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Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

    Odraz B92 vesti (by 9 PM), February 28, 1997

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    NEWS BY 9 PM


    The Agreement on Special Relations Between the Federal Republic of
    Yugoslavia (FRY) and 'Republika Srpska' (RS, the Serbian entity in
    Bosnia and Herzegovina) was signed on Friday in Belgrade.

    The Agreement calls for the formation of a Council for
    Cooperation, which will deal the relationship between FRY and RS.
    The Agreement is subject to confirmation by Yugoslav Federal
    Parliament and the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according
    to their constitutional regulations.

    Belgrade media report that the Agreement was signed by Yugoslav
    President, Zoran Lilic, and the representative of 'Republika
    Srpska' in the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Momcilo
    Krajisnik. The Presidents of Serbia and Montenegro, Slobodan
    Milosevic and Momir Bulatovic were present during the signing.

    Yugoslav President, Zoran Lilic, described the agreement as the
    most important ever signed between FRY and RS.

    President Milosevic, asked by journalists whether the he had
    fulfilled his promises to the Serbian people by signing the
    document declined to comment, saying only that they should read
    the agreement.


    Guided by the principles of the Dayton and Paris agreements on
    peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the aims of the UN Charter
    and Paris Charter, guided also by the wish of the Serbian people
    to develop in peace, stability, understanding, tolerance and
    equality with other nations of the region and of Europe,
    determined to strengthen bilateral connections and encourage
    democracy, peace, freedom and respect for human rights, determined
    to contribute to understanding between nations and good neighbour
    relations in the region, and convinced that it continuous effort
    is required in order to improve the rule of law and cooperation
    between themselves, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and
    Republika Srpska have agreed on the following:


    The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Republika Srpska (referred
    to in this text as the parties), confirm their determination to
    improve their relations on the grounds of frienship, trust,
    cooperation and respect for the interests of both parties, in
    accordance with the principles of independence, equality, respect
    for human rights and basic freedoms.


    The parties confirm that they oppose the use of force or threats
    of force in international relations and that they support peaceful
    solutions to international conflicts. In their overall relations,
    the parties will be guided by the aims of peace, stability and
    progress for all nations and countries on the grounds of equality,
    democracy and market economy.


    The parties will, through the development of their relations,
    contribute to the development of international cooperation and
    understanding, and they will strive to strenghten the role of the
    United Nations in peace-keeping and improvement of international
    peace and security.


    The parties confirm their dedication to the respect of
    international standards and obligations concerning human rights
    and elementary freedoms and their readiness to cooperate in
    solving international humanitarian problems.


    A Council for Cooperation is to be established (referred to in
    this text as the Council). The President of the Council will be
    the President of FRY, and the Vice President will be a member of
    the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from Republika Srpska.
    The Council will have seven members, three to be appointed by the
    President, and two by the Vice President of the Council.


    The Council will deal with the encouragement, planning and
    development of cooperation, especially in the fields of:
    establishing mutual relations relations; culture, education,
    science, technology, information, sports and other aspects of
    human creativity; economic development and cooperation in
    production, transport, power production, infrastructure and
    finance, with the aim of creating a unified market; economic
    renewal, reconstruction and development of transport, traffic and
    communications; production, exploitation and transport of energy;
    tourism and environment; prevention of natural disasters and
    alleviation of the consequences; cooperation of non-government
    organizations; migration, immigration and asylym; defence against
    terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal weapons trade, money
    laundering, damaging to civil airlines and all other kinds of the
    organized crime; regional security; state border control;
    citizenship; development of foreign policy and the relations with
    third parties and international organizations; development of
    legal and other regulations, and legal aid; resolving the
    succession of the former Yugoslavia; all other fields of common
    interest of the parties. For the sake of more efficient
    cooperation, the parties may reach special agreements on
    particular issues.


    The Council will meet as the need arises, but at least three times
    a month. The governments of both parties are obliged to consider
    initiatives, recommendations and conclusions of the Council,
    within 15 days. The Council is to meet in any case of a threat to
    international peace and security. The Council may, if the need
    arises, form special working groups for particular tasks or fields
    of cooperation.


    The parties will, as soon as possible, establish special parallel
    relations in order to foster the prosperity of their citizens and
    provide stable conditions for development, taking into account the
    sovereignty and territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina
    and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia


    Neither party will allow the use of its territory for agression
    aimed at the other party. The parties are obliged not to give
    military nor any other help to an agressor or agressors, in the
    event of one of the parties being attacked by a third party or
    parties. In the case of such an attack, in order to halt such
    agression and alleviate its consequences, both parties will make
    the utmost effort in accordance with the UN Charter and other
    international organizations and agreements. The conditions and
    means of cooperation in the matter of regional security will be
    regulated by a special agreement between the parties.


    The parties will particularly encourage joint investments in
    business, the transfer of technologies, connection of
    infrastructures and a joint approach to external markets, which
    will be regulated by special rules, economic policy, standards and


    The parties will establish special commissions for the
    establishment of economic cooperation.


    The parties are dedicated to the principles of the free movement
    of people, goods, capital, cultural products and information.
    Citizens of the parties may cross the inter-state border without
    visas and taxes. The customs services of each party will cooperate
    in facilitating the movement of goods, while preventing breaches
    of customs regulations.


    The parties will encourage the development of contacts between
    their parliaments, regional and local organs and institutions.
    They will also encourage cooperation between youth organizations,
    trade unions, education and sports institutions, expert,
    humanitarian and other social organisations.


    This Agreement is subject to ratification by the Yugoslav Federal
    Parliament and the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, according
    their constitutional regulations.

    Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
    Edited by: Steve Agnew

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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