Local Press Digest


BELGRADE, Apr 14, 2000


Serbian Parliament Speaker Dragan Tomic unveiled a plaque to the victims of NATO bombing at the Grdelica bridge, where 15 people died and 44 were wounded when a train full of passengers was hit by NATO jets during last year's air campaign against Yugoslavia. "Helpless people were killed deliberately," Tomic said.

Employees of Belgrade city television Studio B have sent an open letter to Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) leader Vuk Draskovic saying that things have never been worse for them. The SPO controls Studio B television and radio.

The fifth column is trying to dismember our country, three high officials of the ruling coalition told Serbian television on Wednesday evening. Serbia's Deputy Prime Ministers Milovan Bojic of the Yugoslav Left and Vojislav Seselj, Serbian Radical Party leader, said Serbian opposition parties did not want dialogue.

Setting off an explosive device outside the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) headquarters in Belgrade's Vracar district is a classic act of terrorism, Serbian police chiefs told a news conference on Wednesday. The SPS main board called the incident an act of political terrorism.


Over 30,000 hectares of farmland in Serbia's northern province Vojvodina have been flooded by the Tamis river.

The Kosovska Mitrovica board of the Kosovo Serb National Council (SNV) has asked its representatives who joined the province's Interim Administrative Council, set up by the U.N. step out of it.

Dragan Nikolic, one of the suspects in the murder of Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan, told the daily he was nowhere near the murder scene at the time it happened. Raznatovic was killed in the lobby of Belgrade's Intercontinental hotel on January 15.


The technical preparations for Friday's opposition protest rally in Belgrade are going ahead as planned, as more than 300 security personnel will be engaged to prevent incidents, the Alliance for Change said in a statement. A Serbian police officer has called on his colleagues to refrain from stepping out of their authority and thus ease the apparent tension.


The opposition protest rally on Friday will be peaceful and dignified, said Momcilo Perisic, the Movement for Democratic Serbia leader and a former Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff.


Unidentified Kosovo Albanian assailants have set on fire several Serb homes in the town of Orahovac while German KFOR troops stood by and watched, radio amateurs said. They added another Serb exodus from the town was being organized in order to prevent the return of refugees and displaced persons.



We have no intention in electing the authorities in Serbia as we are very sensitive to attempts by Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to elect the authorities in Montenegro, the coastal republic's President Milo Djukanovic told Montena radio.


The Socialist People's Party (SNP) Vice Presidents Predrag Bulatovic and Zoran Zizic have apparently started implementing their decision on becoming passive party officials. They are objecting to a decision of the party's executive board to join forces with the Yugoslav Left and the Radicals for the upcoming local elections in Podgorica and Herceg Novi.

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