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Srpska Republika News Agency (SRNA), 98-01-28
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From: The Serbian Unity Congress Server at http://www.suc.org
JAN. 28, 1998 DAY
NEWS REVIEW, REPUBLIKA SRPSKABANJALUKA - Last night in Banski dvor in Banjaluka was held a traditional Svetosavska Academy which was attended by the president of Republika Srpska (RS) Biljana Plavsic, the president of the Government Milorad Dodik and representatives of state and municipal leadership. Expressing his honour for speaking at the Academy and adding "a few words to the longest story in Serbian language - the story of St. Sava", Serbian writer and academic Mateja Beckovic said:"St. Sava is the certain ruler of Serbian people and Serbs have been telling the story of him for centuries, but that story does not get older, or tired, nor it can be stopped, or told to end".
TREBINJE - On the occasion of a great Orthodox celebration St. Sava's Day last night in Trebinje was held St. Sava's Academy, where His Highness metropolitan Crnogorsko-Primorski, Zetsko- Brdski and Skenderijski Amfilohije spoke about character and work of the first Serbian archbishop and educator St. Sava. "It is good that Serbian people are returning to St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox church.. It is good that we have to gather around something and somebody" - said the metropolitan Amfilohije.
AMSTERDAM - The International Crisis Group supported to postpone the indefinite decision on the status of Brcko for five years, and to extend the international administration and patronage in the Municipality for next 18 months. The suggestion of the final solution of the status of Brcko in form of a short proposal is before the Arbitrage Commission and has great chances to be accepted generally.
HAMBURG - Symbols through which the International Community High Representative Carlos Westendorp and the international community are "decorating sovereignty of B&H unfortunately do not have nothing with internal life of this country" - concludes a German conservative daily "Welt". Analysing relations in B&H, "Welt" concludes that "where hatred and discord exist, nonexisting community has to be drawn on the drawing board". The paper reminds that Westendorp have refused the joint proposal of Serbs, Croats and Muslim of an appearance of the new bills, "because there was recognisable division into Republika Srpska and B&H Federation on them".
BANJA LUKA - The president of Republika Srpska /RS/ Biljana Plavsic received in Banja Luka the premier of Kingdom Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen and, after short talks, expressed contentment with its visit, assessing that the Denmark is the country which has a great reputation in EU. The president of RS informed Danish premier about his previous talks with newly appointed premier of RS Milorad Dodik and expressed the hope that these contacts will be in the future more. The Danish premier stated that he is aware of the social problems in RS and accentuated the need of full respecting the Dayton Agreement and universal values of respect of human rights.
BRCKO - The prime minister of RS Milorad Dodik will visit Brcko tomorrow, where the intensive preparations for new arbitrage, which is scheduled to start on February 5, are underway. As SRNA learns the premier of Srpska will at 9.00 o'clock talk with municipal leadership about current problems and for 10.00 h is announced the meeting with members of Arbitrage team of RS.
BANJA LUKA - The president of newly appointed RS Government Milorad Dodik stated after the meeting with Danish counterpart Poul Rasmussen in Banja Luka, that the Danish premier supported his composition of Government and announced the financial aid of this country for RS. According to Dodik, Danish premier had promised that his country will commit itself regarding the solving the problem of collective accommodation centres. Expressing contentment for being first premier who visited newly appointed president of RS Government, Rasmussen assessed that "respecting Dayton agreement and human rights is the step towards the better future of RS and its economic, social and democratic progress.
SARAJEVO - The spokesman of High Representative for civil affairs in B&H Duncan Boullivant conveyed to SRNA the stance of the Office of High Representative /OHR/ that Banja Luka is the appropriate place for holding the sessions of National Assembly of RS, because that is, as it is said, the greatest city in RS and its natural capital. Commenting the proposal of International Crisis Group /ICG/ that the definitive decision about the status of Brcko would be postponed for five years, and the international administration and patronage over the municipality continues next 18 months, Boulivant confirmed that the arbitrage will be held in the middle of March. "Concerning the ICG OHR welcomes its work which is very useful, but it has no any competence regarding the implementation of Dayton Agreement, as well as Brcko", thinks Boulivant adding that "OHR has only one thing on its mind - full implementation of Dayton agreement". "The Brcko issue is essential and we acknowledge its importance as for RS so also for Federation B&H", stressed Boulivant and added that "Brcko for the time being remains in RS, and in favour of that is the fact that in the past two years was not brought any decision which would deny that".
