Press Digest


BELGRADE, Apr 12, 2000


Yugoslav army chief of staff General Nebojsa Pavkovic received the Serbian police delegation headed by Interior Minister Vlajko Stojiljkovic, Public Security head Vlastimir Djordjevic and State Security Chief Radomir Markovic. Extremely successful and efficient cooperation in previous period was highlighted.

Floods endangered villages in northern Serbia close to the Romanian border. Thousands of people fight the overflowing rivers with help of the army.

Paper carried Tanjug interview with the independent Albanian author Fatmir Sheholi, who said more than 150,000 people who are not Yugoslav citizens live in Kosovo.

Head of the Yugoslav Commission for Cooperation with UNICEF Margit Savovic announced publishing of the "White Book" on killing and suffering of Yugoslav children during the NATO air strikes last year.


National Hydro Meteorology Institute said Yugoslavia had last year more rains than ever since 1888.


If all political initiatives for change of the situation in the country fail, the uprising of young people against the older ones might happen, concluded the public discussion "Generation X" at the Belgrade Media Center.

Democratic Party leader Zoran Djindjic said each opposition party should start its campaign throughout Serbia if the joint election lists are not finalized until the end of April.

Belgrade TV station Studio B and its editor in chief Dragan Kojadinovic were fined a total of 450,000 dinars, the maximum penalty under the Serbian information law.

Human Rights Committee of the Serbian National Council addressed the international peace forces in Kosovska Mitrovica with a protest note demanding harsh punishment of the Albanians, who issued a warrant with photographs of 40 Serbs.


Exactly three years ago, deputy police minister Radovan Stojicic Badza was killed in a Belgrade restaurant. After him, few other top-ranking police officers were killed. Killers were never discovered.

Paper carried an article on the opposition Dnevni Telegraf editor Slavko Curuvija, killed a year ago. "The state is sick, and the Serbian nation is in delirium. Main cause for that are (Yugoslav President) Slobodan Milosevic and (Yugoslav Left leader) Mira Markovic, surrounded by suspicious individuals, even criminals. Nothing will stop them leading us to lead an abyss," Curuvija told a news conference last year.


Alliance for Change coordinator Vladan Batic said the opposition block would launch its own campaign "unless agreement is reached on single opposition list few days after the Belgrade rally the latest."

Helsinki Human Rights Committee leader in Sandzak Sefko Alomerovic repeatedly warned on the existence of camps where non-Albanians were kept in Kosovo, saying they had solid evidence on their locations.



"Montenegro absolutely respect the sovereignty of China and will not make any diplomatic links with Taiwan," Montenegrin Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic said.


Blockade of the European Union financial support to Montenegro was lifted during the weekend. Besides previously promised 20 million Euro, republic might get additional 20 to 30 million from the European budget for macro-economic development. Such a support was so far blocked by the constitutional status of Montenegro within Yugoslavia, which deprived it of the status of internationally recognized country.

"Monetary council is finalizing draft law on Montenegro's bank and will suggest that Montenegrin central bank should not issue its own money. According to that version, it would be an independent Montenegrin institution in charge of monetary policy based on German mark...", Council's president Bozidar Gazivoda said.

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