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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

      Odraz B92 vesti (by 8 PM), April 19, 1997

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      NEWS BY 8 PM

        Eastern Slavonia: UNTAES Announce Preliminary Election Results
         . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
        Stanimirovic Slams Supervision of Elections in Eastern Slavonia
  15     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
        Montenegro: Bulatovic Had To Give In . . . . . . . . . . . .  49
        Slobodan Milosevic In Athens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  63
        Meeting Of Milosevic and Izetbegovic In Croatia?   . . . . .  78
        Vuk Draskovic -- Presidential Candidate  . . . . . . . . . .  87
  20    Seselj: Elections in Eastern Slavonia Irregular  . . . . . .  97


      NEWS BY 8 PM


  25  The UN Transitional Authority in Eastern Slavonia announced on
      Saturday preliminary results of last weekend's local elections.

      Croat parties have won control of the region's main cities of
      Vukovar and Ilok, as well as 15 municipalities. The Independent
      Democratic Party of Serbs (SDSS) has won control of the city of
  30  Beli Manastir and ten municipalities.

      In the symbolically important town of Vukovar the SDSS won a
      relative majority with 47% of votes, but ethnic Croats have
      overall control with the combined wins of the Croat Democratic
      Union (HDZ) -- 40% -- and the Independent List of Tomislav Mercep
  35  -- 13%.


      Leader of Serbs in Eastern Slavonia Vojislav Stanimirovic on
      Saturday strongy criticised the widespread confusion and technical
      problems that dogged local elections last weekend.

  40  Mr. Stanimirovic told reporters that electoral regulations had
      been violated at more than half of polling stations and that
      elections had gone ahead inspite of the irregularities.

      There were reasons for the elections to be annuled, but Mr.
      Jacques Klein thought that ``it was better that people were
  45  voting, even if the regulations were violated,'' stated Mr.
      Stanimirovic and said that Mr. Klein ``made a mistake by letting
      the Croatian government organize the elections, instead of taking
      over the organization by himself.''


  50  Main Board of the Democratic Party of the Socialists of Montenegro
      (DPS) On Friday night, after long and dramatic discussion, adopted
      the conclusions about the compromise within the party fractions in
      conflict, Montena Fax reports. Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic
      managed to resist the demands of President Momir Bulatovic, for
  55  the reshuffle and even complete dismissal of the government
      members and the Parliament Speaker, Svetozar Marovic. The Board
      decided that the government line-up may be changed only on the
      parliament session, announced for May 12. Montena Fax reports that
      the balance of power within the DPS changed, and that Prime
  60  Minister had the support of the majority in the party's Main
      Board, so President Bulatovic had to give in and ease the


      Greek press claims that Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic
  65  arrived in Athens for a private visit, FoNet reports. Mr.
      Milosevic will be staying in the Yugoslav Embassy, and will remain
      in Athens until Monday. There is no official confirmation whether
      Serbian President will meet anyone of the Greek officials, while
      it is certain that he will meet his personal friend, former Greek
  70  Prime Minister, Konstantin Micotakis. Newspaper 'Exusia' says that
      Mr. Milosevic had been in private visits to Greece several times
      before, but that this time Greek government received no Mr.
      Milosevic's request for a meeting with any of the Greek officials.
      Paper also says that he will meet with Greek businessmen and
  75  bankers.  'Elefeteros Tipos' says that Mr. Milosevic's visit is
      the counter balance to the last week's visit of the Montenegrin
      Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic to Greece.


      Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zagreb, Kasim Trnka, told
  80  Belgrade daily Nasa Borba that the preparations for the meeting of
      Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and President of the
      Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Alija Izetbegovic were
      ongoing. They should meet in Croatia, but it is still uncertain in
      what city or place. Mr. Trnka said that the BiH Foreign Ministry
  85  were currently reviewing the draft agreement on diplomatic
      relations, proposed by Yugoslavia.


      President of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), Vuk Draskovic,
      will be the candidate for the Serbian President in the forthcoming
  90  elections. Main Board of the SPO reminded that, according to the
      internal agreement of the Zajedno coalition, the presidential
      candidate of the SPO was automatically the candidate of the whole
      Coalition. Main Bard also announced that the Vice President of the
      party, Ilija Radulovic, had submitted his resignation and that the
  95  members of the Board who were ``mentioned in the media as the
      followers of Mr. Radulovic,'' had denied the allegations.


      President of the Serbian Radical Party, Vojislav Seselj, on local
      Radio Zajecar assessed that the local elections in the Eastern
 100  Slavonia had been ``irregular'' and accused the international
      community for ``producing the false results.''  Mr. Seselj also
      said that ``if Croatia occupies the Serb territories, Serb people
      will go for another exodus,'' and demanded from Yugoslav
      authorities to ``protect the people and stop the exodus.''

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

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