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Srpska Republika News Agency (SRNA), 97-08-19

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From: The Serbian Unity Congress Server at

AUG. 19 1997 DAY


BANJALUKA - President of Republika Srpska (RS) Biljana Plavsic, talked in Banjaluka with a member of German Budestag and agent for return of refugees, Ditmar Schle, on reconstitution of RS and return of refugees from Germany. "We discussed the reestablishment of economic relations with Germany as they had been established before the war, in order to create conditions for refugees return", stated president Plavsic, pointing out that the opening of the roads towards the West would accelerate the restoring of economic cooperation", stated Schle, announcing return of first Serb and then non- Serb refugees from Germany to some cities in RS.

DOBOJ - The president of the RS National Assembly, Dragan Kalinic, called all deputies to take part in further activities of the RS National Assembly, in order to resolve all dilemmas through democratic discussions and to overcome the present political crisis. "I call on all those who have any dilemma regarding the present political crisis to join the deputies in order to have the National Assembly normally functioning. It is our obligation towards the people and parties which elected us", underlined Kalinic in Doboj regarding the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, Patron Saint of the Doboj Municipality.

BANJALUKA - The RS Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) announced that legal state bodies took over the building of the Public Security Centre (CJB) in Banjaluka and resumed regular activities of all services and structures of the MUP. "All police stations in Banjaluka, Criminal Service, Fire Brigade, Administration Service and other MUP units normally carry out all their jobs, so citizens can safely fulfil their rights concerning the MUP mandate", stated the MUP announcement.

BEOGRAD - The RS senator, Dragos Kalajic, assessed that "having in mind shameful impartiality of Serb enemies it was to be expected that they immediately came against the ruling of the RS Constitutional Court without any review of the legal explanation the Court offered". "It is characteristic that the criticisms against the Constitutional Court, including those by the Washington administration, were spelled out without any legal argument", stated Kalajic for SRNA, and added that the RS Constitutional Court in fact stated its opinion on decrees of the US administration or its offices here.

BANJALUKA - The current constitutional crisis in RS and newest developments in Banjaluka proved that the implementation of a part of phased, more or less covert plan of the international community moved forward towards the break-up of our state, assessed the spokesman of the City Board of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) Miro Mladjenovic in Banjaluka last night. "It is obvious that this is being implemented with the use of the political options countering the SDS options", stated Mladjenovic. He warned that SDS leaders, being aware of unforeseeable consequences of the constitutional crisis for RS, directed their attention to the organisation of the SDS activities in accordance with the actual political circumstances. "

BIJELJINA - The president of the Executive Board of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) Mirko Blagojevic, announced SRS participation the further work of the RS National Assembly and stated that SRS members would try to prevent boost of the political crisis in the country. Blagojevic reiterated that the SRS honours the ruling of the RS Constitutional Court dismissing the decision of the RS president to disband the National Assembly and call for early parliamentarian elections.

BANJALUKA - SFOR spokesman for Sector South-West, British colonel Mike Wright, confirmed that recent action by former officers of the RS MUP, under Dragan Lukac's command, was in contravention to the Annex 1 of the Dayton agreement and a direct violation of the instructions issued by SFOR commander of August 15 this year. Wright stated at a press conference in Banjaluka that strict measures would be undertaken against all those who defy these instructions, in order to prevent violence. In this respect all activities by Lukac-led group of policemen are forbidden.

WASHINGTON - The spokesman of the US State Department, James Rubin, rejected the decision of the RS Constitutional Court which declared the decision of the RS president to disband the RS National Assembly and call for new parliamentarian elections unconstitutional. Reuters reports Rubin assessed in the first US official reaction to the ruling of the RS Constitutional Court that "Biljana Plavsic's action is completely legal, and that the Constitutional Court bowed to intimidation and politicisation".

HAMBURG - Western governments openly went into a diplomatic offensive against RS, concludes the German "Junge Welt", referring to the New York Times writing. The paper claims that "even though Western forces declaratively support RS president Biljana Plavsic, they are not certain if they play on the right card", citing unnamed European diplomats who said they were not pleased with their present position in which they found themselves supporting Biljana Plavsic. "We supported RS president hoping that she would settle accounts with the forces opposed to the implementation of the peace accords, but the issue is how force her opponents to accept the new situation", the Junge Welt quotes an unnamed diplomat.

AMSTERDAM - The majority of the Western media concludes that the situation in the RS leadership is not calming down and that the international factors are only left to wait for a new blow will be delivered to the existing RS institutions from the RS Presidential Cabinet, in order to provoke their serious languishment by autumn. Media reporting in some cases resembles a real war campaign, but this time both "good" and "bad" guys are on a single - Serb side.

BERLIN - SFOR soldiers in RS now have a new task - to prevent inter-Serb clashes - concludes "Sueddeuthsche Zeitung" gloating over the current developments. It comments that SFOR tanks and soldiers "have to patrol the streets of Banjaluka to separate embattled Serbs."

SARAJEVO - The secretary-general of the Serb Radio-TV (SRT), Miroslav Toholj warned the Office of High Representative that its damaging interference into the SRT administrative and editorial policy required lawsuit. "It is senseless that I yield to OHR exclusive right to assess the "fairness and impartiality" in our TV and Radio programmes, because this right belongs to our editorial staff, viewers, subscribers and authorised institutions in the RS Government which founded the Serb Radio and TV", says Tholj's letter to the head of the OHR Public Affairs Department, Simon Haselck, of August 16.

BEOGRAD - Regarding the Orthodox holiday Transfiguration of Lord Jesus Christ, His Holiness Patriarch of the Serbs, Pavle, held holy liturgy in the Rainovac Monastery in Begaljica, near Grocka.

DOBOJ - In the name of church dignitaries, His Eminence, Bishop Zvornik- Tuzlanski, Vasilije, called the Serbian people "to unity, needed as never before". He served the holy liturgy regarding the Transfiguration of Lord Jesus Christ in the St. Peter and Paul church in Doboj, on which occasion he again appalled on RS authorities to change their deeds and stop with mutual quarrelling and disunity.


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