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Srpska Republika News Agency (SRNA), 98-08-07

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AUG. 7, 1998 DAY


BIJELJINA - The President in the B&H Presidency from Republika Srpska (RS), Momcilo Krajisnik, said in Bijeljina that the forthcoming elections represented a referendum between the two options - the Coalition of the Serbian Democratic Party (SDS), Serbian Radical Party (SRS) and the Sloga Coalition. According to Krajisnik the SDS and SRS are striving for "the RS and its freedom, dignity and brighter future, while the other option, represented by the unnatural Sloga Coalition, supports elimination of the Serbian hardliners and drawing of the RS into the unitary B&H."

BANJALUKA - "Nikola Poplasen is the best favorite for the President of Republika Srpska (RS) in the forthcoming elections", said the SRSRS vice- president, Pantelija Damjanovic. "His political option is above all stabile, patriotic and unchangeable and has a very strong base among the Serbian people" - said Damjanovic for a radio station Sveti Georgije.

SARAJEVO - Predrag Lazarevic, leader of the Serbian Party for Krajina and Posavina, and Slavko Zupljanin, a leader of the Serbian Patriotic Party, have been removed from the candidates' lists for the general elections in September in B&H - the Election Appeal Subcommission (IAP) in Sarajevo announced. In the communique issued by the IAP is said that "they had no respect for the election ethic", participating in demonstrations against the funereal of the Banjaluka's mufti at the grave yard near the Ferhadija mosque.

BIJELJINA - Slava, family feast, of the city of Bijeljina, Sveti Pantelejmon, August 9, will start with a traditional chess tournament at 4:00p.m.. On that occasion will be promoted a monograph "Manastir Hilandar" in the National library "Filip Visnjic".

VIENNA - Austrian help programme for refugees from B&H has been officially concluded at the end of July, and about 3,103 of refugees have left in the state. A meeting between representatives of the Austrian Internal Affairs Ministry and nine Austrian provinces was held this week, at which further action was agreed.

SARAJEVO - Authorities of the Sarajevo Canton had arrested yesterday a Palestinian, El Kaby Jasem and an Iranian, Borhad Berony because they were organising illegal crossing of Iranians to Switzerland through the B&H. Jasem and Berony have been arrested on Monday at the Sarajevo airport, while they were preparing illegal departure of two Iranians for Switzerland - SRNA has learned.

AUG. 7, 1998 DAY


BANJALUKA - The vice-president of the Republika Srpska (RS) National Assembly, Jovo Mitrovic, stated in an interview with "Vecernje novosti" that on the next session he would probably resign because, as he put it, he "does not want to serve the socialists and the Party of Independent Socialdemocrats". "These parties not just ignore what the Serbian people's Union (SNS) has given to them but they behave as if we should be their servants" - said Mitrovic, the SNS vice-president.

PRIJEDOR - A horrible death of dr. Milan Kovacevic, in the prison cell of the Hague Tribunal prevented him to prove himself not guilty in the court of law - said vice-president of the Prijedor Municipal Assembly, Borislav Maric at the commemorative session in Prijedor. Maric condemned inhuman act of those who indicted dr. Kovacevic. Funeral of dr. Kovacevic will take place at the grave yard Sotonice in the place of Bozici.

BANJALUKA - With paying tribute to dr. Kovacevic, who died on august 1st, in the Hague prison, 11th session of the Banjaluka City Assembly continued with its work. At the session should be discussed 11 more items of the Agenda. The session in Banski dvori is not attended by representatives of the Party of Democratic Action, the Croatian Democratic Union and the Party for B&H.

BANJALUKA - Predrag Lazarevic and Slavko Zupljanin, leaders of the Serbian Coalition for the RS SKRS are not on the candidates list of this coalition for the B&H Parliamentary Assembly at all, so a decision made by the Election Appeal Subcommission on their removal from this list is inappropriate - SRNA has learned from the SKRS sources in Banjaluka. "It practically means that Lazarevic and Zupljanin will remain in formal and legal way candidates of this coalition for the RS National Assembly". "Decisions like these, made by representatives of the international community, no matter their final outcome, significantly increase election rating of this Coalition in the election campaign" - is stated from the same sources in Banjaluka.

BANJALUKA - At least 80 Croatian policemen have left the Federation police in Travnik and surrounding places, said at a press-conference Alun Roberts, the IPTF spokesman for the regions of Banjaluka and Bihac. "Reasons for this decision, made by Croatian policemen in Canton 6., are frequent incidents aimed against Croats and a lack of an adequate investigation" - said Roberts. He added that Croatian policemen asked for the special police unit of the Muslim Agency for Research and Documentation (AID) to be withdrawn from Travnik.

BONN - German Defence Minister, Volker Ruhe, will arrive on Monday, August 10th, to B&H in order to visit German soldiers within the SFOR forces - AFP reports citing the announcement issued by this Ministry.

PRISTINA - Kosovo Albanian leader, Ibrahim Rugova, stated for the press in Pristina that ethnic Albanians "ask for an urgent international protection for Kosmet with elements of the protectorate" - DPA reports.

BRUSSELS - The NATO forces will be ready next week for military intervention in Kosmet, but they must do that "on legal bases in accordance with the international law" - AFP reports citing unnamed diplomatic sources. "We are ready to strike but we are not sheriffs" - said the same source after an unofficial meeting of the NATO council held without the NATO Secretary General, Javier Solana, who is, at the moment, in Poland.

