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    http://www.mfa.gov.yu/Pressframe.htm Serbia and Montengro Ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Survey BELGRADE, December 31, 2003 SERBIA DJINDJIC S GOVERNMENT IS
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      Serbia and Montengro Ministry of Foreign Affairs

      Daily Survey
      BELGRADE, December 31, 2003


      SERBIA

      DJINDJIC'S GOVERNMENT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
      TRANSITION GOVERNMENT - ZIVKOVIC
      ZIVKOVIC SAYS GNP GROWS BY TWO INSTEAD OF FIVE PERCENT

      ELECTION COMMISSION DETERMINES FINAL RESULTS OF
      PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN SERBIA
      BEST ELECTION SO FAR - CESID
      NEW SERBIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE POSITIVE TRENDS
      - BIH FOREIGN MINISTER
      KOSTUNICA MEETS WITH AMBASSADORS OF RUSSIA AND GREECE
      NO PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN
      SERBIA - MINISTRY
      EU INVESTS 18.3 MILLION EURO IN DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN
      SERBIA
      KOSOVO - METOHIJA

      HOLKERI TRANSFERS AUTHORITY TO PROVISIONAL
      INSTITUTIONS OF PROVINCE
      STRONG PROTEST AGAINST UNMIK CHIEF''S DECISION ON
      TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY
      MONTENEGRO

      MONTENEGRIN PREMIER CONFERS WITH BELGIAN AMBASSADOR
      DJUKANOVIC SAYS DJINDJIC'S MURDER MARKED THIS YEAR
      WE DID MORE THAN IT HAD BEEN EXPECTED - DJUKANOVIC
      INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYS BOSKOVIC IS NOT MONTENEGRIN
      INTERIOR MINISTER'S ADVISOR


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      SERBIA

      DJINDJIC'S GOVERNMENT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL
      TRANSITION GOVERNMENT - ZIVKOVIC

      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - Summing up the results of
      the outgoing Government over the past three years,
      Serbian Premier Zoran Zivkovic assessed the government
      of Zoran Djindjic to be the most successful transition
      government in history, whose results will be difficult
      to reach by any future government of Serbia.

      At a news conference, Zivkovic included half a million
      euro that the government is leaving behind in the
      budget of Serbia as one of the biggest successes of
      the outgoing government.

      "The biggest mistake we have made over the past three
      years was that we had failed to use marketing to
      present to the citizens the achievements of the
      government in the difficult transition conditions, but
      it is less of a mistake than to have had good
      marketing and bad work," said Zivkovic.

      ZIVKOVIC SAYS GNP GROWS BY TWO INSTEAD OF FIVE PERCENT


      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - Serbian Premier Zoran
      Zivkovic said on Tuesday that the GNP growth this year
      would be about two instead of the planned five
      percent, while the inflation rate would be about eight
      percent.

      Speaking at a news conference, Zivkovic said that the
      future Serbian government would take care about the
      continuation of reconstruction works on about 800 km
      of roads, which have already been contracted, as well
      as the reconstruction of Belgrade Airport, for which
      about 22 million euros have been secured.

      He said that the outgoing government had left about 24
      billion dinars and about 150 million euros in the
      budget, which accounts for 10 percent of this year's
      budget.

      The premier said that the average salary in Serbia
      amounted to about 40 euros three years ago and that it
      was now four times higher.

      "The quickest thing that could have been done was to
      improve the functioning of the state, so that shops
      are well-supplied," Zivkovic said and added that
      retirement pensions had meanwhile increased four times
      and were being paid regularly.

      ELECTION COMMISSION DETERMINES FINAL RESULTS OF
      PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS IN SERBIA

      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - The Republican Election
      Commission (RIK) determined Tuesday the final results
      of the early parliamentary elections held Sunday in
      Serbia, according to which six of the 19 parties or
      coalitions crossed the necessary threshold.

      The Serbian Radical Party (SRS) - Vojislav Seselj won
      the majority of seats - 82 (32.8 pct), after getting
      1,056,256 votes (27.61 pct). The Democratic Party of
      Serbia (DSS) - Vojislav Kostunica won 53 seats (21.2
      pct), with 678,031 votes (17.72 pct).

      The Democratic Party (DS) - Boris Tadic won 37 seats
      (14.8 pct), with 481,249 votes (12.58 pct). G17 Plus
      party won 34 seats (13.6 pct) with 438,422 votes
      (11.46 pct). Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) - New
      Serbia (NS) - Vuk Draskovic, Velimir Ilic, won 22
      seats (8.8 pct) with 293,082 votes (7.66 pct).
      Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) won 22 seats (8.8 pct)
      with 291,341 votes (7.61 pct).

      The remaining 13 election lists did not pass the
      threshold. They are: Together for Tolerance - Canak,
      Kasza, Ljajic with 161,765 votes (4.22 pct),
      Democratic Alternative (DA) - Nebojsa Covic with
      84,463 votes (2.2 pct), For National Unity - Pelevic,
      Risticevic with 68,537 votes (1.79 pct), Otpor with
      62,545 votes (1.63 pct).

