Local Press Digest


BELGRADE, Apr 24, 2000


Yugoslavia's citizens, state leadership and army are decisively for peace, freedom and dignified human progress, said Colonel-General Dragoljub Ojdanic, the Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff. Ojdanic visited the central Serbian region of Takovo as Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's envoy, to mark the 185th anniversary of the second Serbian uprising.

Only efficient companies with a production program, appropriate technology, markets and a financial structure can increase their output and exports, Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic said in his expose on this year's economic policy.

Members of the Serb Liberation Army (OSA) terrorist organization, charged with plotting an assassination attempt against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, face trial in the southern Serbian city of Nis on Monday. The members have denied all charges during a preliminary hearing.


"We will continue to exert pressure on the regime until it yields in to our demand for general democratic elections," Serbian Renewal Movement leader Vuk Draskovic told the daily in an interview. "The fact that we have joined forces with the other opposition parties and a single election list doesn't mean that we are prepared to lend even a tiny bit of our strength to those who have spent the last decade sleeping," Draskovic said.

The swastikas and insulting graffiti which appeared on the walls and windows of the Democratic Party's (DS) Belgrade headquarters reflect a vandalistic response to the regime's fabricated charges against the DS, the party said in a statement.

Opposition unity is now a moral commitment too, Alliance for Change coordinator Vladan Batic told a news conference in Belgrade upon his return from Athens, where Serbian opposition leaders met with Yugoslavia's Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic.

Several hundred relatives and friends of the 16 Serbian television (RTS) employees killed in last year's NATO air strike on the RTS building paid tribute to the victims on the first anniversary of the tragedy. An RTS delegation headed by Editor-in-chief Dragoljub Milanovic and Ivica Dacic, the head of the Socialist Party's Belgrade board, laid wreaths in front of the RTS building.

Mladjan Dinkic, the managing director of the G 17 plus independent group of economists, said upon his return from Athens he had been told that Serbia would get four billion U.S. dollars in financial assistance once Slobodan Milosevic's regime is ousted.

Kosovo Albanians shelled the Serb-populated village of Gorazdevac, attacked Serbs in the village of Susica with wooden clubs and hurled stones at a Serb residential building in the Pristina suburb of Obilic.


"We want a different state, not a separate one," Sandzak coalition leader Rasim Ljajic said. Ljajic said the recently adopted political platform on Sandzak's future status outlines self-governing for the southern Serbian region.


Colonel-General Milorad Obradovic, the Commander of the Yugoslav Army's (VJ) Second Army, qualified as malicious reports in Montenegro that the VJ's seventh battalion is a paramilitary formation. "All those against Yugoslavia and the VJ should fear the seventh battalion," Obradovic told Podgorica's Elmag television station.

Milan Stojan Protic, one of the Alliance for Change leaders, said the United States was preparing a pilot project for the return of Serb refugees to Kosovo.


"We will never forget NATO aggression, the bombing of our country or the killing of our 16 friends and colleagues, nor can we forgive the NATO executioners for this crime," Serbian television (RTS) editor-in-chief Dragoljub MIlanovic said while paying tribute to the 16 RTS workers killed a year ago Sunday in a NATO air strike on the RTS building.

Montenegro POBJEDA

Petar Vujovic, the Montenegrin National Bank's Director, qualified as illegitimate the decision by bread and milk producers to sell their products for German marks only. "A dual currency system is effective in Montenegro and no one has the right to shut out one of the two currencies."


Albanian Foreign Minister Pascal Milo will arrive in Montenegro on Monday for a an official two-day visit. Milo and his Montenegrin counterpart Branko Lukovac will sign a memorandum on understanding between the governments of Montenegro and Albania.

Bozidar Gazivoda, president of the Montenegrin monetary council, said the exchange rate would depend on Belgrade's behavior and the amount of dinars issued by the National Bank of Yugoslavia.

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