Visit the Foundation for Hellenic Studies (FHS) Homepage Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923) Read the Convention Relating to the Regime of the Straits (24 July 1923)
HR-Net - Hellenic Resources Network Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Wednesday, 26 January 2022
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

OMRI Daily Digest II, No. 60, 25 March 1996

From: OMRI-L <omri-l@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu>

Open Media Research Institute Directory

CONTENTS

  • [1] HAGUE TRIBUNAL INDICTS FOUR FOR CRIMES AGAINST SERBS.

  • [2] CONTACT GROUP THREATENS TO STOP AID UNLESS PRISONERS RELEASED.

  • [3] SERBIAN RADICALS PUT EXPANSIONIST AIMS ON HOLD?

  • [4] SERBIA'S ARKAN REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE HAGUE-BASED TRIBUNAL.

  • [5] ALBRIGHT IN MACEDONIA.

  • [6] ROMANIAN RULING PARTY BREAKS WITH LAST ALLY.

  • [7] LEBANESE PREMIER IN ROMANIA.

  • [8] MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT RETURNS LAW ON LAND SALE.

  • [9] BULGARIAN OPPOSITION PICKS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.

  • [10] ALBANIAN SOCIALISTS HOLD PRE-ELECTION PARTY CONGRESS.

  • [11] ALBANIAN COMMUNIST-ERA SCHOLARS STRIPPED OF THEIR TITLES.


  • OMRI DAILY DIGEST

    No. 60, Part II, 25 March 1996

    SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

    [1] HAGUE TRIBUNAL INDICTS FOUR FOR CRIMES AGAINST SERBS.

    The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia on 22 March issued indictments against three Muslims and one Croat, Onasa reported. They are charged with murdering, torturing, and raping Serbian prisoners in 1992 in the Celebici camp following the fall of Konjic. This marks the first time that the court has indicted persons for crimes against Serbs and the first time that any Muslims have been formally charged. To date, 46 Serbs and seven Croats have been indicted, but only two Serbs are actually being held on such charges. A court spokesman said that investigations will continue and that this will not be the last of indictments for crimes against Serbs, the International Herald Tribune noted on 23 March. The Serbs have charged the tribunal with singling them out for punishment, while the Croats have said that The Hague turns a blind eye to Muslim crimes. -- Patrick Moore

    [2] CONTACT GROUP THREATENS TO STOP AID UNLESS PRISONERS RELEASED.

    The foreign ministers of the Contact Group on Bosnia, following their meeting in Moscow on 23 March, warned that an aid conference scheduled for 12-13 April will not take place unless remaining prisoners of war are released, international and local media reported. The Bosnian factions agreed in Geneva the previous week to release all POWs by midnight on 23 March. More than 100 were released on 24 March but another 100 remain in custody. Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Herve de Charette said his country may revise its attitude toward the Bosnian peace process because he saw the situation in Bosnia as shifting from "the logic of peace to the logic of separation." -- Michael Mihalka

    [3] SERBIAN RADICALS PUT EXPANSIONIST AIMS ON HOLD?

    The Serbian RadicalParty (SRS) decided at a recent meeting that the party will endorse the consolidation of Serbia's jurisdiction over Serb-held territory. Nasa Borba on 25 March said the SRS has not abandoned the aim of a greater Serbia but considers consolidating control over the Republika Srpska to be the most important aim in the foreseeable future. The SRS noted that "in these times, it is of utmost importance to protect what's left; and as for the return of...lost parts of the Republika Srpska and Serbian Krajina, that will have to wait for a change of regime in Serbia and for a change in the balance of power...within the international community." -- Stan Markotich

    [4] SERBIA'S ARKAN REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE HAGUE-BASED TRIBUNAL.

    Leader of the paramilitary Tigers and accused war criminal Zeljko Raznatovic, alias Arkan, is the latest Serbian ultranationalist to refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Nasa Borba on 25 March reported that Arkan responded to a question about his view on possibly being sent to the court to answer allegations of war crimes by saying he does not accord the Hague any legitimacy since it "tries only Serbs." Arkan also said that his Serbian Unity Party (SSJ) supports the establishment of a professional Serbian army and police whose members would be trained in the Kosmet community of Glogovac, "where only two Serbs happen to live." -- Stan Markotich

    [5] ALBRIGHT IN MACEDONIA. U.S.

    Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright on 23 March stressed U.S. support for Macedonia and praised both its progress toward democracy and its treatment of minorities, international agencies reported. At the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Skopje, Albright read a letter from U.S. President Bill Clinton calling the opening of the diplomatic mission "a clear demonstration of U.S. support and a strong symbol of our closeness." The U.S. recognized Macedonia in February 1994 but delayed opening an embassy in Skopje until Greece and Macedonia signed an interim accord. Albright also held talks with President Kiro Gligorov and visited U.S. soldiers stationed in Macedonia as part of UNPREDEP. -- Stefan Krause

    [6] ROMANIAN RULING PARTY BREAKS WITH LAST ALLY.

    The Party of Social Democracy in Romania (PDSR) on 22 March announced it has split with its last alliance partner, the chauvinistic Party of Romanian National Unity (PUNR), Romanian and Western media reported. The announcement came one day after the PUNR denounced the adoption of a law allowing the creation of political parties based on ethnicity, which, it said, "legalized separatism." The PDSR rejected the accusation, saying that the PUNR's "anti-Hungarian stand was harmful for Romania." Earlier last week, the PDSR broke with the neo-communist Socialist Labor Party, having parted from the extremist Greater Romania Party last October. The PDSR no longer has a majority in the parliament and is politically isolated. Presidential and parliamentary elections are to be held in six months. -- Dan Ionescu

    [7] LEBANESE PREMIER IN ROMANIA.

    Rafik-al-Hariri on 24 March concluded a four-day official visit to Romania aimed at strengthening economic ties between the two countries, Romanian and Western media reported. Hariri and his Romanian counterpart, Nicolae Vacaroiu, discussed Lebanese participation in privatization projects in Romania. Hariri promised to encourage Lebanese banks to invest in Romania and to cooperate with Romanian banks. Lebanese businessmen have helped set up some 2,000 companies in Romania since early 1990. -- Dan Ionescu

    [8] MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT RETURNS LAW ON LAND SALE.

    A draft law allowing the sale of farm land sparked heated debates in the Moldovan parliament on 22 March, Moldpres reported. The law has the strong support of President Mircea Snegur and has become a bone of contention between Snegur's Party of Revival and Conciliation and the ruling Agrarian Democratic Party (PDAM). Snegur, who attended the 22 March session, urged the deputies to pass the bill as soon as possible. But the parliament, which is dominated by the PDAM and its far-leftist allies, voted by 63 to 19 to return the draft to the parliamentary commissions. -- Dan Ionescu

    [9] BULGARIAN OPPOSITION PICKS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES.

    The Union of Democratic Forces (SDS) on 24 March nominated Petar Stoyanov as its candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, Kontinent reported. The Bulgarian Agrarian People's Union (BZNS) nominated incumbent President Zhelyu Zhelev. Candidates are expected to participate in primaries aimed at finding a joint opposition candidate. Zhelev was the only BZNS candidate, while Stoyanov easily defeated Aleksandar Yordanov and Asen Agov, receiving about three thirds of the vote. SDS chairman Ivan Kostov had called on the BZNS to support the SDS candidate in return for the post of vice president. -- Stefan Krause

    [10] ALBANIAN SOCIALISTS HOLD PRE-ELECTION PARTY CONGRESS.

    The Albanian Socialist Party pledged to bring new impetus to the country's market reforms and guarantee human rights at a pre-election conference held this weekend, Reuters reported on 24 March. Deputy leader Servet Pellumbi said his priorities are to build a Western-style democracy, to stamp out corruption, to raise employment, and to create a higher standard of living. Pellumbi accused the ruling Democrats with failing to rejuvenate the economy. During the last four years of Democratic rule, however, the unemployment rate fell from over 30% to 13.4% and the average monthly income increased to $85. Some 65% of the enterprises are now in the private sector. -- Fabian Schmidt

    [11] ALBANIAN COMMUNIST-ERA SCHOLARS STRIPPED OF THEIR TITLES.

    Some 120 scholars who received academic titles for writing papers in line with communist ideology will be stripped of the "Candidate to Sciences" designation awarded to them by the communist regime, international agencies reported. The government decision affects papers written on the dictatorship of the proletariat, the class struggle, collectivization, and the theories of Enver Hoxha, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Stalin. The scholars have been offered the opportunity to reclaim their titles within 6 months by writing on other topics. The awarding of titles such as professor and doctor before 1990 is also to be reviewed. -- Fabian Schmidt

    This material was reprinted with permission of the Open Media Research Institute, a nonprofit organization with research offices in Prague, Czech Republic.
    For more information on OMRI publications please write to info@omri.cz

    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2022 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute
    news2html v2.20 run on Monday, 25 March 1996 - 18:36:23