Epilogh OMRI Daily Digest II, No. 63, 29 Mar 95 [.]
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 . IZETBEGOVIC FIRM ON PRECONDITIONS FOR TALKS.
 . CONFUSION STILL SURROUNDS BOSNIAN FIGHTING.
 . CELEBRATIONS OF "SERBIAN NATIONAL DAY" IN KOSOVO.
 . BULGARIA, RUSSIA REACH AGREEMENT ON DEBTS.
 . BULGARIAN BUSINESS BLOC ABOUT TO SPLIT?
 . BULGARIAN NAVY IN TROUBLE.
 . ALBANIAN SOCIALIST LEADER CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION.
OMRI DAILY DIGEST
No. 63, Part II, 29 March 1995
 IZETBEGOVIC FIRM ON PRECONDITIONS FOR TALKS.
International media on 28
March reported that Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, addressing the
congress of his Party of Democratic Action, reaffirmed "the two minimal
conditions" necessary for him to agree to peace talks: Serbia's
recognition of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serbs' acceptance of
the Contact Group's peace plan. Meanwhile, Nasa Borba on 29 March writes
that the Contact Group has decided there will be no more "solo trips" by
its individual members to Belgrade. American and Russian diplomats in
particular have repeatedly tried to woo Serbian President Slobodan
Milosevic in recent weeks. The diplomats in Brussels agreed on the basic
form of their next offer to Milosevic, namely that he recognize his
neighbors, accept current peace plans, and allow effective monitoring of
his border with the Bosnian Serbs before sanctions are suspended. He has
repeatedly refused to budge until the sanctions are completely lifted,
however. Moscow may in any event be preparing to offer him another "solo
initiative" more to his liking, the independent Belgrade daily reports.
-- Patrick Moore, OMRI, Inc.
 CONFUSION STILL SURROUNDS BOSNIAN FIGHTING.
Both the Bosnian
government and Serbian rebels continue to claim success in the current
fighting amid heavy snowfall in central and northeastern Bosnia. Both also
seem equally determined to prevent UN observers and the media from
independently checking out those claims. The stakes are high: Nasa Borba
on 29 March notes that 90% of Serbian communications travel via the
transmitter on Mt. Vlasic near Travnik and via another one at Stolice,
in the Majevica hills near Tuzla, to the northeast. The paper adds that
controlling these television relay stations is more important than
taking cities and that government control of them would open up vast
reaches of the republic to Sarajevo television broadcasts. It also
quotes UN observers as saying the government wants to test the combat
readiness of the Serbs. Vecernji list on 28 March suggests that the
Bosnian government has not lost sight of its ultimate strategic goals in
the northeast, namely liberating the Semberija region and cutting the
vital Posavina land corridor linking Serbia with its conquests in Bosnia
and Croatia. Finally in Sarajevo, the UN-sponsored airlift on 29 March
marks its 1,000th day. -- Patrick Moore, OMRI, Inc.
 CELEBRATIONS OF "SERBIAN NATIONAL DAY" IN KOSOVO.
in Kosovo celebrated the sixth anniversary of the current Serbian
Constitution on 28 March. Following protests in Kosovo in which 22
Albanians were killed by Serbian police in 1989, the Serbian legislature
passed amendments to the republic's constitution effectively abrogating
the autonomy of the Serbian regions of Kosovo and Vojvodina. The
Albanian language-service of Deutsche Welle noted the same day that
Albanian-language education was banned in elementary schools in
recognition of the Serbian holiday. Meanwhile, Bosnian Serb leader
Radovan Karadzic sent a greetings message to Serbian President Slobodan
Milosevic saying that "the stability of Serbia guarantees the freedom of
all Serbs," Nasa Borba reported on 29 March. -- Fabian Schmidt, OMRI,
 BULGARIA, RUSSIA REACH AGREEMENT ON DEBTS.
Russia will repay its $100
million debt to Bulgaria by providing equipment, spare parts, and repair
services for its air force as well as industrial equipment, Duma
reported on 29 March. An agreement on mutual obligations was signed the
previous day in Moscow by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Trade Kiril Tsochev and Russian Finance Minister Vladimir Panskov.
Tsochev also held talks with Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin,
who reaffirmed his intention to visit Bulgaria in mid-May. Tsochev said
that 15 accords to promote trade and cooperation in the transportation
and construction fields have already been drafted for the visit. He
stressed that Bulgaria wants closer military technological cooperation
with Russia. -- Stefan Krause, OMRI, Inc.
 BULGARIAN BUSINESS BLOC ABOUT TO SPLIT?
A joint meeting of theBulgarian Business Bloc's executive council and parliament faction failed
to resolve political frictions, Demokratsiya reported on 29 March. The
meeting was aimed at preventing the 12-member faction from splitting.
BBB deputies have recently threatened to leave the party if BBB leader
Georges Ganchev does not change party policies and his own leadership
style. Orlin Draganov, a member of the BBB faction, accused Ganchev of
pursuing "a leftist policy despite the [party's] rightist platform." A
declaration stating that the faction "remains united and will fulfill
its election program" was signed by just eight of the party's deputies.
If more than two deputies leave the group, it will lose its status of
parliament faction. -- Stefan Krause, OMRI, Inc.
 BULGARIAN NAVY IN TROUBLE.
Rear Admiral Hristo Kontrov, acting
commander of the Bulgarian Navy, warned that Bulgaria would have only three
medium-sized and six small warships by 2000 unless urgent measures were
taken, BTA reported on 24 March. Kontrov said the navy needed 11 billion
leva for repairs, maintenance, and a recommended ship-building program.
Of the four ex-Soviet Romeo-class submarines once in the navy, two have
been sold, one is used only for exercises, and the fourth needs new
batteries. Kontrov also complained that the navy was severely
undermanned. -- Doug Clarke, OMRI, Inc.
 ALBANIAN SOCIALIST LEADER CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION.
Namik Dokle, deputy
leader of the Socialist Party, has been accused by the Democratic Party
newspaper Rilindja Demokratike of embezzling some $400,000, the
Albanian-language service of Deutsche Welle reported on 28 March. Dokle,
who has denied the charges, allegedly received that sum in 1991 from
communist-era President Ramiz Alia to buy a printing machine in Canada
for the Socialist Party newspaper Zeri i Popullit. At the time, Dokle
was chief editor of the newspaper. He claims the machine was bought but
says he does not know of its whereabouts. -- Fabian Schmidt, OMRI, Inc.
[As of 12:00 CET] Compiled by Jan Cleave
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