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RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 69, 00-04-06

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From: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty <http://www.rferl.org>

RFE/RL NEWSLINE

Vol. 4, No. 69, 6 April 2000


CONTENTS

[A] TRANSCAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA

  • [01] ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER'S BODYGUARD COMMITS MANSLAUGHTER
  • [02] AZERBAIJAN, TURKEY SIGN FURTHER MILITARY COOPERATION
  • [03] ARMENIAN MINORITY CALLS ON GEORGIA TO ACKNOWLEDGE 1915
  • [04] ADJAR LEADER TO QUIT GEORGIAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE?
  • [05] WORKERS MOVEMENT LEADER ARRESTED IN KAZAKHSTAN
  • [06] KAZAKHSTAN LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN ON CUT-PRICE OIL SALES
  • [07] KAZAKHSTAN DRAFTS PROGRAM TO CUT UNEMPLOYMENT
  • [08] COURT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST KYRGYZ OPPOSITION LEADER RESUMED,
  • [09] KYRGYZ PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE GUILD FORMED
  • [10] TAJIK, BELARUS PRESIDENTS SIGN FRIENDSHIP, COOPERATION

  • [B] SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

  • [11] FRENCH LEADERS DETERMINED TO ARREST KARADZIC
  • [12] KARADZIC'S WIFE APPEARS AT RALLY
  • [13] BELGRADE WANTS HAGUE TRIBUNAL ABOLISHED
  • [14] MORE INCIDENTS AGAINST ALBANIANS IN SERBIA
  • [15] FATHER SAVA WARNS CRITICS
  • [16] SERBIAN OPPOSITION REMAINS HAMSTRUNG
  • [17] SESELJ SUPPORTERS OUST PRIVATE MEDIA FROM LEGISLATURE
  • [18] DJUKANOVIC SAYS MONTENEGRO WILL NOT BE PROVOKED
  • [19] MACEDONIA WANTS KFOR TO BETTER CONTROL BORDER
  • [20] DEL PONTE PRAISES CROATIAN GOVERNMENT
  • [21] CROATIAN PARTIES AGREE ON APPONTMENTS
  • [22] ARMENIAN PRESIDENT IN ROMANIA
  • [23] ROMANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN GERMANY
  • [24] FORMER ROMANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DENIES ROLE IN 'HOT LINE'
  • [25] ROMANIAN SUPREME COURT CHAIRMAN DIES
  • [26] MOLDOVAN CABINET APPROVES PRIVATIZATION BILLS
  • [27] BULGARIA TO RECEIVE AID FROM GERMANY

  • [C] END NOTE

  • [28] POLAND RECEIVES MIXED SIGNALS OVER EU ENTRY

  • [A] TRANSCAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA

    [01] ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER'S BODYGUARD COMMITS MANSLAUGHTER

    Arbak Babasian, a relative of parliamentary speaker Armen

    Khachatrian and head of his bodyguard service, shot and

    killed a man during an argument on the street in Yerevan

    during the night of 4-5 April, RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau

    reported. Babasian was subsequently detained by police.

    Khachatrian left Armenia on the evening of 4 April for an

    official trip to Australia. Since his appointment five months

    ago, he has been repeatedly criticized for incompetence and

    inappropriate behavior (see "RFE/RL Caucasus Report," Vol. 3,

    No. 14, 6 April 2000). LF

    [02] AZERBAIJAN, TURKEY SIGN FURTHER MILITARY COOPERATION

    AGREEMENT

    Azerbaijani Deputy Defense Minister Colonel Mamed

    Beydullaev and Colonel General Baha Tuzuner, who is commander

    of the Turkish ground forces, signed a protocol in Baku on 5

    April on training military personnel, Interfax and Turan

    reported. LF

    [03] ARMENIAN MINORITY CALLS ON GEORGIA TO ACKNOWLEDGE 1915

    GENOCIDE

    Some 200 representatives of the majority ethnic

    Armenian population of Samtskhe-Djavakheti in southern

    Georgia held a protest demonstration in the regional center

    of Akhalkalaki during Georgian President Eduard

    Shevardnadze's election campaign visit there on 4 April,

    Caucasus Press reported on 5 April, citing "Rezonansi." The

    protesters called upon the Georgian leadership to acknowledge

    as genocide the killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in

    1915. They also demanded measures to improve social and

    economic conditions in the region (see "End Note," "RFE/RL

    Newsline," 20 September 1999). LF

    [04] ADJAR LEADER TO QUIT GEORGIAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE?

