authority to call a new round
of elections, and the Municipal Court decision to do was therefore
According to the Belgrade Electoral Commission's decision of
January 14, Zajedno holds 60 seats in the Belgrade City Assembly,
the coalition SPS-JUL 23, the Serbian Radical Party 15 and the
Democratic Party 2. The commission has ordered its legal staff to
determine in 3 days' time what happened to the 10 remaining
disputed seats in the 3rd and 4th electoral round.
58TH PROTEST'S WARNING: SPS WILL ANNUL ELECTORAL COMMISSION'S
The 58th protest in the streets of Belgrade started on Thursday
surrounded by 3-deep riot police cordons in Kolarceva Street. To
avoid confrontation, and at the invitation of the Zajedno leaders,
the demonstrators withdrew from that street to the adjacent
Opposition leader Zoran Djindjic warned the demonstrators that
Serbian President Milosevic would cancel the decision of the
Belgrade Electoral Commission to restore the Zajedno victory in
the Belgrade City Assembly.
Mr. Djindjic continued that deep divisions plagued the ruling
Socialists and that it was time for the more astute part of the
Socialist Party to publically reject the adventurist policy of
``It is time for everybody in this country to declare which side
they are on: on the side of insanity or on the side of common
sense,'' emphasized Djindjic.
He labelled as false, information that Zajedno leaders had met
with Milosevic. ``During the previous six years our President has
never summoned us to talk about the future of Serbia. We would
have told him what we think. It is normal practice in every normal
country. But Serbia is not a normal country. He does not even have
to call us. It would be enough to mail us a single sentence saying
that he had decided to respect the will of the people. Then we
could talk about how to replace him peacefully,'' stressed
Fresh from her trip to France, Zajedno leader Vesna Pesic, told
the crowd that the French government had also supported Zajedno at
the session of the Organization for the Security and Co-operation
in Europe and the European Union ministerial council on January
``They think it is important in the long term that we keep our
protest up, that we make a good programme, and that Serbia will
then be admitted to the European Union. It is crucial that we
persevere in our protest. You have seen what a plan the Yugoslav
United Left has made. They are resorting to delaying tactics to
fool the world and wipe us out of here. If they fail in that, you
have seen how many of them are in favour of the use of force,''
Mrs. Pesic also said that in her estimate the Belgrade Electoral
Commission's decision had not been influenced by either Serbian
President Milosevic or his wife Mirjana Markovic, but was made by
a group of people who respected their conscience.
Pesic continued that it was essential that the protest gave the
authorities a deadline to recognize the legitimate electoral
results. If the authorities failed to meet this deadline, Pesic
warned that Zajedno would raise all Serbia.
Opposition leader Vuk Draskovic said that Zajedno had won in the
eyes of the world, and would soon win in those of Serbia. He said
the authorities had 3--4 days to recognize Zajedno's victory after
which all Serbia would rise.
After the meeting, the demonstrators marched through Belgrade
pedestrian Knez Mihajlova Street.
DJINDJIC: MILOSEVIC MAY ANNOUNCE STATE OF EMERGENCY
In a statement for German Television, opposition leader Zoran
Djindjic, said that he expected that the electoral commission's
decision to restore the Zajedno victory in Belgrade would be
revoked as the government has a right of appeal.
He assessed that, after that, the crisis in Belgrade might
deteriorate and that Milosevic could even go so far as to announce
a state of emorgency.
Mr. Djinjic announced that the protests in Serbia would continue
nonetheless until the opposition's victory was recognized in all
14 cities where the authorities had cancelled November 17
ZAJEDNO LEADERS FLY TO ROME TONIGHT
Representatives of the opposition coalition Zajedno -- Vesna
Pesic, Vuk Draskovic and Zoran Djindjic -- will fly to Rome
tonight at the invitation of the Italian government.
The leaders of the opposition are to have talks with Foreign
Minsiter Lamberto Dini and other senior representatives of the
Italian government. The Zajedno leaders are expected to return to
Belgrade on Friday at 14:00 hours, to attend the day's protest in
the Serbian capital.
PESIC: SITUATION IN BELGRADE COMPLETELY UNCERTAIN
Vesna Pesic, one of the Zajedno leaders and head of the Civil
Alliance of Serbia, told a press conference on Thursday that
circumstances surrounding recognition of the local electoral
victory of Zajedno in Belgrade were ``completely uncertain.''
She explained that it was still unclear whether or not the
Belgrade Electoral Commission had made the decision on its own or
on instructions from the Socialist Party of Serbia, who wants to
pacify the demonstrators and confuse the international community.
