Epilogh OMRI Daily Digest II, No. 61, 27 Mar 95 [**]
From: "Demetrios E. Paneras" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 . BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES ON THE MOVE.
 . KARADZIC SAYS IT'S "LAST CALL" FOR BOSNIAN PEACE."
 . KRAJINA SERBS STAGE EXERCISES WITH 100 TANKS.
 . PRISON RIOT IN MACEDONIA.
 . MASS RALLIES OF KOSOVARS IN WESTERN EUROPE.
 . TENSIONS GROW BETWEEN BULGARIAN PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT OVER "MULTIGRUP AFFAIR."
 . BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES AMENDMENT TO LAND LAW.
 . BULGARIAN OPPOSITION PARTIES TO COOPERATE.
 . ALBANIAN SHOT IN STORMING OF U.S. EMBASSY.
 ** GREEK POLICE ARRESTS MORE ANTI-ALBANIAN TERRORISTS.
OMRI DAILY DIGEST
No. 61, Part II, 27 March 1995
 BOSNIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES ON THE MOVE.
International media reported
that Bosnian government forces on 24 March took one key Serbian
communications tower at Stolice in the Majevica hills near Travnik and
another the next day on Mt. Vlasic near Tuzla. By 27 March, however, it
was unclear what the government units had captured, although they seemed
to have taken some territory from Serbian forces. In a diplomatic
development, Nasa Borba on 27 March reports that Bosnia's ambassador to
Switzerland, Muhamed Filipovic, met the previous week in Belgrade with
Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at the Serb's initiative. Filipovic
said that Bosnia has now opened up a diplomatic channel to Serbia as it
is concerned about the status of the Muslims living there. The
International Herald Tribune on 25 March suggested that both the
offensive and the Filipovic initiative indicate that Sarajevo wants to
show its ineffective foreign partners that it can take charge of its own
affairs. -- Patrick Moore, OMRI, Inc.
 KARADZIC SAYS IT'S "LAST CALL" FOR BOSNIAN PEACE."
International mediaon 24 March quoted Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic as responding to
his military losses by calling for immediate and direct negotiations.
Two days later, he wrote to world leaders asking them to "bring a halt
to the Muslim offensives." The Bosnian government says, however, that
Karadzic must accept the Contact Group's peace proposal before talks can
begin. Elsewhere, Karadzic made what the BBC on 27 March called "a rare
public appearance in combat fatigues," and one German television report
on 25 March said he had threatened to take Tuzla. On 26 March, he called
for a general mobilization of all Bosnian Serbs and threatened to
confiscate the property of all reservists who do not return home from
abroad. Karadzic made the same threats last year. Nasa Borba on 27 March
reported on a meeting in Belgrade of the Serbian Civic Council, which
represents Bosnian Serbs who reject Karadzic and his nationalism. --
Patrick Moore, OMRI, Inc.
 KRAJINA SERBS STAGE EXERCISES WITH 100 TANKS.
AFP reported on 26 March
that Croatia's Serbian rebels are conducting big maneuvers in Slavonia.
Some of their heavy weapons were taken from UN collection points, but at
least 13 modern T-72 and M-84 tanks were secretly "moved into Croatia
from Serbia on pontoons thrown across the Danube." Krajina's leader
Milan Martic attended the exercises. Croatia said it did not protest the
maneuvers in order "to avoid poisoning the peace process." -- Patrick
Moore, OMRI, Inc.
 PRISON RIOT IN MACEDONIA.
Some 400 prisoners climbed onto the roof of
Idrizovo prison near Skopje on 23 and 24 March to demand an amnesty from
the Macedonian government, Reuters reported the same day. The prisoners
were protesting the authorities' break with the tradition of offering
amnesties after presidential and parliamentary elections. The last
elections took place in October 1994. Justice Minister Vlado Popovski on
26 March issued an ultimatum to the prisoners that was to expire at
noon, on 27 March. AFP cited Popovski as saying that if the prisoners do
not give up their protest, the government will "use all means to restore
order." -- Stefan Krause, OMRI, Inc.
 MASS RALLIES OF KOSOVARS IN WESTERN EUROPE.
