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Croatia

ZAGREB, Apr 20, 2000


VECERNJI LIST

Prime Minister Ivica Racan: It is important that we don't lose a good buyer in the Vecernji List case.

Interior minister Sime Lucin handed over new documents in the Vecernji List case to the police.

Two banking crises cost 50 billion kuna, said central bank governor Marko Skreb during a parliament debate.

Former finance minister Borislav Skegro demands protection after a newspaper alleged police is considering bringing him in on charges of taking provision in a telecom privatization.

The state plans to put an end to "wild" construction - some 500 buildings built without proper permissions will be knocked down this year.

Nineteen party slates and three independent lists for the May 7 local election in Zagreb submitted on Wednesday.

We found first bodies in the mass grave, said Hague tribunal investigator Steven Chambers.

If Croatia uses electricity from the Krsko nuclear plant, HEP would not have to raise the price of electricity 25 percent.

JUTARNJI LIST

President Mesic sent prime minister Racan and parliament speaker Zlatko Tomcic transcripts of conversation between late president Tudjman and his adviser Ivic Pasalic where they talk about buying Vecernji List for HDZ and covering it up.

Croatian internet firm sold a 51-percent stake to American investors for $5 million.

The ruling coalition voted against central bank governor Marko Skreb' report and is keen on replacing him.

Interior ministry confirmed former foreign minister Mate Granic was under investigation.

While the new government lags behind with drafting a law on privatization revision, foreigners are buying companies from tycoons.

After buying Splitska Banka, Italian Unicredito is preparing to buy Croatia and Dubrovacka as well.

The entire tourism industry faced with bankruptcy - most tourist firms have debt exceeding their capital.

The central bank made 526 million kuna on the banking crisis.

VJESNIK

Racan announced police probe into possible fraud linked with the sale of Vecernji List.

Vecernji List director Branko Lovric said that latest allegations will not put Styria deal in question.

Montenegrin president Milo Djukanovic said his country has never been closer to independence.

NOVI LIST

Slavonija county prefect Branimir Glavas said he is withdrawing from his position and from politics.

Some 700 Serbs were killed in the Croatian cities during the 1991-95 war, says a Serb leader Milorad Pupovac.

SLOBODNA DALMACIJA

Croatian tourist firms will get 230 million kuna for this season, says Anton Kovacev, the head of Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR).

CROATIAN WEEKLY GLOBUS

Power struggle between President Stipe Mesic and Prime Minister Ivica Racan appears to be waning - according to their preliminary agreement, the president would retain control over military intelligence and the premier over civilian secret services.

Audio tapes found in the presidential office show the sale of Vecernji List daily was a scam, which should now be dealt with by the police, says Mesic.

Interior Minister Sime Lucin has forwarded the tapes and other material to criminal police for examination.

The police are investigating last year's sale of a 35-percent stake of state telecom HT to Deutsche Telekom in which some state officials allegedly took millions of dollars as commission fee.

I am sorry that a respectable foreign investor has been drawn into a story that is being investigated by the police, says deputy PM Zeljka Antunovic, referring to Austrian Styria, which this week agreed to buy Vecernji list.

Leaders of the association of independent unions have told Racan they are very unhappy with the government's social policy, quoting the fact that some 35,000 workers lost their job this year and another 200,000 are likely to follow relatively soon.

Another dubious privatization: Postanska Banka has sold majority stake of Kinematografi, a company running cinemas and movie distribution in Zagreb, to an offshore fund from Cayman Islands.



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