    Georgian

    state television reported on 5 April that Aslan Abashidze,

    chairman of the Supreme Council of the Adjar Autonomous

    Republic, will announce on 6 April his decision to withdraw

    his candidacy in the 9 April Georgian presidential poll,

    according to Caucasus Press. Abashidze had held talks on 5

    April in Batumi with Georgian parliamentary speaker Zurab

    Zhvania, whom former Batumi Mayor Tamaz Kharazi had accused

    in 1997 of plotting to oust Abashidze (see "RFE/RL Newsline,"

    21 and 22 October 1997). Shevardnadze is scheduled to travel

    to Batumi on 6 April, where he will meet with Abashidze. LF

    [05] WORKERS MOVEMENT LEADER ARRESTED IN KAZAKHSTAN

    Workers

    Movement leader Madel Ismailov was arrested in Almaty on 6

    April and will be charged with participating in the

    unsanctioned pensioners' protest in that city on 30 March,

    RFE/RL's bureau in the former capital reported. Meanwhile

    Irina Savostina, who heads the Pokolenie movement to defend

    pensioners' rights, told RFE/RL that she intends to request

    political asylum in the Russian Federation because of the

    increasing oppression of opposition activists by the Kazakh

    authorities. LF

    [06] KAZAKHSTAN LAUNCHES CRACKDOWN ON CUT-PRICE OIL SALES

    Kazakhstan's Premier Qasymzhomart Toqaev said on 4 April that

    the ongoing investigation into the sale of oil below world

    prices is encountering fierce resistance from oil companies,

    Reuters reported. Losses to the state budget from such sales

    in the past are estimated at several hundred million dollars.

    Toqaev had announced in February the creation of a

    commission, which he chairs, to investigate such abuses (see

    "RFE/RL Newsline," 24 February 2000). LF

    [07] KAZAKHSTAN DRAFTS PROGRAM TO CUT UNEMPLOYMENT

    Kazakhstan's

    government plans to finalize within 10 days measures to

    reduce poverty and unemployment, Asia Plus-Blitz reported on

    5 April. Prime Minister Toqaev told a cabinet session the

    previous day that it is planned to reduce unemployment by 21

    percent by the end of 2002, from 13.5 percent to 9 percent of

    the able-bodied population. First Deputy Prime Minister

    Aleksandr Pavlov had said earlier that priority will be given

    to ensuring that at least one member of every household has a

    job, "Nezavisimaya gazeta" reported on 1 April. Toqaev also

    said that the percentage of budget spending on unemployment

    and other social benefits will be raised from 0.8 percent to

    1 percent. He said that the government must not incur any

    arrears in such payments. LF

    [08] COURT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST KYRGYZ OPPOSITION LEADER RESUMED,

    SUSPENDED

    A Bishkek district court on 5 April opened

    proceedings against opposition El (Bei Bechara) chairman

    Daniyar Usenov for assaulting a businessman at Bishkek

    airport in 1996, RFE/RL's bureau in the Kyrgyz capital

    reported. That case had been closed last fall after the

    businessman withdrew his suit against Usenov but was reopened

    in February 2000. The 5 April court proceedings were

    suspended after 30 minutes when Usenov rejected the defense

    lawyer proposed by the court and was arrested on charges of

    obstructing the course of justice. He was released on 6

    April, however, reportedly on instructions from Kyrgyz

    President Askar Akaev. U.S. State Department spokesman James

    Rubin had called on 5 April for Usenov's immediate release.

