Local Press Digest


BELGRADE, Apr 18, 2000



Terrorists left their signature at the Yugoslav Left (JUL) building in Cacak, the party said in a statement after its Cacak office was set on fire on Saturday. "A few days ago we saw frustrated NATO creatures speak at the Belgrade rally and they backed their words on Saturday in Cacak," said JUL directorate's Secretary Ratko Krsmanovic.

The Montenegrin leadership is panicking ahead of upcoming local elections in Podgorica and Herceg-Novi. "The newly-formed pro-Yugoslav coalition has brought fear to the ranks of the coastal republic's regime," an official of the JUL's Podgorica board said.


"We can only exist together," Democratic Center leader Dragoljub Micunovic said after the Friday opposition rally in Belgrade. "The rally was the biggest ever seen in Belgrade."

The Yugoslavia coalition in Montenegro is our response to separatists, said Momir Bulatovic, the leader of the Socialist People's Party (SNP) and the Federal Prime Minister.

Ibrahim Rugova, the leader of the Kosovo Democratic League (LDK) rallying ethnic Albanians, said a new war would break out in the province if the international community tried to re-incorporate it into Yugoslavia in any way.


No one in Montenegro has any reason to fear the Yugoslav Army, said Colonel-General Nebojsa Pavkovic, the Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff.

Dobrosav Gavric, the prime suspect in the murder of Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan, denied all charges during a preliminary hearing on Sunday. Gavric said he had nothing to do with the murder.


The daily has learnt that Serbian President Milan Milutinovic is in still in hospital after heart surgery. Milutinovic was due to be discharged over the weekend. A team of doctors said after the surgery last Monday that the Serbian President was recovering as planned.

The mass turnout at the opposition rally on Friday has showed that there is opposition in Serbia. More than 200,000 people have shown they want to get rid of the regime through early general elections, commentary.

"The opposition can come to power in Serbia only with the bayonets of foreign powers," Serbian parliament speaker Dragan Tomic said.


Kosovo Albanian terrorists have looted and burned more than 250 Serb homes in several villages near Pec and Urosevac this weekend, radio amateurs said. A police checkpoint between Lucani and Dobrosin came under a mortar attack on Sunday.


"Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb Army Commander indicted by the Hague Tribunal for war crimes, currently resides in Belgrade," said Wolfgang Petritsch, the international community's High Representative for Bosnia.


"It is quite certain that the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Social Democrats and the Popular Party will appear at local elections in Podgorica and Herceg Novi as a coalition," said Miodrag Vukovic, the DPS Executive Board's Vice-President.


No one in Montenegro or Yugoslavia has a right to betray people determined to keep Montenegro's and Yugoslavia's national essence," said Predrag Bulatovic - the Socialist People's Party President. He said local elections in Podgorica would be important for the coastal republic and its people.

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