STUDENTS WASH WALL OF BELGRADE UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR'S BUILDING
Today's 56th day of student protest was dedicated to the action of
scrubbing the wall of Belgrasde Chancellor's building because, in
the words of students, the Chancellor himself cannot be cleaned of
The Steering Board of the Student Protest 96/97 announced 2
actions for Friday: at noon, the students of the School of
Veterinary will bring domestic pets in front of their school and
take them for a walk; at 18:00 hours all students are expected to
gather in front of the Faculty of Philosophy and march with a
number of judges who have recently joined them.
LE PENN TO VISIT SRS
Vojislav Seselj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS)
announced on Thursday that a delegation of the French 'Front
National', lead by the party's president Jean Marrie Le Penn, is
to pay an official visit to the SRS.
Seselj stated that the reason for this visit was the similarity
between the ideologies and interests of the two parties.
Referring to the decision of the Belgrade Electoral Commission to
recognize the initial electoral results of the second round,
Seselj said his party would be glad to get its seats back but that
this decision showed that ``no rule of law existed in this
Commenting on the attempted assassination of the Chancellor of the
University of Pristina, Seselj said this action was aimed creating
an atmosphere of panic and insecurity among Serbs living in
Kosovo. ``It is only the forboding of the serious terrorist
actions the Albanian separatists plan for March,'' said Seseljl.
CONSTITUTION OF NIS CITY ASSEMBLY ON JANUARY 27
Protocole of the Nis City Assembly announced today that the
session to constitute a new Nis City Assembly will be held on
January 27. This date was agreed on at a meeting with outgoing Nis
mayor, Stojan Randjelovic and the Zajedno leadership of Nis.
A new mayor and president of the city government will be elected
at this session. The Zajedno Nis branch announced that the
protests in this city would continue until the local election
results of November 17 were recognized in all the cities in Serbia
where that coalition had won.
MIHAJLOVIC: CURRENT CRISIS DOES MASSIVE DAMAGE TO SERBIA
In an interview with Reuters new agency, Dusan Mihajlovic, leader
of New Democracy (ND) urged for the immediate recognition of
opposition victories in the local elections in Serbia, FoNet
reported on Thursday.
``The massive damage the current crisis has done to Serbia is
proof of a stupid and irresponsible policy,'' he saidand added
that his party's position was that the best way out of the crisis
was that both the authorities and the oppostion respect the OSCE
Analysts believe ND is opening the door which Milosevic has so far
refused to go through, in spite of the growing political and
economic damage the country is suffering.
Mihajlovic warned that there are only a few days left to sort out
``this chaos.'' Reuters also pointed out that Mihajlovic had in
mind the forthcoming EU ministerial council and the inaugurational
ceremony of the U.S. president.
``These two gatherings are expected to put great pressure on
Milosevic, but it remains unclear whether the Serbian President
will bow to the last call to reason,'' Mihajlovic concluded.
KINKEL DEMANDS THAT MILOSEVIC ACKNOWLEDGE ZAJEDNO VICTORY
The German Government and parliamentary parties called on Serbian
President Slobodan Milosevic to acknowledge the oppositon
victories of November 17, Reuters reported on Thursday.
During a recent German parliamentary debate, all parliamentary
parties expressed their support for the coalition Zajedno. German
Foreign Minister Claus Kinkel said that the recognition of the
Zajedno victories in Belgrade and Nis City Assemblies must be
implemented along with their victories in other Serbian cities.
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DEMANDS RELATION WITH BELGRADE ARE FROZEN
The European Parliament issued a resolution on Thursday urging the
EU member states to freeze economic and other relations with
Belgrade until the November 17 opposition victory in the local
electons have been recognized, reports AFP.
This decision should be effective until the recommendations of the
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe have been
fully implemented and further democratization started.
The European Parliament will also demand that a mission comprising
of the former, present and the next chair of the European Union be
sent to Belgrade to warn the Serbian authorities of the importance
of an urgent and complete implementation of the OSCE
recommendations, as well as to establish contacts with opposition
RESOLUTION OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON SITUATION IN SERBIA
In a resolution adopted in a plenary session in Strazbourg today,
the European Parliament demanded that the Comission, Ministerial
Council and the governments of the EU member states refrain from
entering into any discussions on furthering their relations with
the FR Yugoslavia until specific steps have been taken towards the
implementation of the OSCE recommendations and the democratization
of the Serbian political system, reports for FoNet Mirko Klarin.
