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      BETA: Daily News
      February 1, 2005

      Doris Pack Says Serbia Addressing Vojvodina Incidents

      BELGRADE, Jan. 31 (BETA) - Serbian authorities are
      taking ethnically-motivated incidents in the province
      of Vojvodina seriously and are determined to prevent
      them from recurring, said MEP Doris Pack, head of a
      European Parliament delegation looking into the status
      of ethnic minorities in Vojvodina.

      Following meetings with minority leaders and local
      officials in Vojvodina, as well as with senior Serbian
      government officials over the past three days, Pack
      told a news conference that her delegation has not
      reached a final verdict, stressing that in most cases
      young people were to blame for the incidents.

      Because of this the delegation emphasized education as
      a key measure in preventing ethnically-motivated
      incidents.

      Pack, who also chairs a European Parliament delegation
      in charge of ties with South East Europe, added that
      high unemployment and the generally bleak economic
      situation could be among the causes of such incidents.

      She added that, after talking to the victims of ethnic
      violence and officials from the Ministry for the
      Interior, it emerged that law enforcement officers
      were not reacting swiftly or effectively enough.

      MEP Pack went on to say that most of the incidents
      could also be tied to last March's anti-Serb violence
      in Kosovo and electoral campaigning in Serbia, when
      several parties made use of the incidents for
      political purposes.

      The European Parliament delegation also included
      Johannes Svoboda, Gyla Hegyi, Zsolt Bescei, and Jelko
      Kacin, and held talks on Jan. 31 with Serbian
      President Boris Tadic, Premier Vojislav Kostunica,
      Interior MInister Dragan Jocic, and Education Minister
      Slobodan Vuksanovic.

      In the previous two days, the delegation toured the
      municipalities of Subotica and Temerin, meeting with
      local and provincial officials and minority community
      representatives.

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      Democratic Party Seeks Dismissal of Two Ministers,
      Government Says It Will Not Happen

      BELGRADE, Jan. 31 (BETA) - The Democratic Party caucus
      will soon move on an initiative in the Serbian
      legislature for the dismissal of the Serbian justice
      and interior ministers, Zoran Stojkovic and Dragan
      Jocic, party official Dragan Sutanovac announced on
      Jan. 31.

      He told Radio B92 that the Democratic Party had called
      for Stojkovic's dismissal because he had overstepped
      his authority, when announcing the arrests of former
      government officials, and because he had done
      everything to undermine the reputation of the Special
      Court.

      Sutanovac believes that Jocic, on the other hand,
      should be dismissed because of a statement by Police
      General Miroslav Milosevic, who said that the case
      against the suspects in the assassination of Zoran
      Djindjic was "weak."

      Sutanovac said the Democratic Party expects to have
      the support "of a large number of deputies" in the
      motion for the dismissal of Stojkovic and Jocic.

      Representatives of the ruling coalition dismissed the
      possibility for this motion to pass in the
      legislature.

      The whip of the Democratic Party of Serbia in the
      legislature, Milos Aligrudic, said the ministers will
      not be dismissed and that the Democratic Party will
      not have the majority's support for the motion.

      Speaking at a news conference, Aligrudic dismissed all
      accusations against Jocic and Stojkovic.

      The Serbian minister for capital investment and leader
      of the New Serbia, Velimir Ilic, said in the Serbian
      legislature building that Jocic and Stojkovic have the
      house's majority support.

      "If the Democratic Party wants elections to be held,
      it should help with passing the constitution.
      Elections will be held after that, and then they will
      be able to show what they are worth," Ilic said.

      The G17 Plus whip, Miloljub Albijanic, accused the
      Democratic Party of attempting to undermine the
      government's stability through "political marketing."

      Albijanic said he was also not satisfied with the work
      and efficiency of the judiciary or the police, but
      that "responsibility in important matters of state
      should be shared, and one should not keep on
      orchestrating all kinds of attacks."

      The opposition Socialist Party of Serbia, which is
      currently supporting the government, will not support
      the motion for the dismissal of Stojkovic and Jocic,
      party official Zarko Obradovic said.

      He said that this announcement was "absolutely
      political in nature" because the Democratic Party
      "cannot reconcile themselves to the fact that they are
      not in the government."

      The whip of the Serbian Radical Party, Tomislav
      Nikolic, said the Democrats' announcement was "a form
      of blackmail and a bid to enter the government."

      Nikolic told BETA that the Democratic Party should
      first make up their mind on whether to topple the
      government or not. He compared the motion for the
      dismissal of the two ministers to "making threats with
      an empty gun."

