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Compilation from Belgrade daily newspapers, prepared by editorial staff of the Voice of Kosovo and Metohia

June 16, 2001

  • Russian president arrives in Belgrade
  • Serbian socialists protest in central Belgrade
  • Yugoslavia's cooperation with ICTY is a duty to UN: Serbian premier
  • Yugoslav parliament to debate ICTY cooperation bill on Thursday
  • Serb National Council to splinter?
  • Kosovo customs talks resume Sunday
  • RUSSIAN PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN BELGRADE

    (Tanjug, 16. 6. 2001.)

    Belgrade - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Belgrade late on Saturday, as the first president of the Russian Federation to visit Yugoslavia. Putin is accompanied on the two-day visit, paid on the invitation of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, by Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.From the airport, Putin has gone straight to a one-on-one meeting with Kostunica in downtown Belgrade.

    SERBIAN SOCIALISTS PROTEST IN CENTRAL BELGRADE

    (Tanjug, 16. 6. 2001.)

    Belgrade - Thousands of loyalists of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) protested in downtown Belgrade on Saturday. The protesters raised their voices against cooperation with the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and for keeping Kosovo-Metohija in Serbia (Yugoslavia), for freedom for Serbia and for Milosevic. The protesters then marched to the Central Prison, where Milosevic has been in custody since his arrest on April 1 for abuse of office.

    YUGOSLAVIA'S COOPERATION WITH ICTY IS A DUTY TO UN: SERBIAN PREMIER

    (Tanjug, 16. 6. 2001.)

    Mt Zlatibor, Serbia - Yugoslavia must either start cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague as a U.N. member, or step out of the United Nations, according to a Serbian leader on Saturday.Zoran Djindjic, premier of the Yugoslav federal unit Serbia and leader of the Democratic Party (DS), was speaking to reporters at a DS Main Board convention, being held on Mt Zlatibor, western Serbia (Yugoslavia) on Saturday and Sunday. "That would be fair. As it is, being in favour of U.N. membership and against its bodies is hypocritical and goes to the detrimient of the country's political credibility", Djindjic said.

    YUGOSLAV PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE ICTY COOPERATION BILL ON THURSDAY

    (Tanjug, 16. 6. 2001.)

    Belgrade - The two chambers of the Yugoslav parliament will debate separately on Thursday a bill on cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague, parliament said in a statement on Saturday. Chamber of Citizens (lower house) Speaker Dragoljub Micunovic and Chamber of Republics Speaker Srdja Bozovic have convened the sessions at the government's request.

    SERB NATIONAL COUNCIL TO SPLINTER?

    (B92, 16. 6. 2001.)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, Saturday - The Serbian National Council branch in Kosovska Mitrovica has refused to recognise Oliver Ivanovic's sacking earlier this month. Accusing Ivanovic of making decisions without consulting the executive board and issuing damaging statements, the Serbian National Council of northern Kosovo ousted its executive board president in a vote of no confidence on June 6. If the regional board insists on upholding the dismissal, the Kosovska Mitrovica branch will begin to act independently, the statement warned. (FoNet)

    KOSOVO CUSTOMS TALKS RESUME SUNDAY

    (B92, 16. 6. 2001.)

    Pristina, Saturday - The UN Mission in Kosovo and the Yugoslav Committee for Kosovo failed to reach agreement yesterday on establishing joint tax checkpoints at the border between Kosovo and Serbia. Negotiations will resume tomorrow, Committee president Momcilo Trajkovic announced after the meeting, held in a village near Pristina. The Committee presented the Yugoslav government proposal to the head of the UN customs office, Peter Walker. Yugoslavia wants to set up checkpoints at Merdare and Konculj in eastern Kosovo, and in Malo Rudare and Zubac in the province's north, Trajkovic told Walker. Yugoslavia also requested UNMIK staff at the checkpoints wear UNMIK uniforms, not "customs officer" uniforms. (SRNA)

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