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BosNet NEWS - May 10, 96

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From: Nermin Zukic <n6zukic@SMS.BUSINESS.UWO.CA>


CONTENTS

  • [01] Miscellaneous News
  • [02] TENSE SITUATION IN DOBRINJA
  • [03] SERBS ATTACKED JOURNALISTS OF BH TV AND AP
  • [04] TRIAL TO THE "BIHAC GROUP" BEGAN
  • [05] TUDJMAN DENIED MEETING WITH KARADDIc
  • [06] KASAGIc PROMISED TO ENABLE THE RETURN OF REFUGEES
  • [07] DUhAN TADIc REQUIRES MILOhEVIc'S HELP
  • [08] IFOR: SOLDIERS ARE KILLED IN KITCHEN IN MUTUAL FIRE
  • [09] ZEJNIL DELALIC ARRIVED TO THE HAGUE

  • [01] Miscellaneous News

    Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Walker of Britain, commander of NATO ground forces in Bosnia, set up a temporary tactical headquarters in the historic town of Visegrad. The town, located in eastern Bosnia and its citizens, were subjected to one of the most brutal ethnic cleansing campaigns by nationalist Bosnian Serbs.

    "Setting up tactical headquarters (in the field)... allows me to focus my attention on issues at a local level, dig deeper into the daily routine of our troops... It's always helpful...for the managing director to be seen by his workforce. It's always useful from that point of view."

    About 65 vehicles and 170 men with equipment arrived in Visegrad on Saturday. Australian Major Mark Thorek, commander of the NATO camp, said the camp was operational within two hours of arrival.

    As reporters toured the area as guests of NATO, a local Serb yelled from a restaurant near the bridge: "Are there any Balija among you?". "Balija" is a highly pejorative term used by nationalist Serbs to refer to Bosnian Moslems. Moslems made up nearly 63 percent of the town's pre-war population of over 21,000.

    [02] TENSE SITUATION IN DOBRINJA

    Sarajevo, May 9, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Tension has been reinforced lately in the Sarajevo outskirts of Dobrinja, Mimo Sahinpasic, journalist of the Sarajevo Radio "99" stated in his report for the Zagreb independent radio "101". It was stated recently an agreement has been reached between the Serbian and Bosnian side regarding the delimitation in this are, but it was soon denied, even by IFOR spokesman, Simon Haselock. Firing was registered in Dobrinja, even one grenade was launched, Sahinpasic said. IFOR informed British General Wilcock will decide upon Dobrinja, after consulting Leighton Smith and Carl Bildt. (end) A.S.

    [03] SERBS ATTACKED JOURNALISTS OF BH TV AND AP

    Sarajevo, May 9, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Bosnian media reported Serbs broke camera of TV BH in Central Bosnia, in the location where Bosnian refugees tried to visit their homes, actually under the Serb control. After this incident, four Serbs beaten a news- photographer of Associated Press (AP), even hit by one of them with a revolver in his head.

    Western journalists reported some ten young Bosniaksprevented a group of Serbs to visit Hadzici, where these Serbs wanted to visit graves of their family and their homes. It was estimated as a reaction to former Serb incidents in other BH areas. (end) A.S.

    [04] TRIAL TO THE "BIHAC GROUP" BEGAN

    Rijeka, May 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    State lawyer of the Rijeka County, Drago Marcinel brought charges against six Bosniaks who allegedly were preparing the assassination on the defeated secessionist leader of western Bosnia Fikret Abdi5 who is Croatia's citizen "whose assassination would affect the international standing of Croatia." Allegedly, in case the assassination succeeded, the head of the Security Services Centre in Biha5, Ejub Iki5 promised the defendants DEM 100,000 and business offices.

    Five persons, the residents of Biha5 and B-H citizens areaccused of international terrorism: Senada Nuhanovi5, 20, an economist, Hajrudin Halilagi5, 27, a police inspector, Dervi\ Demirovi5, 33, a mechanical engineer, Zijad Zuli5, 24, a farmer and Jasmin Osmanki5 "Strikan", 28, unemployed, unskilled worker, all imprisoned since Apr 4. Also, a Croatia's citizen Jusuf Deli5 Ibuki5, 32, innkeeper, from Biha5 now residing in Kraljevica near Rijeka, is accused of assisting in international terrorism as he allegedly was informed on preparation for assassination, transported Demirovi5 and Halilagi5 to Preluka, a part of the road between Rijeka and Opatija where assassination should have been performed.

