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ODRAZ B92, Belgrade Daily News Service
Odraz B92 vesti (by 10PM), January 17, 1997
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NEWS BY 10 PM
STUDENTS ORGANIZE ``BREAKING CORDONS''
Several thousand Student Protest participants accompanied by
Judges from the Municipal Court began ``breaking the cordons'' at
19:30 hours tonight. Their aim is to defy a ban on marching
through the streets of Belgrade by facing police cordons until the
riot squads back off and allow them to proceed. Before the action
began, student leaders commented that it would be another long
night for the police because they do not know why they are in the
streets, whereas the students are full of purpose.
A judge from the Fifth Municipal Court of Belgrade addressed the
gathered students, saying: ``So long as the Constitution and the
law are on your side, the Belgrade judges are with you. The right
to public gatherings and protests is provided by the Constitution.
I hope we shall manage to establish a law-abiding state, with an
independent judiciary and an autonomous university.'' Prince
Aleksandar's letter of thanks was read out to the students, as
well as a message from Bozidar Maljkovic, the well known
basketball coach, saying that the students deserve 4 European
championship gold cups.
Around 21:00 hours, the 30 judges heading the students attempted
to break the cordon in Kolarceva Street. A public address system
was quickly set up. According to Radio B92's reporters in the
field, students were having fun in front of the riot squad lines,
just as they did the last two times they broke the cordons.
MILO DJUKANOVIC SENDS LETTER TO U.S. CONGRESSMAN
Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has sent a letter to
the U.S. congressman Bruce Vento, the head of the U.S.
congressorial delegation which recently visited Montenegro,
reports Slobodan Pavlovic of Fonet. Reiterating Montenegrin
support for freedom of the media and the statement that Montenegro
is implementing all its commitments under the Dayton peace treaty,
Djukanovic said in his letter: ``The members of the U.S.
congressorial delegation have severely criticized the Serbian
goverment for voiding the November 17 local electoral results. I
myself have made statements similar to these and was very
satisfied to get the full support of the Montenegrin Parliament.
In every meeting we had, one could get confirmation of the
complete commitment of our government officials to democracy,
human rights, ethnic tolerance and a market economy.''
With regard to the concern of the U.S. congressmen over the
problem of the Albanian population in Kosovo, Djukanovic wrote:
``Our government favours full democracy, human rights and freedom
of speech, public meetings and religious confession in Kosovo. As
you know, Kosovo is a part of Serbia and Montenegro has nothing to
do with the Milosevic administration's policy in that region.
Members of the former U.S. congressional delegation have met with
Albanian representatives in our parliament. They learned that
ethnic Albanians living in Montenegro are granted full civil
rights in Montenegro. I share the U.S. government's position that
Kosovo should remain an integral part of Serbia. To be honest, I
do not know what else my government could do with regard to the
actions of the Serbian authorities in Kosovo.''
NEW TV TRSTENIK STARTS BROADCASTING
Free Television of Trstenik started its broadcasts 19:30 hours
today using a new transmitter and with a new editorial policy.
FoNet has learned from the information service of the Democratic
Party that TV Trstenik's programmes can be viewed in 4 towns in
central Serbia. The new transmitter was funded by citizens'
donations, after the old one was taken down by the former general
manager of TV Trstenik, who is also a Socialist deputy.
WASHINGTON: SCEPTICISM ABOUT HINTS OF SERBIAN AUTHORITIES CAVING
No fresh U.S. statements are expected in Washington before January
20. The U.S. Administration has its hands full at the moment with
the Inauguration of the U.S. president on January 20, when
Madelene Albright will officially become the new chief of the
State Department, reports Slobodan Pavlovic.
Representative of the State Department Nicholas Burns has
announced that the U.S. will only believe in the desired outcome
of the crisis in Serbia when the elected representatives of
Zajedno are able to take their seats in the Belgrade City Assembly
and elect its new president. In the meantime, Burns warned that
this is the last chance for Milosevic to make a turn-about in his
policy and embark the process of democratization in Serbia, thus
halting the growing international isolation into which both
Republics of the Yugoslav federation are falling.
RUSSIAN PARLIAMENT DISCUSSES SERBIA AND BULGARIA
The Russian Parliament has expressed grave concern over the
chronic political crisis in Serbia resulting from the conflicts
between the opposition and authorities over local election
results. The Russian Parliament fears this destabilization of the
situation in Yugoslavia could affect the implementation of the
Dayton peace agreement, reports Branko Stosic for Fonet. The
Russian Assembly today adopted a statement on the worsening
political crises in a series of countries in the Balkan region.
The statement estimated that the civil confrontation in Yugoslavia
has become critical. The representatives in the Russian Parliament
urge that the peoples of Yugoslavia and Bulgaria themselves find
ways out of the current political crises in their respective
countries, without interference from abroad. The Russian
Parliament called on all sides in the conflicts to refrain from
extreme actions. The statement also called on all the parties
involved to seek solutions through constructive dialogues and to
respect democratic principles and the rule of law. The Russian
Parliament condemned attempts by Foreign Powers to use the
conflicts in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria for their own political ends
contrary to the best interests of the two countries. The
parliament stressed that this is a dangerous road leading to
destabilization of the whole Balkan region and undermining the
security of Europe itself. The statement further expressed the
parliament's approval of the Serbian government's decision to co-
operate with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
Europe (OSCE) but protested at the more and more open foreign
interference in the internal affairs of Balkan countries. The
Russian Parliament cannot just look on, the statement stressed,
and is prepared for constructive co-operation with the parliaments
and political forces in both Yugoslavia and Bulgaria in the
interests of preserving stability in the Balkans.
