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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
    Odraz B92 vesti (by 4 PM), December 15, 1996

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    NEWS BY 4 PM


    The Municipal Court in Nis today ordered the Nis Electoral
    Commission to review its decision to annul the results of the
    municipal elections in that constituency. The ruling was requested
    by the coalition Zajedno, which lodged an appeal to the Court. One
    of the local leaders of Zajedno, Zoran Zivkovic, made a statement
    for the Radio B92, concerning the court order: ``It gives us hope
    that something in this country still can be done in accordance
    with the law. This is a good sign, but we will wait for the new
    decision of the court. Until then, we'll be on the streets. We
    can't be sure that the real election results are recognized before
    we see our Council Members in the City Hall.''  The Court gave the
    Electoral Commission ten days to make a new decision.


    International law expert and long time member of the Yugoslav
    delegation in OSCE, Ljubomir Acimovic, in his statement for the
    Radio B92 said today that he thinks the examination of the current
    electoral crisis in Yugoslavia will be handed over to the OSCE's
    Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, which has
    already played the role of supervisor during the elections in
    former socialist countries. Acimovic stressed, however, that OSCE
    has never faced the situation of such complexity as the one in
    Serbia. It remains to be seen who will guarantee that the
    decisions of the OSCE's delegation will be carried out in
    practice. Perhaps it will be the US and the European Union,
    concluded Acimovic in his statement for the Radio B92.


    American Deputy Secretary of State, John Kornblum, and leader of
    the Serbian Renewal Movement, Vuk Draskovic, will meet in Geneva
    later today, announced the spokesman of the American Mission, Nick


    Zoran Djindjic, leader of the Democratic Party, gave an interview
    for today's issue of the newspaper ``Demokratija.''  Among other
    things, he said: ``Milosevic has begun to yield in a way that we
    do not really like. He has internationalized our country's
    internal affairs. However, it is interesting that he has agreed to
    allow a foreign delegation [to review the elections] although he
    rejected the proposal to form an electoral commission consisting
    of members of the Socialist party as well as members of the
    opposition. Experience has shown that whenever he
    internationalized some political crisis, he lost in the end. It
    happened in Croatia, it happened in Bosnia, it happened in
    Dayton.'' Djindjic also added: ``If the OSCE's Commission says
    that the elections were regular, we will say 'OK, we were wrong,
    we apologize to the people, we fooled them'.  But that is a
    scenario you won't find even in a sci-fi script. All that outside
    pressure on Milosevic is based on the documents and hard facts
    which have made available to international organizations.''


    The Steering Board of the student Protest '96 is organizing the
    first evening walk-about of student protesters in Belgrade today.
    Before the protest walk, the students of the Belgrade University
    will bid farewell to their colleagues who marched all the way from
    Novi Sad to Belgrade yesterday in an act of solidarity with
    Protest '96. Tonight's protest will begin at 6 PM.  It is expected
    that, on Tuesday, Protest '96 students will be joined by their
    counterparts from Nis, who started their march towards Belgrade
    today. The students from Nis plan to give copies of the original
    electoral minutes from Nis to President Milosevic. ``We hope that
    our 48 hour walk will be enough reason for the President to
    receive us for 15 minutes,'' said one of the leaders of the
    student march from Nis.


    According to the most recent survey of the ``Beomedia,''
    Belgrade's Radio B92 has the greatest number of regular listeners,
    compared to all other Belgrade FM stations. As a result of its
    reporting on the current political turmoil, its usual number of
    320,000 regular listeners has increased to more than 740,000 over
    the last twenty days, reports ``Beomedia.''

    Prepared by: Aleksandra Scepanovic
    Edited by: Vaska Andjelkovic (Tumir)

    ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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