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BosNet News: Press TWRA (96-08-17)

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From: Adnan Smajlovic <asmaj@spectranet.ca>


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROWICK ABOUT BH ELECTIONS
  • [02] SILAJDZIC WILL NOT GO TO THE POLLS
  • [03] BEGINNING OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT
  • [04] PRSKALO: "WE ARE FACING A BETTER FUTURE OF MOSTAR"
  • [05] IZETBEGOVIC DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM PRE-ELECTION INCIDENTS
  • [06] IS BH READY FOR ELECTIONS ?
  • [07] TURN BACK REFUGEES TO BH BY HOOK OR BY CROOK
  • [08] BODIROGAFS LETTER TO FROWICK
  • [09] GENEVA - MINI-DAYTON ?

  • [01] FROWICK ABOUT BH ELECTIONS

    Sarajevo, August 17, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Press-conference of OSCE Chief of Mission for BH, Robert Frowick, was held in Sarajevo yesterday. Ambassador Frowick informed the Geneva summit has brought about some very important results which should considerably support strengthening of the election-process in BH. He also pointed out the importance of the agreement on the abolition of "Herzeg-Bosnia" and its integration into the Federal institutions. Frowick also mentioned representatives of the international community discussed at the Geneva meeting about the creation of the conditions for voting of refugees and displaced persons in the municipalities where they lived in 1991. "For the sake of the civil agencies responsible for the implementation of the peace-accord and IFOR, we decided to open a Joint operative election center, within the seat of OSCE Mission, which is supposed to organize gathering each day", Frowick said. He also added meetings of the international institutions responsible for the implementation of the peace-accord, presided by Carl Bildt, IFOR Commander and High representative in BH, will be organized on the highest level.

    When asked about the number of refugees that would be allowed to pass entity-borders in order to vote in the municipalities they used to live and about the creation of the safe conditions for their passing, Frowick answered: "I can not speculate about that number. I believe this would be much bigger number after the Geneva meeting for the considerable efforts have been made in order to provide conditions for such kind of voting. I will do everything possible in order to ensure their safe passing on the say of elections", Frowick pointed out. As an important improvement in the election-process, Frowick mentioned a registration of refugees for the elections. At the end, he said the elections must be held in September, besides the all existing problems. Such an attitude, Reuter says, expresses the existing concern of the diplomats regarding the possibilities of holding free and fair elections, due to the possible obstruction of Serbian, Croatian and Bosniak nationalistic parties. (end) D.O.

    [02] SILAJDZIC WILL NOT GO TO THE POLLS

    Sarajevo, August 17, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    Former BH prime Minister and actual President of the Party for BH, Haris Silajdzic, stated, during his meeting with U.S. State Secretary, Warren Christopher, he intends to boycott the general elections, scheduled for September 14, 1996. He explained his decisions by saying that, according to his opinion, elections would be used in order to legalize the ethnical division of the country. "Elections will ratify the genocide", Silajdzic stated. According to the latest survey, supported by U.S., Silajdzic is the most serious opponent to President of BH Presidency, Alija Izetbegovic. (end) D.O.

    [03] BEGINNING OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT

    Mostar, August 17, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    On yesterday's usual press-conference held in EU seat in Mostar, it was stated activities regarding the installing of four envisaged Federal ministries have been started. According to EU Special Envoy to Mostar, Sir Martin Garrod, they discussed with Americans means of their placing, so EU Reconstruction department has already started to project the future offices. Talks with the World Bank are also expected for this Bank expressed readiness to help building of these Federal ministries whose seat should be placed in Mostar. Garrod expressed his satisfaction with the normalization of the situation in Mostar, expressing special thanks to Presidents of the clubs of representatives to the Mostar Civic council, Srecko Vucina and Safet Orucevic who, according to his words, "showed enough courage to make concessions without putting in question their main view-points". (end) D.O.

    [04] PRSKALO: "WE ARE FACING A BETTER FUTURE OF MOSTAR"

    Mostar, August 16, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    EU Special Envoy to Mostar, Martin Garrod announced on todayFs press-conference that the united administration would start functioning on December 31, at the latest, for it is a condition for EU withdrawal from the town. Answering on the question what should be done in the meantime in order to ensure a satisfied functioning of the civic administration for the both sides involved, newly appointed Mostar Major, Ivan Prskalo, stated: "Civic administration must be really organized. Leading personalities should be appointed in all ministries, their mandates should be legalized by the Civic council and then we will start realizing all the activities as they were planned by the agreement. Citizens of Mostar fulfilled their obligation and it is now on the European Union and World Bank to show their generosity and give us certain financial sources that could improve our living conditions." Prskalo also pointed out that a presence of both nations must be respected during a nomination of the staff, so this issue will be solved through a joint activity of Prskalo and his deputy, Safet Orucevic. At the end, Major of united Mostar said to his citizens: "If we were able to survive in these difficult days that are now behind us, I do believe we will be able to overcome all the obstacles standing in front of us. I hope that we are all facing a better tomorrow of Mostar". (end) M.S.

