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BosNet News : July 8, 1996

Bosnia-Herzegovina News Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: albert@infobahnos.com (Steven Albert)


CONTENTS

  • [01] FIRST AGREEMENT ON LINES OF DEMARCATION IN BOSNIA
  • [02] KEKIC FAMILY EXPELLED FROM HOME IN MOSTAR
  • [03] MURATOVIC CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF SLOVENIAN GOODS
  • [04] KARADZIC AND MLADIC's POWER OVERESTIMATED -BILDT
  • [05] PROSECUTORS CALL FOR ARREST OF KARADZIC AND MLADIC
  • [06] LIKELY BAN ON PARTICIPATION OF SDS AT THE ELECTIONS
  • [07] APPEAL OF THE B-H SOCIAL DEMOCRATS
  • [08] SPANISH DELEGATION VISITED MOSTAR
  • [09] DEFENCE LAW - JOINT COMMAND AND LOGISTICS
  • [10] THE WORLD KNEW FOR SREBRENICA
  • [11] INVESTIGATION OF MASS GRAVE STARTED
  • [12] DISPUTES OVER CONSTITUTION

  • [01] FIRST AGREEMENT ON LINES OF DEMARCATION IN BOSNIA

    Sarajevo, July 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    An agreement on re-demarcation of the lines of separating Bosnia into two entities was signed in the presence of the IFORComdr. Leighton Smith, in Sarajevo yesterday . The agreement settling 42 disputed items was signed by the representatives of the B-H Federation and the Serb Republic. Re- demarcation of the lines took place in the area to the north and east of Tuzla, in the northern part of the state, south of Sarajevo, in Bihac area and in the north-west of B-H. There are 650 items left for the twosides to reach agreement on. The deadline is not set for settling the issues, except the for territorial separation in northern part of B-H, around Brcko, which will be decided by international arbitration by the end of the year.

    [02] KEKIC FAMILY EXPELLED FROM HOME IN MOSTAR

    Mostar, July 7, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    The police administration in Mostar announced that another Bosniak family was expelled from Miljkovci in the HVO-controlled area of Mostar county. According to the police report, on July 7 at 10 am. an armed man , Zdravko Misic , broke into the house of Alija Kekic and waving a pistol, forced the Kekic family to abandon their own house till 10 am, July 7, 1996. .All the members of the Kekic family - Salko Kekic, his wife, three daughters and an invalid sister, fled to the Bosnian government controlled part of the town and informed the police on the case. Our correspondent reports,the man who threatened the Kekic family, Zdravko Misic is the son of Mladen Misic, an HVO commander who was one of the main perpetrators of ethnic cleansing against Bosniak families in the western part of the town during the conflict between HVO and B-H army. Mladen Misic is known for his statement on the local TV program "Face to Face" that the way best to divide Mostar was for the HVO to be "the first to seize and the first to get!" property in the town . The EU Administration police was also informed of the expulsion.

    [03] MURATOVIC CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF SLOVENIAN GOODS

    Sarajevo, July 8, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Bosnian Prime Minister, Hasan Muratovic, spoke last night on BH TV about the visas introduced for Bosnian citizens in Slovenia. He called for a boycott of Slovenian goods. In each country, in such a situation, firms and citizens solidarize with a government. Why should ourcitizens buy Slovenian goods when they are in the position to buy goods coming from other countries? I do believe BH citizens and firms will act in accordance with the boycott as long as Slovenia do not annul the requirement for visas for BH citizens, Muratovic stated.

    [04] KARADZIC AND MLADIC's POWER OVERESTIMATED -BILDT

    Sofia, July 8, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    The European High civil representativefor Bosnia , Carl Bildt made a statement at yesterday's conference of the Balkans countries in Sofia to the effect that the power of the Bosnian Serb leaders chargedwith war-crimes, should not be overestimated. He also added thatany attempt to cancel or postpone the BH elections ,scheduled for September 14, ,could have catastrophic consequences for the peace-process.

    [05] PROSECUTORS CALL FOR ARREST OF KARADZIC AND MLADIC

    The Hague, July 8, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    The ICTY prosecutors have called today the world powers to arrest Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic and extradite them to The Hague Tribunal as the indicted for genocide. After a week of public hearing, the ICTY prosecutor said: "We believe that the evidence we heard are more than enough to justify the suspicions that Karadzic and gen. Mladic have committed genocide." He also criticized the international community for having failed to arrest the two indicted against whom the charges were brought last year, but they still remained protected in Serb stronghold in Pale near Sarajevo. The judge Claude Jorde is expected to confirm the charges on Thursday and issue an international arrest warrant for Karadzic and Mladic and make them fugitives who cannot leave Serb entity without running a risk to be arrested and extradited to the Hague Tribunal. (end) M.S.

