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RFE/RL Newsline, Vol. 4, No. 190, 00-10-02

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

RFE/RL NEWSLINE

Vol. 4, No. 190, 2 October 2000


CONTENTS

[A] TRANSCAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA

  • [01] ARMENIAN PRESIDENT, PARTY LEADERS DISCUSS PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER'S FUTURE
  • [02] MINISTER RULES OUT 2004 CLOSURE OF ARMENIAN NUCLEAR POWER STATION
  • [03] FORMER KARABAKH ARMY CHIEF REQUESTS POSTPONEMENT OF TRIAL TESTIMONY
  • [04] AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT'S IRAN TRIP TO BE POSTPONED AGAIN?
  • [05] AZERBAIJANI POLICE ATTACK OPPOSITION DEMONSTRATORS
  • [06] COMMUNISTS REGISTERED TO CONTEST AZERBAIJANI POLL
  • [07] TWELVE PRISONERS ESCAPE FROM GEORGIAN JAIL
  • [08] GEORGIAN REGIONAL OFICIALS SAYS RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS ENGAGE IN SMUGGLING
  • [09] SEVEN KILLED IN CHURCH BOMBING IN TAJIKISTAN
  • [10] TAJIKISTAN FEARS REFUGEE INFLUX, BUT NOT TALIBAN ATTACK
  • [11] UZBEK DEFENSE MINISTER DISMISSED
  • [12] FINAL OLYMPIC MEDAL COUNT--PART 1 COUNTRIES

  • [B] SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

  • [13] SERBIAN GENERAL STRIKE BEGINS
  • [14] MILOSEVIC'S SERBIAN BASES OF SUPPORT ERODING?
  • [15] STATE-RUN SERBIAN MEDIA SHOW SIGNS OF DISLOYALTY
  • [16] YUGOSLAV MINISTRY KICKS OUT BBC JOURNALIST
  • [17] DEAL TO LET SERBIA'S MILOSEVIC 'OFF THE HOOK'?
  • [18] HAS MILOSEVIC REPLACED SERBIAN POLICE CHIEF?
  • [19] MILOSEVIC WARNS YUGOSLAV OFFICERS OF 'PLOTS'
  • [20] KOUCHNER CALLS KOSOVA VOTE COUNT 'LIE'
  • [21] VIOLENCE IN KOSOVA
  • [22] SOCIALISTS CLAIM VICTORY IN ALBANIAN LOCAL ELECTIONS
  • [23] TENSIONS IN CROATIAN LEADERSHIP AFTER MESIC SACKS GENERALS
  • [24] SLOVENIA INTO NATO IN SECOND ROUND?
  • [25] ROMANIAN POLL CONFIRMS ILIESCU, PDSR LEAD
  • [26] MOLDOVAN TIRASPOL PRISONER RUNS ON EXTREMIST ROMANIAN PARTY LISTS
  • [27] MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT 'RE-INTERPRETS' AUDIO-VISUAL LAW...
  • [28] ...AMID OPPOSITION PROTEST AGAINST DIACOV, VORONIN
  • [29] BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS CZECH REPUBLIC
  • [30] FINAL OLYMPIC MEDAL COUNT--PART 2 COUNTRIES

  • [C] END NOTE

  • [31] There is no end note today....

  • [A] TRANSCAUCASUS AND CENTRAL ASIA

    [01] ARMENIAN PRESIDENT, PARTY LEADERS DISCUSS PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER'S FUTURE

    Talks on 29 September between Robert Kocharian and leaders of parliamentary parties failed to resolve the impasse created by disagreement over whether the parliament's 26 September vote on speaker Armen Khachatrian's resignation was valid, RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 27 and 28 September 2000). Kocharian had made clear on 28 September that Khachatrian could continue to occupy that post only if he had the support of a majority of deputies. "Haykakan zhamanak" on 30 September said that Kocharian assured the party leaders that he will not dissolve the parliament in the immediate future. Some deputies had predicted that disagreement over Khachatrian would eventually split the majority Miasnutiun parliamentary bloc, a development they argued would necessitate new elections. Khachatrian on 29 September showed no sign of willingness to step down. LF