SARAJEVO - The members of the Presidency of B&H will receive in Lukavica /Serbian Sarajevo/ the premier of the Kingdom Denmark Poul Nyrup Rasmussen/, who arrived in one day visit to the Danish units in SFOR, which is stationed in RS and Federation. As announced for SRNa from the Cabinet of president in Presidency of B&H from RS Momcilo Krajisnik, it is supposed that the session of Presidency would be held.
SARAJEVO - The Council of Ministers of B&H should consider at the session in Sarajevo the Motion of the Law about foreign investments, and Memorandum on understanding and rules of procedure and instructions for registrations and registration plates of vehicles in B&H. At the agenda will be the Agreement about reciprocal protection of investments with Republic of Slovenia and the text of agreement about the credit of the Kingdom of Belgium.
BANJA LUKA - The spokesman of Socialistic Party of Republika Srpska /SP RS/ Igor Radojcic stated in Banja Luka that this party expects the explanation because of current sacking in some enterprises, "in order to prevent the cadre revenge". "The socialists welcome the cadre renewal, performed by new government and are making their efforts to bring patriotic and skilled cadre on the accountable posts, which skill and results of work will be over their party affiliation" - stressed Radojcic. "SP support the cadre renewal also in RS Army /VRS/ which needs unjustly neglected cadre and young professionals."
BANJALUKA - The Assistant Minister of Defence and head of Department for informing and strategy of defence in the former RS Government Miro Mladjenovic submitted his irrevocable resignation from that post.
BANJALUKA - The RS vice-president and rector of the University in Banjaluka Dragoljub Mirjanic assessed the talks in Banjaluka with the counsellor for cultural and scientific cooperation of the French Embassy in B&H Jean Pierre Bouzigues) as beginning of cooperation between Serbian and French universities. Mirjanic reminded that there was already a cooperation between RS and France in the field of mining and geodesy and emphasised that consortium for reconstruction of universities in B&H, which would act in RS too, have been formed".
BANJALUKA - Greek Government will set aside 10 millions of dollars for B&H this year, from which 5 millions are intended for reconstruction of health facilities and the RS National Theatre in Banjaluka, stated in Sarajevo the Greek Ambassador to Sarajevo Procopious Mansuranis. The Ambassador emphasised at a pressconference that "works on these buildings will be realised by one of the largest Greek building companies 'Samenko'".
BANJALUKA - The mayor of Banjaluka Djordje Umicevic talked with the chief of UNHCR Office in this city Vladimir Curko about plans of this international humanitarian organisation for two-way return of refugees and displaced persons, which is supposed to be realised during this year. The mayor of Banjaluka warned his conversationalist that started process would not develop without certain consequences, especially because of the fact that minimal economic conditions for return of refugees have not been formed in the new regions yet.
BELGRADE - Croatian customs did not allow yesterday Serbian Orthodox church (SPC) to carry across the borders St. Sava's small packages intended for children of the region of Srem and Baranja - writes "Democracy". The paper is citing as a reason for this act claims of the Croatian customs that the packages can not be imported through SPC, because it is not "registered for humanitarian affairs". Croatian customs officials proposed that it should be done by "Karitas" or "The Red Cross", or the gifts should be cleared through customs as any other goods".
SOPHIA - The last riots in Kosovo and Metohija are again in the focus of interests of Bulgarian media, and a daily "24 Hours" sees Kosovo as a new apocalypse of the Balkans. The paper is warning that the conflict in Kosovo can spread on the neighbouring Macedonia "where Albanian national minority is asking for autonomy more frequently all the time, and even for separation".
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