BETA: Daily News - April 1 - 2005
BETA: Daily News
April 1 - 2005
Special Court Orders Detention for Gen. Pavkovic
BELGRADE, March 31 (BETA) - The Belgrade Special Court
ordered that Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovic be detained, court
spokeswoman Maja Kovacevic-Tomic told BETA.
She pointed out that the decision came after Pavkovic
had failed to respond to the court subpoena and, as
the accused, appear at the trial for the murder of
former Serbian president Ivan Stambolic and the
attempted assassination of (current Serbia-Montenegro
Foreign Minister) Vuk Draskovic.
Two days ago the police did not find Pavkovic at his
address in Belgrade.
Gen. Pavkovic is accused of helping in the attempted
assassination of Draskovic in the Montenegrin coastal
resort of Budva, on June 15, 2000. This case was
combined with the one for the murder of Stambolic.
Pavkovic's lawyer, Ljubisa Zivadinovic, stated on
March 30 that his client will not appear before the
Special Court because he believes this to be "an
overture for his extradition to the Hague tribunal."
On Oct. 20, 2003, the Hague tribunal unsealed the
indictment against Nebojsa Pavkovic for crimes against
humanity, murder, persecution on political, racial and
religious grounds and the violation of the rules or
customs of war. Generals Vladimir Lazarevic, Vlastimir
Djordjevic and Sreten Lukic are named in the same
"Gen. Pavkovic believes that he should not appear
before the Special Court because he has not done so
before, and is now realizing that this is an overture
for his extradition to the Hague tribunal,"
He claims that Pavkovic was "not in hiding now, nor
has he been in hiding before," but that Pavkovic had
sent him a message by mobile phone from the weekend
house of a friend, where he decided to stay "for an
extended weekend with his friends."
The lawyer was unable to say where this weekend house
is, nor how long the general would stay there.
According to Zivadinovic, Pavkovic cannot appear
before the Special Court because of poor health, and
this would expose him to additional stress.
Serbia Gets New Political Movement
BELGRADE, March 31 (BETA) - Christian Democrat leader
Vladan Batic, League of Vojvodina Social Democrats
President Nenad Canak, and the head of the Civic
Alliance of Serbia's faction 11. Decembar (December
11), Vesna Pesic, at a news conference in Belgrade on
March 31 presented the newly formed Peti Oktobar
(October 5) People's Movement.
The movement, as its representatives put it, aims to
fulfill the abandoned pledges the former government
made to the citizens on Oct. 5, 2000, the day when
former Yugoslav president and current Hague tribunal
indictee Slobodan Milosevic's regime was toppled.
"Milosevic's regime was not dismantled and lately we
have been witnessing a continuity with it to the point
of restoration," Vesna Pesic said. "A new Constitution
has not been created and as a people we have not faced
the past, secret service files have not been opened,
and people from or related to the former regime have
not been removed from high posts."
Pesic pointed out that the movement was neither a
political party nor a coalition of parties, but a
group of certain political individuals, who invite
citizens, associations, unions, and members of other
parties to join them.
Vladan Batic said that the movement had been formed
because Serbia had strayed from the reform path back
to "nationalism, social demagogy, xenophobia, and
moral decline," which lead to hatred and aggression.
Asked whether former Democratic Party senior official
Cedomir Jovanovic will join the movement, Batic
replied that all who shared the ideas and values of
the movement were welcome, Jovanovic included.
He also said that he expected the Democrats to get
back into the thick of the fight for a modern and
Draskovic Wraps Up Visit to Morocco
RABAT, March 31 (BETA) - Morocco would never accept
any move that jeopardizes Serbia-Montenegro's
territorial integrity, Moroccan Prime Minister Driss
Jettou said in talks with Serbia-Montenegro Foreign
Minister Vuk Draskovic on March 31.
Jettou also conveyed his cabinet's gratitude for, as
he put it, "Serbia-Montenegro's brave stand on
Morocco's territorial integrity."
He said that Morocco appreciated Serbia-Montenegro's
efforts to stabilize both the country and the region,
adding that he fully agreed with everything
Serbia-Montenegro was doing.
After the talks, which marked the end of his visit to
Morocco, Draskovic said, "All doors are open for
political, economic, cultural, and every other kind of
cooperation" between the two countries.
"I believe that cooperation with Morocco will
stimulate Serbia-Montenegro to cooperate with all of
Africa, just as Morocco's cooperation with
Serbia-Montenegro will spur it to penetrate South East
Europe economically and culturally and continue on to
Russia," Draskovic told journalists.
Draskovic, in his turn, carried Jettou a message from
Serbia-Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic, saying
that Marovic gladly accepts an invitation to visit
Draskovic spent the past four days in Algeria and
Morocco, where he and the two country's top officials
discussed cooperation with Serbia-Montenegro and
particularly the improvement of economic relations.
NO QUESTION MARK OVER FEASIBILITY STUDY YET, SAYS
LONCAR EXPECTS ALL HAGUE INDICTEES TO SURRENDER
PROBLEMS IN COOPERATION WITH HAGUE TRIBUNAL WILL BE
SOLVED ON TIME, SAYS LABOR MINISTER.
LJAJIC: LUKIC CASE TO BE DEALT WITH ACCORDING TO
STRONG ECONOMY IS PREREQUISITE FOR EU ACCESSION, SAYS
ALEKSANDAR DIMITRIJEVIC IS NEW CHIEF OF MILITARY
WAR NAVY RENAMED AS NAVY.
20,000 PEOPLE IN MILITARY TO LOSE JOBS BY 2010 BECAUSE
U.S. AMBASSADOR TO VISIT SCG ARMY GROUND TROOPS
COMMAND IN NIS.
UNMIK TAKES OVER BODIES OF 43 ALBANIANS.
KOSOVO POLITICAL LEADERS AGREE THAT A CONSENSUS SHOULD
THAQI CRITICIZES KOSUMI'S INTENTION TO NEGOTIATE WITH
MORE AUTONOMY FOR SERBS IN KOSOVO AND HUNGARIANS IN
VOJVODINA, SAYS NEMET.
WRITERS OF ANTI-SEMITIC MESSAGES ARRESTED.
SESELJ REQUESTS DOCUMENTS FROM VATICAN.
BLIC: NEW LEADERSHIP OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SERBIA.
SERBIA, EU SIGN TEXTILE DEAL.
SERBIA'S FOREIGN TRADE TOTALS CCA. US$1.75 BILLION IN
FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 2005.
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE UNVEILS TWINNING PROJECT.
MINISTER EXPECTS POSITIVE FEASIBILITY STUDY.
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