Dienstbier embarrassed about situation in Kosovo

BELGRADE, Jun 21, 2000 -- (CTK) UN special human rights reporter for former Yugoslavia Jiri Dienstbier said in Belgrade that he was concerned about the situation in Kosovo and mainly about people waiting in custody for months to be brought before court, the news agency Tanjug reported tonight.

Dienstbier, Czechoslovakia's first post-November 1989 foreign minister, was interested in the status of Albanian prisoners in Serbian prisons and in some trials now underway.

Dienstbier met Yugoslav Justice Minister Dragoljub Jankovic and Maksim Korac, chairman of the government commission in charge of people missing in former Yugoslavia.

Korac told Dienstbier that there "are still 77 people of Serb nationality in prisons in Croatia." According to the independent agency BETA Dienstbier also met representatives of the opposition Otpor (Resistance) movement and lawyers and members of the families of two activists of the movement, Momcil Veljkovic and Radojko Lukovic who had been detained and accused of "an attempted murder."

Dienstbier also visited the wife of Serbian journalist Miroslav Filipovic, a collaborator of the Danas paper and the French news agency AFP, who has been accused of spying and spreading false information and who is held at the military court in Nis in southern Serbia.

Dienstbier ends his visit to Yugoslavia on Wednesday when he is to meet Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic.

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