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    http://www.beta.co.yu/default.asp?h=English,en BETA: Daily News April 1 - 2005 Special Court Orders Detention for Gen. Pavkovic BELGRADE, March 31 (BETA) - The
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      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
      indictment.

      "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,"
      Zivadinovic said.

      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
      pro-European Serbia.


      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
      Morocco.

      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
      LABUS.

      LONCAR EXPECTS ALL HAGUE INDICTEES TO SURRENDER
      VOLUNTARILY.

      PROBLEMS IN COOPERATION WITH HAGUE TRIBUNAL WILL BE
      SOLVED ON TIME, SAYS LABOR MINISTER.

      LJAJIC: LUKIC CASE TO BE DEALT WITH ACCORDING TO
      DOCTORS' RECOMMENDATION.

      STRONG ECONOMY IS PREREQUISITE FOR EU ACCESSION, SAYS
      TADIC.

      ALEKSANDAR DIMITRIJEVIC IS NEW CHIEF OF MILITARY
      SECRET SERVICES.

      WAR NAVY RENAMED AS NAVY.

      20,000 PEOPLE IN MILITARY TO LOSE JOBS BY 2010 BECAUSE
      OF REFORM.

      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
      BE REACHED.

      THAQI CRITICIZES KOSUMI'S INTENTION TO NEGOTIATE WITH
      BELGRADE.

      MORE AUTONOMY FOR SERBS IN KOSOVO AND HUNGARIANS IN
      VOJVODINA, SAYS NEMET.

      WRITERS OF ANTI-SEMITIC MESSAGES ARRESTED.

      SESELJ REQUESTS DOCUMENTS FROM VATICAN.

      PRESS REVIEW:

      BLIC: NEW LEADERSHIP OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SERBIA.

      Business

      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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