      Independent Serbia - Vladan Batic with 45,211 votes
      (1.18 pct), Socialist People's Party - People's Bloc -
      General Nebojsa Pavkovic with 27,596 votes (0.72 pct),
      Liberals of Serbia - Dusan Mihajlovic with 22,852
      votes (0.59 pct), Reformists SDP Serbia - Vojvodina -
      Mile Isakov with 19,464 votes (0.5 pct), Defense and
      Justice - Vuk Obradovic, Borivoje Borovic with 18,423
      votes (0.48 pct), Economic Force of Serbia and
      Diaspora - Branko Dragas with 14,113 votes (0.36 pct),
      Labor Party of Serbia - Dragan Milovanovic with 4,666
      votes (0.12 pct), Yugoslav Left with 3,771 votes (0.09
      pct), and Alliance of Vojvodina Serbs - Dusan Salatic
      with 3,015 votes (0.07 pct).

      Of the total of 6,511,450 registered voters, the
      turnout was 3,825,471 or 58.75 pct.

      The number of invalid voting slips was 49,755, or 1.3
      pct.

      The results from all 8,589 polling stations (100 pct)
      have been processed and the voting will not be
      repeated at any of them.

      BEST ELECTION SO FAR - CESID

      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - The Center for free
      elections and democracy (CESID) on Tuesday assessed
      that Sunday's general election was the best organized
      election so far in Serbia and that it is an "evolutive
      step forward" compared to all previous ones.

      CESID spokesman Marko Blagojevic said that all bodies
      in charge of the election organization on behalf of
      the state did excellent work, particularly the
      Republican Elections Commission.

      At a news conference in the Media Center, Blagojevic
      underlined that a high level of election control had
      largely contributed to the above, while he sees the
      Election Law and the voting lists as outstanding
      issues.

      NEW SERBIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE POSITIVE TRENDS
      - BIH FOREIGN MINISTER

      BANJA LUKA, Dec 31 (Tanjug) - Bosnia and Herzegovina
      (BIH) Foreign Minister Mladen Ivanic said on Tuesday
      that the results of the Serbian general election are
      the consequence of the unsettled national and state
      issues and the undefined structure of Serbia and
      Montenegro, which gave the national parties advantage
      from the start.

      Ivanic told Tanjug that the ruling structure in Serbia
      had paid the bill for both economic dissatisfaction
      and the reforms that had been carried out in the
      country.

      "The character of a new government is unclear, but
      Serbia should get a government that would cooperate
      with Europe's institutions and that would continue the
      positive trends," said Ivanic.

      He also said that he expects Serbia to be successful
      in forming a new government that would have correct
      relations also with the countries of the region,
      including BIH.

      KOSTUNICA MEETS WITH AMBASSADORS OF RUSSIA AND GREECE

      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - Democratic Party of Serbia
      President Vojislav Kostunica on Tuesday met separately
      with Russian Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro
      Vladimir Ivanovski and Greek Ambassador Michalis
      Spinelis.

      Ambassador Ivanovski was interested to learn more
      about the political situation in Serbia after the
      parliamentary elections and conveyed to Kostunica a
      personal message from Russian President Vladimir
      Putin.

      Ambassador Spinelis was interested in election results
      analyses, and in possible options relating to the
      forming of a new government, it was announced by the
      Democratic Party of Serbia's Information Service.

      NO PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN
      SERBIA - MINISTRY

      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - No plans are being made
      for either a study or preparations for the
      construction or a nuclear power plant in Serbia, it
      was said in a response that the Serbian Ministry of
      Mining and Energy sent to a letter in which the Green
      peace Union warned of increased activities of the
      nuclear lobby that advocates the necessity for
      building nuclear power plants in Serbia.

      "All activities in the competence of the Ministry of
      Energy observe a moratorium on the planning and
      construction of nuclear power plants," it was said in
      the Ministry response, which the Green peace Union
      sent to Tanjug on Tuesday.

      It was said that under the strategy of Serbia's
      development, in the next 50 years the coal reserves
      would be sufficient for the present level of
      development, while any production increase would be
      covered by the construction of water potentials, power
      plants fuelled from renewable sources and natural gas
      power plants, which is in keeping with the orientation
      of the majority of developed countries.

      The Green peace Union in mid-November sent letters to
      the Serbian premier, Ministry of Environment
      Protection, South-East European embassies and European
      Green peace Federation, protesting against the
      activities aimed at encouraging the construction of a
      nuclear power plant in Serbia.

      EU INVESTS 18.3 MILLION EURO IN DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN
      SERBIA

      ZAJECAR, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - The European Agency for
      Reconstruction will provide, in cooperation with the
      Ministry for state administration and local
      self-government, over the next two years 18.3 million
      euro for the realization of several programs in 15
      municipalities of eastern Serbia, it has been
      announced by the Office for management of municipality
      support programs of eastern Serbia in Zajecar.

