Local Press Digest


ZAGREB, Apr 19, 2000


Government has yet to reveal details of the sale of two banks, Rijecka and Splitska, to German and Italian banks. Even the price of majority stakes is still unclear.

Austrian publisher Styria AG to take over Vecernji List. It only remains to complete legal formalities, says the daily's director Branko Lovric.

The Croatian branch of Raiffeisenbank buys a stake in shipyard Viktor Lenac, worth $1.3 million.

Citizens of Gospic sign protest petitions as Hague tribunal experts seal off an area and investigate under heavy security.

There are no sealed indictments against any Croatian citizens, says deputy chief prosecutor of the Hague tribunal, Graham Blewitt, adding the tribunal will probably ask permission to investigate several other locations in Croatia.


Croatia's state prosecutor joins Hague investigators on the ground in Gospic, who start exhumations in a destroyed village.

President Stipe Mesic says the 1998 sale of Vecernji List to two Croatian companies via an offshore fund was a scam which involved senior state officials.

Deadline for handing in lists of candidates for Zagreb elections expires tonight. It is still unclear if Prime MInister Ivica Racan might the head party slate for the Social Democrats.


Clients can rest assured that their deposits will be safe if Zagrebacka Banka takes over Cibalae bank, says the latter's interim administrator Ivica Maloca, appointed by the central bank.

The government has to do its utmost to find out the fate of some 1,500 Croatian soldiers who are still missing from the 1991-95 war, says Ivica Pancic, Minister of War Veterans.


Commentary: Legal experts hired by President Mesic to draft constitutional changes have done a good job and those who disapprove their proposal will have to work hard to present equally valid arguments.

We did not know civilians were being killed (in Gospic). We were receiving reports that people had gone missing, but were always told they had gone over to the Serb side, says former Foreign Minister Mate Granic.

We expect (state oil monopoly) Ina to become decentralized and start taking decisions on local levels, says Sanjin Krigin, director of Ina's refinery in Rijeka.


Anton Kovacev may remain at the helm of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR), although he is member of the former ruling HDZ party.

President Mesic has formed a team of experts to draw up a strategy of raising computer-awareness and use in Croatia.

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