    LF

    [09] KYRGYZ PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE GUILD FORMED

    Meeting in

    Bishkek on 5 April, Kyrgyz human rights activists formed the

    Guild of Prisoners of Conscience of Kyrgyzstan, RFE/RL's

    Bishkek bureau reported. Oppositionist Topchubek Turgunaliev,

    who has been designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty

    International, was chosen to head the guild's Coordinating

    Council. LF

    [10] TAJIK, BELARUS PRESIDENTS SIGN FRIENDSHIP, COOPERATION

    AGREEMENT

    Imomali Rakhmonov and Alyaksandr Lukashenka signed

    a friendship and cooperation agreement in Dushanbe on 5

    April, together with other accords intended to create a legal

    basis for expanded cooperation in the spheres of the economy,

    science, technology, transport, and communications, Asia

    Plus-Blitz reported. Rakhmonov accepted an invitation to

    visit Belarus next month. The two presidents had met for one

    hour the previous day to discuss bilateral relations. Also on

    5 April, the two countries' defense ministers, Colonel

    General Sherali Khairulloev and Aleksandr Chumakov, met to

    discuss military cooperation both within the CIS Collective

    Security Treaty and on a bilateral basis. Belarus is

    currently training Tajik air force specialists in the use of

    air defense weapons. LF


    [B] SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

    [11] FRENCH LEADERS DETERMINED TO ARREST KARADZIC

    French

    President Jacques Chirac said in Paris on 5 April that top

    war criminals should be arrested in Bosnia, adding that

    "justice must be done." Defense Minister Alain Richard told a

    cabinet meeting that "France believes that arresting [former

    Bosnian Serb leader Radovan] Karadzic is a major goal and

    remains an objective to which it is determined to

    contribute," Reuters reported. Richard also noted that French

    peacekeepers are participating in the arrest of war criminals

    "at least as much as the British and Americans." French

    troops led the operation on 3 April to arrest Karadzic's

    former deputy, Momcilo Krajisnik (see "RFE/RL Balkan Report,"

    4 April 2000). PM

    [12] KARADZIC'S WIFE APPEARS AT RALLY

    Ljiljana Zelen-Karadzic

    attended a rally of her husband's Serbian Democratic Party

    (SDS) in Pale on 6 April. AP reported that it was her first

    appearance "in years at such a large public gathering."

    Supporters chanted her husband's nickname, "Rasko." She told

    reporters that her family fears for her husband's arrest but

    added, "We have confidence in God and we pray." She lamented

    the arrest of Krajisnik, adding that "a man who signed the

    Dayton Peace Agreement [in 1995] together with [U.S.

    President Bill] Clinton was arrested in the way they arrest

    Mafiosi. But the Americans can only do it that way. We,

    however, are decent people and will wait for the [8 April

    local] elections. The results will show our victory," Zelen-

    Karadzic added. PM

    [13] BELGRADE WANTS HAGUE TRIBUNAL ABOLISHED

    Acting in the name

    of the federal government, Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin

    Jovanovic sent an appeal from Belgrade to the UN Security

    Council demanding that the UN abolish the Hague-based war

    crimes tribunal. Jovanovic stressed that the tribunal has "no

    legal basis" and that its sole purpose is to conduct

    "genocide against the Serbian people." In related news,

    Krajisnik telephoned his brother Mirko in Pale from The Hague

    to arrange the hiring of defense lawyers. Momcilo told Mirko

    that he does not want to deal with any papers from the

    tribunal without a lawyer, "Danas" reported on 6 April. PM

    [14] MORE INCIDENTS AGAINST ALBANIANS IN SERBIA

    An unknown sniper

    shot and killed Ismet Aliu in the Dobrosin area of

    southwestern Serbia's Presevo Valley on 4 April, AP reported

    two days later. A NATO spokesman in Prishtina gave no details

    of the incident, but "Koha Ditore" reported that Aliu was "on

    patrol" when he was shot. The Dobrosin area is part of a

    demilitarized zone in which ethnic Albanian guerrillas are

    active. In another incident, police "abducted" and briefly

    detained Fahri Musliu, who is an ethnic Albanian

    correspondent for Voice of America, in Belgrade on 6 April.

