Press Digest

Yugoslavia - BELGRADE, Apr 11, 2000


The Serbian parliament starts its regular spring session on Tuesday with a discussion on the draft law on election of deputies for the federal parliament and a population census.


The Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) leadership invited all its members and supporters to the opposition rally in Belgrade on 14 April "in a protest against the terror in Serbia and to demand democratic elections".

Democratic Party leader Zoran Djindjic said before 2,000 people gathered in Belgrade's municipality of Lazarevac on Saturday this gathering marked the beginning of the pre-election campaign of the Alliance for Change and the united opposition.

- The Independent Journalist Association of Serbia asked Serbian police head Vlajko Stojiljkovic to inform the public of results of the investigation into the murder of Slavko Curuvija, journalist and owner of Dnevni Telegraf daily, who was killed a year ago.


Belgrade Studio B said it would not appear at the trial it was summoned to on Monday under slander charges pressed by police general Branko Djuric for its broadcast on 3 April.

Commenting the European Union decision to strengthen financial sanctions against Yugoslavia, the paper said the opposition would not benefit from them at all and would probably be accused of agreeing to a new trade embargo against the country and even of initiating it.


The Serbian National Council in Kosovska Mitrovica said it planned to bring back about 20,000 Serbs to villages in the Istok and Klina municipalities with support of the international peace forces.


Montenegrin Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic will arrive on an official visit to China on Monday. He will ask for China's support to Montenegro's stands about redefining relations in the Yugoslav federation that Podgorica and Belgrade have to agree to on an equal footing.


SPO leader Vuk Draskovic accused Yugoslav and Serbian ruling parties' leaders Slobodan Milosevic, Mirjana Markovic and Vojislav Seselj of being "the biggest traitors and national pests" in Serbia's history.

"The People's Party realizes that only Montenegrin citizens can decide on the future of the republic but also thinks that such a decision must not be contrary to the interests of big powers. Both the idea of Montenegro's total independence and of a unitary Yugoslavia would lead to conflicts and would only suit (Yugoslav President) Slobodan Milosevic's regime," the party's leader Dragan Soc said.

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