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BETA DAILY NEWS August 1, Internet

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  • Snezana Lazovic
    BETA DAILY NEWS August 1, Internet HEADLINES Minister Announces Arrest of Would-Be Assassins of Milosevic -- Montenegro Getting Arms from Croatia Says Matic --
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2000
      BETA DAILY NEWS August 1, Internet

      HEADLINES

      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

      FR Yugoslavia

      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
      Dubrovnik."

      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,"
      Matic said.

      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
      news.

      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
      stations.

      In comparison to earlier polls, the only change is the drastic drop of the Belgrade Studio B TV station's
      rating.

      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
      POLICE

      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
      MONTENEGRIN OFFICIAL

      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
      PAVKOVIC

      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

      Croatia

      MAJORITY OF CROATS HOPES FOR PROGRESS TOWARDS EU MEMBERSHIP

      Business

      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
      NOVI SAD

      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
      32 degrees.

      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.
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