    Sonja Biserko, who heads the Serbian Helsinki Committee, said

    that he had recently received threatening telephone calls and

    that several unidentified men had tried to enter his flat the

    night before he was abducted. This is the first recent case

    in Serbia of an abduction of a journalist working for a

    foreign broadcaster, AP added. PM

    [15] FATHER SAVA WARNS CRITICS

    Father Sava, who is a spokesman

    for Serbian Orthodox Archbishop Artemije and a leader of

    Kosova Serbs opposed to Yugoslav President Slobodan

    Milosevic, said at Gracanica monastery on 5 April that pro-

    Milosevic Serbs have a right to visit the monastery and make

    their political views known. He warned them, however, that

    they must behave appropriately when visiting a monastery and

    not swear or smoke there, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service

    reported. Sava spoke after some 100 pro-Milosevic Serbs

    staged a protest at Gracanica against Sava's and Artemije's

    recent decision to participate in the UN's provisional

    advisory council in Kosova as observers (see "RFE/RL

    Newsline," 3 April 2000). Elsewhere, Sava appealed to the

    Serbian diaspora to act responsibly in their support of

    political causes in the former Yugoslavia. He said that it is

    all too easy to engage in militant rhetoric if one is sitting

    "in a comfortable chair" in Western Europe far from the harsh

    realities of Kosova, Bosnia, or Krajina, "Vesti" reported on

    6 April. PM

    [16] SERBIAN OPPOSITION REMAINS HAMSTRUNG

    Leaders of the factious

    Serbian opposition have still not agreed among themselves who

    will speak and in which order at the mass protest meeting

    slated for 14 April in Belgrade, "Vesti" reported on 6 April.

    Such seemingly petty questions of precedence and status have

    for years prevented the opposition leaders from sinking their

    differences and working together to oust Milosevic. PM

    [17] SESELJ SUPPORTERS OUST PRIVATE MEDIA FROM LEGISLATURE

    Officials of the Serbian parliament ordered out of a session

    of the Culture and Information Committee an unspecified

    number of reporters from the dailies "Danas," "Glas

    javnosti," and "Blic" at the request of deputies from

    Vojislav Seselj's Radical Party. The ban on 5 April also

    affected reporters from the Beta and Fonet news agencies and

    Studio B television, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported.

