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BosNet News: (July 25, 1996)

Bosnia-Herzegovina News Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: Adnan Smajlovic <asmaj@spectranet.ca>


CONTENTS

  • [01] PREPARATIONS FOR ELECTIONS CONTINUE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
  • [02] DIZDAR WARNED ABOUT BAD SITUATION IN STOLAC
  • [03] NEWS: DAILY BULLETIN UN, ICG, ICTY, NATO: KARADZIC'S REMOVAL IS NOT ENOUGH
  • [04] SANCTIONS AGAINST SERBS REMAIN SUSPENDED
  • [05] JANOWSKI (UNHCR) DEMANDS PRESSURE ON SERBS
  • [06] D. KIJAC DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM SERBIAN THREATS TO IPTF
  • [07] 1200 TO 1500 MONITORS FOR 4000 POOLING PLACES IN BH

  • [01] PREPARATIONS FOR ELECTIONS CONTINUE IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

    Sarajevo, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    The lists of candidates for the September 14, elections have been presented by 47 out of 49 registered parties, which met the conditions necessary for participation in the election process, reported the OSCE mission representative in Sarajevo, Joanna van Vielt. She also mentioned that all lists of candidates must be checked by the election commissions in order to establish if there were any war criminals among the candidates on the list.

    Joanna van Vielt also confirmed that day before the handgrenade was thrown on the house in Banja Luka where one of the OSCE activists lived. All windows on the house broke down, and the car parked near by was destroyed.

    Nicholas Burns, State Department's spokesman, informed that theequipment for open TV-network, whose establishing was initiated by the High PIC Representative, Bildt, and which gathers independent B- H's TV station, was sent to Bosnia. The value of the total equipment which will be donated by the US, Japan and European Union resources is 10 million US$, and the part which has been delivered so far is worth 2 million US$, said Burns, and added that the purpose of the network is to help to inform citizens of BH better and more objectively during the pre-election campaign, in order to enable them to decide themselves program of which side suits them most.

    The Sarajevo's magazine "Svijet", the weekly of newspaper"Oslobodjenje", says in the last issue that the public attention in Sarajevo was attracted by the fact that Richard Holbrooke during his last visit to the BH capital visited the headquarters of Party for BH which was recently established by the former Prime Minister Haris Silajdzic. On that occasion Holbrooke and Silajdzic talked for an hour.

    UNHCR sent the protest to Serbian authorities on Pale becauseof the pressure which A. Buha and SDS leadership put on the refugees in order to get the votes in replacement for humanitarian aid. Namely, according to data obtained by UNHCR, Serbs living in BH Federation received the massage that they will be denied the humanitarian aid if they do not come to vote in the Serbian entity, and if they do not give their vote to Serbian Democratic Party (SDS). (end) A.S.

    [02] DIZDAR WARNED ABOUT BAD SITUATION IN STOLAC

    Mostar, Sarajevo, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    Croatian extremist persistently prevent all efforts to implement project Stolac (pilot-program for return of part of Bosniaks to that part of the city), warned the Presidency of the Stolac municipality (in refuge in the Eastern part of Mostar), whose President is Mehmed Dizdar, sent letter of such content to High PIC Representative Carl Bildt, President of RB-H Presidency Alija Izetbegovic, President of B-H Federation Kresimir Zubak, and the vice-president of B-H Federation and member of RBH Presidency, E. Ganic. Dizdar said that two houses have been set on fire in Stolac, one of which was just been restored. On Friday, July 19, while Bosniaks visited villages Barane, Osanjci, Njivice and Poplat, another three houses on the list, prepared for return of 100 Bosniak's families have been set on fire. Concluding the letter Dizdar asked: "is there anyone in Bosnia- Herzegovina who can finally put an end to such barbarism".

    Bosniak weekly "Ljiljan" writes in the last issue: "At Citlukrecently has been held the secret HDZ meeting on which the party strategy for the forthcoming elections in September has been discussed. The major theme of the discussion was related to cities which the leaders of so called "Herzeg-Bosnia" included in the so called Croatian territories and which could, due to eventual majority of Bosniaks in the total of population on September elections, slip away under HDZ authority. That is why on the meeting in Citluk 1000 Croats have been precisely selected who thanks to famous article 3. of the election statute, which enables voters to chose freely the place on which they want to vote, will on the elections vote in Stolac in order to annul the Bosniak advantage". (end) A.S.

    [03] NEWS: DAILY BULLETIN UN, ICG, ICTY, NATO: KARADZIC'S REMOVAL IS NOT ENOUGH

    Washington, Sarajevo, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    The special US envoy for implementation of Dayton Accord Richard Holbrooke stated yesterday that US, after putting the pressure to make R. Karadzic withdraw from the public life, will now insist on his leaving the Pale. "As long as Karadzic remains on Pale, even if he is invisible and not present in the public life, his presence makes me, personally and my colleagues nervous", said Holbrooke. His last week mission was praised by US and other members of Contact Group, and international community Among those who congratulated Holbrooke was the Russian Foreign Minister, Yevgeni Primakov, who, however, at the same time emphasized that Moscow "decisively against the use of force to arrest two leaders who are out of favor - Karadzic and Mladic". In the Russian state TV show "Vremya", the doubt in sincerity of congratulations which Europeans sent to Washington has been expressed, since that is "another American victory which was achieved without the participation of Europe".

    The United States still support Karadzic's arrest, but the vice-president of USA, Al Gore, said that American units still did not received the orders to find Karadzic in order to arrest him. Gore justify that fact by saying that is "unpractical to undertake door to door search of every Serbian home to find Karadzic".