VIENNA - Austrian Internal Affairs Minister, Carl Schlegel, said in an interview with the paper "Presse" that Albanian refugees from Kosmet would not have a status of war exiles in Austria, in a difference to refugees from B&H. "The point is that refugees from B&H were ready to integrate in the Austrian society, what has made easier for us to deal with problems occurred because of large number of refugees. That kind of readiness does not exists among the Albanians from Kosmet" - said Schlegel.

AUG. 7 1998, EVENING


PRIJEDOR - Dr. Milan Kovacevic, who died in the prison cell of the Hague Tribunal prison, Scheveningen, was buried in the village of Bozici. The funeral was served according to the Orthodox customs.

BELGRADE - "The international 'righteous men' judge to innocent Serbs in the Hague, although they have committed the most horrible crimes during bombing of the RS with uranium, said President of the Association of Serbs from B&H, Bogdan Jamedzija in Belgrade. At a press-conference he said that the Association would, in accordance with the First protocol of the Geneva convention, bring charges against "the NATO officers who bombed RS in 1995".

BRCKO - A spokeswomen for OHR in Brcko, Jenny Pears, said that marking of the houses for Muslims who were to return to the city of Brcko is suspended, while return in the regions inhabited with Serbs is continued normally. At the moment, marking is on going in the pre-war Croatian settlement Ulice, within the undisputable return area.

BRCKO - On the behalf of 368 families of Serbian refugees with 1,200 members, president of the Klanac Local community in Brcko, Predrag Andric, accused supervisor for this city, Robert Farrand "for deceits and lies said after yesterday's meeting in Banjaluka with the RS highest officials". "The problem in Brcko was not provoked by any 'national parties', as Farrand put it, but it is about a demand of Serbian refugees for marking of houses where Muslim were to move in to be stopped, until is permanent solution is found for Serbian refugees who do not want to live with Muslims in the same yard", said Andric.

SARAJEVO - The Serbian Democratic Party Presidency forwarded a protest to OSCE related to the OSCE decision to remove from election lists leaders of the Serbian Coalition for RS, Predrag Lazarevic and Slavko Zupljanin. "As we can see it, this is just a new blow on a fair and democratic circumstances for the forthcoming elections and a way for patriotic parties to be removed from the elections" - is said in a communique issued by the SDS Informative service, given to SRNA.

BELGRADE - Norwegian Council for Refugees (NRC) concluded with a construction of a settlement for refugees in Srpski Miletic in the Odzaci Municipality. The construction was financed by the Norwegian Government and a project has been realised in a cooperation with the Republic of Serbia Commiserate for Refugees, Odzaci Municipality and UNHCR.

BELGRADE - A former high official in the Republic of Srpska Krajina (RSK), Jovan Opacic said that "the RSK Government and its bolshevik central station in Belgrade bear the responsibility for exile of Serbs from Krajina." In the statement for SRNA Opacic said that he "can not accept collective responsibility for what happen to RSK and real culprits of this national tragedy must be taken before the Hague War Crimes Tribunal".

BELGRADE - His Royal Highness, Prince Tomislav Karadjordjevic, said in an exclusive statement for SRNA that "among all displaced persons in the world Serbian refugees from Krajina are in the most unenviable position because they have lost their jobs, civil rights and dignity". "I, myself, have the same experience, I have been suffering that injustice for decades, and I can understand the agony of hundreds of thousands of exiled Serbs" - said prince Tomislav Karadjordjevic on the occasion of the third anniversary of the Serbian exodus from RSK.

BELGRADE - Three years after they have been exiled from RSK, Serbs are now waiting in the line of the Croatian Embassy, to get Croatian documents and visas in order to return to Croatia. Most of them are elderly people. At the same time, young people wait in the line in front of some other embassies or selling cigarettes on the streets. Only few of them achieved something and they do not want even to remember third anniversary, nor from where they came to Belgrade - is said in a newspaper report of the SRNA journalist, Sonja Lakic.

PRISTINA - Serbian Security forces took over a base of Albanian terrorists in the village of Ovcarevo near Klina and terrorists were defeated in the villages of Belice, Crnoljev and Borc in the Stimlje Municipality - SRNA has learned from representatives of the local authorities. At the moment, areas between the Klina and Srbica Municipality are under Serbian police control.

AUG. 7, 1998 EVENING


BANJALUKA - Director of the Documentation-Informative centre "Veritas" from Belgrade, Savo Strbac, stated for SRNA in Banjaluka that findings of a pathologist showed that dr. Milan Kovacevic was dying for six hours and in the mean time no one answered his calls for help. "It is dreadful and it can be described as carelessness. It is more like intended and premeditated act and that is why someone must be responsible - in criminal and material way" - said Strbac.

BANJALUKA - Director of the Documentation-Informative centre "Veritas", Savo Strbac, announced that the Hague Tribunal should bring charges of war crimes against Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina, Ivan Norc and Mladen Markac, who were commanding the Croatian army in its aggression "Oluja" on Republika Srpska Krajina (RSK). According to him, "Veritas" prepared and delivered to the Hague Tribunal files on crimes committed by the Croatian army against Serbian civilians and soldiers from August 4th to November 1st, 1995, in the former division South - in the regions of Dalmacija, Lika, Banija and Kordun.

SOKOLAC - The President of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) and a candidate for the President of Republika Srpska, Nikola Poplasen, said in Sokolac that the SRS would not give up its programme regarding united RS and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). At the joint session of the SRS regional boards for Romanija and Hercegovina he said that the SRS would fight for united RS and FRY with exclusively legitimate and democratic means.

DJAKOVICA - Albanian terrorists were not attacking from the villages of Dobros and Seremet in the Djakovica Municipality, so there are assumptions that part of them escaped toward Junicke mountains. These Albanian strongholds are being surrounded by Serbian security forces for few days now.


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