    [05] IZETBEGOVIC DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM PRE-ELECTION INCIDENTS

    Sarajevo, August 16, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    In connection with the latest non-democratic incidents that took place in Gradacac and Kalesija, during which opposition parties pre-election gathering were prevented, President of BH Presidency, Alija Izetbegovic, gave a statement yesterday in which he condemned such acts. "I say to everyone, no matter who they are, to stop mentioning my name during such incidents. I was fighting for Bosnia in which people should be free to think and to speak freely. I am very unhappy seeing that some individuals, instead of using arguments, use hurling and hoes, because such a behavior, no matter of its motives, help our enemies". The statement also says Ivo Komsic and Stjepan Kljujic, members of opposition parties, are supporting President Izetbegovic who, besides their different political view- points, "remained honorable people, worthy of being respected." (end) M.S.

    [06] IS BH READY FOR ELECTIONS ?

    London, August 16, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    British daily "Times" speaks in its yesterday's exemplar about the report of NGO International crisis group claiming BH has not yet been prepared for the elections. This organization, according to "Times", thinks holding of the elections in actual conditions could transform the Dayton accord into a charter of the ethnical cleansing. President of this organization, Nicolas Hilton, stated holding of the elections, scheduled for September 14, could have very harmful consequences for BH that could mark a beginning of the end of the peace-process. "Times" also mentions Flavio Coti, Presiding of OESS, expressed some similar doubts.

    Opposite to this, OESS representative, Robert Frowick, stated today BH elections must be held in September, besides some very difficult problems that can hardly be solved. "There are many proposals for the postponement of the elections because the conditions are not the same with those envisaged by the peace- accord", Frowick stated, adding a decision on the possible postponement could only be discussed, according to him, in the case of serious violence. (end) M.S

    [07] TURN BACK REFUGEES TO BH BY HOOK OR BY CROOK

    Bonn, August 17, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    It is being repeated more and more frequently during this last period in Germany, that has received 320.000 BH refugees, more than all other EU members together, that all refugees should turn back after the BH elections (September 14). The main reason for it comes from the financial burdens. Federal Minister for economic cooperation and support, Carl Dieter Spranger, stated in Hamburg's "Bild" that refugees must turn back "as soon as possible". "There is no more reason for their staying in Germany", Spranger stated. He also explained they can not expect any benefices for their return. Germany supports the reconstruction but can not completely renew BH. "It must be performed by its citizens", Spranger said, adding "The first period of their return has already passed. German authorities believed in voluntary returns of refugees but our expectations have not been fulfilled." Minister Spranger explained that for that reason Germany must follow the rule: "By hook or by crook". Regarding possible critics mentioning alleged German intolerance towards strangers, Spranger answered: "I consider such critics as senseless because Germany received more refugees than all other countries." He also added that more attention should be paid to social peace in his proper country than to such objections, adding that a "patience of German people should not be encumbered too much". "After all, we are not an immigration country nor a multi-cultural society", Spranger said. German Minister Mayer-Vorelder also severely criticized refugees who intend to prolong their staying in Germany, objecting them for refusing to assist in the reconstruction of their homeland. This Minister also said Germany can not afford supporting refugees for an infinite period of time. "Nevertheless, the war has been finished, so a democratically elected post-war authority will be constituted after the elections". (end) D.O.

    [08] BODIROGAFS LETTER TO FROWICK

    Mostar, August 17, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    In connection with OSCE resolution on non-holding of the local elections in Mostar within the framework of BH general elections in September, President of the Serbian national community Mostar, Milan Bodiroga, sent a letter to OSCE Chief of mission in BH, Robert Frowick, criticizing such a decision of the Temporary elections commission, considering it as a violation of the rights of the Serbian national community. "In actual Municipal board of Mostar, 11 places have been emptied since the June elections for tothersv, including Serbs, so we ask You to intervene in order to make Temporary commission reconsider its decision", Bodiroga says in his letter.

    "It is also mentioned in act 17. of the Transitory Mostar statute, saying mandates of Council deputies and all other appointed leaders last until the first general elections in the Federation. Since Mostar is also part of the Federation, there is no reason to make an exception and not to participate in the general elections, for we also expect our rights to assist in filling the empty 11 places will be considered", Bodiroga said at the end of his letter to Frowick. (end) D.O.

    [09] GENEVA - MINI-DAYTON ?

    Sarajevo, August 17, 1996 (Press TWRA)

    In his interview to Sarajevo daily Dnevni avaz, Vice-President of BH Federation, Ejup Ganic, answered on the question about the future of AID (Agency for investigation and documentation): "AID has been organized on the state level, but we agreed upon reconsidering its competencies. We must possess an organization representing BH in its cooperation with Interpol", Ganic said. When asked in which measure he considers Geneva as a "Mini-Dayton", he responded: "One thing that has been constantly threatening to mine Dayton commitments has been annulled. It is an agreement witnessed by U.S. State Secretary and, at the same time, an important impulse to the Dayton accord", BH Federation Vice-President stated. (end) D.O.
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