    [02] MINISTER RULES OUT 2004 CLOSURE OF ARMENIAN NUCLEAR POWER STATION

    Armenian Energy Minister Karen Galustian said in Yerevan on 30 September that the Medzamor nuclear power station is a key element in the country's energy system and need not be closed down for safety reasons in 2004 as earlier agreed with the EU, RFE/RL's Yerevan bureau reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 18 December 1998). Galustian said the plant, which produces approximately 42 percent of Armenia's electricity, could function until at least 2013. He added that the Armenian leadership does not have the hundreds of millions of dollars required to provide alternative sources of energy in the event of Medzamor's closure in 2004. LF

    [03] FORMER KARABAKH ARMY CHIEF REQUESTS POSTPONEMENT OF TRIAL TESTIMONY

    Samvel Babayan, who together with 14 associates is accused of the 22 March attempt to assassinate Arkadii Ghukasian, president of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, asked on 28 September for his testimony to be postponed to give him the chance to talk in confidence to the court chairman and public prosecutor, Noyan Tapan reported. Babayan had refused on 21 September to attend further court sessions, demanding that the trial be transferred to a court in Armenia (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 22 September 2000). On 27 September Babayan said he would testify only at a closed court session. LF

    [04] AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT'S IRAN TRIP TO BE POSTPONED AGAIN?

    Heidar Aliev told journalists in Baku on his arrival from London late on 29 September that he feels well, Reuters and Interfax reported. Aliev added that he considers it imperative to discover the source of rumors circulated last week by the internet newspaper www.gazeta.ru that he had died (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 26 September 2000). On 30 September, Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Vilayat Guliev told Turan that Aliev's visit to Tehran, planned for 8-11 October (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 22 September 2000), may be postponed until 14-17 October. LF

    [05] AZERBAIJANI POLICE ATTACK OPPOSITION DEMONSTRATORS

    Baku city police on 29 September attacked some 300 people congregated outside the Court of Appeal, which was considering appeals by four opposition parties against the Central Electoral Commission's refusal to register them to contest the 5 November parliamentary poll under the proportional system, Turan and Interfax reported. Some 20 members of the Musavat party were beaten, and one was temporarily detained. The court rejected the appeals of the Liberal Party of Azerbaijan and the National Congress and postponed until 2 October consideration of the appeals by Musavat and the Democratic Party of Azerbaijan. LF

    [06] COMMUNISTS REGISTERED TO CONTEST AZERBAIJANI POLL

    The Central Electoral Commission on 30 September registered the list of candidates submitted by the Communist Party of Azerbaijan to contest the 25 party list seats in the new parliament, Turan reported. The Court of Appeal last month overruled the Commission's refusal to register the Communist candidates on the grounds that the documentation submitted by that party contained errors (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 15 and 22 September 2000). LF

    [07] TWELVE PRISONERS ESCAPE FROM GEORGIAN JAIL

    Twelve prisoners escaped from the hospital of a maximum security prison in Tbilisi during the night of 30 September-1 October, reportedly through a 25- meter tunnel they had secretly dug, Caucasus Press and Russian agencies reported. The 12 include Loti Kobalia, commander of the late President Zviad Gamsakhurdia's presidential guard, and former Finance Minister Guram Absandze, who is currently on trial on charges of involvement in the February 1998 attempt to assassinate President Eduard Shevardnadze. Shevardnadze condemned the jail break as "an unprecedented bandit act" undertaken with the connivance of prison staff, some of whom have been arrested, according to ITAR-TASS. Police erected road blocks on highways out of Tbilisi, but none of the escapees has yet been recaptured. LF

    [08] GEORGIAN REGIONAL OFICIALS SAYS RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS ENGAGE IN SMUGGLING

    In a letter to Major General Sergei Korobko, commander of the CIS peacekeeping force deployed along the border between Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia, Bondo Djikia, governor of the west Georgian region of Mingrelia and Upper Svaneti, accused the peacekeepers, of cooperating with criminal groups engaged in smuggling stolen vehicles, Caucasus Press reported on 29 September. Those peacekeepers are all Russian servicemen. Korobko, in turn, claimed that the Georgian police connive with the smugglers. LF

    [09] SEVEN KILLED IN CHURCH BOMBING IN TAJIKISTAN

    At least seven people died and 50 were injured by two bombs that exploded during a religious service at a Korean church in Dushanbe on 1 October, Reuters and AP reported. Tajik security and police officials have classified the bombings as an act of terrorism. LF

