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BosNet Digest V5 #10 / Jan. 7, 1996

From: Dzevat Omeragic <dzevat@EE.MCGILL.CA>

Bosnia-Herzegovina News Directory

CONTENTS

  • [01] ESTABLISHED TELEPHONE LINES WITH BELGRADE

  • [02] TENSION IN MOSTAR

  • [03] DISPUTE IN VIENNA SETTLED BY COMPROMISE

  • [04] ABOLITION OF CROATIAN VISAS FOR BOSNIAN CITIZENS AGREED

  • [05] 16 CIVILIANS LIBERATED, 3 KIDNAPPED

  • [06] PRESS RELEASE ON NEW YEAR'S INCIDENT

  • [07] SILAJDZIC VISITED REFUGEES FROM VELIKA KLADUSA

  • [08] UNHCR RESUMED HUMANITARIAN CONVOYS

  • [09] COMMUNICATION MISSION : B-H FEDERATION - REPUBLIKA SRPSKA


  • [01] ESTABLISHED TELEPHONE LINES WITH BELGRADE

    Sarajevo, Jan 5,1996 (Press TWRA) - On January 1,1996 after three and a half years of interruption, again the telephone lines between B-H and so called "FRY" have been established, informed the press service of General Post Office. Bosnian Serbs interrupted the telephone lines which connected B-H with world in 1992, by switching off the transmitter. Private person will be able to talk with Belgrade only from the Post Office as it is a case with all international calls from Sarajevo. (end) S.K.

    [02] TENSION IN MOSTAR

    Mostar, Jan 5, 1996 (Press TWRA) - EU administration in Mostar has confirmed today that automatic fire was opened from the HVO positions last night, on the Bosnian police patrol vehicle moving along the Boulevard of National Revolution. In the assault policemen Ferid Caus and Semir Camo are injured in the legs, while Camo suffered back injures, too. They are in bad health condition but not in critical. Security service center in Mostar authorized West European Union police (WEU) for further investigation, not likely to be accepted by Croatian police which already refused WEU investigation on the case of killing Alan Mustovic, on Jan 1, 1996. Hans Koschnick announced engagement of German criminal police in the investigation on those cases and recently opened fire from western on eastern part of the town.

    EU administration head in Mostar, sir Martin Garrod informed journalists today that Croatian side decided to take by force the dam of hydro electric plant Mostar, object at the separation line to which one-sided access is forbidden, in accord with the agreement of both sides with the EU administration in Mostar.

    EU administrator in Mostar, Koschnick, stressed at the press conference the Dayton agreement on Mostar defines the town as integral, so the border lines among 6 boroughs, not specified yet, are administrative and not international. "I have clear evidence the people in Mostar, Bosniaks and Croats but also Serbs want to protect their property and repossess what they had before the war. That property is in six boroughs which are the means of integration and not separation of the town," said Koschnick, adding: "Those forces and individuals who want to break the atmosphere of peace, cooperation and implementation of what has already been accepted, must think it over."

    Koschnick denied the statement of the Croatian police head in Mostar Zdravko Soldo issued to some media, including the daily "Slobodna Dalmacija" and the letter addressed to the WEU police head to Mostar claiming that the Mostar mayor Orucevic "announced terrorist actions of Muslim extremists" at the Advisory Council session. "Such or alike statements, Safet Orucevic, my main advisor, has never issued in my presence," said Koschnick. Orucevic also denied Soldo's allegations. /end/ A.S.

    [03] DISPUTE IN VIENNA SETTLED BY COMPROMISE

    Vienna, Jan 5, 1996 (Press TWRA) - After resolving procedural dispute, negotiations on detente in ex-Yugoslavia between Croatia, FRY and B-H have been resumed today. Dispute between the B-H and B-H Serb entity delegations is resolved by the title "Representative" being put in front of each delegation with the name of the state written below it (Bosnia-Herzegovina, FR Yugoslavia, Croatia) or the B-H entity (B-H Federation, Republika Srpska). In front of the hall where negotiations are held there is a note reminding that the negotiators are the signatories of the Dayton agreement. In this way, Bosnian diplomats believe the precedent of appearing "Republika Srpska" as an international subject is avoided. /end/ A.S.

    [04] ABOLITION OF CROATIAN VISAS FOR BOSNIAN CITIZENS AGREED

    Sarajevo, Dec 6, 1996 (Press TWRA) - B-H president Izetbegovic said abolition of Craotian visas for Bosnian citizens was agreed at this week's summit between B-H and Croatia in Sarajevo. Bosnian visa was never required for Croatia's citizens. Decision on the abolition is agreed in principle and is to undergo a suitable procedure. Besides, at the summit, abolition for all participants in the war between HVO and B-H army two tears ago, was agreed on, exempted are the war criminal suspects. /end/A.S.

