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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 22, 1997

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      NEWS BY 9 PM

        SPS Believes in Milosevic  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
        Draskovic Purges Party in Novi Sad . . . . . . . . . . . . .  43
        Djindjic Supports Plavsic  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  56
  15    Klein Announces Election Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  66
        Croatia to Normalise Relations With Belgrade . . . . . . . .  73


      NEWS BY 9 PM


      The Vice President of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), Bosko
      Perosevic, on Tuesday said in Moscow, where his party is a guest
      at the fourth congress of the Communist Party of Russia, that the
      SPS had not yet discussed its possible candidate for the Serbian
  25  presidential elections. ``So far, there was only hypothesis about
      Mr. Milosevic's candidacy for the President of Yugoslavia, but he
      had not made a final decision about that. Having Slobodan
      Milosevic is a big advantage.

      The SPS did not lose much in the recent protests, and we retained
  30  our voters,'' said Mr Perosevic and mentioned Vuk Draskovic's
      candidacy for the position of Serbian President: ``Today Vuk
      Draskovic is advocating a monarchy, tomorrow he wants a republic,
      now he is a nationalist, now he is not. This is his handicap and
      we will use it in our campaign and television debates, and that
  35  will have a decisive impact on the voters. The opposition does not
      know what it wants to do with Kosovo or Vojvodina. They had to go
      to New York just to realise the things we had known for years.''

      Asked what the SPS offered to voters, Mr. Perosevic replied:
      ``Stability in Serbia, a better life, a market economy, better
  40  education, health and social services.'' He added that the SPS did
      not intend to repeat the privatisation mistakes made by Russia,
      saying that the Chinese example was much better.


      The President of the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), Vuk
  45  Draskovic, on Tuesday announced a radical purge of the party
      branch in Novi Sad and the dismissal of disloyal members. Mr.
      Draskovic said that six SPO members of the City Assembly of Novi
      Sad on Tuesday morning had joined a new group, calling itself the
      Novi Sad SPO. Those members would be expelled from the party, said
  50  the SPO leader.

      Mr. Draskovic also said that he had learned from the newspapers
      that the Democratic party (DS) would return to the Serbian
      parliament sessions. ``We (the SPO) will return there only when
      live TV broadcasts return, too. I hope that the DS also does not
  55  want to enter the media darkness,'' said Mr Draskovic.


      The President of the Democratic Party, Zoran Djindjic, on Tuesday
      expressed his support for the President of Republika Srpska (RS),
      Biljana Plavsic and her efforts to ``regain the international
  60  credibility of the RS by prudent policy.''  ``I welcome her
      efforts to overturn politicla decisions and divert the flow of
      money back into legal institutions, so that the authorities can be
      controlled and life normalised.'' Dr Djindjic said that RS should
      not confront the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and thus
  65  the whole world, because RS would then have no chance.


      The UN Administrator for Eastern Slavonia, Jacques Klein, late on
      Tuesday announced the results of last week's elections. The
      Serbian Democratic Autonomous Party won 47,95% of votes and the
  70  Croatian Democratic Union 43,65%.  General Klein added tht the UN
      Security Council would soon reach a decision on whether the
      control over Eastern Slavonia would be extended beyond July 15.


      The Croatian Foreign Minister, Mate Granic, on Tuesday said that
  75  Croatia was seeking the normalisation of relations with Belgrade
      and all states of the former Yugoslavia. Mr Granic said that
      Croatia and Yugoslavia had already signed the agreement on
      normalisation and mutual official recognition, and stressed that
      ``negotiations on various bilateral agreements were proceedings.''

  80  Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
      Edited by: Steve Agnew

      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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