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Srpska Republika News Agency (SRNA), 97-08-26

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From: The Serbian Unity Congress Server at

AUG. 26 1997 EVENING


SARAJEVO - The National Assembly of Republika Srpska (RS) called on RS president Biljana Plavsic to revert to compliance with the RS Constitution and Law and thus enable full and necessary cooperation between the president of the Republic and National Assembly within the mandate were entrusted at the general elections last September. In the adopted conclusions from the Assembly session held on Mt. Jahorina, it was said that "the RS National Assembly and legal elected RS Government will not consider or accept any act the RS president brings outside the RS Constitution and Law". Deputies assessed that the politicalsecurity situation in RS has been dramatically worsened following August 15 ruling of the RS Constitutional Court, this especially pertaining to the security system. They warned that this can bring about divisions among the people and authorities, splits, secessions of RS parts and serious threat to the implementation of the Dayton agreement.

SARAJEVO - The RS National Assembly adopted the proposal of RS prime minister Gojko Klickovic to appoint Slavko Paleksic RS minister of internal affairs replacing Dragan Kijac who will assume the post of Government vice- premier for internal affairs, administration and local administration. The deputies anonymously accepted resignations from the vice-premier for internal policy and minister of administration and local administration, Ostoja Kremenovic, and vice-premier for economy and finances and minister of industry and technology, Djuradj Banjac. Also accepted were resignations from the minister for economic relations with abroad, Branko Stjepanovic, and finance minister, Ranko Travar. New finance minister is Drago Simic, while Stevan Stevic will take on post of minister for economic relations with abroad when new education minister is appointed. Ljubisa Vladusic will transfer to a new post and will be replaced in the office of minister for refugees and displaced persons by Slobodan Ecimovic. Upon Klickovic's proposal, minister of religion Dragan Davidovic will be replaced by Vojislav Topalovic.

BANJALUKA - RS president Biljana Plavsic received in Banjaluka RS Army (VRS) representatives - the VRS First Corps commander general Momir Talic, VRS Third Corps commander general Novica Simic, VRS Air Force and Antiaircraft Defence commander general Milan Torbica, deputy assistant head of the VRS General Staff for moral, colonel Milorad Kutlesic, and deputy head of the VRS Training Centre "Rajko Balic" from Banjaluka, colonel Radomir Calic. No announcement was issued following their two-hour talks.

BANJALUKA - RS president Biljana Plavsic talked with US congressman Joseph Biden, who said after their meeting that he came to Banjaluka in order to back "Mrs Plavsic's persistence in the implementation of the Dayton agreement". Biden mentioned that he came to Banjaluka as the member of the US Congress, but not as the State Department representative, to, as he said, "convey a message to president Plavsic to persist in her battle and in the Dayton implementation."

BANJALUKA - The RS president Biljana Plavsic met in Banjaluka with UN special envoy Kai Eide, but this was not followed by any press release of statement.

BEOGRAD - His Holiness Patriarch of the Serbs, Pavle, arrived to RS where he should hold discussions with Church dignitaries of the Parish of Dabro- Bosna and the RS political leadership, agencies report. Other than meeting with his Eminence Metropolitan Dabrobosanski, Nikolai, separate talks are scheduled with the president in the B-H Presidency form RS, Momcilo Krajisnik, RS president Biljana Plavsic and the RS National Assembly president Dragan Kalinic.

BANJALUKA - His Holiness Patriarch of the Serbs, Pavle, will meet RS president Biljana Plavsic in Banjaluka, tomorrow at 9:00hrs, this was announced from the RS presidential cabinet.

BANJALUKA - Members of the Banjaluka Municipal Board decided to form a five- member delegation, led by Banjaluka mayor, for talks with RS president Biljana Plavsic, to exchange of views on the security situation in the city. The same delegation should visit the VRS First Corps commander, Lt-General Momir Talic, who will be requested removal of military troops around Banski Dvori and security arrangement pursuant to binding legal provisions.

BANJALUKA - The Banjaluka City Assembly concluded that the residents must be enabled a unitary Serb Radio-TV programme and that all institutions must respect Constitution and Law to the end of overcoming present tensions and normalising everyday life. For coping with the present complex political- security situation in the city, the Banjaluka Assembly agreed to hold permanent session, if necessary, until the local elections.

BANJALUKA - All-level elections, from local to parliamentarian and presidential, are the only one solution to the crisis in RS and a way to escape protectorate being prepared by the international community, says the vice-president of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) Banjaluka Board, Vitomir Popovic. On the occasion of the preelection meeting of the SDS Boards for the Banjaluka Municipalities 1 and 2, Popovic concluded that the SDS experienced a crisis and it consolidated its ranks and now is refreshed by young and educated members.

BRATUANC - By a spontaneous gathering, residents of Bratuanc expressed their support to the RS MUP and Government in whole in overcoming the political crisis in the country. Bratunac mayor, Miodrag Josipovic, called the Serbian people "to unity ", condemning "divisions provoked by RS president Biljana Plavsic".

BRCKO - The SDS Municipal Board for Brcko pledged its unreserved support to the united policy of RS preservation. The SDS Municipal Board believes that the Serbian people, only if united, can resist to various plans, including the 'cantonisation' of RS, which the international community intends to implement through artificial divisions among the people and creation of parallel power structures. In addition to the political-security situation assessed as extremely difficult, it was said that the international community wanted to use the political crisis in RS to change demographic picture of Brcko.

SRPSKO SARAJEVO - The SDS Board of the Serb Municipality of Novo Sarajevo, met in an extraordinary session, and decided to give unreserved support to RS unity and all legally elected institutions. As was stated in an announcement made available to SRNA, the SDS Novo Sarajevo Board members demanded an absolute unity of all state institutions and officials for the sake of RS' wholeness and sovereignty.

DOBOJ - The security situation in the Doboj municipality was satisfactory in the face of the latest developments in Banjaluka, assessed Doboj authorities, who decided to assist the Local Electoral Commission in preparations of municipal elections.

BANJALUKA - SFOR Multinational Division would keep securing of the police buildings in Banjaluka, although with substantially reduced manpower, stated SFOR Sector South-West spokesman, colonel Mike Wright. At a regular press conference he said "a series of explosions in addition to gunfire were registered in Banjaluka last night", but he could not specify location and time of the incidents.

BEOGRAD - Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, assessed during the talks with the OSCE B-H Mission chief, Robert Frowick, that free, democratic and all-level elections would represent the best solution and a democratic move forward in overcoming the political crisis in RS. According to him, given the current political circumstances in RS, a comprehensive move forward is necessary, which means parallel parliamentarian and presidential elections.

WASHINGTON - US state secretary Madlen Albright, demanded a full support to RS president Biljana Plavsic from Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, stated State Department spokesman James Rubin. In a telephone call to Milosevic, Madlen Albright asked "a clearer, more efficient and comprehensive support to all those in RS who uphold the Dayton agreement, also signed by Milosevic himself", Rubin added, and underlined that this particularly concerns president Plavsic.

ROGATICA - Total 34,222 eligible voters were registered in Rogatica for local elections, which, compared with 21,000 pre-war Rogatica residents 21, 000, indicated that the OSCE obviously manipulated with the constituency, because such as large number of present residents in Rogatica is not possible, concluded the SDS Rogatica Board members.

BONN - Under OSCE order, DPA reports, a German reconnaissance jet will screen military and civil buildings, 60 in RS and 60 in the Federation of B- H, to "document arms reducement in unaccessible areas", announced the German Foreign Affairs Service.


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