BETA DAILY NEWS August 1, Internet
- BETA DAILY NEWS August 1, Internet
Minister Announces Arrest of Would-Be Assassins of Milosevic -- Montenegro Getting Arms from
Croatia Says Matic -- Montenegrin Ruling Parties Refuse To Participate in Polls -- Albright,
Djukanovic To Meet in Rome -- Serbian Opposition To Meet with Montenegrin Officials, Expectations
Not High -- Serb People's Party of Montenegro To Take Part in Vote
MATIC SAYS ARRESTED DUTCHMEN PLANNED TO ASSASSINATE MILOSEVIC. Federal
Information Minister Goran Matic announced on July 31 that Yugoslav security forces have arrested
four Dutch nationals who had been planning to assassinate Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
Matic told the press that the four Dutch nationals were arrested in Mehov Krs, on the administrative
border between Serbia and Montenegro, "just before the G-8 summit on Okinawa" and that they "had
the mission to make such a gift to the American delegation in Okinawa and to Bill Clinton."
The arrested are Gotfrides Johanes Antonius de Rij, Samvordian Tjetje, Johanes Andrianus Cornelius
van Irshel and Ian van Stajk Basstien.
Journalists were shown video footage with the statements of the arrested. One of them said that their
aim was to try to abduct Milosevic and take him abroad or to a foreign embassy in order to receive a
reward (offered by the U.S for his arrest). "The plan was to abduct Milosevic if we stumble upon him,
kill him, cut his head off, put it in a box and send it."
Matic said that the arrested came from Montenegro to Kosovo, where they were allegedly to receive
arms from the Dutch battalion serving with KFOR. From Kosovo they were supposed to enter Serbia
proper and assassinate Milosevic and "commit acts of terrorism."
The video footage also showed the weapons carried by the arrested men, including several knives and
an axe, as well as five cameras, flashlights, many newspaper texts on Yugoslavia and a handbook for
British SAS units. Matic said that all four men had completed SAS training courses.
MATIC SAYS MONTENEGRO BEING ARMED BY CROATIA. Yugoslav Information Minister
Goran Matic said that the Montenegrin police and Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic are
obtaining anti-aircraft weapons with the help of Croatia.
He told the press that the Montenegrin police was being trained by the British SAS and the U.S. secret
service and that U.S. diplomats John Swigert and James Dobbins were lobbying for Montenegro to
adopt a security system based on U.S. and British doctrines.
Matic has on previous occasions accused Swigert and Dobbins of participating in the murder of the
Montenegrin president's security adviser Goran Zugic.
Matic added that the Montenegrin police "is intensely re-arming with all sorts of weapons and systems,
ranging to anti-aircraft weapons, with the aid of Croatia and the weapons are transported via
Speaking of the arrested correspondent of Danas and AFP, Miroslav Filipovic, Matic said that he is a
"typical spy" and that the AFP and the London Institute for Reporting in War and Peace "were not
quite clean in this affair."
"The instant Filipovic was put under investigation, AFP's chief correspondent left for France and a
person from the London institute also left the country and refuses to appear as a witness in this case,"
He said that he has "information that Filipovic was collecting documents classified as state security and
top secret and sending them to AFP, which was clever enough not to publish all of them."
Matic pointed out that "Filipovic was never accredited for the AFP nor did this agency seek
accreditation for this man" and that "according to the laws of this country he does not have the status
of a news correspondent.
Matic also accused AFP correspondents in Belgrade of illegally acquiring equipment.
20 PERCENT OF SERBS TRUST NO NEWS SOURCES. According to a poll conducted by the
Center for Political Research and Public Opinion at the Belgrade Social Studies Institute, shows that
almost one fifth of Serbian adults trust none of the sources of news on local and foreign political
affairs. The poll was conducted for BETA on the territory of Serbia, without Kosovo in mid July.
The poll, conducted on 1,382 randomly chosen people from 83 municipalities, show that 12 percent of
the citizens are not interested in politics, while nine percent could not decide for any of the sources of
Among the existing news sources, 17 percent of the polled trust Serbian state-run TV, nine percent
trust the Belgrade-based daily Blic, while five percent of the polled trust local pro-opposition TV
In comparison to earlier polls, the only change is the drastic drop of the Belgrade Studio B TV station's
The trust of media mainly depends on political orientation, so supporters of the Socialists Party of
Serbia and the Yugoslav Left most trust the state-run media (72 percent), and only five percent trust
pro-opposition media, while the opposite is true among opposition supporters.
