Press Review


All local dailies highlight today the attack on Serbia and Montenegro Army base in the south of Serbia, an ecological accident caused by the derailing of Ukrainian tank-wagons in Belgrade main railway station, as well as fires in Montenegro.

Albanian terrorists made their appearance in the south of Serbia again. This time, the target was the Serbia and Montenegro Army base, located in the region of the village of Dobrosin, near Bujanovac, in the south of Serbia, on the very administrative border with Kosovo, the VECERNJE NOVOSTI daily reports from the spot. During the night of Sunday to Monday last, three missiles were fired towards the military base form an automatic thrower of American made. One soldier was lightly injured on that occasion. Defence Minister Boris Tadic and Chief of the Coordination Centre for the South of Serbia, Nebojsa Covic, visited the region, and confirmed that it was the issue of a classical terrorist act, aimed at disturbing stability within the land security zone in the south of Serbia and at entangling the Army in a conflict. Provocations, however, have been lasting for days in the south of Serbia. It certainly is in no one’s interest to have conflicts escalated in this part of Serbia again.

Referring to the derailing of Ukrainian tank-wagons containing toxic vinyl-chloride, in Belgrade railway station, the Serbian Ministry for Natural Wealth and Environment Protection stated that there is no reason for citizens’ concern, because all measurings have shown the concentration of vapours in the air to be below prescribed norms, writes the POLITIKA daily. The incident occurred last Sunday morning, when tank-wagons were derailed due to outdated binding-technology. Under extensive protection measures and the railway station blocked, special squads are re-positioning wagons and re-loading tanks. It is expected, therefore, that this huge problem that disturbed Belgraders, will be soon resolved, too.

The news that after Western Europe, a devastating fire has also caught in the territory of Montenegro, invades front pages of Montenegrin media. The most severe battle against gross woods-fire is going on in the region of Tivat, a coastal town in Boka Kotorska Bay, hosting thousands of tourists. Serbia and Montenegro Army units are also helping in fire extinguishing, but efforts exceed their physical capacities so far and the fire continues to spread further. St. Ivan Monastery, in the vicinity of the village of Djurasevic, has been burnt down and in the southern part of Montenegrin coast - in Ulcinj, over 200 centennial olive-trees disappeared in flames. The fire spreads further towards the south, where thick coniferous wood above the Skadar Lake is burning. Beside impassable terrains, which are often the biggest obstacle that fire brigades have to surmount, the shortage of water in this region represents another big problem. Extremely high temperatures, recorded during several past days in the south of Montenegro, contribute to fire developments.

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