    [10] TAJIKISTAN FEARS REFUGEE INFLUX, BUT NOT TALIBAN ATTACK

    Tajik Security Council Secretary Amirqul Azimov said in Moscow on 29 September that an estimated 100,000 fugitives from the ongoing fighting in northern Afghanistan are congregated on the border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Azimov and Russian Security Council Secretary Sergei Ivanov both said that if those fugitives crossed the border into Tajikistan, their presence would lead to destabilization and a humanitarian catastrophe, as Dushanbe does not have the resources to care for them. Almost half of Tajikistan's 6 million population is already threatened with hunger following this summer's severe drought. Azimov also said that the Tajik leadership is not concerned about a Taliban attack on its territory, given that the Tajik armed forces are, in his opinion, "the most efficient and mobile" in Central Asia, according to Interfax. Ivanov similarly said he sees no need for Moscow to increase its troop presence in Tajikistan, ITAR- TASS reported. LF

    [11] UZBEK DEFENSE MINISTER DISMISSED

    President Islam Karimov on 29 September fired Lieutenant General Yurii Agzamov as defense minister, a post to which he had been appointed in February (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 15 February 2000). No reason was cited for his dismissal. Karimov simultaneously appointed as Agzamov's successor his deputy, Major General Kodir Gulomov, who also held the post of head of Uzbekistan's armed forces academy. LF

    [12] FINAL OLYMPIC MEDAL COUNT--PART 1 COUNTRIES

    CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal Russia32282888 Kazakhstan3407 Georgia0066 Uzbekistan1124Azerbaijan2013 Armenia0011*Kyrgyzstan0011 Tajikistan0000 Turkmenistan0000 <i>*Stripped of a bronze because of doping.</i>

    [B] SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

    [13] SERBIAN GENERAL STRIKE BEGINS

    Following some preliminary strike actions by students, workers, drivers, and other citizens in various parts of Serbia between 29 September and 1 October, the opposition's general strike began in earnest on 2 October (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 29 September 2000). BBC Television reported from Belgrade that transportation in the capital had come to a halt and that thousands of people had taken to the streets in a "festive atmosphere." Police limited their actions to removing license plates from vehicles participating in road blocks, the broadcast added. Opposition Mayor-elect Milan Protic encouraged demonstrators to continue their protests until Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic leaves office and lets Vojislav Kostunica replace him, Sky News Television reported. Reuters subsequently reported, however, that "most shops opened, major state institutions were unaffected [by the strike], and by late morning the city was almost back to normal." In Novi Sad on 1 October, Serbian President Milan Milutinovic said the opposition is trying to create "chaos, unrest, and conflicts," RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. PM

    [14] MILOSEVIC'S SERBIAN BASES OF SUPPORT ERODING?

    Many observers inside Serbia and abroad agree that the success of the general strike will depend on whether the opposition can maintain the momentum of the protest. Other important issues are whether the opposition can attract supporters other than from the urban middle classes and whether it can shut down important, highly visible branches of the economy such as power and the media. Workers at the Kolubara coal mine near Lazarevac launched a protest on 29 September. By 2 October, police began allowing strike sympathizers to deliver food to the miners. Other strikes are taking place at the Kostolac mine and power plant and at the Pancevo refinery. PM

    [15] STATE-RUN SERBIAN MEDIA SHOW SIGNS OF DISLOYALTY

    The strike committee at Radio-Television Novi Sad called on all employees on 1 October not to obey orders from the pro-Milosevic management and not to broadcast "false information," RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. The opposition's Press Center said in a statement that eight local radio stations in several parts of Serbia have stopped re-broadcasting the programs of Radio-Television Serbia. PM

    [16] YUGOSLAV MINISTRY KICKS OUT BBC JOURNALIST

    On 29 September, Yugoslav Information Minister Goran Matic announced the expulsion of BBC correspondent Jacky Rowland for "twisting the words" of Serbs she interviewed during her coverage of the recent elections. The BBC management said that it hopes that Belgrade will "reconsider its decision," the BBC reported. PM

    [17] DEAL TO LET SERBIA'S MILOSEVIC 'OFF THE HOOK'?

    Russian diplomats arrived in Belgrade following President Vladimir Putin's offer to mediate between Milosevic and the opposition, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported on 1 October (see also Part I). The next day, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said in London that "Milosevic is left with absolutely no friends anywhere in the world," Reuters noted. London's "The Observer" reported on 1 October that "intense diplomacy" is under way at the instigation of German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to enable "Milosevic [to] avoid prosecution for war crimes and escape into exile, if he agrees to hand power to Serbia's opposition." An unidentified "senior German diplomat" told the British weekly: "Officially [Germany is] in favor of [the Hague-based war crimes tribunal, which has indicted Milosevic]. But we need an exit strategy and that means getting him off the hook." PM

    [18] HAS MILOSEVIC REPLACED SERBIAN POLICE CHIEF?

