[KDN] BETA DAILY NEWS November 1
- BETA DAILY NEWS November 1
Serbian Opposition Representatives Ask for U.S. and E.U. To Lift Sanctions --
New Incidents in Kosovo -- Protests Continue in Serbia, New Opposition Block
Announced -- Croatia Passes Electoral Law, Amid Opposition Disapproval --
Presidential Elections Held in Macedonia
LEADERS OF SERBIAN OPPOSITION MEET WITH EU OFFICIALS.
Serbian opposition representatives will meet with four top officials of the
European Union in Budapest on Nov. 2, in order to reach concrete agreements
on strengthening ties "within the EU's strategy for the democratization of Serbia
and the entire Yugoslavia."
The proposal on the partial lifting of sanctions on the FR Yugoslavia will also be
discussed "exclusively in the function of alleviating the hardship of the Serbian
population," EU officials in Brussels told BETA.
As BETA was told by the chairman of the Association of Independent Electronic
Media (ANEM), Dragan Milovanovic, the meeting will be attended, besides him,
by the vice chairman of the Democratic Party, Slobodan Vuksanovic, the
vice-chairman of the Christian Democratic Party of Serbia, Miodrag Savicevic,
and one of the vice-chairmen of the Civic Alliance of Serbia, Dragor Hiber or
The chairmen of the Serbian Renewal Movement and of the Democratic Party
of Serbia, Vuk Draskovic and Vojislav Kostunica, stated that they would not
travel to the meeting, although they were invited.
In preparation for the meeting, opposition leaders talked in Belgrade on Oct. 29
with the Greek and Austrian ambassadors to Yugoslavia, as well as with other
EU member countries' representatives. This meeting was attended by the
Alliance for Change premier candidate, Dragoslav Avramovic, and
representatives of all opposition parties from Serbia and Vojvodina, excluding the
Serbian Renewal Movement and the Democratic Party of Serbia.
Serbian opposition representatives asked the EU, within its overall efforts to help
the democratic process in Serbia, to immediately lift the sanctions on oil deliveries
and the ban on air traffic with Serbia.
EU foreign ministers already decided to lift the embargo on heating oil and the
first amounts are expected to arrive in Nis and Pirot, within the "Energy for
According to EU sources, oil would be immediately provided to other Serbian
towns after this, if it was proved that those supplies could be "efficiently
monitored," and that they would not help the regime of Yugoslav President
LEADERS OF ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE TRAVEL TO UNITED STATES.
Leaders of the Alliance for Change opposition bloc travelled to the U.S. on Oct.
31. They will try to persuade the U.S. administration to lift the sanctions against
The opposition delegation comprises the president and vice-president of the
Democratic party, Zoran Djindjic and Zoran Zivkovic, coordinator of the Alliance
for Change Vladan Batic, president of the Civic Alliance of Serbia Goran
Svilanovic, Dragoslav Avramovic and Milan St. Protic, the Alliance for Change
During the five-day visit, the delegation is supposed to meet with U.S. top
officials, including U.S. State Secretary Madeleine Albright. A meet with U.S.
President Bill Clinton is also possible.
Opposition leaders used their their previous meetings with U.S. and EU
representatives to seek the lifting of the sanctions against Yugoslavia, stressing
that they affected the citizens rather than Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic
and his regime.
SEVERAL INCIDENTS, ALBANIANS PROTEST IN ORAHOVAC. There
were several incidents in Kosovo during the weekend, reported both by Serb
sources and Kfor.
Five persons of Serb nationality went missing while attempting to leave
Orahovac, radio amateurs from this town reported on Oct. 31. On the same day,
several thousand Albanians protested against the arrival of Russian Kfor troops
in the town. The former political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA),
Hashim Thaci, spoke at the gathering against the division of the province and
against cantonization, which he labeled as "a chauvinist idea," announcing the
solution of the Orahovac problem soon through negotiations between Kfor,
UNMIK and the Kosovo Protection Corps.
Quoting the Center for Peace and Tolerance, Radio Belgrade reported on Oct.
30 about three seriously wounded people in Lipljan, when a hand grenade was
thrown at a group of Serb youths playing football in a field.
The chairman of the Serb People's Council of Kosovo and Metohija, Momcilo
Trajkovic, stated on Oct. 31 that unknown robbers broke into his apartment in
central Pristina on the previous night. "This is obviously another warning from the
Albanians," Trajkovic told BETA.
Two Serbs were wounded in the night between Oct. 30 and 31, when a hand
grenade was thrown at a Serb's house in Zubin Potok, near Kosovska Mitrovica.
The BETA correspondent from Mitrovica reports about statements of witnesses
who claim that UNMIK policemen and Kfor came to the scene eight hours after
the incident was reported.