Tens of thousands of
ethnic Albanians from the Serbian province of Kosovo gathered in Bonn and
Zurich on 25 March to demand international recognition of Kosovo as an
independent state, Reuters and AFP reported the same day. According to
the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), 65,000 people demonstrated in
Bonn and 25,000 in Zurich. Officials estimated 40,000 demonstrators in
Bonn and 12,000 in Zurich. The LDK also said that demonstrations took
place in the U.S. and Australia. -- Fabian Schmidt, OMRI, Inc.
 TENSIONS GROW BETWEEN BULGARIAN PRESIDENT AND GOVERNMENT OVER
"MULTIGRUP AFFAIR." Zhelyu Zhelev and the governing Bulgarian Socialist
Party have both been accused of close ties with the private financial
organization Multigrup, Bulgarian newspapers reported on 27 March. Filip
Dimitrov, former leader of the Union of Democratic Forces, asked the
present government about its alleged ties with Multigrup. Prime Minister
Zhan Videnov responded by saying there are connections between the
organization and UDF. He said Zhelev's presidential campaign in 1991 was
financed by Multigrup. Multigrup Vice President Dimitar Ivanov confirmed
that Zhelev received support from members of Multigrup because his
program was "close" to their views on how to move toward a market
economy, Duma reported. Valentin Stoyanov, Zhelev's spokesman, told
Darik Radio that Zhelev immediately returned the money to Multigrup. The
financial organization unites some of Bulgaria's largest private
enterprises. It is also said to control large parts of the Bulgarian
economy and to have strong political influence. -- Stefan Krause, OMRI,
 BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES AMENDMENT TO LAND LAW.
parliament has approved the first paragraph of an amendment to the land
law, Demokratsiya reported on 25 March. The amendment was passed by the
Socialist majority the previous day. Under the amended law, companies
with foreign capital would not be allowed to own land. The parliament
agricultural commission proposed dropping this paragraph, arguing that
it will obstruct investment in the agricultural sector. The change was
voted on 24 March in order to meet the two-week deadline between the
first and second readings of the amendment. -- Stefan Krause, OMRI, Inc.
 BULGARIAN OPPOSITION PARTIES TO COOPERATE.
The People's Union is to
cooperate with the Union of Democratic Forces, Demokratsiya reported on
27 March. A document issued after a two-day meeting of the PU's
leadership calls for cooperation of all "non-communist forces" in
Bulgaria based on equality and "mutual respect of ideological and
organizational principles." The PU leadership suggested that the
opposition nominate joint mayoral candidates in the next local elections
but that municipal councilors be elected on party tickets. Anastasiya
Dimitrova-Mozer, joint leader of the PU, said that a meeting with the
UDF leadership will probably take place later this week. -- Stefan
Krause, OMRI, Inc.
 ALBANIAN SHOT IN STORMING OF U.S. EMBASSY.
A 19-year-old man was shot
in the leg by police when some 200 young Albanians tried to enter the U.S.
embassy, international agencies reported. According to hospital
officials, the condition of the wounded man was satisfactory following
an operation. Young people have been gathering outside the embassy since
23 March, in the mistaken belief that jobs were on offer in the U.S.
Newspapers recently ran advertisements for the American immigration
lottery. According to Reuters, eyewitnesses alleged that another two
people were injured by shots, but police denied the reports. -- Fabian
Schmidt, OMRI, Inc.
 GREEK POLICE ARRESTS MORE ANTI-ALBANIAN TERRORISTS.
Greek police on 25
March arrested another two men suspected of being members of the
Northern Epirus Liberation Front (MAVI), international agencies reported
the same day. Police found seven assault rifles in the garden of the two
men's home in the suburb of Pallini, east of Athens; the weapons are
believed to have been stolen in a cross-border raid on an Albanian
military camp in April 1994. After the arrests, police launched a
nationwide search for MAVI terrorists, conducting house searches in
northern Greece and road checks near the Albanian border. Reuters on 26
March quoted a police official as saying that "we have good leads and
believe that more arrests will follow soon." -- Fabian Schmidt, OMRI,
[As of 12:00 CET] Compiled by Jan Cleave
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