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BosNet News: Press TWRA (96-08-15)

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From: Adnan Smajlovic <asmaj@spectranet.ca>


CONTENTS

  • [01] PLAVSIC ACCEPTS MLADICFS REPLACEMENT ?
  • [02] CROATS WANT "CLEANSED" LUKAVAC
  • [03] JOINT CANDIDATES ON ELECTIONS
  • [04] "HERZEG-BOSNIA" WILL DISAPPEAR BY AUGUST 31
  • [05] THE MAYOR OF UNIFIED MOSTAR ELECTED

  • [01] PLAVSIC ACCEPTS MLADICFS REPLACEMENT ?

    Belgrade, Han Pijesak, August 15, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Sources related to IFOR stated yesterday in BelgradeFs daily tDnevni telegrafv (tDaily telegraphv) an announcement of Gen. MladicFs replacement from the position of Commander of the Republika Srpska Army HQ could be expected as a result of the Geneva meeting. According to the same source, tDnevni telegrafv states Biljana Plavsic tallowedv during IFOR inspection of the military warehouses in Han Pijesak, removal of General Mladic, accused of war crimes in ex-YU. Gen. John Silvester, member of NATO HQ in BH, stated IFOR soldiers were prepared during this inspection to shoot in the case they were prevented to enter the Serb military area, adding:

    "Guards situated in the entrance area informed us we were allowed to make an inspection but only if personally accompanied by Gen. Mladic himself. We did not want to accept any condition, even that one", IFOR high officer said. However, he refused any possibility claiming an inspection of bunkers should have meant a prosecution of Mladic. "We even ignore whether he was actually there or not", Silvester added. According to the behavior of MladicFs guards and two-day-lasting negotiations, there is no doubt Commander of BH Serbs was in the very vicinity of IFOR soldiers. No answer was received on the question asking for the reason of refusing to ask immediately, on Saturday, for additional forces or using of power, instead of negotiating with Serbs for two days. Belgrade daily says: "Replacement of General Mladic must take place in Geneva, at the meeting of U.S. State Secretary Warren Christopher and Presidents of BH, Croatia and Serbia", pointing out the aim of this step is not to influence the pre-election atmosphere nor the very elections in the Republika Srpska. "If Mladic is not replaced, sanctions against FRY could be reimposed", "Dnevni telegraf" says.

    Sources close to BH SerbsF Army HQ confirmed to the Belgrade daily an immense pressure was imposed on their commanders regarding the replacement of Gen. Mladic. However, Biljana Plavsic sent a message to her "submitted followers" an atmosphere of peace and democracy should be developed on September 14, in the time of BH elections and "people must think seriously about whom they are going to give their vote for next two years". She also added that after the elections the Republika Srpska would be "recognized and legalized state as an entity within Bosnia-Herzegovina". According to her opinion, ta destiny of Serbian people is safe only within a national state - the Republika Srpska. (end) D.O.

    [02] CROATS WANT "CLEANSED" LUKAVAC

    Tuzla, August 15, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    HDZ Municipial board in Lukavac (Tuzla-Podrinje canton) sent a letter yesterday to BH Federation President, Kresimir Zubak, requesting halting of building of a settlement for displaced children and old persons that has been recently started in this municipality. "Croats can not accept in any way an exchange in the demographic structure caused by inhabiting of some 200 Bosniaks in this area, putting thus in question a Croatian majority", President of HDU municipal board, Anto Pejic, stated. He also added "it is possible that Bosniak authorities are fasting this building in the eve of the September elections. We are not interested in it. We will defend our properties by every mean", Pejic stated. (end) D.O.

    [03] JOINT CANDIDATES ON ELECTIONS

    Sarajevo, August 15, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    President of Liberal- Bosniak organization (LBO), dr. Muhamed Filipovic, stated parties that proposed candidates for BH Presidency, belonging to Bosniak people, should reach consensus and go to the polls with just one candidate. As a main argument to this statement, Filipovic mentioned a fact that, according to him, Momcilo Krajisnik must not be allowed to perform a duty of the first, post-war BH President. It must be added several opposition parties are at the very beginning opposed to this LBO proposal. (end) D.O.

