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Yugoslav Daily Survey 96-04-25

Yugoslav Daily Survey Directory

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

25 April 1996


CONTENTS

[A] YUGOSLAVIA - COUNCIL OF EUROPE

[01] YUGOSLAV PARLIAMENT OFFICIAL HAS TALKS AT COUNCIL OF EUROPE

[B] YUGOSLAVIA - D.P.R. KOREA

[02] KOREAN PARLIAMENTARIANS VISIT YUGOSLAVIA

[C] YUGOSLAVIA - OSCE

[03] YUGOSLAVIA SEEKS ITS OSCE STATUS NORMALIZED

[D] YUGOSLAVIA - BELGIUM

[04] BELGIUM NORMALISES RELATIONS WITH YUGOSLAVIA

[E] THE REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

[05] R.S. DELEGATION ATTENDS SARAJEVO MEETING CHAIRED BY BILDT

[E] THE HAGUE TRIBUNAL

[06] TRIBUNAL ORDERS PROVISIONAL RELEASE OF GEN. DJUKIC

[F] FROM FOREIGN PRESS

[07] CROATIA'S POST DAYTON MILITARY COOPERATION WITH IRAN


[A] YUGOSLAVIA - COUNCIL OF EUROPE

[01] YUGOSLAV PARLIAMENT OFFICIAL HAS TALKS AT COUNCIL OF EUROPE

Strasbourg, April 24 (Tanjug) - Yugoslav and Council of Europe Parliament officials discussed in Strasbourg on Wednesday the implementation of the Bosnia peace accord and Yugoslavia's relations with the Council of Europe.

The talks were held between Speaker of the Yugoslav Parliament Chamber of Citizens Radoman Bozovic and President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Lennie Fisher.

This is the first Yugoslav delegation to attend a session of the Strasbourg-based Parliament since November of 1991. Yugoslavia had special guest status in the body until November of 1991.


[B] YUGOSLAVIA - D.P.R. KOREA

[02] KOREAN PARLIAMENTARIANS VISIT YUGOSLAVIA

Belgrade, April 24 (Tanjug) - Yugoslav and North Korean parliamentarians agreed in Belgrade on Wednesday that bilateral relations were good but that cooperation in the field of economy, science, technology and culture should be stepped up.

In a meeting with the Yugoslav delegation, headed by Speaker of the Yugoslav Parliament's Upper House Milos Radulovic, D.P.R. Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Standing Committee General Secretary Li Mong Ho proposed that the two parliaments set up friendship groups that would spur on bilateral economic cooperation.

North korea has always supported Yugoslavia's efforts for securing lasting and stable peace in the region, Li said.

Yugoslav Deputy Foreign Minister Radoslav Bulajic also met with North Korean parliamentarians on Wednesday. The Yugoslav Foreign Ministry said in a statement that both sides had expressed readiness for promoting bilateral relations, especially in the field of economy.


[C] YUGOSLAVIA - OSCE

[03] YUGOSLAVIA SEEKS ITS OSCE STATUS NORMALIZED

Vienna, April 24 (Tanjug) - Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Austria Dobrosav Veizovic stated Wednesday that the normalization of the F.R.Y. status in the OSCE was one of the most important factors of stabilization and improvement in good neighbourly relations in Europe's Southeast.

At a one-day meeting of the OSCE in Vienna, devoted to the process of stabilization in Europe's Southeast, Veizovic said that the F.R.Y. - because of its unsettled and frozen status with the OSCE in the past three years - has been unable to take an active part in the decision-making process although it is one of the OSCE co-founders.

The current state of affairs does not correspond to the principle of an equal treatment and the equality of all OSCE members, Veizovic assessed.

'The F.R.Y. sustains all the initiatives for restoring the free communication of people not only in our region but also in a broader European space, of which we want to be a part,' Veizovic stressed.


[D] YUGOSLAVIA - BELGIUM

[04] BELGIUM NORMALISES RELATIONS WITH YUGOSLAVIA

Brussels, April 24 (Tanjug) - King Albert II of Belgium signed on Wednesday a declaration on normalising relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and upgrading diplomatic relations to the ambassadorial level.

The Belgian State Council recently took a decision to this effect, but the decision did not go into effect until it was signed by King Albert II, the Belgian Foreign Ministry said.


[E] THE REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

[05] R.S. DELEGATION ATTENDS SARAJEVO MEETING CHAIRED BY BILDT

Pale, April 24 (Tanjug) - A delegation of the Republika Srpska, headed by Premier Rajko Kasagic, attended in Sarajevo on Wednesday a meeting of the steering committee of the council for the Dayton peace accords implementation.

The meeting, which was chaired by High Representative for Bosnia Carl Bildt, was attended also by officials of the European Union, Russia, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany, Turkey and the United States. The committee holds its monthly meetings in Brussels.

Kasagic told reporters in Pale after the meeting that the Serb side had submitted a programme of the development of the Republika Srpska, which he said Bildt and the majority of the officials attending the meeting had accepted.

Kasagic said, 'I have underlined that it will be difficult to revive production in both entities if the power grid is not repaired first and that the damage of the power grid running through the Republika Srpska is estimated at 400 million German marks.'

He said the officials had expressed their regret that the Republika Srpska had not participated in the recent donors conference in Brussels. The officials also showed interest in preparations for elections to be held in September.

Kasagic said it was vital to secure freedom of movement and circulation of goods and capital throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as freedom of media which he said must be at the disposal of all parties that wanted to participate in the elections.


[E] THE HAGUE TRIBUNAL

[06] TRIBUNAL ORDERS PROVISIONAL RELEASE OF GEN. DJUKIC

The Hague, April 24 (Tanjug) - The Hague International Tribunal for War Crimes in former Yugoslavia on Wednesday reached a decision on the immediate provisional release of Bosnian Serb Army officer Gen. Djordje Djukic on the grounds of his deteriorating health condition.

Trial judge Claude Jorda said Djukic's provisional release had been ordered on humanitarian grounds because he was suffering pancreatic cancer. He said, however, that the charges against him still stood.


[F] FROM FOREIGN PRESS

[07] CROATIA'S POST DAYTON MILITARY COOPERATION WITH IRAN

Washington, April 24 (Tanjug) - The affair of secret deliveries of Iranian arms to Bosnian Muslims now has another dimension as the New York Times disclosed Wednesday that Croatia too has had secret military arrangements with Iran.

Quoting official U.S. sources, the daily writes that immediately after the Dayton accord was concluded last December, Croatia concluded with Iran a secret agreement on military cooperation including the delivery of Iranian land-land missiles to Zagreb and the exchange of military personnel.

The New York Times writes that the agreement was kept secret from the United States, and that the Clinton administration, once it learned such agreement was concluded, strongly urged Croatian President to put en end to cooperation with Iran immediately.

During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran had offered to Zagreb and Sarajevo missiles with a range that would enable them to strike at Belgrade and other towns in Serbia.

Meanwhile, debates are underway in Washington on the U.S. role in Iranian arms deliveries to Bosnian Muslims.

In a debate on this affair Tuesday evening in the U.S. Congress, the Clinton administration for the first time publicly admitted it had tacitly approved secret arms deliveries in order to prevent a military defeat of the Muslim-Croat federation which seemed inevitable at the time.

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