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Yugoslav Daily Survey, 98-02-18

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From: Yugoslavia <http://www.yugoslavia.com>

Yugoslav Daily Survey


CONTENTS

  • [01] KONTIC RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR
  • [02] SERBS WILL WITHDRAW FROM CROATIAN AUTHORIES UNLESS PLEDGES ARE FULFILLED
  • [03] BOSNIA PRESIDENCY REVIEWS ESTABLISHING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH BELGRADE
  • [04] SRPSKA PREMIER: VISIT TO U.S. POLITICALLY VALIDATES RS
  • [05] R.S. GOVERNMENT DELEGATION HEADED BY DODIK LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON
  • [06] YUGOSLAV, AUSTRIAN BUSINESSMEN DISCUSS TOURISM
  • [07] YUGOSLAV CULTURE, TOURISM, CUISINE TO BE PRESENTED IN VIENNA
  • [08] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS SPAIN
  • [09] PARIS ON JOVANOVIC VISIT
  • [10] KONTIC RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR
  • [11] SERBS WILL WITHDRAW FROM CROATIAN AUTHORIES UNLESS PLEDGES ARE FULFILLED
  • [12] BOSNIA PRESIDENCY REVIEWS ESTABLISHING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH BELGRADE
  • [13] SRPSKA PREMIER: VISIT TO U.S. POLITICALLY VALIDATES RS
  • [14] YUGOSLAV, AUSTRIAN BUSINESSMEN DISCUSS TOURISM
  • [15] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES IN PARIS
  • [16] R.S. GOVERNMENT DELEGATION HEADED BY DODIK LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON
  • [17] YUGOSLAV CULTURE, TOURISM, CUISINE TO BE PRESENTED IN VIENNA
  • [18] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS SPAIN
  • [19] PARIS ON JOVANOVIC VISIT
  • [20] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES IN PARIS

  • [01] KONTIC RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Prime Minister Radoje Kontic received on Tuesday Australian Ambassador in Belgrade Christopher Lamb. The parties agreed that both countries were willing to develop bilateral cooperation in all fields of mutual interest. Renewing and enhancing economic cooperation is a priority, said a statement issued by the information secretariat. Australia has shown particular interest in the development of an open Yugoslav market economy and possibility for investment by Australian companies. Kontic said possibilities for investment were wide, within long-term business arrangements, emphasizing the importance of Yugoslavia's return to international financial and trade organizations. Kontic set out the need for maintaining high-level political contacts between Yugoslavia and Australia, parliamentary cooperation and direct contacts among businessmen.

    [02] SERBS WILL WITHDRAW FROM CROATIAN AUTHORIES UNLESS PLEDGES ARE FULFILLED

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Vojislav Stanimirovic announced on Tuesday the possibility of the withdrawal of Serb representatives from Croatian bodies of authority on March 15 unless the recently made pledges by President Franjo Tudjman were fufilled. The Croatian side has so far only suspended a decree on the renting of state- owned apartments in Eastern Slavonia. "There are yet to be fulfilled the promises about a two-way return of refugees, the vacating of Serb houses which Croats have moved into, and some other issues," Stanimirovic told Tanjug. He specified that the decision whether Serbs would remain in their offices or would withdraw in protest against the failure to fulfill the made promises would be taken by the SDSS Main Committee. He said the decision would largely depend on whether there would be any more incidents of the kind that took place in Borovo Naselje on Saturday, when members of the Croatian Party of Law went on an anti-Serb rampage. The incident occured despite Tudjman's unequivocal pledge after a similar incident in Beli Manastir that no such thing would happen again. Both incidents featured Ustasha iconography. "President Tudjman obviously cannot prevent this. What followers of Ante Djapic did in Borovo Naselje was condemned on Monday during a visit to Vukovar by the Ambassadors of the Contact Group countries, who warned Croatian Assistant Interior Minister Josko Moric that it (incident) should have been prevented," Stanimirovic said, and noted that the Ambassadors had said they would take steps also with authorities in Zagreb. The SDSS leader said that Djapic and sixty or so of his supporters (there were about 600 of them from different parts of Croatia) had been charged with summary offenses. Similar incidents, which accidentally or not, occur alternately in Baranja and Eastern Slavonia have been a cause of additional concern to the local Serbs but have not led to any larger-scale migration from the region. Stanimirovic said that interest had increased only in emigration to the so-called third countries, primarily Norway. He said that between 550-600 Serbs had emigrated to Norway and just as many wanted to do so. "There are two chief reasons for emigration: security, because people still do not feel secure enough, and material, since the living conditions are extremely difficult and there are minimum job opportunities," SDSS leader Stanimirovic set out.

