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Srpska Republika News Agency (SRNA), 97-10-01

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From: The Serbian Unity Congress Server at http://www.suc.org


OCT. 1 1997 DAY

NEWS REVIEW, REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

SARAJEVO - SFOR took over the Serb Radio TV (SRT) transmission towers in Udrigovo, Trebevic, Duge Njive and Leotar, on October 1, early morning. NATO defence ministers changed the agenda of their session in Maastricht, while NATO secretarygeneral Javier Solana stated that the transmitters were under control of Republika Srpska (RS) president Biljana Plavsic's supporters. "These transmitters will remain under Banjaluka's control", Solana stated. The spokesman of the SFOR Office in Doboj, major Arthur Bliski, confirmed that multinational forces of North 1 Division, early this morning, without facing any resistance, took control over the Radio TV transmitters in Udrigovo and Duge Njive. In OHR announcement the operation, carried out with support of high representative Carlos Wetendorp, is said to be "retaliation" against the SRT. About 40 SFOR armoured vehicles took part in seizing of the transmission tower on Trebevic.

SARAJEVO - The RS Government believes that SFOR action of seizing the SRT transmitters was well-prepared and planed with the RS president Biljana Plavsic, of which the newest reports from the Maastricht summit testify. The action was directed at forcible placing of the SRT under Ms. Plavsic and her aides' control and sacking of legally elected RS leaders. The RS Government announced a fierce response to these actions. Because of the events in Udrigovo, Duge Njive, Trebevic and Leotar, first part of its session will be continued this afternoon.

SERB SARAJEVO - All SRT transmitters, except that under Ms. Plavsic's control were seized, and our technicians were forced to discontinue the programme, at 8:05 am, two hours after the SFOR action, stated the SRT general manager Miroslav Toholj. He mentioned that the SRT received the OHR announcement of eventual demands to the SRT and RS Government for exchange of SFOR withdrawal from the transmitter areas. "Javier Solana and Wesley Clark stated for CNN that this action was aimed at yielding the complete SRT system to Ms. Plavsic."

BIJELJINA - US major Andrew Dragomirevsky, announced in Bijeljina that "on September 30, the SRT violated the agreement it reached with SFOR, airing the programme contending the presence of human rights workers and SFOR in B- H". As a result, SFOR developed "Bosnanova" plan. "SFOR will react to the SRT's lack of cooperativeness by take over and control of its key media facilities", says the announcement.

BEOGRAD - The president of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), Vojislav Kostunica, assessed that by take over of radio TV transmitters in RS, the international community demonstrated once again that it applied double standards in B-H. "Recent terrorist actions in Sarajevo and Mostar passed almost without any reaction, while, on the other side, the international community responded to, as it calls it, verbal violence", Kostunica stated at a press conference in Belgrade.

MAASTRICHT - US defence secretary William Cohen expects a decision on the future stay of US troops in RS and the Federation of B-H in January or February 1998. Cohen stated in Maastricht that he favoured SFOR transformation from the present 39,000 -strong force into a smaller deterrence force. The change should be completed by the end of June 1998, when SFOR mandate expires.

BRCKO - The Serb electorate in Brcko gave 78.85 per cent of votes for the municipal authorities, this was confirmed to SRNA in the Local Electoral Commission after enveloped ballots were counted. These did not include ballots from abroad. Total 23,374 citizens from RS and the Federation of B- H went to elections on September 13 and 14, and they gave their votes to the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) 41.93 per cent, Serbian Radical Party (SRS) 16.19, and the Socialist Party for RS 13.99 per cent, while parties from the B-H Federation, the coalition including the ruling Muslim Party of Democratic Action (SDA) 10.9 per cent, Social-Democratic Party (SDP) 9.65, and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) 0. 33 per cent.

BRCKO - In Brcko, 50 Serb refugee families and the same number of single persons await for accommodation in the Brezovo Polje collective centre, in addition to over 200 Serb families, who live in joint accommodation with non-Serb families in Brcko, and who urgently need a proper housing arrangements. The president of the RS Commission for Accommodation of Refugees and member of the international commission for refugees return to Brcko, Mladen Savic, confirmed that the international community has not invested funds for accommodation of Serb refugees thus far.

BRCKO - On the first day of operation, the improvised station of the Public Security Centre (CJB) in the Brcko bordering community of Omerbegovaca issued 52 identity cards to Muslim refugees, thus the number of Muslim returnees to Brcko municipality who got the RS documents raised to 126.

AMSTERDAM - The RS minister for sport and youth, Rajko Papovic, arrived to Amsterdam where will, among representatives of 48 European states or governments including the Federation of B-H and Yugoslavia, attend the 13th European Sports Conference.

SARAJEVO - A title of champion at the Third RS Chess Premiership for seniors, held on Jahorina, was taken by the "Boksit" Chess Club from Milici; the "Igman" Chess Club won first place in category of female seniors and was followed by "Leotar" Chess Club, while the Doboj Chess Club took first place in junior category.

SOKOLAC - Magdalena Mijatovic, member of the "Glasinac- Karavan" Sky Club from Sokolac, took the first place in category of female juniors at the Second Balkan Summer Biathlon championship, held on September 27 and 28 in Stambolovo, in Bulgaria.

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