EU MINISTERIAL COUNCIL DISCUSSES SERBIA MONDAY
After the latest hardening of the Serbian authorities' position
towards the student and opposition demands, European reporters
conclude that the hard line has won the struggle within the ruling
party in Serbia, reports for FoNet Mirko Klarin for FoNet.
European analysts say that the signal for this hardening has come
from the Contact Group, who in their Brussels meeting last
Saturday said they are not considering the re-imposition of
sanctions against Serbia. Chair of the Organization for Security
and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Nils Helveg Petersen has said,
however, that this does not mean sanctions are absolutely out of
the question. European diplomatic sources, on the other hand,
believe that the sanctions would hit all, including the growing
numbers of Serbian citizens who oppose Milosevic. Instead,
measures targeted against Milosevic and his political allies
themselves are under consideration. The agenda of the forthcoming
session of the Ministerial Council of the European Union (EU) on
Monday is expected to include a discussion of such measures,
especially in the light of yesterday's resolution of the EU
Parliament, which demanded the freezing of all economic and
political relations of the EU and its member countries with
Serbia. The EU Ministerial Council should also state its position
on the initiative of the EU Parliament that an EU delegation be
sent to Belgrade to inform the Serbian government of all the
consequences of a prolonged failure to comply with OSCE
recommendations. The present Chair of the EU, Dutch Foreign
Minister Hanc van Mirlo has already expressed his willingness to
head such a delegation. Chair of the OSCE, Nils Helveg Petersen
has also said that he is prepared to go to Belgrade to initiate
talks with the government and the oppostion on ways to promote
democracy in Serbia. He stressed, however, that he would not have
further discussions with the Serbian government on whether the
electoral results and the Gonzalez mission's recommendations
should be respected. He said the electoral results simply must be
SOCIALIST APPEALS REJECTED IN NIS
The Nis Municpal Court rejected as groundless the appeal by the
Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) against the electoral commission's
decision. The decision granted 41 out of 70 Nis City Assembly
seats to the coalition Zajendo. The SPS can now appeal to the
Supreme Court of Serbia, but this appeal cannot postpone the
taking of power by the new City Assembly.
BELGRADE DEANS ON UOFB COUNCIL DECISIONS
``We express our grave concern over the contradictory decisions of
the UofB Council with regard to the demands of the Student Protest
96/97. The Council has publicly and fully supported all demands of
the Students Protest only to vote against the demotion of the UofB
Chancellor and Student Dean, which is a part of the demands of the
Student Protest. Great damage has thereby been done to the
reputation of the UofB. We warn the authorities and the general
public that this has made the resumption of teaching even
harder,'' said today's statement signed by the deans of 14 schools
of the UofB.
TALKS ON ARGITRAGE IN BRCKO REGION
President of the Republic of Srpska (RS), Biljana Plavsic had
talks in Banja Luka today with chief of the EU monitoring mission
for former Yugoslavia, Dan Evers. The two discussed the
implementation of the Dayton agreement and international
arbitration over Brcko, the RS newsagency SRNA reports. Plavsic
warned that the issue of Brcko could be a jeopardy to the peace
process in Bosnia. Evers's reply was a reassurance that the EU
monitors punctually and precisely report on the happenings in the
region. RS Foreign Minister Aleska Buha stated in Belgrade today
that he believed the RS and the citizens of Brcko can peacefully
await the withdrawal of the peace-keepers in their area.
VOJIN DIMITRIJEVIC VISITS PRAGUE TOMORROW
Vojin Dimitrijevic, a leading member of the management of the
Civil Alliance of Serbia, will leave for Prague tomorrow. He will
meet top officials from the Czech President's office, including
the Vice Czech foreign minister and representatives of the Czech
parliamentary foreign affairs commission, reports FoNet.
DJINDJIC MEETS KINKEL SUNDAY
German Foreign Minister Claus Kinkel will meet Zoran Djindjic, one
of the Zajedno leaders and head of the Democratic Party on Sunday,
announced the German Foreign Ministry today. This will be the
first official contact between the German government and the
coalition Zajedno, reports Milenko Babic for FoNet.
JUL'S STATEMENT ON ASSAULT ON CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
The Yugoslav United Left (JUL) issued a statement today on the
recent assault on the Chancellor of the University of Pristina.
``Secure and peaceful living of the citizens of Kosovo and
Metohija, as well as of the whole Serbia have been brought into
question recently. Jeopardizing anybody's life in Kosovo and
Metohija, in Belgrade or anywhere else is a terrorist act. Such
acts, regardless of the national, religious, political or
professional option must be promptly and severely punished,'' said
RATKO MARKOVIC: ELECTORAL COMMISSION'S DECISION IS A NIGHTMARE OF
Ratko Markovic, Vice-President of the Serbian Government has
described the latest decision of the Belgrade Electoral Commission
recognizing Zajedno's victory for the Belgrade City Assembly, as
``a nightmare of sheer nonsenses and untruths,'' reports Serbian
state media. He described the decision as ``a legal monster
dreamed up by somebody who wanted to deride the law and justice.''
Prepared by: Aleksandra Scepanovic
Edited by: Mary Anne Wood
ODRAZ B92, Belgrade Daily News Service
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