    [05] 16 CIVILIANS LIBERATED, 3 KIDNAPPED

    Sarajevo, Jan 5,1996 (Press TWRA) - "Bosnian Serbs kidnapped another 3 civilians, one Serb, one Croat and one Muslim. It seems that one person has not yet been liberated and that in fact 17 persons had been arrested on Ilidza and not 16", stated for B-H Television Amir Hadziomeragic, the deputy of B-H Government Minister Muratovic in charge of relations with IFOR. This news followed after Bosnian Serbs last night released 13 civilians the from prison Kula, the rest of 16 civilians captured. These civilians were released after Washington made the direct demand to Serbian President Milosevic. Three civilians (A.Spahic, R. Delalic and M. Kursumdzija) whom Serbs first released described to the journalist in Sarajevo how they were arrested. At the time of kidnap they were driving in the column of the vehicles which were trying to enter Sarajevo from the direction of Kiseljak. They were riding in the "Alhos" factory's truck carrying several thousands DEM worth textile. Serbs stooped their truck two times and finally separated it from the column. Serbs took their identification cards, money and truck with the entire cargo. These three civilians accused the IFOR soldiers, who were positioned at the head and at the end of column, that they failed to reacted even when they noticed that Serbs separated them from the column."IFOR soldiers did nothing to protect civilians", claim these three Bosniaks. (end) S.K.

    [06] PRESS RELEASE ON NEW YEAR'S INCIDENT

    Mostar, Jan 5,1996 (Press TWRA) - Security Service Center in Mostar issued a press release in which rejects the Croatian police accusations that the recently killed Alan Mustovic (17) (who together with his three friends of the same age drove in a car through the part of city under HVO control) was one of "four terrorists, members of Bosnian police who were implanted to the western part of the city in order to provoke the arm conflict with Croatian police". "Those are filthy and planted lies with only one aim to create image for uninformed that the joint life of Bosniaks and Croats in the city is impossible, together with the establishing of joint Mostar police force as a condition for the renewal of united city of Mostar", says the Center's press release. The Center reminds that Croatian police completely needlessly used the gun and shot Alan Mustovic in the back, with armor-piercing bullet. Mustovic was driving along the street in the city center which according to the agreement between two police forces and in coordination with European police completely open for any kind of traffic and communications, reported our correspondent. (end) S.K.

    [07] SILAJDZIC VISITED REFUGEES FROM VELIKA KLADUSA

    Kupljensko, Velika Kladusa, Jan 6, 1996 (Press TWRA) - "We reached peace agreement with those who attacked us, so we have to do the same with you. I came here to advise you to return to your homes. I will travel to Kladusa to check what has been done so far to provide your safe return. You should go back to Kladusa and Cazin, as this refugee crisis cannot be prolonged due to the fact that you have to start working and your children go to school. There was a war, and some things that occurred are past now. The place we want you to return is the state where law is abode by, Bosnia is the state of law and growing securit," said Bosnian premier Haris Silajdzic in his talk with refugees from Velika Kladusa, accommodated in the refugee camp Kupljensko, Croatia. Combined Bosnian-Turkish Croatian delegation included Bosnian and Croatian ministers of the Interior, Bakir Alispahic and Ivan Jarnjak, B-H and Turkish ambassadors to Croatia, Kasim Trnka and Darial Batbay, respectively, Croatian president's advisor for humanitarian issues, Slobodan Lang and assistant of the Croatian diplomacy head Hidajet Biscevic. /end/ A.S.

    [08] UNHCR RESUMED HUMANITARIAN CONVOYS

    Zagreb, Jan, 6 1996 (Press TWRA) - UNHCR spokeswoman, Rajka Rusan announced that humanitarian convoys to central Bosnia via Herzegovina had been resumed, as the authorities of the so-called Herzeg Bosnia cancelled the charge of Croatian kuna 5O per a truck for "sanitary inspection of the vehicles". /end./ A.S.

    [09] COMMUNICATION MISSION : B-H FEDERATION - REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

    Vienna, Jan 6 1996 (Press TWRA) - Representatives of the two B-H entities agreed yesterday on establishing a military communication mission in Sarajevo, Jan 16, 1996 between commander of the armed forces of the B-H Federation and Republika Srpska, said Istvan Gyarmati, Hungarian ambassador to OSCE and chairman at the negotiations on security measures, being held in Vienna. Gyarmati informes that both sides provided OSCE with data on their military potential as well as their deployment. Due to religious holidays, negotiations are put off till Wednesday, January 1O, 1996. /end/ A.S.
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