    [03] BOSNIA PRESIDENCY REVIEWS ESTABLISHING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH BELGRADE

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    The Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency debated on Tuesday establishing diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. However, the debate was inconclusive and was adjourned, to be resumed at a future date, according to Ranko Ninkovic, chief of Cabinet of the (Bosnian Serb) Republika Srpska's member of the Presidency, Momcilo Krajisnik. Ninkovic said that the three-man body adopted a foreign policy platform which is fully coordinated and will be of help to the newly appointed ambassadors of Bosnia-Herzegovina to world capitals in the exercise of their duties. The Presidency discussed also the matter of dual citizenship, but without reaching an accord, so that the debate will be resumed at a future date, according to the local media. Before the session, the Presidency received Bosnia-Herzegovina's new ambassadors.

    [04] SRPSKA PREMIER: VISIT TO U.S. POLITICALLY VALIDATES RS

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Republika Srpska Premier Milorad Dodik said on Tuesday that the main purpose of a Republika Srpska delegation's trip to the United States was to see how much foreign partners were interested in investing in the Bosnian Serb economy by means of donations and credit arrangements. I believe one of the major factors is also the fact that the Republika Srpska is being given political validity and that, in this way, we are presenting ourselves to the world in a light different than that used in media and the public over the past years, Dodik told Serbian Radio Television ahead of the five- day official visit to the United States. Dodik said that the purpose of the trip to Washington was mainly to meet World Bank officials and discuss a credit arrangement to secure assistance to small and middle-size companies in the Republika Srpska. He also singled out as important scheduled talks with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy to the Balkans Robert Gelbard and USAID agency officials. Dodik also said that the visit to the United States, along with earlier visits to some European countries, would round off a phase in the diplomatic presentation of the Republika Srpska and its Government.

    [05] R.S. GOVERNMENT DELEGATION HEADED BY DODIK LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    A delegation of Republika Srpska Government officials, headed by Premier Milorad Dodik, left on Tuesday on a five-day official visit to the United States. Dodik is to meet in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Special Envoy for the Balkans Robert Gelbard. The delegation, made up of Finance Minister Novak Kondic, the R.S. president's advisor for economic affairs Rajko Tomas and advisor for banking and finance Slavica Injac, will hold talks with World Bank officials on a new project for the recovery and development of the Republika Srpska.

    [06] YUGOSLAV, AUSTRIAN BUSINESSMEN DISCUSS TOURISM

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    A Yugoslav delegation, led by Assistant Foreign Trade Minister Predrag Maksimovic, conferred here on Tuesday with Austrian Assistant Minister of Economy Erich Musil on promotion of bilateral cooperation in the sector of tourism. Both parties to the talk expressed their wishes that a bilateral agreement in the area of tourism be reached in the foreseeable future, Economic Advisor to the Yugoslav Embassy in Vienna Snezana Filipovic told Tanjug. The Yugoslav delegation's meeting with Musil, who also heads a tourism section of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, focused on prospects for Austrian investments in various projects and tourist facilities in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The meeting was organized as part of the Days of Yugoslav, Culture, Tourism and Cuisine event that opened at the seat of the United Nations mission in Vienna on Tuesday. On the agenda of the meeting were also prospects for Yugoslav tourist agencies' cooperation with Austrian tour operators, introduction of charter flights between Yugoslavia and Austria and cooperation in the area of aquatic tourism on the Danube River. Austrian partners voiced special interest in tourism in the Adriatic and as well as in Serbia's spas and hunting grounds. The Yugoslav delegation included also Director of Montenegrin Tourist Organization Silvana Djuraskovic, Assistant Director of the Serbian Tourist Organization Slavko Nedeljkovic, Secretary of the Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce committee in charge of tourism Milivoje Djurovic and Director of the Yugoslav Tourist Forum Milivoje Popovic.

