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Yugoslav Daily Survey 96-02-12

Yugoslav Daily Survey Directory

From: ddc@nyquist.bellcore.com (D.D. Chukurov)

12 February 1996


CONTENTS

[A] F.R. OF YUGOSLAVIA

[01] MILOSEVIC AND HOLBROOKE DISCUSS BOSNIAN PEACE ACCORD IMPLEMENTATION

[02] YUGOSLAV DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER EXPECTS NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS WITH E.U. SOON

[B] RUSSIA - YUGOSLAVIA

[03] YUGOSLAVIA, RUSSIA SIGN PLAN ON MILITARY COOPERATION

[C] REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

[04] R.S. GOVERNMENT: NO CONTACTS POSSIBLE WITH MOSLEM-CROAT FEDERATION

[D] SREM-BARANJA REGION

[05] SERBS WILL HONOR ACCORD

[E] FROM FOREIGN PRESS

[06] FRANCE CONSIDERS FRY AS SUCCESSOR TO FORMER YUGOSLAVIA


[A] FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA

[01] MILOSEVIC AND HOLBROOKE DISCUSS BOSNIAN PEACE ACCORD IMPLEMENTATION

Belgrade, Feb. 12 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke discussed late on Sunday topical issues of the implementation of the Bosnian peace accord.

A statement released after the talks said that Milosevic and Holbrooke had focused on steps necessary for full adherence to the Bosnian peace accord. The sides to the Bosnian conflict were reminded they should strictly respect the obligations they had undertaken with the peace accord, meaning there should be no illegal arrests or detention of persons by either sides, the statement said.

Isolated incidents should not be allowed to obstruct the general implementation of the peace plan, but responsibility for individual incidents, which are doubtless dangerous, should not be taken lightly, the statement quoted Milosevic as saying. The statement said that this was why every such incident should be dealt with immediately in the interest of the progress of the confidence-building process between the Republika Srpska and the Muslim-Croat federation. Strict respect of the Bosnian peace accord is a crucial prerequisite for this process, the statement said.

[02] F.R.Y. EXPECTS NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS WITH E.U. SOON

Novi Sad, Feb. 10 (Tanjug) - The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radoslav Bulajic said that the normalization of relations with European Union member-states was a question of days or weeks.

In an interview published Sunday by Novi Sad daily Dnevnik, Bulajic listed among Yugoslavia's foreign policy priorities a lasting and stable peace in the region, full lifting of international sanctions against Belgrade, normalization of relations with former Yugoslav republics and Yugoslavia's full reintegration in world political, financial and trade organizations and institutions.

Yugoslavia has fully honored all its commitments under the Dayton peace agreement, and latest reports show that Republika Srpska also cooperates fully, Bulajic underlined. Bulajic described the arrest of R.S. Army officers as a direct blow to the implementation of the agreement concluded in Ohio.

The recent visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher to Belgrade and his talks with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and Yugoslav Foreign Minister Milan Milutinovic have contributed to the improvement of bilateral relations, Bulajic said.

The reactivating of the U.S. Cultural and Information Center in Belgrade and the opening of new ones in Pristina, chief town of Serbia's southern province of Kosovo and Metohija, in Montenegrin capital Podgorica and in Novi Sad, chief town of Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina, should be considered as a contribution to the promotion of overall bilateral relations, Bulajic said. Yugoslavia will reopen its consulates and centers in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities with Yugoslav emigrant communities, he said.

Asked whether the establishment of full diplomatic relations with U.S. and E.U. members was made dependent on specific conditions, Bulajic answered he thought that international community and especially its prominent members had finally understood that there can be no lasting and just peace, stability, cooperation or progress in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans without the participation of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia as a full member of all international organizations and institutions. The European Union insists only on mutual recognition between F.R.Y. and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, he added. As regards the normalization of relations with former Yugoslav federation members, some positive steps have been taken to accelerate the finding of mutually acceptable formulas, Bulajic said.

Asked whether F.R.Y. was considering joining partnership for peace, Bulajic said Europe was seeking a model for peace, greater security, rapid development and full integration. If PFP is part of such a process, and we believe it is, than Yugoslavia - whose future and fate are tied to united Europe - should have a place in this association, Bulajic said.


[B] RUSSIA - YUGOSLAVIA

[03] YUGOSLAVIA, RUSSIA SIGN PLAN ON MILITARY COOPERATION

Belgrade, Feb. 9 (Tanjug) - Defence Ministers Gen. Pavel Grachev of Russia and Pavle Bulatovic of Yugoslavia on Friday signed a plan on cooperation in 1996. The plan, signed at the end of Grachev's official visit to Yugoslavia, envisages activities in the field of military cooperation between Yugoslavia and Russia in 1996.

During the visit, Grachev met with top Yugoslav, Serbian and Montenegrin officials and Yugoslav Army representatives.


[C] REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

[04] NO CONTACTS POSSIBLE WITH MOSLEM-CROAT FEDERATION

Pale, Feb. 11 (Tanjug) - The Government of the Republika Srpska has warned that it will not resume contacts with the Moslem-Croat federation as long as all R.S. army officers held prisoner are not released.

The Government decided to resume cooperation with the IFOR.

The statement released after the Government session said the kidnapping of Gen. Djordje Djukic and other ranking R.S. officers constituted a violation of a peace agreement for Bosnia-Herzegovina struck in Dayton.

The Government expects the international community to broker the release of the arrested officers, the statement said.

Authorities of the Sarajevo Moslem Government late Saturday released four soldiers of the Bosnian Serb Army. Neither General Djordje Djukic nor Colonel Aleksa Krsmanovic, two ranking R.S. Army officers, were among the released. Moslem authorities are still holding prisoner seven members of the R.S. Army.


[D] SREM-BARANJA REGION

[05] SERBS WILL HONOR ACCORD

Kragujevac, Feb. 11 (Tanjug) - The President of the Srem-Baranja region Council said on Sunday that the Serbs would meet the commitments of the accord on a peaceful settlement of the region's status, signed with Croatia in November last year.

'We will honor every item of the accord,' Slavko Dokmanovic said in a statement to local Radio Kragujevac, a town in central Serbia.

The accord, he said, defines clearly that all those who had been citizens of the former Yugoslav Republic of Croatia have the right either to return to their homes or receive compensation according to estimates made by an international committee, or to settle down elsewhere in the Srem-Baranja region.

'We are doing nothing that is against the accord, and our plans to settle from 8,000 to 10,000 families this year, which is about 30,000 people, is in keeping with the accord,' said Dokmanovic.

He said the program was being worked out, and included not only accommodation, but security for those families, as well as employment, tillable land for farmers, a place in schools, from kindergarten to college.

Dokmanovic said he hoped the international community would exert strong pressure on Croatia to make it fulfil its commitments.


[E] FROM FOREIGN PRESS

[06] FRANCE CONSIDERS FRY AS SUCCESSOR TO FORMER YUGOSLAVIA

Paris, Feb. 10 (Tanjug) - France believes that Federal Republic of Yugoslavia should have the political status of successor to the former Yugoslav federation. This is French Government's official stance, Le Monde writes Saturday.

This stance was taken by French Foreign Ministry during preparations for the examination of the complex political and legal problem of the status of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the United Nations.

Referring to economic and financial aspects, French Government also took the stance that F.R.Y. is a successor, as are all other states which emerged from the former federation.

This stance has surprised United States, Germany, Netherlands and some other western countries as it differs considerably from their stances, Le Monde writes.

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