Local Press Digest

BELGRADE, Apr 28, 2000 (Rtr)


Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic received the Russian and Chinese ambassadors to the United Nations. Milosevic said the UN mission in Kosovo was to blame for the unbearable situation in the southern Serbian province and the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo's Serb and other non-Albanian population.

The Yugoslav Left's platform is aimed at improving the quality of life and developing the south, Yugoslav Left head Mirjana Markovic said at a celebration in Crna Trava, southern Serbia.

The killer of JAT managing director Zika Petrovic, murdered in Belgrade on Tuesday night, had an accomplice. The two assassins escaped in a vehicle.

A number of witnesses have testified against members of the Serb Liberation Army (OSA), accused of plotting assassination attempts against Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff Nebojsa Pavkovic and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. The state Tanjug news agency claims that Boban Gajic, the main defendant, had links with former Yugoslav Army Chief of Staff Momcilo Perisic.


Serbia's opposition leaders will meet in the Social Democrats' headquarters on Thursday to determine a future strategy, following the April 14 protest rally in central Belgrade.


Alliance for Change (SZP) Coordinator Vladan Batic told a news conference that the SZP would intensify its campaign next month. He said some parties outside the alliance would join the SZP at protest rallies across Serbia.

The authorities can't stop the inflation, Economic Institute experts said. The amount of money in circulation has increased and so have prices. Consequently, the foreign trade deficit has risen, said economist Nebojsa Savic.


The ruling coalition of the Socialist Party of Serbia, the Yugoslav Left and the Serbian Radical Party will have a two-thirds majority in the federal parliament if the Serbian Renewal Movements keeps its promise to walk out when the body convenes in May.

Montenegro POBJEDA

Montenegrin Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic said the platform on redefining relations between the coastal republic and Serbia was still valid although Serbia had shown no interest in Montenegro's proposal.


"Montenegro has never been treated equally in the Yugoslav federation and this has not changed to date. If the coastal republic is not treated as an equal partner, it will choose its own separate way," Montenegrin Foreign Minister Branko Lukovac said.


The national anthem was played and ten salvos were fired in Podgorica to mark April 27, Yugoslavia's statehood day. The ceremony was ordered by Slobodan Milosevic, the Yugoslav President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

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