    PM

    [18] DJUKANOVIC SAYS MONTENEGRO WILL NOT BE PROVOKED

    Montenegrin

    President Milo Djukanovic said in Brussels on 5 April that

    "we are conscious that time is on our side...and that's why

    we are trying very hard to avoid all the pitfalls that the

    Belgrade regime has created for us. We are confident that any

    escalation would play into their hands and would be to our

    detriment. I'm confident that we'll succeed." Djukanovic

    stressed that Montenegro's government is "trying to be a

    responsible government, which will not make nervous moves or

    provoke instability," Reuters reported. PM

    [19] MACEDONIA WANTS KFOR TO BETTER CONTROL BORDER

    President

    Boris Trajkovski's office sent a statement to KFOR commander

    General Klaus Reinhardt on 5 April calling on peacekeepers to

    better control the Kosova-Macedonian border and prevent

    incidents. The move came several days after unidentified

    persons briefly detained four Macedonian soldiers after they

    strayed into Kosova on 2 April, Reuters reported. In

    Prishtina, Reinhardt said that he "will not allow [Kosova] to

    become a safe haven for bandits and criminals." The men who

    detained the soldiers demanded the release of Xhavit Hasani,

    a Macedonian-born Albanian whom many Kosovars regard as a

    hero of the 1999 conflict. The UN authorities in Kosova

    recently deported Hasani to Macedonia, where he is wanted for

    murder. The four Macedonian soldiers were freed on 3 April

    after Hasani was let out of prison on $100,000 bail and

    allowed to return to Kosova, AP reported. PM

    [20] DEL PONTE PRAISES CROATIAN GOVERNMENT

    Carla Del Ponte, who

    is the chief prosecutor of the Hague-based tribunal, said in

    Zagreb that she is "very happy" about the new government's

    cooperative attitude toward the tribunal. She said that she

    "got a lot of documents" during her visit (see "RFE/RL

    Newsline," 5 April 2000). She refused to provide any details

    of possible sealed indictments of high-ranking Croatian

    officials. Del Ponte added, however, that she spoke to

    Justice Minister Stjepan Ivanisevic about an unspecified

    number of sealed indictments and that he knows the names of

    those indicted, "Jutarnji list" reported. PM

    [21] CROATIAN PARTIES AGREE ON APPONTMENTS

    Leaders of the six

    governing parties agreed in Zagreb on 5 April to soon make

    appointments to leading government agencies, in which each

    party will have a prescribed percentage of top jobs. The

    agencies involved deal with military affairs, privatization,

    the police, the railways, the posts and telecommunications,

    and the state insurance firm, "Jutarnji list" reported. PM

    [22] ARMENIAN PRESIDENT IN ROMANIA

    During a three-day visit to

    Romania, Robert Kocharian met with his Romanian

    counterpart, Emil Constantinescu, on 5 April to discuss

    bilateral economic relations, collaboration within the

    framework of the TRACECA and INOGATE projects, and Romanian

    support for Armenia's quest to join the Council of Europe.

    They also touched on the role Romania might play in seeking

    a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict when it takes

    over the OSCE rotating chairmanship in 2001. The two

    presidents agreed that Romanian free zones can serve as

    transit-bases for Armenian exports to Europe. Robert

    Nazarian and Traian Basescu, who head the joint inter-

    governmental commission, signed two agreements on

    agricultural cooperation, Mediafax reported. MS

    [23] ROMANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN GERMANY

    Petre Roman met with

    his German counterpart, Joschka Fischer, on 5 April to

    discuss ways to improve economic cooperation as well as

    Romania's bid to join the EU, the Balkan Stability Pact,

    and the blockage of shipping on the River Danube since the

    NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia. The two ministers also

    discussed German aid to Romania to deal with environmental

    problems, an RFE/RL correspondent in Berlin reported. MS

    [24] FORMER ROMANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER DENIES ROLE IN 'HOT LINE'

    TALKS WITH KREMLIN

    Alliance for Romania (APR) Chairman

    Teodor Melescanu, who was foreign minister in Nicolae

    Vacaroiu's cabinet, has denied reports that he played any

    role in the talks with Russia on establishing a "hot line"

    between Bucharest and Moscow. Melescanu, who is the APR

    candidate in the 2000 presidential contest, said the fact

    that presidential counselor Constantin Degeratu revealed on

    the eve of the election campaign that such discussions had

    taken place proves that Constantinescu is attempting to

    manipulate the electorate and "inflate" the scandal.

    Melescanu also backed the Party of Social Democracy in

    Romania's demand that a parliamentary investigative

    commission be set up to find out how secret documents were

    leaked from the Foreign Ministry to Constantinescu and were

    used by him in his 1996 presidential campaign, RFE/RL's

    Bucharest bureau reported on 5 April. MS

    [25] ROMANIAN SUPREME COURT CHAIRMAN DIES

    Sorin Moisescu died of

    a heart attack on 6 April at the age of 61, AP reported.

    During the 1990s, Moisescu held several top legal positions,

    including that of prosecutor-general. He was appointed to

    head the Supreme Court in June 1998. VG

    [26] MOLDOVAN CABINET APPROVES PRIVATIZATION BILLS

    The Moldovan

    government on 5 April approved plans for the privatization of

    the wine and tobacco industries, BASA-Press and Flux

    reported. The plans call for the sale of 51 percent of shares

    in the wine and tobacco companies. The state is to retain a

    34 percent stake in each company and 15 percent will be sold

    to each company's employees at a nominal price. The IMF has

    set the privatization of these two industries as a pre-

    condition for granting credits to Moldova. VG

    [27] BULGARIA TO RECEIVE AID FROM GERMANY

    Germany will provide

    Bulgaria with DM 30.3 million ($14.9 million) to support

    economic reforms, BTA reported. Bulgarian Deputy Economy

    Minister Hristo Mikhaylovski was in Germany on 4 April to

    sign a protocol on that assistance. In other news, the Irish-

    American company Cable Bulgaria will invest $200 million over

    three years in the development of a national cable television

    and Internet service in the Balkan country, AP reported.

