Thursday June 8, 2000
Yugoslav President and Supreme Commander Slobodan Milosevic has congratulated Yugoslav Navy on its holiday - Navy Day, June 9.
Following the rich experience and lengthy tradition of our Navy, fighting within FR Yugoslavia's armed forces, you considerably contributed to the defence of freedom, sovereignty and territory of our fatherland from the aggression to which we were exposed in the past year. With their heroic conduct in the war, members of Yugoslav Navy, along with other branches of the Yugoslav Army, demonstrated that this country had morally strong and respectable armed force. I am confident that you will contribute to the strengthening of FR Yugoslavia's overall defence potentials in the future as well, President Milosevic's message said.
Serbia, as one of the 22 countries which founded the World PTT Union in the past century and which, despite all historic challenges, maintained links with other parts of the world, offered its great contribution to the functioning of postal services in the world, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic said at a meeting with a delegation of the Serbian PTT public company to mark 160th anniversary of postal services in Serbia.
The guests acquainted President Milosevic with the successful results of the company, which represents a contemporary and technologically powerful system offering the citizens and economic subjects diversified postal and telecommunications services through a network of 1,610 post offices and more than 2.5 million access points in the fixed and some 250 thousand access points in the mobile telephony network. The talks between President Milosevic and representatives of the PTT company were attended by Serbian President Milan Milutinovic as well.
The highest state interest of Montenegro is equality and fraternal concord with Serbia within FR Yugoslavia, Yugoslav Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic, who is also leader of the Socialist People's Party of Montenegro, said in Podgorica.
Speaking at the final promotion of the Yugoslavia coalition, pending the local elections in Podgorica and Herceg Novi, scheduled for Sunday, the Yugoslav Prime Minister recalled that the Yugoslavia coalition was created on the basis of a political agreement of progressive and patriotically-oriented forces to preserve the joint state, FR Yugoslavia. Bulatovic cautioned that the military aggression against Yugoslavia had been replaced by new forms of pressure, and stressed that the interests of foreign states in this country were advocated by certain local political powers, including the incumbent Montenegrin authorities. The aim is to break up FR Yugoslavia and create a number of small states with puppet regimes that are to protect the interests of the West, Bulatovic concluded.
The Yugoslav government's memorandum on the enforcement of Resolution 1244, setting out basic assessments of the hitherto failure of the KFOR and UNMIK mission, was submitted to the Security Council's chairman, French ambassador Jean-David Levit and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
The memorandum, which will be published as on official document at the request of FR Yugoslavia, points to the direct responsibility of KFOR and UNMIK, headed by civil mission head Bernard Kouchner, not only for the flagrant violation of the Resolution, but also for a complete failure in the performance of the principal task of the mission, the protection of fundamental human rights in Kosovo-Metohija. Therefore, the Yugoslav government seeks that all acts and decisions passed by Bernard Kouchner contrary to Resolution 1244 be annulled, and that KFOR and UNMIK, which are directly responsible for the immeasurable suffering of Serbs and other non-Albanians and the material damage incurred by Albanian terrorists in the presence of these forces, be pulled out of the province.
In Pristina on Thursday, the chairman of the Yugoslav Committee for Co-operation with the UN Mission in Kosovo-Metohija, Ambassador Stanimir Vukicevic, handed over to representatives of KFOR and UNMIK a Statement and Memorandum of the Yugoslav government.
On the occasion, Ambassador Vukicevic said that the Yugoslav government had assessed the UN Mission had not performed its tasks and met commitments stemming from SC Resolution 1244 and that it had opted for the termination of their mandate and withdrawal from the southern Serbian province.
An explosion of a land mine planted by Albanian terrorists from Kosovo-Metohija in the village of Konculj, the municipality of Bujanovic, wounded five policemen, one of whom seriously, the Information Service of the Serbian Interior Ministry announced.
The Albanian terrorist attack took place earlier on Thursday when a vehicle of the Serbian Interior Ministry with the policemen in the line of duty, came across a land mine. The heavily wounded policeman was immediately transferred to the Military-Medical Academy in Belgrade, while others were tended to in the Health Care Center in Vranje. In the immediate vicinity of the blast scene, three more unexploded mines of foreign make belonging to the ordnance of the Albanian Army were discovered. Over the last few days, Albanian terrorists of Kosmet have carried out several attacks with mortars and firearms against police members in Konculj, in the ground security zone. The Interior Ministry lodged a sharp protest with the command of the international security forces against their tolerant attitude towards Kosmet Albanian terrorist activities, a statement said.
Earlier on Thursday, UNMIK police raided the Simonida hospital in Gracanica and arrested a heavily injured Serb, Nebojsa Stojanovic.
