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Press Digest

Croatia

ZAGREB, Apr 12, 2000


VECERNJI LIST

Two wage payments to protesters of meat processor PIK Vrbovec avert a blockade of the Zagreb-Budapest railway on Monday afternoon.

Dozens of millions of German marks have been illegally taken out of Cratian banks, British banking expert Andrew Lovegrove says.

The government's press release was late - the Hague tribunal prosecutors have been searching the Lika region for alleged mass graves since last Saturday.

Obrad Kosovac sacked as editor-in-chief of Croatian Television, Neda Ritz to act in his stead until a new editor-in-chief has been appointed.

Two clandestine passengers found dead among bananas on board a Dutch vessel in Rijeka port.

JUTARNJI LIST

The intelligence community has so far been focused mainly on its political adversaries, Interior Minister Sime Lucin says.

Ozren Zunec declines comment on reports that he had sent his resignation as head of secret service HIS, which he has been prevented in revamping, to President Stipe Mesic last Friday.

If certain individuals at the central bank are replaced now, it will not be over their current activities but past sins, parliamentary speaker Zlatko Tomcic says.

Musician Dino Dvornik cancels his Serbian tour: They only wanted to pay me a half of the agreed sum of 50,000 marks ($24,600) while promising I would be greeted as a king. What's a king without gold?

VJESNIK

State president, Prime Minister and parliamentary speaker discussed secret services for two hours last night.

An 80-percent increase in farming subsidies to partly offset the impact of lower import duties after the WTO entry.

Bosnian HDZ wins Sunday's poll in all municipalities with a Croat majority in the neighboring country.

NOVI LIST

Excavations of alleged war crimes victims in Gospic - beginning of an end to a collective guilt of the town's residents?

Three European retailers interested in building a 27 million mark mega-market with Rijeka's Brodomerkur.

SLOBODNA DALMACIJA

Foreign diplomats protest at a flurry of staff changes at the foreign ministry, suspecting the new government of giving jobs to its own boys, similarly to the HDZ.

Former head of Splitska Banka under police investigation for malpractice that allegedly damaged the central bank for a total of 50 million marks in early 1990s.

CROATIA WEEKLY NACIONAL

The IMF conditions extension of a $250-million facility upon postponing payment of old debt to pensioners, cutting by another five percent salaries of public servants and keeping the minimal wage at 1,500 kuna instead of raising it to 1,700.

Although President Stipe Mesic proposes a parliamentary system, the government plans to strip him completely of his powers in the next two months.

Heads of secret services appointed by Mesic and Prime Minister Ivica Racan, respectively, have different views on the reorganization of the intelligence community.

I have left the HDZ because I realized that it cannot reform itself, says Pavao Miljavac, a former defense minister who defected to the Democratic Centre of Mate Granic.

Caritas Fund paid for the shares in Vecernji List after the agreed deadline, so the contract could be annulled, says head of the parliament committee investigating the affair.

The ruling coalition plans to sack central bank governor Marko Skreb at a parliament session this week.



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