Kfor spokesman major Ole Irgens said that one German Kfor soldier died in a
road accident near Prizren on Oct. 30.
Irgens added that two more civilians were shot and wounded in the village of
Pozderka, north from Pristina.
He said that Polish members of Kfor found the body of a woman aged between
50 and 60, in Orlocevo near Strpce on Oct. 29. One Serb was shot and wounded
in Vitina on the same day, and another was beaten in the vicinity. Kfor in Obilic
was informed that a man was beaten in this town, then shot and later died.
One woman was lightly wounded in a hand grenade attack in Gnjilane on Oct.
29. She was in the yard of her house in the moment of the explosion, stated the
Church and People's Board in Gnjilane.
Two elderly Serbs were seriously wounded in separate attacks by Albanians near
Kosovska Vitina and Strpce on Oct. 29, stated the Church and People's Boards
in those towns.
450 CROATS LEAVE KOSOVO
REINHARDT TALKS WITH SERB LEADERS
SOLANA AND PATTEN:KOSOVO PRIORITY OF EU
DEL PONTE: INVESTIGATORS SHOULD ALSO HAVE ACCESS TO
8,500 CRIMES COMMITTED SINCE KFOR'S ARRIVAL SAYS
YUGOSLAV AND RUSSIAN OFFICIALS ACCUSE KOUCHNER
MESSAGE FROM ZEMIN TO MILOSEVICH: CHINA WILL HELP IN THE
RENEWAL OF YUGOSLAVIA
LARGE PROTESTS IN NIS AND CACAK
NEW OPPOSITION FACTION IN SERBIA
TOP SOCIALIST OFFICIAL CROSSES OVER TO OPPOSITION
VESELINOV: ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE FOR VOJVODINA
SESELJ'S PARTY SIGNS PROTOCOL ON COOPERATION WITH BAAS
AVRAMOVIC SUPPORTS STUDENTS' PROTEST
SERBIA'S LEGISLATURE MEETS ON NOV. 9
DJUKANOVIC TALKS TO VUK DRASKOVIC
MOMIR BULATOVICH: MAJORITY OF MONTENEGRIN CITIZENS
MONTENEGRIN COURT: BURNING MILOSEVICH EFFIGIES, NO
OCTOBER SALARIES TO BE PAID IN D-MARKS SAYS PODGORICA
YUGOSLAV INFORMATION SECRETARY: NATO AND AMERICA
WANT TO OCCUPY BELGRADE
EU WORRIED ABOUT FINING SERBIAN MEDIA
CROATIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES NEW ELECTORAL LAW,
OPPOSITION AND EU DISAPPROVE
HAGUE TRIBUNAL SENDS DOCTORS TO EXAMINE NALETILIC
VOLLEBAEK SENDS LETTER OF SUPPORT TO KOPANJA AND
REPORTER'S EDITORIAL TEAM
PETRITSCH ANNOUNCES FIERCE STRUGGLE AGAINST TERRORISM
ANOTHER BLAST IN BANJALUKA REGION
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS HELD, OPPOSITION CLAIMS EARLY
THIRTEEN COMMERCIAL BANKS GUARANTEE PAYMENT OF
NEW PROTEST OF ARMS MAKERS IN KRAGUJEVAC
POLITIKA -- EU IN AN IMPASSE
POLITIKA -- FIVE KLA MEMBERS SENTENCED
VECERNJE NOVOSTI -- ALBANIAN OFFERS TEN SERBS IN
EXCHANGE FOR HIS SON
EVENTS OF THE DAY - NOVEMBER 1
SARAJEVO - The Hague Tribunal's Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte starts a
three-day visit to BiH.
BELGRADE - Protests organized by the opposition block Alliance for change
continue in many towns all over Serbia.
WASHINGTON - The Alliance for Change leaders start a visit to the U.S.
BELGRADE - 10 a.m. - The Serbian Renewal Movement leader Vuk Draskovic
will appear before the Lazaravec Municipal Court for a hearing in the case of the
traffic accident which killed four prominent members of his party.
BELGRADE - noon - Democratic Party of Serbia press conference.
BELGRADE - 1 p.m. - Opposition block Alliance for Change press conference.
BELGRADE - 2 p.m. - The Serbian parliament Board of Defense and Security
WEATHER FORECAST FOR NOV. 1
On Nov. 1, Yugoslavia can expect sunny and rather cold weather. Morning
temperatures will range between five and 10 degrees Celsius, and may reach 12
degrees in the south of Montenegro. Daily highs will be between 14 and 18
degrees Celsius, and may rise to 24 degrees on the coast.
The first day of November will be sunny and rather fresh in Belgrade, with daily
temperatures ranging between nine and 17 degrees Celsius.