    [06] LIKELY BAN ON PARTICIPATION OF SDS AT THE ELECTIONS

    Stockholm, July 8, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    "OSCE will do its best to ban participation of Serb Democratic Party (SDS) at the elections if the war criminal Radovan Karadzic remains its chairman", said the US ambassador Robert Frowick at the session of the OSCE parliament in Stockholm. Replying to the question how the ban can be imposed, Frowick said that he held that the electoral board could be asked to define the rules stating that all parties including the war criminal suspects could not take part at the elections. (end) M. S.

    [07] APPEAL OF THE B-H SOCIAL DEMOCRATS

    Mostar, July 8, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    " If proved that minimum conditions are not met for free political activity in some counties, it will be demanded that the local elections should not be held there," said the international mediator for the B-H Federation K.S. Schilling for the "Oslobodjenje" daily. Vice- chairman of the united B-H Social Democrats Sejfudin Tokic sent him an appeal stating eleven counties in which the opposition candidates cannot act, being exposed to threats of the local authorities. According to Tokic, those counties are Stolac, Capljina, Jajce, Vitez, Bijeljina, Doboj, Prijedor, Bugojno, Sanski Most, Cazin and Buzim. Schilling accepted the complaint saying that freedom of speech and acting, freedom of expressing political views and full security for all candidates, must be secured at all levels. (end) M.S.

    [08] SPANISH DELEGATION VISITED MOSTAR

    Mostar, July 8, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Top delegation of the Spanish Kingdom headed by the state's prime minister Hose Maria Asnar and defence minister Eduardo Serre who visited the most heavily destroyed parts of Mostar today in the presence of EU administrator for Mostar R. P. Casado. The guests from Spain talked with the representatives of the local authorities from both banks of the river Neretva. EUAM spokesman Dragan Gasic said that Spanish prime minister expressed his pleasure over successfully organized elections. Gasic quoted the words of the mayor Safet Orucevic who said that the elections were a step forward to integral Mostar. (end) M.S.

    [09] DEFENCE LAW - JOINT COMMAND AND LOGISTICS

    Sarajevo, July 9, (Press TWRA)

    B-H Federation adopted last night a Bill of defence and proceeded it to the Assembly in order to be urgently passed. President of the Constitutional Assembly of the B- H Federation Mariofil Ljubic announced the session of the Federation Assembly for today with the Bill of defence on the agenda. According to the adjusted text of the Defence Law, B-H army and HVO will become the Armed Forces of the Federation. In next three years the joint defence ministry and one commanding line should be formed and by then, the Corps and subordinated units will have kept current structure and insignia. The citizens are given the right to chose where and in which army they will serve. Passing this Law is a condition for the US program of training the Federation armed forces to begin. Gen. Pardew said that USD 140 million had been provided for the "Train and Equip" program but added: "The first weapons will arrive at Bosnia only when the joint command and logistics are established." (end) M.S.

    [10] THE WORLD KNEW FOR SREBRENICA

    Paris, July 9, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    CIA was provided with photos taken from satellite and U-2 plain as soon as July 13, 1995, proving the crimes of Karadzic's Serbs in Srebrenica, released yesterday's daily La Croix. Anonymous US representative said for the papers that the "first photos showed civilians standing encircled by soldiers. The following photos showed those people lying dead on the ground" adding that Washington "immediately warned of that all partners of the USA." (end) M.S.

    [11] INVESTIGATION OF MASS GRAVE STARTED

    Cerska, July 9, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Investigators of the massacre committed by Serbs against Bosniaks measured yesterday and marked the site which is the first mass grave to be dug out by the investigators of the ICTY. This grave is found in Cerska a little place near Srebrenica and investigators suspect that Bosniaks were lined up along the road and shot dead and their corpses thrown into the pit and covered with earth. Digging out is planned to last four months and the fear is that the investigators will find 7,000 dead bodies of the killed Bosniaks only in the graves near Srebrenica. Collected evidence will be used to complete the indictment against there Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.

    Speaking about the attitude of his organization to the crimesin Srebrenica, UN spokesman in Sarajevo Aleksandar Ivanko said: "The fact is that we first did not believe that Serbs were violating the international law in such a manner and that they would dare seize the UN safe area. It is true we all were surprised." (end) M.S.

    [12] DISPUTES OVER CONSTITUTION

    Mostar, July 9, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Session of the Assembly of the Herzegovina- Neretva canton was interrupted yesterday due to another disputes over adopting the Constitution of this canton. The dispute over adopting this document has been going on for four months and even after the estimation of the arbiter for the B-H Federation R. Owen , Croat representatives did not agree to vote for adopting the Constitution. According to the vice-president of the Assembly Ramiz Leto, the problem is in Croats who want this canton to have Croat majority, though it has, by the Constitution, a special status in which no nation has majority. (end) M.S.
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