Local Press Digest

SARAJEVO, Apr 28, 2000 (Rtr)

Moslem-Croat federation DNEVNI AVAZ

The nationalist Party of Democratic Action (SDA) is on Friday due to decide on a series of resignations submitted recently by its officials in state institutions, including federation Prime Minister Edhem Bicakcic.

The Bosnian three-man inter-ethnic presidency nominated Tihomir Gligoric, a former Bosnian Serb deputy prime minister, as chairman of Bosnia's new and expanded central government, the Council of Ministers.

Bosnia's Moslem and Croat presidency members agree that the country's foreign affairs ministry will remain headed by a Bosnian Croat minister, the daily learned.

The UN mission to Bosnia praised the adoption of a law regulating the judiciary in Bosnia's Serb republic.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has started to implement the results of Bosnia's local election.

Despite generous international assistance, the Bosnian economy is not yet self-sustaining, said Richard Sclar, the U.S. envoy for southeastern Europe.

The World Bank will pledge $12 million for the reconstruction of the water supply system in the southern town of Mostar.


Mostar mayor Safet Orucevic denied reports that he would take over a post in the federation government or in the country's central cabinet, the Council of Ministers.

The international community's High Representative in Bosnia, Wolfgang Petritsch, said he was pleased about developments in the Tuzla canton to make the local government there more accountable and transparent.

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) announced that it would appoint party members as mayors of four Sarajevan municipalities within the next two weeks.

Slovenia's largest food retailer Mercator is due to open a shopping center in the capital Sarajevo by December 1.


The European Union and the EU-backed Stability Pact for southeastern Europe said that out of 2.4 billion euros ($2.21 billion) pledged at last month's international donors' conference for the region up to 270,000 euros would be allocated for refugee returns.

Serb republic GLAS SRPSKI

Bosnia's Serb republic parliament adopted a law on the privatization of state-owned apartments.

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