    Cable Bulgaria is owned by Ireland's Ganley Group and

    Catamount Partners L.P., a U.S. investment fund controlled by

    the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. VG


    [C] END NOTE

    [28] POLAND RECEIVES MIXED SIGNALS OVER EU ENTRY

    By Breffni O'Rourke

    By virtue of its spectacular progress in economic reform

    and its enthusiastic desire to join Western structures,

    Poland has always been regarded as a leading candidate for

    quick entry into the EU.

    Already a member of the NATO alliance, Poland has set

    its own target date of January 2003 for accession to the EU.

    It is one of five Central and East European "front-runners"

    that have been negotiating with Brussels for the past two

    years. (The others are Hungary, the Czech Republic, Estonia,

    and Slovenia.)

    For its part, the EU's Executive Commission has always

    declined to set an entry date for any of the candidates,

    although it maintained a generally encouraging tone. But

    there have recently been confusing signals about the position

    of Poland.

    Guenter Verheugen, the EU's commissioner for

    enlargement, said in an interview with "Uniting Europe" last

    week that Poland is not "predetermined" to be in the first

    wave of accession. Theoretically seen, he said, "Poland could

    even be the last of all to join."

    In diplomatic circles where words are weighed, such a

    formulation is striking. It follows Verheugen's comments the

    month before in Warsaw when he said Poland could miss the

    2003 deadline, as it had fallen behind in developing its

    legislative program. Also in Warsaw, Ricardo Levi, the

    spokesman for Commission President Romano Prodi, mused aloud

    about the possibility of a first-wave entry without Poland.

    Verheugen has since made an effort to backtrack, in an

    evident attempt to smooth ruffled feathers. In an interview

    with the "Financial Times" on 4 April, he said it is his

    personal objective to ensure that Poland is among the first

    new members. He said there is no change in the commission's

    strategy and no one need be nervous. The enlargement process

    is "irreversible," he commented.

    So why the sudden swing in tone? Poland's Ambassador to

    the EU Jan Truszczynski told RFE/RL that there is "no reason

    to believe that Poland has ceased to be one of the leaders in

    the league of candidates." He admitted that there are delays

    of "several months," in legislation in some important areas,

    including telecommunications but stressed that work is now

    being speeded up.

    The ambassador, like other Polish officials, says it is

    "unthinkable" that Poland should be left out of the first

    wave. So what has caused EU officials to think the

    unthinkable? The most likely answer is agriculture. EU member

    states have not yet been able to decide how--or even whether-

    -the terms of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can

    be extended to Eastern candidates.

    The CAP is an extremely expensive instrument of

    financial support for EU farmers. It consumes half the entire

    EU budget and is deeply unpopular in international trade

    circles, where it is seen as posing unfair trade competition.

    Extending the system to Poland's 2 million farms, most

    of them smallholdings worked at subsistence level, would

    probably bring the CAP to the point of collapse. Moreover,

    present member states would revolt at having to pay so much

    for Poland.

    Verheugen foreshadowed the difficulties when he said

    last month that member states will not be able to formulate a

    full, common negotiating position on agriculture until at

    least the end of this year, despite the fact that

    negotiations with Poland and the other front runners are set

    to open this June.

    Verheugen has moved to put the ball in Warsaw's court,

    by saying the Polish government will have to come up with a

    clear concept on restructuring its agriculture. But as

    Ambassador Truszczynski says, the EU, too, must do its part.

    He says Brussels is reluctant to get down to the hard

    talking: "They have to start proposing the solutions they

    have been signaling for quite some time already. We have to

    start discussing substance, this substance has not yet been

    the subject of discussion, the member states preferring until

    now to ask additional questions, to demand additional

    explanations from all the candidates."

    One possible solution in Poland's case would be to

    consider most of the farms not to be farms at all in terms of

    the CAP. Fewer than half a million farms in Poland are

    considered commercially viable. These could be subsidized

    under the CAP, while the other 1.5 million properties, which

    are often not much more than family plots, could be helped

    under other EU funds, for instance for social development in

    rural areas.

    What now appears clear, for Poland and for the other

    candidates, is that the agriculture issue is one with a

    potential to upset previous perceptions about who is leading

    in the EU accession stakes.

    The author is an RFE/RL senior correspondent based in Prague.

    06-04-00


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