The undecided do not trust any media, the majority of whom are the people not interested in politics.
According to the poll, 47 percent believe that the Serbs lack a variety of information, while 35 percent
think the other way round. Some 18 percent of the polled were undecided on the issue.
SERBIAN STATE TV SAYS MONTENEGRIN POLICE TRAINED BY CROATIAN SPECIAL
NETHERLANDS HAS NO INFORMATION ON ARRESTED WOULD-BE ASSASSINS
DJUKANOVIC TO MEET ALBRIGHT IN ROME ON AUG. 1
SERBIAN OPPOSITION TO MEET WITH MONTENEGRIN RULING PARTIES ON AUG. 2
MARKOVIC SAYS U.S. WANTS TO ELIMINATE MILOSEVIC, SYMBOL OF STATEHOOD
SERBIAN OPPOSITION HAS NOTHING TO LOSE, WE RISK OUR STATE SAYS
DRASKOVIC HOPES OPPOSITION TO BOYCOTT ELECTIONS
NO MONTENEGRIN REFERENDUM IN UNDER SIX MONTHS SAYS BULATOVIC
MONTENEGRO NOT TO GIVE IN TO PRESSURE FROM SERBIAN OPPOSITION SAYS
MONTENEGRIN PEOPLES' PARTY VICE PRESIDENT
MONTENEGRIN SERB PEOPLES' PARTY RUNNING IN ELECTIONS
U.S. ASKS DJUKANOVIC, RENEWAL MOVEMENT TO RUN IN ELECTIONS
MONTENEGRIN AUTHORITIES UNDERMINING NATIONAL DEFENSE SYSTEM SAYS
VOJVODINA ELECTION COMMISSION APPOINTED
COOK CLAIMS WHITE LIST INTENDED TO SPARE ORDINARY SERBIAN COMPANIES
KFOR INTENSIFIES CONTROL OF STRIP TOWARDS CENTRAL SERBIA
OSCE ESTABLISHES RULES FOR MEDIA IN KOSOVO ELECTION CAMPAIGN
IVANOVIC SAYS COMMITTEE FOR RETURN OF SERBS WITH LITTLE SUCCESS SO FAR
POLICE ARREST 14 OTPOR SUPPORTERS IN NOVI SAD
Bosnia - Herzegovina
MIRKO SAROVIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
MAJORITY OF CROATS HOPES FOR PROGRESS TOWARDS EU MEMBERSHIP
PORT OF BAR BUYS EQUIPMENT FROM BRITAIN
PRESS REVIEW FRONT PAGE REVIEW
VECERNJE NOVOSTI -- MONTENEGRIN POLICE LIKE PARAMILITARY FORMATION
GLAS JAVNOSTI -- RENEWAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCES TALKS ON JOIN TICKET IN
EVENTS OF THE DAY - AUG. 1
ROME - Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright. In addition to Djukanovic, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Branko Lukovac and presidential
advisor for foreign policy Milan Rocen are also in the Italian capital.
WUERZBURG, GERMANY - Trial continues for Frank Ronghi, a U.S. soldier who confessed to the
murder and rape of an ethnic Albanian girl while serving with U.S. peacekeeping forces in Kosovo.
KANJIZA - Serbian Premier Mirko Marjanovic will visit the town to open a new transportation system
for clay at the Potisje company.
BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Diaspora 2000
conference that will be held in Belgrade on Aug. 3 - Aug 5.
BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Press conference by health union at the Serbian Trade Union building.
BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Democratic Alternative press conference.
BELGRADE - Noon - Serbian Renewal Movement press conference.
BELGRADE - 1 p.m. - Social Democratic Union press conference. Party president Zarko Korac will
discuss upcoming elections.
BELGRADE - 2 p.m. - Democratic Party press conference on health care.
NOVI SAD - 11 a.m. - Vojvodina Reformists party press conference.
NOVI SAD - 12:30 p.m. - League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina press conference.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR AUG. 1
It will be mainly sunny and warmer in Yugoslavia on Aug. 1. A light north-westerly wind is expected.
Morning temperatures will be between 12 and 18 degrees Celsius, and daily highs will range from 27 to
Belgrade will have another sunny, but warmer day, with a light north-westerly wind. Morning
temperatures will be around 15 degrees, and a daily high of 28 degrees is expected in the capital.