Press Digest

SARAJEVO, Jan 23, 2000 -- (Reuters) These are highlights of the main news in the Bosnian press on Friday. Reuters has not verified these stories nor does it vouch for their accuracy.

- Newspapers published in Bosnia's Moslem-Croat federation:


- Bosnian Moslem presidency member Alija Izetbegovic disagrees with a decision allowing Bosnian Croats to vote in Croatia's presidential election on Monday.

- The armed forces of Bosnia's two territories have successfully completed military reduction of 15 percent.

- The Moslem-led ruling Coalition for United and Single Bosnia will propose its own draft election law to parliament, said Adnan Jahic, a spokesman for the Party of Democratic Action. He was speaking after a Western-sponsored draft was defeated in parliament earlier this week.

- Nearly 20,000 Serb and Croat citizens have returned to their prewar homes in Sarajevo since the end of war in 1995, said a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency.

- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has barred nine candidates from taking part in April local elections because they continue to occupy other people's apartments, thus violating property legislation.

- Local experts who took part in drafting a proposed election law which failed to be passed by parliament should step down, said Zlatko Lagumdzija, head of the opposition Social Democratic party.


- The lower house of the Moslem-Croat federation parliament failed to adopt legislation on forming a single pension fund in the federation, casting doubt on World Bank credits aimed at restructuring the sector.


- A journalist of the independent magazine Dani had to leave his home in the northern town of Tuzla because of death threats against him and his family, the magazine said.

- A military body with Western and local military and political officials has decided that a joint Bosnian army unit should take part in UN peacekeeping missions.

- Newspapers published in Bosnia's Serb republic:


- Serbian opposition parties are scheduled to sign a formal agreement on cooperation on January 27 in the Bosnian Serb capital Banja Luka.

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