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Yugoslav Daily Survey, 98-01-20
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Yugoslav Daily Survey
 NEW PREMIER MEETS SCHUMACHER
The new Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik met late on Monday with Deputy International High Representative for Bosnia Hans Schumacher. Schumacher said the new government had the support of the international community and that it would receive financial aid that had been promised earlier to Republika Srpska.
 SERBIAN PREMIER EXTENDS FELICITATIONS TO DODIK
Serbian Premier Mirko Marjanovic felicitated Milorad Dodik on being elected Premier of the R.S.
In his letter of felicitations Marjanovic said, "I wish you to perform your duties and tasks successfully and in the interest of all citizens, primarily as regards the consistent implementation of the Dayton peace accords and securing a speedy and all-round economic and social development of the Republika Srpska."
 PRESIDENT PLAVSIC WELCOMES FORMING OF NEW GOVERNMENT
President Biljana Plavsic has welcomed the forming of a new Republika Srpska Government, which she said had saved the Bosnian Serb entity.
Plavsic warned that a possible founding of a parallel government or legislature would be proclaimed an attempt at setting up para-institutions in Republika Srpska, according to Pale media.
She said that Republika Srpska needed a government which would cooperate with the international community and respect the principles of the Dayton agreement.
 GOVERNMENT HOLDS FIRST SESSION
The first session of the newly-formed Government of Republika Srpska was held in Banjaluka on Monday, Serbian Radio and Television reports.
Prime Minister Milorad Dodik pledged the cabinet would strive to work efficiently in overcoming as quickly as possible the deep political, constitutional and economic crisis of the state.
An operative plan was adopted for the work of the government, until the end of the month, "so as to encompass the functions of all state bodies," and it was agreed that power be handed over within 72 hours.
 BRITAIN'S AMBASSADOR VISITS KOSOVO DISTRICT
British Ambassador in Belgrade Joseph Brian Donnelly met in the Kosovo district, Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija, on Monday with the district's Deputy Chief Veljko Odalovic and provincial Information Secretary Bosko Drobnjak.
A statement released after the meeting said Donnelly wanted to be informed in detail about the situation in the province, this being his first visit to it.
Odalovic explained to Donnelly the Kosovo and Metohija issue, stressing that the issue did not involve the violation of ethnic Albanians' human rights but their refusal to exercise these rights, which he said other minorities did freely.
Donnelly voiced concern about the deterioration of the situation in the province, clarifying the 'Contact-Group' statement on Kosovo of January 8, 1998, the statement said. He said the international community and in particular the Contact Group backed neither the present situation in the province nor its independence, saying a compromise must be found through a dialogue. He said the international community and in particular Great Britain condemned violence, regardless of who was responsible for it.
Donnelly urged a speedier implementation of an agreement on education that has been reached. Both states' officials agreed that this was a good example of how other problems in the province should be dealt with, the statement said.
 MILUTINOVIC CONVENES CONSULTATIONS ON PRIME MINISTER DESIGNATE
Serbian President Milan Milutinovic invited Monday officials of parliamentary parties to consultations on prime minister designate on January 21, a statement released by the president's office said.
The statement said invitations had been issued to leaders and whips of the Socialist Party of Serbia, the Serbian Radical Party, the Serbian Renewal Movement, the Yugoslav Left, the New Democracy and the Alliance of Vojvodina's Hungarians.
 FILIP VUJANOVIC MONTENEGRIN PRIME MINISTER DESIGNATE
Montenegrin Minister of Internal Affairs Filip Vujanovic has been appointed Prime Minister Designate, it was announced Monday evening in Podgorica.
A decision to this effect was taken by Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic after two days of consultations with representatives of the majority of political parties.
If his appointment is confirmed by the Montenegrin Parliament, Vujanovic will remain in office until the forthcoming early parliamentary elections which should be held by the end of next May.
Representatives of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) headed by former President Momir Bulatovic did not take part in the consultations.
 DOLE: PRODUCTIVE MEETING WITH PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC
Bob Dole said he had a productive meeting Monday on the issue of missing persons with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
U.S. Senator Dole said at a press conference in Belgrade that the International Committee for Missing Persons (ICMP) members met Monday with family members of missing persons who expressed their concern with the problem.
Dole said the families of missing persons do not understand the political backdrop of the negotiations and do not understand why they cannot be told about the fate of their loved ones. He added that Committee will do its utmost, but that it would be very useful if the media devoted more attention to the issue.
Talking to reporters was also ICMP member and ICRC President Cornelio Sommaruga who said that the huge suffering of Serb, Croat or Muslim families whose relatives went missing in the war will cease only when the problem of missing persons and the suffering of their families is no longer politicized.
It is also necessary that people stop having doubts about the existence of secret prisoners, Sommaruga said and added that he was leaving Belgrade, with his colleagues from the Committee, very satisfied with President Milosevic's position about how he would like the Committee to conduct its work.
 PRESIDENT MILOSEVIC RECEIVED U.S. SENATOR BOB DOLE
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic received on Monday U.S. Senator Bob Dole who is the new chairman of the International Committee for Missing Persons in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.
The talks were attended by the members of the International Committee: ICRC President Cornelio Sommaruga, OSCE President Maxs Van Der Stul and former Pakistani Foreign Minister Jakub Kahn.
Milosevic and Dole set out that the fate of missing persons is an important humanitarian issue whose resolution requires the fulfilment of obligations by all states from the territory of the former Yugoslavia.
It was underscored that the Yugoslav Committee for Humanitarian Issues had informed the corresponding Croat and Bosnia-Herzegovina representatives, as well as those from the international community, about all the relevant factors for the resolution of these issues. In view of the humanitarian character of this problem, no conditions are acceptable and Yugoslav bodies will fulfil all their obligations, President Milosevic said.
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