Press Digest


SARAJEVO, Apr 12, 2000


A federation interior ministry official said that suspects in last year's assassination of late federation Deputy Interior Minister Jozo Leutar, killed in a car bomb explosion, were hiding in Croatia. He said the UN mission to Bosnia would mediate in extradition efforts.

The federation government proposed the extension of a deadline for the privatization of banks. In line with the new law, majority state-owned banks will have to be privatized by June 30 next year. Banks in which the state holds a minority stake must be sold by September 30 this year.

Bosnian Foreign Trade and Economy Minister Mirsad Kurtovic said Bosnia may become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the end of the year, together with Albania, Croatia and Macedonia.

Three children died on Monday in Sarajevo when they stepped into a minefield by a former frontline on the slopes of the mountain of Trebevic.

The Croatian chamber of commerce warned its Bosnian counterpart that failure to sign an agreement on free trade may jeopardize overall bilateral relations.

The Bosnian branch of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) said that according to preliminary municipal election results the party cemented its success from the previous elections.

The newspaper learns that Serb Democratic Party (SDS) may form a post-election coalition with the Party of Democratic Progress, the fourth strongest in Bosnia's Serb half and with the Socialist Party of Bosnian presidency member Zivko Radisic.

International fair Promo 2000 opens in Tuzla on Tuesday hosting some 300 companies, of which 40 percent are foreign firms.


The federation government said that Bosnia may host a donors conference in Sarajevo in July.

Partial election results from 30 of around 145 municipalities showed that the SDS was ahead in 11 out of 12 municipalities which had reported results in Bosnia's Serb half.

The HDZ remained dominant in Bosnian Croat areas, while Social Democratic Party (SDP) was ahead in five municipalities, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said.

The United States congratulated the people of Bosnia for conducting fair and peaceful local elections.


The federation government urged Bosnia's state institutions to adopt a strategy for the country's reconstruction and development ahead of a possible donors conference.

Newspapers published in Bosnia's Serb republic:


The Socialist Party of the Serb republic split in two a day after the country's local elections. A newly-formed party headed by Nebojsa Radmanovic is called the Democratic Socialist Party.

Some 97.2 percent of Serb republic citizens have registered for the participation in the privatization of state-owned assets in this entity.


The deputy head of the SDP, Sejfudin Tokic, said that the party planned to boost cooperation with the moderate Party of Independent Social Democrats of Serb republic Prime Minister Milorad Dodik and with the opposition New Croat Initiative (NHI).

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