    Commenting Holbrooke's demand for Karadzic to leave Pale, and thenews on arrival of the US envoy John Kornblum to the Balkans, in order to confirm Karadzic's removal from public and political life, UN spokesman in Sarajevo, Alexander Ivanko, said: "It is completely irrelevant whether Karadzic is on Pale or in Banja Luka or any other place in BH Serbian entity, or anywhere else. The Hague is the only place for him, and he should not think that by withdrawing from the politics he will avoid the trial before the Tribunal. Every country giving refugee to Karadzic would violate the Security Council decision and would seriously be at risk of UN sanctions".

    The International Crisis Group (ICG) announced that the militaryaction to arrest Karadzic would not mean the great danger for continuation of the peace process in BH, for NATO security and UN. The probability of violence in case of Karadzic's arrest is minimal, and surely smaller as short-term risk, than long-term danger of Karadzic if remains free.

    ICG is made of Western analysts and experts, headed by GeorgeMitchell, who has been the leader of great majority of democrats in US Senate since last wear. Mitchell, who, at the time was against demands of the great majority of Republicans and democrats for the unilateral US decision on lifting of arms embargo against BH, is considered to be a close friend of President Clinton, who, although the Ulster's unionist were against, appointed him for the peace mediator for Northern Ireland. Mitchell this year several times emphasized the importance to arrest the war criminals in BAH.

    Helsinki - According to the Finish newspaper "Hlesingen Sanomat"the Finish Slavist Nuorloto asked his compatriot psychiatrist to analyze the Finish translation of the book of poetry "Black fairy tale", whose author was R. Karadzic, The Finish psychiatrist was not told who was the author of the poems, and he was asked to psychoanalyze the author based on the poems. Finish doctor concluded that the person in question is heavily disturbed because he/she constantly lives in fear of some unclear threat. Only after giving his diagnosis the finish doctor learned whose poems he was analyzing, said newspaper.

    R. Karadzic published some of his poems ("Foolish bastard" and"Immemorial") published in the late 60's and early 70's, and the last collection of poems was published three years ago in Nova Gradiska. The last published collection of Karadzic's poems starts with the verses: "This is the dairy written in the night, on the way from sorrow to solitude". Among the most famous verses in the former R. Karadzic collection's are "Let's go down to the cities, to beat up the bastards". This verse was often quoted by Bosnian media when Karadzic's units were surrounding many cities and towns in BH, and among them, for nearly four years, Sarajevo. (end) A.S.

    [04] SANCTIONS AGAINST SERBS REMAIN SUSPENDED

    New York, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    On the agenda of the yesterday's US Security Council's session was the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in other words the implementation of Dayton Accord. The day before, the BH Ambassador at UN Muhamed Sacirbey, repeated his Government's demand for UN to put back in effect the sanctions against BH Serbian entity and FR Yugoslavia in order to force them to arrest and extradite to ICTY Serbs and Montenegrins accused for war crimes. UN has to be decisive in this matter, emphasized Sacirbey.

    After yesterday's session Alain Dejammet, French Ambassador at UNwhich presides this months over Security Council, stated for the press. "The Council welcomed the new development - removal of Karadzic as a head of SDS and Serbian entity in BH. The Council considers it in accordance with the decisions of Paris' (Dayton) Accord, and will help the good implementation of the election process. The Council in the same time welcomes the implementation of the measures for building the trust between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Federal Republic of Yugoslavia".

    The diplomatic sources however estimated that in the near futuresanctions against Pale, and especially against Belgrade, will stay suspended, specially after the last weeks Milosevic-Holbrooke agreement on complete removal of Karadzic from the political and public life, along with the yesterdays BH Government visit to Belgrade. Similarly the President of International Tribunal Antonio Cassese's appeal sent to IOC (International Olympic Comity) demanding the ban on FR Yugoslavia's sportsmen participation on the Olympics in Atlanta was not met.

    Bonn - German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel again announced thepossibility of renewal of the sanctions against BH Serbian entity because they refuse to extradite Mladic and Karadzic to ICTY. "Not only that they do not even think of extraditing Karadzic and Mladic, but they are totally on their side, and support their policy in full, clearly showing to all who support Dayton Accord not to count on the possibility to renew united Bosnia", stated vice-chancellor Kinkel. (end) A.S.

    [05] JANOWSKI (UNHCR) DEMANDS PRESSURE ON SERBS

    Sarajevo, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski called the world to put stronger pressure on Serbs' leadership in BH, which still is against the idea of coexistence with other nations in this country. "If we do not put the end to such Bosnian Serbs behavior, we will face the eternal refugee crisis", warned Janowski. (end) A.S.

    [06] D. KIJAC DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM SERBIAN THREATS TO IPTF

    Sarajevo, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    Dragan Kijac, Internal Minister of BH Serbian entity, sent the letter to IPTF Commissar, Peter Fitzgerald, in which he offers the safety guarantees to International policemen located in Republic Srpska. "The threats refereed to IPTF personnel and uttered by the Chief of Pale Police Forces and the mayor of Ugljevik are only the self -will of local chiefs, which does not reflect the official position of Republic Srpska", emphasized Kijac. Kijac is the member of Government headed by G. Klickovic, appointed for the Prime Minister after Karadzic replaced Rajko Kasagic this spring. (end) A.S.

    [07] 1200 TO 1500 MONITORS FOR 4000 POOLING PLACES IN BH

    Sarajevo, July 24,1996 (Press TWRA)

    "The forthcoming Bosnia- Herzegovina's elections will be monitored by 1200 to 1500 monitors, and their work will be coordinated by OSCE office in Sarajevo. It is obvious that it will not be possible to monitor all 4000 pooling places constantly, but the critical areas will be especially supervised, that includes 49 municipalities divided among two entities, and places in which great number of refugees is located", stated Dutch Ed van Thijin, coordinator of the international election monitors in BH. (end) A.S.
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