As they broke down the door and forced the medical staff to lie on the floor, the police took Stojanovic in an unknown direction. Stojanovic sustained a shoulder injury when the escort of British General Richard Shiref fired at him in Gracanica two days ago.
Albanian terrorists in Pec have beaten up a Russian soldier serving with KFOR in Kosmet, the spokesman for KFOR, Major Scott Slaten, said in Pristina.
The incident took place when the Russian soldier, whose name was not announced, stayed behind a group of KFOR Russian troops as they were passing through Pec. A group of some six Albanians then began to beat him until he fainted, Major Slaten said. The Russian soldier was then transferred to the Italian military hospital in Pec where he was offered medical aid.
In Pristina on Wednesday evening, Albanian terrorists killed with fire arms Dzevat Makovi, the chief body-guard of the leader of the Democratic Alliance of Kosmet, Ibrahim Rugova, Tanjug reports.
In Pec on Wednesday, Muharem Jakupi was killed and his son Mithad seriously injured. Two days ago, the Dragidela family in the village of Zajnji near Klina was attacked on which occasion Hadjija Dragidela was heavily injured. The latest Albanian terrorist attacks on their compatriots confirmed their intention to deal with all those who are not loyal to their criminal objectives, along with the non-Albanian population.
A directorate of the Alliance for Peace, including three Kosmet Albanian parties - the Democratic Reform Party of Albanians, the Kosovo Democratic Initiative and the National Party of Kosovo was set up in Pristina on Thursday.
At an inaugural session, it was agreed that the Kosmet Albanian parties be engaged in the creation of a multi-ethnic Kosmet and in the fight against Albanian terrorism. The leader of the Democratic Reform Party of Albanians, Sokol Chuse, was elected director while Cherim Ismaili was appointed secretary general. The united activity of the Kosmet Albanian parties, willing to live and work in a multi-ethnic Kosmet, represents the only possible form of co-existence in the region of the southern Serbian province, it was said at the meeting.
Russia supports FR Yugoslavia's request that the necessary measures be taken to normalize the situation in Kosovo-Metohija and consistently implement SC Resolution 1244, it was said in talks between Yugoslav Telecommunications Minister Ivan Markovic, and Russian Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatics Vyecheslav Polyakov.
Polyakov pointed to the Russian Federation's full support for the policy of the Yugoslav leadership and efforts invested by state organs into the defense of Yugoslavia's sovereignty and territorial integrity from pressures exerted by NATO Member States and the US administration. He said that Russia was prepared to take part in the realization of new concrete projects in the sphere of telecommunications and postal system. They should be based on an inter-state agreement on co-operation in this sphere between the Russian Federation and FR Yugoslavia, whose text has already been outlined.
In the aggression against FR Yugoslavia, NATO used fascist ideology and methods, the deputy chairman of the Commission for Foreign Affairs and Links with the Union of Independent States of the House of Representatives of the Byelorussian National Assembly, Sergei Kostian, said.
At a joint session of the European, Slavic and US Social Tribunal in Berlin devoted to an investigation into the US and NATO crimes committed in the course of the bombing of Yugoslavia, Kostian underlined that the aggression against Yugoslavia continued. 350 thousand non-Albanians have been expelled from Kosovo-Metohija since the deployment of the UN peace force, Kostian said. He called on the Social Tribunal to forward a request to the world community to disband Nato, pull out KFOR and UNMIK from Kosmet and demilitarize the province under the control of the Yugoslav leadership.
The results of the Amnesty International's analyses confirm that in the course of the aggression against FR Yugoslavia, Nato trampled on the fundamental principles of human rights and killed hundreds of Yugoslav civilians, the leader of the Italian section of the Amnesty International, Daniel Scaglione, said.
In an open letter published by the Manifesto daily, Scaglione recalls that the US has not signed the first additional protocol of the Geneva Convention of 1949 which prescribes the norms of behaviour in a war. Denying assertions by Nato spokesmen that they had honoured wartime laws, Scaglione underlined that NATO had never explained which provisions of international law it quoted in an attempt to justify the aggression against Yugoslavia.
GENERAL OJDANIC'S INTERVIEW TO TANJUG
The aggression against Yugoslavia resumes witn other means and methods aimed at fulfilling US interests not only in the Balkans, but in the entire world as well, Yugoslav Defence Minister, Army General Dragoljub Ojdanic told Tanjug. We carry excerpts from his interview.