    The Podgorica daily "Vijesti" reported on 2 October that Milosevic has sacked Rade Markovic as head of state security in the Serbian Interior Ministry. His replacement is Zoran Janackovic, the daily added. Janackovic is the Yugoslav intelligence officer and ambassador to Macedonia, whom the authorities in Skopje are investigating for allegedly attempting to "destabilize Macedonia" (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 28 September 2000). PM

    [19] MILOSEVIC WARNS YUGOSLAV OFFICERS OF 'PLOTS'

    Speaking near Belgrade on 30 September, Milosevic told a group of newly promoted officers that "internal enemies" are allegedly ready to "call on foreign armies" for unspecified purposes, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. He added that Yugoslavia "actively and continuously cooperates with the entire world." Milosevic stressed that Yugoslavia's annual "growth rate of 20 percent is the highest in the world." On 1 October, opposition leader Goran Svilanovic told Hungarian Radio that Milosevic can no longer count on the loyalty of the police and the army. PM

    [20] KOUCHNER CALLS KOSOVA VOTE COUNT 'LIE'

    Bernard Kouchner, who heads the UN's civilian administration in Kosova, said in New York on 29 September that the Milosevic regime's claim that it received some 140,000 votes in Kosova is "a lie," Reuters reported. Kouchner noted that only 45,000 people voted in Kosova on 24 September. PM

    [21] VIOLENCE IN KOSOVA

    In Zvecan near the Trepca complex, about 50 rock-throwing Serbs clashed with police and fire-fighters on 1 October. It is not clear why the Serbs attacked fire-fighters, who were attempting to extinguish two blazes in different parts of the complex. A UN spokeswoman said that "we don't know whether the fires were caused by arson," AP reported. Meanwhile in Prishtina, a NATO spokesman said that peacekeepers found the body in Novo Selo Zaimovo the previous night of Sadri Berisha, a member of the civilian Kosova Protection Corps. Unknown persons shot him three times while he was in his car. PM

    [22] SOCIALISTS CLAIM VICTORY IN ALBANIAN LOCAL ELECTIONS

    Officials of the governing Socialist Party said in Tirana on 2 October that their party swept the previous day's municipal and local elections, including--for the first time--Tirana, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Ilir Meta said: "These were not only the fairest, most democratic, and most transparent elections the country has ever had, but also the calmest." Turnout was about 61 percent. Final tallies are expected "in a few days." A spokesman for international monitors said that voting was peaceful and without any serious problems, except for some isolated disputes over voters' lists in Vlora and some other places. Opposition Democratic Party spokesman Edi Paloka, however, called the elections "entirely manipulated." Genc Pollo, who is a former Democratic leader who has broken with the party leadership, told the BBC that "Albania has passed a test in democracy." He added that the outcome shows that the Democrats in general and Berisha in particular failed to present a "credible alternative" to a Socialist leadership "widely seen as corrupt." PM

    [23] TENSIONS IN CROATIAN LEADERSHIP AFTER MESIC SACKS GENERALS

    President Stipe Mesic and Defense Minister Jozo Rados met for two hours in Zagreb on 1 October to discuss Mesic's recent sacking of seven generals, "Jutarnji list" reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 29 September 2000). Rados said afterward that Mesic conceded it "would have been better" had he consulted Rados before firing the men. The generals had written a politically charged letter to protest the government's recent arrest of alleged war criminals. Opinion polls suggest that a slight majority of the population supports Mesic but that many Croats fear the government is indeed "criminalizing" the 1991-1995 war for independence, as the generals charge (see "RFE/RL Balkan Report," 29 September 2000). Drazen Budisa, who heads the Croatian Social Liberal Party, said Mesic acted within his rights but that the sackings did not resolve the issues that the generals raised in their letter. The opposition Croatian Democratic Community called for new elections in the wake of the sackings. Mesic and Prime Minister Ivica Racan rejected the call. PM

    [24] SLOVENIA INTO NATO IN SECOND ROUND?