    [07] YUGOSLAV CULTURE, TOURISM, CUISINE TO BE PRESENTED IN VIENNA

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Assistant Foreign Trade Minister Predrag Maksimovic opened here on Tuesday an event called Days of Yugoslav Culture, Tourism and Cuisine. The four-day event, taking place at the U.N. Vienna headquarters, was co- organised by the Yugoslav Government, the Yugoslav Embassy in Austria and the Serbian and Montenegrin tourist boards. Yugoslav Ambassador in Vienna Dobrosav Veizovic, head of the Yugoslav Foreign Ministry department for cultural, educational and sports cooperation Milenko Kasanin, Director of the Montenegrin tourist board Silvana Djurasevic, Assistant Director of the Serbian tourist board Slavka Nedeljkovic and head of the Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce tourist board Milivoje Djurovic also attended the opening ceremony. Addressing those gathered at the Headquarters, Ranko Vujacic, one of the directors of the U.N. Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said he was confident that the Headquarters was the right place to present to the world Yugoslav culture and tourism and to make it possible for Yugoslavia to join the world community where he said it belonged. About 3, 500-strong Headquarters personnel, diplomats and numerous tourists visiting the building daily will have an opportunity to find out about Yugoslavia's history, tradition, culture and scenery, while the Serbian and Montenegrin tourist boards will present their 1998 offer.

    [08] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS SPAIN

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic visits Spain between February 18-19, at the invitation of his counterpart Abel Matutes. Jovanovic is due to meet with high-ranking Spanish officials for talks on promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation, the statement said. The parties will also confer about enhancing cooperation between Yugoslavia and the European Union, current processes in southeastern Europe and European-Mediterranean cooperation.

    [09] PARIS ON JOVANOVIC VISIT

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    The French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced that Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic would visit Paris on Wednesday where he would meet with his counterpart Hubert Vedrine and State Minister for European Affairs Pierre Moscovici. The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) "continues playing a decisive role in the stabilization of southeast Europe." The spokesman hailed "FRY's recent positive influence on the political developments in Republika Srpska." "We want FRY to regain its place in international organizations so that it could get closer to the European Union," the Spokesman told a press conference today. He said that Vedrine and Jovanovic would also discuss the situation in Kosovo, recalling that Paris did not question the internationally recognized borders of FRY and that it denounced voilence." The Spokesman set out that there are chances that E.U. could in April in Brussels re-introduce trade preferencials for FRY and that France wants FRY to return to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as soon as possible. He said that Jovanovic and Vedrine would discuss bilateral relations, especially economic cooperation.

    [10] KONTIC RECEIVES AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Prime Minister Radoje Kontic received on Tuesday Australian Ambassador in Belgrade Christopher Lamb. The parties agreed that both countries were willing to develop bilateral cooperation in all fields of mutual interest. Renewing and enhancing economic cooperation is a priority, said a statement issued by the information secretariat. Australia has shown particular interest in the development of an open Yugoslav market economy and possibility for investment by Australian companies. Kontic said possibilities for investment were wide, within long-term business arrangements, emphasizing the importance of Yugoslavia's return to international financial and trade organizations. Kontic set out the need for maintaining high-level political contacts between Yugoslavia and Australia, parliamentary cooperation and direct contacts among businessmen.