The US does not acknowledge the sovereignty of nations and states and endeavours to topple the governments of certain countries, Ojdanic said. The majority of countries that are faced with this danger, particularly following the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia, regards the creation of a multi-polar world as the best solution. Taking into account the presence of NATO military forces, US goals and the UN's sidelined role, the countries which represent an obstruction to US and NATO goals are threatened with war. In such conditions, the security of FR Yugoslavia is still jeopardized, Ojdanic said. NATO is waging three parallel wars against Yugoslavia, the aims of which are: to secede Kosmet from Yugoslavia and create a Greater Albania, to fragment Yugoslavia, as its order represents an obstruction to the implementation of a plan on the complete subjugation of the Balkans and the war against Serbia, which opposes US global domination. Ojdanic stressed that it was possible to reach a solution to the crisis through the revival of cooperation between part of the international community and Yugoslavia and through the return of Yugoslav armed and security forces to Kosovo-Metohija. KFOR and UNMIK still do not implement UN Resolution 1244. They have not yet disarmed the KLA and do not protect Serbs and other non-Albanians. In their very presence, Albanian separatists perpetrate terrorist acts against non-Albanians and the Albanians who are loyal Yugoslav citizens, Ojdanic said. Murders and assassinations carried out on Yugoslav territory in recent months are an example of classic terrorism exerted under the auspices of the US intelligence service. The goal of terrorism is to render the citizens insecure and distrustful of the legally elected government. Like other countries, Yugoslavia will battle against terrorism with all means available, Ojdanic emphasized.
Yugoslavia demonstrated its strength in the defence against NATO's aggression. The Yugoslav Army demonstrated a high level of military expertise and stressed that the Yugoslav Army's warfare experience acquired in the defence of the country was already being used in military schools and academies. The world is immensely interested in the Yugoslav Army's doctrine, as Yugoslavia is a model of resistance to a technically and numerically superior opponent. Following NATO's aggression, the Yugoslav Army made a remarkable contribution to the reconstruction of the country, as the restoration process has a moral significance for the entire nation, Yugoslav Defence Minister, Army General Dragoljub Ojdanic concluded.
REVIEW OF POLITICAL PARTY ACTIVITIES
Today's RY's Review of Political Party Activities is prepared by Mirjana Otasevic.
Relying on its own resources in the defense and reconstruction of the country, Yugoslavia set an example that might and power depend on the people's morale and strength, and not on the power of weapons, the Secretary of the Yugoslav Left's Directorate, Ivan Markovic, said at an expanded session of the Yugoslav Left's District Committee for the Raska district. Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic led the people in the country's defense, and now he is leading it in reconstruction, Markovic added. The people in Novi Sad, Vrbas, Valjevo and all Yugoslav towns unanimously said that Slobodan Milosevic was a hero, Markovic said and called on the authorized state bodies to respect the people's will and decorate President Milosevic with the National Hero medal. Commenting on Yugoslavia' development, Markovic pointed to three directions, namely an increase in production, employment and salaries and promotion of all social activities, social security and care of pensioners, children and the youth. One of the objectives is also the social security and safety of the citizens, Markovic underlined. He gave credit to the Serbian Interior Ministry and the Yugoslav Army for the results achieved not only in defense, but also now that Yugoslavia was facing the most brutal form of attacks - terrorism.
Marking the anniversary of the cessation of NATO's aggression against Yugoslavia, Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic, who is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of Serbia's Main Committee, told a press conference that new facts about the crime committed against the Yugoslav people were coming into the open, stated by numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations. All of them agree that the aggression was illegitimate and that the victims of this aggression are the victims of a crime, Sainovic said. The federal government submitted a memorandum to the UN Security Council, pointing to the deliberate violation of Resolution 1244 on Kosmet, enormous human sufferings and the irresponsibility of KFOR and UNMIK, and seeking that Kouchner and the structures he represented be pulled out of the southern Serbian province, Sainovic stressed. He said he was convinced that, at the upcoming session, the Security Council members would reach decisions under the influence of big powers, but that the concurrence of Yugoslavia' stands with those of Russia and China should lead to more just decisions of the Security Council.
A victory of the coalition Yugoslavia at the local elections in Podgorica and Herceg Novi will represent a political turning-point in Montenegro, and demonstrate to the entire world that the people's orientation was exceedingly patriotic and that the whole of Montenegro was in favour of the preservation of FR Yugoslavia, the leader of the Serbian Radical Party, Vojislav Seselj, said. The Serbian Radical Party is ready for all upcoming electoral competitions, we believe in the patriotism of the Yugoslav citizens and we are convinced that the electoral will would show our western enemies that they could not break up and destroy the commonwealth of Serbia and Montengro, Seselj concluded.
A promotion rally of the coalition Yugoslavia pending the elections was held before a crowd of several tens of thousands in the capital of Monetenegro, Podgorica. The rally was addressed by the leader of the Socialist People's Party of Montenegro, Momir Bulatovic, who stressed that Montenegro had strong historic, spiritual, economic and other reasons to live in a joint state with Serbia. The greatest national interests of Montenegro is equality and harmony with Serbia within FR Yugoslavia, Bulatovic concluded.
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