The EU Parliament also called on the Commission, the Ministerial
Council and the governments of the EU member states to hold this
position in the managing bodies of the International Monetary Fund
and the World Bank, as well as in the negotiations in
reprogramming the Yugoslav debts.
Lest this be taken as a sign that the future development of the FR
Yugoslavia with the EU depended on the implementation of the
Gonzalez mission of the OSCE, the European Parliament reminded
Serbian authorities that the ultimate goal of the Dayton accords
was to establish the rule of law, democracy and respect of the
human rights throughout the territory of the former Yugoslavia.
This included the return of the autonomous status of Kosovo and
full co-operation with the International War Crimes Tribunal in
OSCE: SIMPLE SOLUTION -- RECOGNITION OF OPPOSITION VICTORY
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
stated on Thursday that the solution to the political crisis in
Serbia was simple -- Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's
authorities should fully recognize the opposition victory in the
local elections and hand seats in the municipality and city
assemblies over to them.
Danish Foreign Secretary and chair of the OSCE, Nils Helveg
Petersen has said that he has made this clear in his letter to
Yugoslav Foreign Minister Milan Milutinovic, reports Reuters.
In his letter, Petersen stressed that Gonzalez, chief of the OSCE
fact-finding mission, founded his report on the fair electoral
results, which cannot be disputed or negotiated.
Petersen advised Belgrade to initiate law changes to prevent
future nullifications of electoral results on the grounds of minor
technical difficulties and arbitrary repetitions of voting.
In his address to the permanent council of the OSCE, Petersen
expressed his willingness to open up negotiations with Belgrade on
the ways of furthering democracy in Serbia in the spheres such as
the freedom of the media, independend judiciary and improvement of
the electoral system. He also said that Belgrade must accept an
OSCE mission to Kosovo, Sandzak and Vojvodina.
CHANGES EXPECTED IN POSITION OF RUSSIA
Although Sergey Beljajev, the leader of the parliamentary faction
of the pro-Serbian government movement of ``Our Home is Russia,''
went to Belgrade on a private visit, his talks with the
representatives of the opposition in Serbia may effect a change in
the Russian position towards the current situation in Serbia,
assessed Russia's national radio station ``Voice of Russia'' .
The Radio stated that Beljajev's visit to Belgrade had filled a
gap in the contacts between Russian authorities and opposition
politicians in Serbia, all the more for his statement that the
democratic forces of Russia supported the demands for democratic
change in Serbia and Yugoslavia, reports for FoNet Branko Stosic.
IZETBEGOVIC TO SPEND 5 DAYS IN HOSPITAL
Alija Izetbegovic, President on the rotating presidency of Bosnia
Herzegovina, will spend 5 days in hospital for routine medical
checks, stated the Bosnian Presidency information department.
SOMARUGA AND KRAJISNIK TALK ON MISSING PERSONS
Momcilo Krajisnik, member of the Bosnian Presidency, and Cornelius
Somaruga, chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross
(ICRC) had talks in Pale today.
The talks concerned the issue of missing persons and the future
activities of the ICRC in the Republic of Srpska (RS). RS
newsagency SRNA reported that Somaruga has stated that they agreed
on the necessity of the intensification of the ICRC's work in the
RS, and the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to provide help for
the most afflicted as soon as possible.
Somaruga stressed that the ICRC will be able to solve one of the
most delicate humanitarian problems -- that of the missing persons
-- only with the active participation of the RS and BiH
authorities and all national communities.
STUDENT PROTEST IN SKOPJE
A group of Macedonian students staged a protest today in front of
the Macedonian parliamentary building in Skopje. They were
protesting the proposed bill of the School of Pedagogy to provide
teaching in Albanian, reports newsagency Makfax.
The goal of the Macedonian students is to pressurize the
Macedonian MPs, who are in session for the first time this year
not to discuss this bill.
The student protest began two days ago, when a student delegation
met with the Macedonian Prime Minister and the Minister of
Education. But the Macedonian government refused to withdraw the
bill and suggested that student protestors join parliamentary
Macedonian press has described the protest as ``reckless'' and
``an attempt to cement ethnic-national divisions.''
The management of the ruling Social-Democratic Union has condemned
the student protest for seeking to deprive Albanian students of
their democratic rights. Albanian political parties in Macedonia
have also condemned the protest as ``shameful.''
Prepared by: Aleksandra Scepanovic
Edited by: Julia Glyn-Picket
ODRAZ B92, Belgrade Daily News Service
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