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5th February, 1997
Seventy seventh day of the protest
President of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic sent a letter yesterday to the Prime
Minister Mirko Marjanovic, in which he demanded from the Government to accept
the recommendations and recognize as definite the results of 17th November
local elections. The citizens gathered on the meeting of the Coalition ZAJEDNO
accepted this news with disbelief.
"We haven't seen that letter and we have no comment about it" - said the
president of Serbian Renewal Movement, Vuk Draskovic. He added that the
President of Serbia received couple of important world statesmen and spoke
with them about urgent international loans, economic and cultural collaborati-
on, urgent abolition of visas between Serbia and other countries, and other
problems of vital importance to the citizens. Those important statesmen are the
Minister of Internal Security forces Zoran Sokolovic, commander of the savage
actions upon the citizens, general Badza, and the Chief of the State security
"If he had any senses, he would see that this would be the most ideal moment
to recognize fully and honestly the election results in every community, every
town and to invite the Opposition immediately to necessary democratic dialogue
on de-blocking the public media and providing a new electorial system. This
dialogue would take place in Parliament only, and only between the Parties in
Parliament. But there would be raised a question of responsibility for batte-
ring and everything else that happened in last eighty days", said Vuk Draskovic
to the gathered citizens.
At the end of his speech Draskovic said that it depended solely upon
Milosevic whether the fight for democracy would be led on the elections or on
Letter of congratulation to Vuk Draskovic
Vice president of the OSCE Assembly, Mr. Willy Wimmer congratulated the
President of Serbian Renewal Movement Vuk Draskovic. In his letter he wrote:
Dear Mr. Draskovic,
After the announcement to follow the will of the Serbian voter and to
recognize the results of the municipal elections as valid, I want to congratu-
late you and all those who fought for this with pride and without using
I hope that in close and good cooperation with the team of OSCE, the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia will have a democratic future and those, who live in
your country, will find a valid place again among all of us.
Slobodan Milosevic's proposal is non - constitutional
The letter of the President of Serbia Slobodan Milosevic addressed to the
Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic suggesting that he should use his constitutio-
nal authority to propose a new law to the Parliament, by which the local
election results in Serbia would be recognized in accordance with the OSCE
recommendations and the election crisis in Serbia ended, is non-constitutional
in itself - says judge of the Constitutional Court in Serbia Slobodan Vucetic.
This would be legally possible only if the report of the OSCE had a status of
a legal international act in accordance with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Constitution, and not a status of an expert opinion. The political and consti-
tutional crisis regarding the vote-theft is constitutionally and legally
impossible to solve in a pragmatic and a political way through the legal acts
of the Parliament and the Government. Political act of 'the ruler's good will'
is obviously an attempt to create an illusion of Government's readiness to
solve the election crisis in the system's institutions. It would also conceal
the fact that the deep political crisis and vote-theft are solely the responsi-
bility of the ruling party, - says in his statement Slobodan Vucetic, judge of
the Constitutional Court of Serbia.
Reaction of the legal council of the coalition ZAJEDNO to Slobodan Milosevic's
Coalition ZAJEDNO Legal Council President professor Dragor Hiber in his
statement regarding Milosevic's letter to the Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic
says among other things:
"This is a situation in which the decision is not made by the system's
institutions, but by the supreme master of Serbia who shows electoral grace
using the new law".
He also warned that the Serbian Socialist Party MPs will vote for the law
which will probably raise question of what the OSCE recommendations really are
and which results should be recognized by that law.
Police violence continues
After the yesterday's Coalition ZAJEDNO meeting the events at the Liberty
square led to a police raid. Four people were hurt in it and a fifteen-year old
boy had a nervous break-down watching the police beat his brother.
Statement of the presidency of the European Union
The Presidency is pleased that President Milosevic has announced that he
wishes to resolve the crisis with regard to the results of the local elections
on the basis of the recommendations of the OSCE mission. The Presidency notes
that President Milosevic proposes to this end that the Serbian Parliament
adopts a law which would recognize as definitive the results of all of the
local elections in Serbia, according to the recommendations of the OSCE.
The European Union will study the text of the draft law, which is yet
unknown, very carefully.
The Presidency recalls that the recommendations of the Gonzales report not
only refer to the results of the local elections but also to a dialogue with
the opposition on the further process of democratisation, in particular
revision of the electoral system, and diversity of opinions in the mass media.
When insisting on the full implementation of the recommendations, the European
Union also refers to this part of the report.
The Hague, 4 February 1997