      The Office will set up a team of 45 experts on
      economic development, infrastructure and institutions
      that would soon start developing studies and strategic
      action plans for each individual municipality.

      The task of the expert team will be to cooperate
      directly with municipality working teams on drawing up
      strategic action plans that would subsequently be
      financed by the European Union.

      KOSOVO - METOHIJA

      HOLKERI TRANSFERS AUTHORITY TO PROVISIONAL
      INSTITUTIONS OF PROVINCE

      PRISTINA, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - UNMIK head Harri Holkeri
      on Tuesday transferred all authority defined under
      Chapter 5 of the Constitutional Framework for
      Kosovo-Metohija to provisional institutions of the
      province.

      The move of the UNMIK head, who thus transferred all
      authority from the Constitutional Framework to the
      provisional institutions of the province, except those
      that belong to him, was condemned by the Serb
      community in Kosovo.

      The only Serb minister in the provincial government
      Goran Bogdanovic described Holkeri's move as
      "unilateral and wrong." "What Holkeri has done is to
      complete independent Kosovo-Metohija," Bogdanovic told
      Tanjug and stressed that the transfer of authority to
      provisional provincial institutions would increase
      tension in Kosovo-Metohija.

      STRONG PROTEST AGAINST UNMIK CHIEF''S DECISION ON
      TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY

      BELGRADE, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - President of the
      Coordinating Center for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic
      issued Tuesday the strongest protest over the decision
      of UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri to complete the transfer
      of authority to provisional institutions in the
      province in sectors cited in the Constitutional
      Framework Chapter 5.

      A statement presented to Tanjug says that the sectors
      concerned are those of industry, culture, education,
      energy, trade and media, and notes that the authority
      has been transferred despite the fact that even the
      fundamental conditions set out in the Constitutional
      Framework and the UN Security Council Resolution 1244
      have not been secured.

      A special concern has been caused by a statement from
      Holkeri's office that provisional self-government
      institutions, that is ethnic Albanians, will have an
      advisory and consultative role in sectors reserved for
      UNMIK, which is contrary to Resolution 1244, the
      statement says.

      The Coordinating Center believes that this decision
      constitutes fresh evidence of a biased and dangerous
      attitude of UNMIK and its chief Holkeri and another
      step towards Kosovo-Metohija independence, Covic said.


      MONTENEGRO

      MONTENEGRIN PREMIER CONFERS WITH BELGIAN AMBASSADOR

      PODGORICA, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - Montenegrin Premier Milo
      Djukanovic and the new Belgian Ambassador to
      Serbia-Montenegro (SCG) Luc Liebaut noted Tuesday in
      Podgorica that the relations between Montenegro and
      Belgium are developing in a satisfactory manner and
      urged their further fostering in the future.

      A part of the talk focused on the relations within the
      SCG State Union following the outcome of the
      parliamentary elections in Serbia, on SCG endeavors
      for integration in European and Euro-Atlantic
      institutions, and on relations in the region,
      Djukanovic's office said.

      DJUKANOVIC SAYS DJINDJIC'S MURDER MARKED THIS YEAR

      PODGORICA, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - Montenegrin Premier Milo
      Djukanovic told Tanjug on Tuesday that, unfortunately,
      this year had been marked by the murder of Serbian
      premier Zoran Djindjic.

      "Although I was personally really affected by this
      event, because I was a good friend with Djindjic, I
      have to single out this event in 2003, primarily
      because of its social and political connotation,"
      Djukanovic said.

      He said that the murder of the Serbian premier "was
      just another tragic reminder of the extent to which
      the Balkans is lagging behind (the rest of the world)
      and how difficult it is for the processes of
      modernization and Europeisation to enter it and be
      maintained."

      WE DID MORE THAN IT HAD BEEN EXPECTED - DJUKANOVIC

      PODGORICA, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - Montenegrin Premier Milo
      Djukanovic assessed on Tuesday that the Government had
      managed to do more over the past year than it had been
      expected, which had resulted in a complete political
      stability of Montenegro.

      At the last journalist briefing this year, Djukanovic
      said that the Government had adopted a series of
      important programs for addressing the most important
      social and economic issues and some 40 systemic laws,
      that had "paved the way to Montenegro's integration
      into Europe".

      "There is a growing social product, industrial and
      agricultural production, as well as tourist turnover
      and exports, while a drop in the inflation rate,
      compared to the planned, and the foreign trade deficit
      have also been recorded," said Djukanovic.

      INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYS BOSKOVIC IS NOT MONTENEGRIN
      INTERIOR MINISTER'S ADVISOR

      PODGORICA, Dec 30 (Tanjug) - The Montenegrin Interior
      Ministry on Tuesday denied claims that Nedeljko
      Boskovic, who had on Saturday been taken in by the
      Greek police after a gun had been found in his bag at
      the airport, was the Montenegrin interior minister's
      advisor.

      The Montenegrin Interior Ministry statement said that
      Boskovic "has not been the interior minister's
      advisor" since February 1 this year.





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