(19:15) The Macedonian Defence Ministry lodged a sharp protest with the command of KFOR in Kosmet, due to the fact that the members of the mission entered deeply into the Macedonian territory and took away by force three Macedonian border-guards. The incident happened on Friday, when Macedonian border-guards, near the Gosince watchtower, in the north-west of the country, noticed some people who came from Kosmet with horses. A group of KFOR suddenly surrounded the Macedonian border-guards, tied them up and took them to the Stancic watchtower, which is on the Yugoslav territory.
(19:05) Despite a victory over Luxemburg with a result 6:2, the Yugoslav football team has not entered the 2002 World Championship in Korea and Japan.
(19:00) The delegates of the 4th Congress of the Democratic Party of Socialists re-elected Milo Djukanovic president of the party. Filip Vujanovic and Svetozar Marovic were elected vice-presidents. Winding up the congress, Djukanovic reiterated that his party was still in favour of continuation of dialogue between Serbia and Montenegro with the participation of Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica. He emphasized that the DPS would also continue to insist on the development of inner dialogue in Montenegro.
(17:50) US President George Bush warned the Afghan Taliban that time was elapsing for the fulfillment of set conditions, as to the extradition of Osama Bin Laden and the members of his organization Al Kaeda. We offer help and friendship to the Afghan people, while only Taliban leaders and terrorists have a reason to fear, Bush emphasized.
(17:47) The Anti-Air Defence of the Afghan Taliban has opened fire at two aircraft above Kabul, Reuters reports. An unnamed representative od the Ministry of Defence told Reuters that the army was attempting to fell an airplane circling above Kabul, whereas the other airplane has vanished at a great speed.
(17:45) The miners of REMBAS, from Resavica, the oldest and largest mine with underground exploitation in Serbia, have joined the general strike of their colleagues from KOLUBARA and KOSTOLAC and eight other mines, with additional demands, the President of the Strike Committee, Raka Miletic, told TANJUG. A new demand is that an amendment to the Law on Age Limit for Retirement Pension be introduced into the Assembly procedure.
(17:40) The former commander of international forces in Bosnia, British general Sir Michael Rose, confirmed that, on February 5th, 1995, a grenade on the Sarajevo Markale market had been fired or laid by Muslim forces, under the control of Alija Izetbegovic. Rose said that was not the only time that Muslim forces had fired at their own people and added that, following the tragedy, he told a Muslim negotiator, general Jova Divjak, that the examintion of a bomb crater had shown that the bomb had been fired from the Muslim side.
(17:30) The supreme religious leader of the ruling Afghan Taliban movement, mullah Mohammad Omar, ordered the release of British journalist Yvonne Ridley, arrested the previous week due to illegal entry into Afghanistan. The Talibani Foreign Ministry announced that the Government in Kabul was also willing to release eight foreign humanitarians, provided the US stops threatening to attack Afghanistan, the AFP agency reports.
(17:20) A five-day debate in the UN General Assembly devoted to terrorism wound up without the enactment of a final resolution, due to the different stands and divisions among the member-states. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asked of all countries to, at the forthcoming ministerial meeting, due on November 10, accept, sign, ratify and implement all the twelve conventions on terrorism.
On Friday evening, the UN Security Council called on Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo-Metohija to turn out for the November elections, in order that the creation of an "essential autonomy" would be enabled through the formation of a provisionary self-rule. Participating in the discussion, the Head of the UN Civil Mission in Kosmet, Hans Haekkerup, said that more than 1.2 million people had registered for the forthcoming elections and assessed that minorities were still confronting the problems of safety and that it was still uncertain whether Serbs would turn out for the elections. US Deputy Ambassador James Cunningham asked for the termination of violence against Serbs and other minorities, in order that on November 17th those who were forced to leave Kosmet be able to turn out for the elections.
Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic said that a referendum on entry into the EU was the main task that should be completed by the following year. He assessed that such a decision would define the course of not only the government, but the people and the state as well. The citizens of Montenegro ought to decide on a referendum, on relations between the two Yugoslav republic, Svilanovic said and emphasized that it would be good that talks for the re-structuring of the relations in the federation begin, as they could show that a referendum was not necessary. Every decision of Montenegrin citizens will be accepted in Serbia, Svilanovic said.
The state status of Montenegro is the most vital question for the republic. Without a state of its own, Montenegro would be condemned to national and state disappearance, as an appendage to the interests of others, even if they may be brotherly ones, Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, who is also leader of the DPS, said at the 4th Congress of his party. A union of independent states is the best proposition for the settling of relations between Serbia and Montenegro, Djukanovic emphasized and added that a ten-year experience of cohabitation in a joint state had confirmed that it was impossible to conceive a constitutional formula which would ensure the fulfillment of interests and the equality of Montenegro and Serbia.
I am disappointed with western countries, which promised a far more considerable aid to our country, Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic told THE DAILY TELEGRAPH and called on western leaders to promise, in future, only what they are able to fulfill. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright promised to us a billion dollars if we toppled Milosevicís regime, but so far we have received only 100 million dollars, Djindjic emphasized in talks marking the anniversary of the change of leadership in Yugoslavia on October 5th, Radio BBC reports.
The President of the Yugoslav Committee for Kosovo-Metohija and a member of the Coordination Centre, Momcilo Trajkovic, said that Serbs were not boycotting the elections in Kosmet, but do not have basic conditions for turning out for the elections. Trajkovic accused the international community and UNMIK in Kosmet of attempting to create Albanian institutions and are now demanding honest, cooperative Serbs, in order to gain legitimacy for their policy.
Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic said that the Serbian Government would ensure the functioning of the Serbian Electric Power Supplies and intervene in case vital systems are endangered. At the Assembly of the Democratic Party, which re-elected him president, Djindjic said that the minersí strike in the KOLUBARA basing was politically motivated and announced that on Sunday, the Government would ascertain to what extent it was in line with the law. Asked to comment on the new programme of the DPS in which FR Yugoslavia is not mentioned and which insists on a sovereign Montenegro, Djindjic said that political declarations often differ and added that the majority of Montenegrin citizens would decide what relations they would have with Serbia.
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