    [11] SERBS WILL WITHDRAW FROM CROATIAN AUTHORIES UNLESS PLEDGES ARE FULFILLED

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Vojislav Stanimirovic announced on Tuesday the possibility of the withdrawal of Serb representatives from Croatian bodies of authority on March 15 unless the recently made pledges by President Franjo Tudjman were fufilled. The Croatian side has so far only suspended a decree on the renting of state- owned apartments in Eastern Slavonia. "There are yet to be fulfilled the promises about a two-way return of refugees, the vacating of Serb houses which Croats have moved into, and some other issues," Stanimirovic told Tanjug. He specified that the decision whether Serbs would remain in their offices or would withdraw in protest against the failure to fulfill the made promises would be taken by the SDSS Main Committee. He said the decision would largely depend on whether there would be any more incidents of the kind that took place in Borovo Naselje on Saturday, when members of the Croatian Party of Law went on an anti-Serb rampage. The incident occured despite Tudjman's unequivocal pledge after a similar incident in Beli Manastir that no such thing would happen again. Both incidents featured Ustasha iconography. "President Tudjman obviously cannot prevent this. What followers of Ante Djapic did in Borovo Naselje was condemned on Monday during a visit to Vukovar by the Ambassadors of the Contact Group countries, who warned Croatian Assistant Interior Minister Josko Moric that it (incident) should have been prevented," Stanimirovic said, and noted that the Ambassadors had said they would take steps also with authorities in Zagreb. The SDSS leader said that Djapic and sixty or so of his supporters (there were about 600 of them from different parts of Croatia) had been charged with summary offenses. Similar incidents, which accidentally or not, occur alternately in Baranja and Eastern Slavonia have been a cause of additional concern to the local Serbs but have not led to any larger-scale migration from the region. Stanimirovic said that interest had increased only in emigration to the so-called third countries, primarily Norway. He said that between 550-600 Serbs had emigrated to Norway and just as many wanted to do so. "There are two chief reasons for emigration: security, because people still do not feel secure enough, and material, since the living conditions are extremely difficult and there are minimum job opportunities," SDSS leader Stanimirovic set out.

    [12] BOSNIA PRESIDENCY REVIEWS ESTABLISHING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH BELGRADE

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    The Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency debated on Tuesday establishing diplomatic relations with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. However, the debate was inconclusive and was adjourned, to be resumed at a future date, according to Ranko Ninkovic, chief of Cabinet of the (Bosnian Serb) Republika Srpska's member of the Presidency, Momcilo Krajisnik. Ninkovic said that the three-man body adopted a foreign policy platform which is fully coordinated and will be of help to the newly appointed ambassadors of Bosnia-Herzegovina to world capitals in the exercise of their duties. The Presidency discussed also the matter of dual citizenship, but without reaching an accord, so that the debate will be resumed at a future date, according to the local media. Before the session, the Presidency received Bosnia-Herzegovina's new ambassadors.

    [13] SRPSKA PREMIER: VISIT TO U.S. POLITICALLY VALIDATES RS

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Republika Srpska Premier Milorad Dodik said on Tuesday that the main purpose of a Republika Srpska delegation's trip to the United States was to see how much foreign partners were interested in investing in the Bosnian Serb economy by means of donations and credit arrangements. I believe one of the major factors is also the fact that the Republika Srpska is being given political validity and that, in this way, we are presenting ourselves to the world in a light different than that used in media and the public over the past years, Dodik told Serbian Radio Television ahead of the five- day official visit to the United States. Dodik said that the purpose of the trip to Washington was mainly to meet World Bank officials and discuss a credit arrangement to secure assistance to small and middle-size companies in the Republika Srpska. He also singled out as important scheduled talks with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy to the Balkans Robert Gelbard and USAID agency officials. Dodik also said that the visit to the United States, along with earlier visits to some European countries, would round off a phase in the diplomatic presentation of the Republika Srpska and its Government.

    [14] YUGOSLAV, AUSTRIAN BUSINESSMEN DISCUSS TOURISM

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    A Yugoslav delegation, led by Assistant Foreign Trade Minister Predrag Maksimovic, conferred here on Tuesday with Austrian Assistant Minister of Economy Erich Musil on promotion of bilateral cooperation in the sector of tourism. Both parties to the talk expressed their wishes that a bilateral agreement in the area of tourism be reached in the foreseeable future, Economic Advisor to the Yugoslav Embassy in Vienna Snezana Filipovic told Tanjug. The Yugoslav delegation's meeting with Musil, who also heads a tourism section of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, focused on prospects for Austrian investments in various projects and tourist facilities in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The meeting was organized as part of the Days of Yugoslav, Culture, Tourism and Cuisine event that opened at the seat of the United Nations mission in Vienna on Tuesday. On the agenda of the meeting were also prospects for Yugoslav tourist agencies' cooperation with Austrian tour operators, introduction of charter flights between Yugoslavia and Austria and cooperation in the area of aquatic tourism on the Danube River. Austrian partners voiced special interest in tourism in the Adriatic and as well as in Serbia's spas and hunting grounds. The Yugoslav delegation included also Director of Montenegrin Tourist Organization Silvana Djuraskovic, Assistant Director of the Serbian Tourist Organization Slavko Nedeljkovic, Secretary of the Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce committee in charge of tourism Milivoje Djurovic and Director of the Yugoslav Tourist Forum Milivoje Popovic.