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      Draskovic and Pack: Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue
      Necessary

      BELGRADE, Jan. 31 (BETA) - Head of the European
      Parliament delegation for relations with South East
      Europe Doris Pack and Serbia-Montenegro Foreign
      Minister Vuk Draskovic said on Jan. 31 that a dialogue
      should begin between Belgrade and Pristina, as soon as
      possible.

      After her meeting with Draskovic, Doris Pack told the
      press that she did not know whether the status of
      Kosovo would be resolved this year but she said that
      it was important to implement standards in Kosovo. It
      is now most important, said Pack, that Belgrade begins
      negotiations with Pristina.

      Draskovic said that a dialogue between the Kosovo
      Serbs and ethnic Albanians, or Belgrade and Pristina
      should start by discussing concrete issues, such as
      the return of Serbs exiled from the province after the
      war in Kosovo in 1999, the reconstruction of destroyed
      churches, the decentralization of the province and
      personal autonomy.

      Draskovic said that he had acquainted Doris Pack with
      his 3E plan, envisaging "a European concept of
      Serbia-Montenegro and Kosovo and the Western Balkans."

      According to this plan, said Draskovic, Kosovo would
      be under some kind of U.N. and EU protectorate and it
      would enjoy a status that is more than autonomy and
      less than independence.

      Doris Pack said that the 3E plan was "completely
      acceptable" for the European Union because the EU had
      at one point proposed such a concept.

      She stated that retired army Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic's
      decision to receive the Hague indictment and go to The
      Hague was "a good step" but added that other Hague
      indictees should also surrender to the tribunal.

      Draskovic said he hoped Serbia-Montenegro would soon
      fulfill its obligations towards the Hague tribunal "to
      the extent necessary for Brussels to understand" that
      Serbia-Montenegro was ready to remove "the Hague
      obstacle".

      He expressed the conviction that if these obligations
      are fulfilled, Serbia-Montenegro will get a positive
      Feasibility Study in March and soon be admitted to the
      NATO Partnership for Peace program and NATO itself.

      HARTMANN SAYS DEL PONTE EXPECTS ACTIVE COOPERATION
      FROM MONTENEGRO.

      DEL PONTE SLATED FOR HIGH-LEVEL TALKS IN BOSNIA,
      MONTENEGRO ON FEB. 1-2.

      END OF MARCH IS DEADLINE FOR BELGRADE'S FULL
      COOPERATION WITH HAGUE TRIBUNAL, SAYS REHN.

      PAVKOVIC IS NOT ON THE RUN AND IS NOT HIDING FROM THE
      TRIBUNAL, SAYS LAWYER.

      INDEPENDENT GROUP FOR KOSOVO PRESENTS ITS PLAN FOR
      KOSOVO'S FINAL STATUS.

      ASSOCIATION WITH EU IS GOVERNMENT PRIORITY, SAYS
      RULING PARTY.

      SPECIAL COURT SPOKESWOMAN SAYS COURT WILL NOT BOW TO
      PRESSURE.

      UGLJANIN AND LJAJIC ON MONTENEGRO'S INDEPENDENCE.

      KARIC DENIES CLAIMS ABOUT BUYING DEPUTIES.

      DRASKOVIC IN BRUSSELS WITH EU THREESOME ON FEB. 1.

      SERBIAN GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS ASSOCIATION WITH EU ON
      FEB. 1.

      ENVIRONMENTALISTS PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST
      MINISTER.

      MINISTRY DENIES CLAIMS OF ENVIRONMENTALISTS.

      WITHOUT TOBACCO SMOKE MARKED IN BELGRADE.

      GEN. STRUGAR GETS EIGHT YEARS IN JAIL FOR SHELLING
      DUBROVNIK.


      SESELJ ACCUSES DJINDJIC, DRASKOVIC OF SENDING
      VOLUNTEERS TO FIGHT IN BOSNIA.

      BUSEK CALLS ON WESTERN BALKAN COUNTRIES TO COOPERATE
      FULLY WITH ICTY.

      NO INDICTMENT AGAINST DJUKANOVIC SAYS
      SERBIA-MONTENEGRO AMBASSADOR IN ROME.

      LUKOVAC TO LEAVE POST OF AMBASSADOR TO ITALY.

      Business

      MINISTER EXPECTS POSITIVE EU FEASIBILITY STUDY.

      POWER UTILITY WARNS OF GROWING CONSUMPTION.

      BANKING AGENCY PUTS NISKA BANKA UP FOR SALE.

      PARLIAMENT SPEAKER, IMF MISSION DISCUSS RESTRUCTURING
      PUBLIC SECTOR.

      PRESS REVIEW

      VECERNJE NOVOSTI: LAZAREVIC TO LEAVE FOR HAGUE ON FEB.
      3.

      BLIC: SPECIAL PROSECUTOR COMMENTS ON HIS UPCOMING
      REMOVAL FROM OFFICE.







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