    The indictment claims that Demirovi5 and Halilagi5 followedAbdi5 since late February after they had worked out the plan with the assistance of Zuli5, Osmanki5, Mustafa Hrnjica, Senad Seli5 and Esad Mehi5. It also claims they brought into Croatia two A-16 and VM-69 bazookas, four bazooka rockets with six charges, four M- 52 hand grenades, CZ type machine gun with 14 bullets of 7.62 mm calibre, a kilogram of plastic explosive and five BRK M-79 hollow- charge anti-tank bombs. It is claimed they ambushed for days waiting for Abdi5 with prepared arms (plastic explosive planted on two hollow-charge anti-tank bombs), always two of them on guard, so if Abdi5's car had passed by them at a high speed only once, they would have hit him.(end) A.S.

    [05] TUDJMAN DENIED MEETING WITH KARADDIc

    Zagreb, May 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    President Tudjman's office denied the meeting with the Serb terrorist leader R. KaradWi5. Bosnia's media released the news and Slovenian and international media reported that Tu-man and KaradWi5 had recently met. Tu-man's office described the information as an attempt to compromise the Dayton accords. It also alleges that Tu-man and KaradWi5 last met in Geneva in December 1993 on the demand of the representatives of the international community. (end) A.S.

    [06] KASAGIc PROMISED TO ENABLE THE RETURN OF REFUGEES

    Banjaluka, May 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Authorities of the Republic of Srpska are ready to guarantee the return of non-Serbs - Bosniaks and Croats - to their homes in Republic of Srpska and secure the entire freedom of movement through Republic of Srpska. This is the statement issued by Srpska' s prime minister Rajko Kasagi5 during the talk with the UN high commissary for refugees Sadako Ogata. They also agreed on the establishment of bus lines between Banjaluka, Zenica and Drvar.

    In yesterday's visit to Sarajevo, the US envoy Kornblumannounced reimposing the sanction against FRY and/or Republic of Srpska, if Serbs continued to obstruct the return of Bosniak refugees and freedom of movement to the B-H citizens throughout Serb entity.

    Brussels - European union decided to allocate USD 2 millionto Republic of Srpska for restoration of agriculture and cattle breeding. (end) A.S.

    [07] DUhAN TADIc REQUIRES MILOhEVIc'S HELP

    The Hague, Sarajevo, Belgrade, May 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Today began the trial to D. Tadi5 before the ICTY which, from the indictment, including 13 murders, left out the rape as the victim F. refuses to testify for fear of Tadi5's revenge. The prosecutor maintains the right to re-include the charge in the indictment if F. changes her mind or if ICTY finds the evidence to accuse Tadi5 of raping without F's testifying.

    In the statement for AFP, Du\anka Isakovi5 Becker, a Serbliving in Netherlands, who is one of the few being allowed by ICTY to visit Tadi5, said that Tadi5 had sent a letter to Serbia's president Milo\evi5. He demands from Milo\evi5 to put pressure on the head of Serb police in Prijedor, Simo Drlja^a, who allegedly threatens with death to some persons who might be the key witnesses of Tadi5's defence.

    B-H prime minister Hasan Muratovi5 welcomed the beginning oftrial to Tadi5 warning there would be no peace as long as all war criminals, particularly KaradWi5 and Mladi5 are not faced with justice, i.e. the International Criminal Tribunal. (end) A.S.

    [08] IFOR: SOLDIERS ARE KILLED IN KITCHEN IN MUTUAL FIRE

    Tuzla, May 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    One IFOR Russian parachutist killed, in an accidental fire, one and wounded another IFOR Russian parachutist to Bosnia and will be questioned in Moscow, said commander of the Russian parachutist, gen. Yevgeni Potkoldin.

    Two IFOR US soldiers are seriously wounded in northeasternBosnia. It was released that they had been wounded in an explosion of the kitchen in the Lukavac military base, near Tuzla. Casualties among the IFOR soldiers have been mostly caused by contact mines and by self-wounding. (end) A.S.

    [09] ZEJNIL DELALIC ARRIVED TO THE HAGUE

    The Hague, May 9, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Zejnil Delalic (48), Bosniak, charged by ICTY for the crimes he ordered to be committed upon Serbs near Konjic in 1992., was delivered from Germany to the Hague and sent to the prison Scheveningen. His hearing took place today for the first time, ICTY porte-parole, Christian Chartier said, AFP reported. Goran Lajic, Serb, charged for slaughtering, maltreating and threatening of many Bosniaks and Croats in the camp of Keraterm. (end) A.S.
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