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[KDN] BETA DAILY NEWS November 1

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  • Snezana Lazovic
    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
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      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
      Vojin Dimitrijevic.

      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
      Democracy" program.

      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
      Slobodan Milosevic.

      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
      Yugoslavia.

      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
      told Beta.

      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
      SERB VICTIMS

      8,500 CRIMES COMMITTED SINCE KFOR'S ARRIVAL SAYS
      YUGOSLAV OFFICIAL

      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
      PARTY

      AVRAMOVIC SUPPORTS STUDENTS' PROTEST

      SERBIA'S LEGISLATURE MEETS ON NOV. 9

      DJUKANOVIC TALKS TO VUK DRASKOVIC

      MOMIR BULATOVICH: MAJORITY OF MONTENEGRIN CITIZENS
      WANT YUGOSLAVIA

      MONTENEGRIN COURT: BURNING MILOSEVICH EFFIGIES, NO
      OFFENSE

      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

      Croatia

      CROATIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES NEW ELECTORAL LAW,
      OPPOSITION AND EU DISAPPROVE

      HAGUE TRIBUNAL SENDS DOCTORS TO EXAMINE NALETILIC

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      VOLLEBAEK SENDS LETTER OF SUPPORT TO KOPANJA AND
      REPORTER'S EDITORIAL TEAM

      PETRITSCH ANNOUNCES FIERCE STRUGGLE AGAINST TERRORISM
      IN BOSNIA

      ANOTHER BLAST IN BANJALUKA REGION

      Macedonia

      PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS HELD, OPPOSITION CLAIMS EARLY
      VICTORY

      Business

      THIRTEEN COMMERCIAL BANKS GUARANTEE PAYMENT OF
      NATURAL GAS

      NEW PROTEST OF ARMS MAKERS IN KRAGUJEVAC

      PRESS REVIEW

      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
      meeting.

      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.
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