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Yugoslav Daily Survey 96-06-12

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From: Yugoslavia <http://www.yugoslavia.com>


CONTENTS

  • [01] ZIMBABWE HAS ALWAYS STOOD BY YUGOSLAVIA, SAYS MUGABE
  • [02] RUSSIA CALLS FOR EARLY LIFTING OF SANCTIONS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA
  • [03] WEU MONITORS END MISSION ON DANUBE RIVER
  • [04] KLEIN: EVERYTHING DONE TO GUARANTEE SECURITY AND SAFETY TO SERBS
  • [05] IFOR: THERE ARE MORE MUJAHEDDIN IN BOSNIA THAT WASHINGTON SAYS
  • [06] SLOVENIAN PRESS: MORE EVIDENCE OF ARMS SMUGGLING FOR CROATIA, BOSNIA

  • [01] ZIMBABWE HAS ALWAYS STOOD BY YUGOSLAVIA, SAYS MUGABE

    Belgrade, June 11 (Tanjug) - The Zimbabwean President said for Serbian Radio and Television on Tuesday that he hoped there would be no more obstacles to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia rejoining the Non-Aligned Movement.

    President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, who is due in Yugoslavia on Wednesday on a several-day official visit, said that Zimbabwe had always stood by Yugoslavia and was the only country to vote against the anti-Yugoslav sanctions in the U.N. Security Council in May 1992. The Zimbabwean people still remember the tremendous support recieved from Yugoslavia during their guerrilla liberation war, said Mugabe and added that this support had been the chief source of their courage and the reason for their support for Yugoslavia. He said that Yugoslavia had stood by his movement to the end and had always been there to give help for his guerrilla struggle whenever he had asked for it.

    This is why Zimbabwe told the whole world that it would stand by Yugoslavia and would not permit that a country that assisted Zimbabwe and all other liberation movements in Southern Africa should be exposed to sanctions which Zimbabwe saw as unjust, Mugabe said. He stressed that Zimbabwe had been defending this position, too, when it opposed the accession of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the Non-Aligned Movement at the recent summit in Columbia. Zimbabwe said that if Bosnia became a member, then Yugoslavia, too, had to be returned to the Movement, and opposed the position of certain pro-Muslim countries that were insisting on punishing Yugoslavia, Mugabe explained.

    He said that the next non-aligned meeting, albeit at the ministerial level, should consider returning the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to the Movement, and added that he believed there would be no more opposition to this idea.

    SANCTIONS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA

    [02] RUSSIA CALLS FOR EARLY LIFTING OF SANCTIONS AGAINST YUGOSLAVIA

    Moscow, June 11 (Tanjug) - Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Grigory Karasin on Tuesday again called for an early lifting of the United Nations' sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Karasin said that Russia was deeply convinced that such a measure would be a timely one as it would consolidate the position of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic at just the right time. He said that Milosevic's constructive efforts had become one of the major factors of positive developments in the Dayton peace process.

    Karasin said that Russia was happy that its Contact Group partners - the U.S., Great Britain, France and Germany - seemed to be gradually abandoning the groundless, counterproductive idea of re-imposing the sanctions for this or that reason. No reason, not even the question of delivering the Republika Srpska's President Radovan Karadzic to the Hague-based War Crimes Tribunal, can compete for importance with the implementation of the Dayton Accords, and especially with Bosnian elections, he said.

    [03] WEU MONITORS END MISSION ON DANUBE RIVER

    Sofia, June 11 (Tanjug) - Western European Union (WEU) monitors on the Danube river who controlled the implementation of U.N. Security Council's comprehensive and mandatory sanctions against Yugoslavia will end their mission on Tuesday at midnight.

    During their mission, WEU monitors checked the cargoes of over 2,000 ships on the Danube river in three ports - Bulgaria's Ruse, Romania's Calafat and Hungaria's Mohacs - in line with U.N. Security Council Resolutions.

    The mission ends following the suspension of the sanctions as a result of the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords in late 1995.

    A senior official of the Bulgarian Customs, based in Vidin, said that as of Wednesday, ships would navigate on the Danube river without any previous control.

    EASTERN SLAVONIA, BARANJA AND WESTERN SREM

    [04] KLEIN: EVERYTHING DONE TO GUARANTEE SECURITY AND SAFETY TO SERBS

    Belgrade, June 11 (Tanjug) - The U.N. Administrator for the Serb area of Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem, Jacques Klein, said on Tuesday that the process of normalization in the area was advancing well and that the U.N. Administration was doing its best to guarantee safety and security to local Serbs.

    I understand the problem of Serbs in Eastern Slavonia, because people have run out of patience after five years of war, but as long as my 5,000 highly-trained men are there no one will be expelled from the area, U.S. diplomat Klein said at the Belgrade Institute for International Politics and Economics.

    He pointed to the need of cooperation between all sides involved in the stabilization process in the area. He voiced hope that in the future the area would be a bridge between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Croatia. He recalled that the situation had significantly improved since the arrival of UNTAES troops and that he was backed by Yugoslav and Croatian authorities. He said he hoped that the mission would be successful.

    Klein described cooperation with local Serb authorities as very good and said that the normalization process mainly depended on the opening of borders and the establishment of economic and trade communications between Serbia, Croatia and Hungary.

    Asked whether he expected a deterioration of the situation after the expiration of the UNTAES mission and whether Croatian authorities would use force if Serbs asked for a higher level of autornomy, Klein categorically said no. Speaking about Croatia's recently adopted law on amnesty for Serbs in the area, Klein said he was not satisfied with the law and that the international community would call for an amnesty law which would cover 99 percent of Serbs.

    Klein told Reuter on Tuesday that the UNTAES was almost certain to have its mandate extended and that he expected to leave the area by July 1997.

    BOSNIA - MUJAHEDDINS

    [05] IFOR: THERE ARE MORE MUJAHEDDIN IN BOSNIA THAT WASHINGTON SAYS

    Belgrade, June 11 (Tanjug) - There are more Mujaheddin in Bosnia than Washington says, Head of the ground troops of the IFOR in Bosnia Gen. Michael Walker said in Sarajevo on Tuesday. The British General told reporters in the Sarajevo suburb of Ilidza that, according to evidence available to IFOR, there were still between 100 and 200 pro-Iranian Islamic fighters in Bosnia. Walker voiced a surprise at the U.S. State Department's information that there are only four fighters of Iranian nationality still in Bosnia.

    FROM FOREIGN PRESS

    [06] SLOVENIAN PRESS: MORE EVIDENCE OF ARMS SMUGGLING FOR CROATIA, BOSNIA

    Trieste, Italy, June 11 (Tanjug) - The arrest of Slovenian national Nicholas Oman, Honorary Consul of Liberia in Ljubljana, proves that Slovenia for years smuggled arms to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to the press in Ljubljana.

    The Italian police has arrested Oman on charges of smuggling arms, gold and radioactive substances and of money laundering. According to the arrest warrant, Oman was a key figure in an operation, which went on for years, of smuggling arms out of Slovenia and into neighbouring Croatia and on to the Muslim army in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    The discovery recently of 30 grams of a radioactive substance in a safety deposit box in Oman's name in a bank near Venice, Italy, more than 30 million German marks in his several bank accounts and confidential documents link Oman to the arms smuggling scandal.

    The Slovenian press said that Oman had close ties with top-ranking officials in Ljubljana. Arms were smuggled out of Slovenia since 1991, in an operation which numerous testimonies said was backed by the Defence Ministry and with the knowledge of President Milan Kucan and Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek.


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