    [15] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES IN PARIS

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic arrived in Paris on Tuesday evening for an official visit to France at the invitation of his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine. The Yugoslav Foreign Minister is to meet on Wednesday with Vedrine and also with State Minister in charge of European Affairs Pierre Moscovici. The meetings are expected to focus on bilateral cooperation, including economic cooperation, relations between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the European Union and the peace process in the Balkans.

    [16] R.S. GOVERNMENT DELEGATION HEADED BY DODIK LEAVES FOR WASHINGTON

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    A delegation of Republika Srpska Government officials, headed by Premier Milorad Dodik, left on Tuesday on a five-day official visit to the United States. Dodik is to meet in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Special Envoy for the Balkans Robert Gelbard. The delegation, made up of Finance Minister Novak Kondic, the R.S. president's advisor for economic affairs Rajko Tomas and advisor for banking and finance Slavica Injac, will hold talks with World Bank officials on a new project for the recovery and development of the Republika Srpska.

    [17] YUGOSLAV CULTURE, TOURISM, CUISINE TO BE PRESENTED IN VIENNA

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Assistant Foreign Trade Minister Predrag Maksimovic opened here on Tuesday an event called Days of Yugoslav Culture, Tourism and Cuisine. The four-day event, taking place at the U.N. Vienna headquarters, was co- organised by the Yugoslav Government, the Yugoslav Embassy in Austria and the Serbian and Montenegrin tourist boards. Yugoslav Ambassador in Vienna Dobrosav Veizovic, head of the Yugoslav Foreign Ministry department for cultural, educational and sports cooperation Milenko Kasanin, Director of the Montenegrin tourist board Silvana Djurasevic, Assistant Director of the Serbian tourist board Slavka Nedeljkovic and head of the Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce tourist board Milivoje Djurovic also attended the opening ceremony. Addressing those gathered at the Headquarters, Ranko Vujacic, one of the directors of the U.N. Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said he was confident that the Headquarters was the right place to present to the world Yugoslav culture and tourism and to make it possible for Yugoslavia to join the world community where he said it belonged. About 3, 500-strong Headquarters personnel, diplomats and numerous tourists visiting the building daily will have an opportunity to find out about Yugoslavia's history, tradition, culture and scenery, while the Serbian and Montenegrin tourist boards will present their 1998 offer.

    [18] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS SPAIN

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic visits Spain between February 18-19, at the invitation of his counterpart Abel Matutes. Jovanovic is due to meet with high-ranking Spanish officials for talks on promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation, the statement said. The parties will also confer about enhancing cooperation between Yugoslavia and the European Union, current processes in southeastern Europe and European-Mediterranean cooperation.

    [19] PARIS ON JOVANOVIC VISIT

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    The French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday announced that Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic would visit Paris on Wednesday where he would meet with his counterpart Hubert Vedrine and State Minister for European Affairs Pierre Moscovici. The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) "continues playing a decisive role in the stabilization of southeast Europe." The spokesman hailed "FRY's recent positive influence on the political developments in Republika Srpska." "We want FRY to regain its place in international organizations so that it could get closer to the European Union," the Spokesman told a press conference today. He said that Vedrine and Jovanovic would also discuss the situation in Kosovo, recalling that Paris did not question the internationally recognized borders of FRY and that it denounced voilence." The Spokesman set out that there are chances that E.U. could in April in Brussels re-introduce trade preferencials for FRY and that France wants FRY to return to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as soon as possible. He said that Jovanovic and Vedrine would discuss bilateral relations, especially economic cooperation.

    [20] YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER ARRIVES IN PARIS

    Tanjug, 1998-02-17

    Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic arrived in Paris on Tuesday evening for an official visit to France at the invitation of his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine. The Yugoslav Foreign Minister is to meet on Wednesday with Vedrine and also with State Minister in charge of European Affairs Pierre Moscovici. The meetings are expected to focus on bilateral cooperation, including economic cooperation, relations between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the European Union and the peace process in the Balkans.


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