    [04] "HERZEG-BOSNIA" WILL DISAPPEAR BY AUGUST 31

    Geneva, August 15, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Yesterday's meeting of the President of the B-H Presidency Alija Izetbegovic and Croatian President Franjo Tudjman has resulted in signing the document which says that, by August 31, in accordance with the Dayton Agreement, the so-called Herzeg-Bosnia will no longer exist. In accordance with that, all the necessary measures will be taken to transfer the functions of "Herzeg-Bosnia" to appropriate ministries of the B-H Federation. Under the phrase "considering that the success of the Dayton agreement depends on the existence of the strong Federation, as a foundation stone of unified B-H", presidents Alija Izetbegovic and Franjo Tudjman have also agreed that all the functions of the RB-H Government, which are not in the organs of government of the B-H Constitution, will be transferred to the institutions of the B-H Federation or abolished.

    The Agreement stresses that by August 31, the administrative arrangements of the territory under control of the Croatian Defence Council - (HVO), will no longer exist. The agreement of removal of war crime criminal Radovan Karadzic from all public functions will be complied. On his arrival to Zagreb, the Croatian President Franjo Tudjman has said for the Croatian press, radio and television: "The talks with the President Izetbegovic were very successful but time- consuming, and with Milosevic, short and successful". Tudjman has emphasized that Croatia will help the realization of the Washington and Dayton Agreement to establish the Federation and added he has assumed an obligation that B-H Croats accept the Federation and that the elections will be held, but under the condition that Croatia guarantees their equality in B-H. As Radio B-H reports, he has said, on his address to the Croatian public, that the so-called Herzeg- Bosnia is to be abolished, but he did not specially emphasize that he had signed the agreement with the President Izetbegovic in the presence of the US Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

    The spokesman of the State Department, Nicholas Burns has made a statement after the meeting where he said that the President of B-H must ensure the freedom of movement and the freedom of press for the successful elections, Croatian President will influence the abolition of so-called Herzeg-Bosnia, while the Serbian President must ensure the extradition of the indicted war criminals, making impossible for Karadzic to participate in the Bosnian Serbs Government and correct irregularities in the registration of the voters in B-H. The High Representatives of the international community for B-H, Carl Bildt has made a statement yesterday, in Geneva, that the most critical moment after the elections, will be the division of power in B-H. Bildt has said that the establishment of joint institutions in B-H is of the utmost importance because it will join the three sides in the division of power. (end) M.S.

    [05] THE MAYOR OF UNIFIED MOSTAR ELECTED

    Mostar, August 15, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Ivan Prskalo has been elected for the first post-war mayor of this city by secret ballot of the 37 members of the Mostar City Council. His deputy is Safet Orucevic from the List of Citizens for the unified Mostar. Vjekoslav Kordic, the HDZ candidate, has been elected for the post of vice-president of the City Council. The biggest halt to the session was when the councilors of the List of Citizens for unified Mostar, which has 21 MPs with regard to 16 MPs of HDZ, demanded to adopt an amendment that the status of the city is transitional and that the mayor of Mostar and the Governor of the Neretva canton cannot be from the same nation on which the HDZ councilors did not agree. Taking into account the concern of the Bosnian side because of the inability to agree on this amendment, special envoy of the European Union, sir Martin Garrod, has signed a formal statement which says: "I will at once inform the governments of all countries that are members of the European Union through mediation of the Presidency and request from them to ensure that all the sides involved completely carry out and recognize this article." The newly- elected deputy-mayor of Mostar Safet Orucevic has said at the press- conference that: "Mostar hopes for the joint future and that together, having sessions of the City Council and with new leaders of the city of Mostar with Mr. Prskalo at the head, we will take all the citizens of this city to the better future. (...) We will completely trust Mr. Prskalo in whatever he is going to do in the struggle for the unified and joint city of Mostar". (end) M.S.
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