    Speaking in Ljubljana on 30 September after returning from the U.S., Defense Minister Janez Jansa said that NATO has not yet determined the precise date for Slovenia's admission to the Atlantic alliance, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 29 September 2000). Jansa added that Slovenia will "most likely" be invited to join NATO after the alliance's summit in Prague in the summer of 2002. PM

    [25] ROMANIAN POLL CONFIRMS ILIESCU, PDSR LEAD

    An opinion poll released by the Social Research Bureau on 1 October shows former President Ion Iliescu still ahead in the presidential race, with 35 percent backing. He is followed by Premier Mugur Isarescu (20 percent), Greater Romania Party (PRM) leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor (12.3 percent), National Liberal Party (PNL) candidate Theodor Stolojan (12.1 percent), Democratic Party leader Petre Roman (9.3 percent), Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania's (UDMR) Gyorgy Frunda (6 percent), and Alliance for Romania (APR) leader Teodor Melescanu (5.2 percent). In the parliamentary contest, the field is led by the Party of Social Democracy in Romania (38.2 percent), followed by the Democratic Convention of Romania 2000 (14.5 percent), the Democratic Party (12.1 percent), the PRM (10.5 percent), the PNL (9.8 percent), the UDMR (7.5 percent), and the APR (6.6 percent).MS

    [26] MOLDOVAN TIRASPOL PRISONER RUNS ON EXTREMIST ROMANIAN PARTY LISTS

    PRM leader Tudor on 1 October announced that Moldovan parliamentary deputy Ilie Ilascu, who has been imprisoned in Tiraspol since 1992, has obtained Romanian citizenship and will run on the PRM lists for the Senate in Bacau county. MS

    [27] MOLDOVAN PARLIAMENT 'RE-INTERPRETS' AUDIO-VISUAL LAW...

    By a vote of 52 to 26, the parliament on 29 September passed an amendment to the audio-visual law aimed at resolving the dispute triggered by a recent court ruling, RFE/RL's Chisinau bureau reported. According to the amendment, the law's provision stipulating that a minimum of 65 percent of broadcasts must be in the "state language" applies only to domestically produced programs and not to re-transmissions of programs produced abroad. The court's ruling would have obliged the Audio-Visual Council to withdraw licenses from several stations that re-broadcast Russian-language programs and has caused tensions in relations with Moscow. The amendment was supported only by the Democratic Party (the former For a Democratic and Prosperous Moldova Bloc) and the Party of Moldovan Communists (PCM). MS

    [28] ...AMID OPPOSITION PROTEST AGAINST DIACOV, VORONIN

    Claiming that Parliamentary Chairman and Democratic Party leader Dumitru Diacov falsified the vote count, 26 opposition parties deputies demanded a vote of no confidence in Diacov and walked out of the legislature. The opposition deputies also accused PCM leader Vladimir Voronin of having "insulted national symbols" during the debate and demanded that the Prosecutor-General's Office launch an investigation. Replying to an opposition deputy, Voronin said the Moldovan flag is "a fascist flag." He later attempted to "clarify" the statement, saying he did not mean the current flag, which carries the Moldovan coat of arms since 1992, but an earlier version that is identical to the Romanian flag and "used to be carried by Romanian fascists headed by Antonescu in World War II." MS

    [29] BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VISITS CZECH REPUBLIC

    Foreign Minister Nadezhda Mihailova, during a two-day visit to Prague, on 29 September met with her Czech counterpart, Jan Kavan, and signed a memorandum on enlarging cooperation between their ministries. Kavan and Mihailova described bilateral ties as "good and problem-free." The two ministers agreed, according to Kavan, that it is "necessary that Vojislav Kostunica's victory in the Yugoslav presidential elections be confirmed." Kavan also said that Prague supports Bulgaria's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. He thanked Sofia for its support of the Czech Republic's bid to be granted the presidency of the UN General Assembly in 2002, CTK reported. MS

    [30] FINAL OLYMPIC MEDAL COUNT--PART 2 COUNTRIES

    CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal Romania116926 Ukraine3101023 Hungary86317Belarus331117 Poland65314Bulgaria56213 Czech Rep.2338Lithuania2035 Slovakia1315 Latvia1113 Yugoslavia1113 Estonia1023 Slovenia2002 Croatia1012 Moldova0112 Macedonia0011 Albania0000Bosnia-Herzeg.0000

    [C] END NOTE

    [31] There is no end note today....

    02-10-00

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