Friday  August 11  , 2000


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The sentence of the UNMIK court in Gnjilane of August 8, acquitting three male members of the Momcilovic family of Gnjilane, of a charge that they committed a murder of an Albanian, is a confirmation that complete lawlessness is rampant in the Kosmet judicial system, Serbian Justice Minister Dragoljub Jankovic said.

If the provisions of Resolution 1244 were respected and implemented in Kosmet, three Serbs would not have been arrested and illegally imprisoned for over a year. If, in accordance with Resolution 1244, Serbian courts and public prosecutors' offices were working and if Yugoslav and Serbian laws were implemented, this trial at an illegitimately founded Kouchner's so-called District court in Gnjilane would not even have taken place, Minister Jankovic underlined.

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Members of the KFOR Norwegian contingent stationed in Kosovo Polje, after a three-hour search, took 7.500 DM and her gold jewellery from the house of Mirka Maksimovic, a Serb.

Prior to this, the Norwegian soldiers surrounded a vehicle with three officials of the Serbian National Assembly inside with several jeeps, took down their personal data and photographed them. Some 200 Serbs rallied in protest against the conduct of Norwegian KFOR troops.

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Subcommittee for Humanitarian Issues of the Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with the UN in Kosovo-Metohija delivered 14 tons of humanitarian relief of the Serbian government to Serbs, Roma and Albanians in Prizren and the near-by village of Musnikovo. Albanian terrorists and KFOR have been keeping 32 Serbs, Roma and Albanians imprisoned in the Prizren Divinity College for over a year.

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The Yugoslav Army's Chief-of-Staff, Colonel-General Nebojsa Pavkovic completed a two-day tour of the commands, units and institutions of the Yugoslav Navy and the Naval Technical and Overhaul Institute SAVA KOVACEVIC in Tivat. General Pavkovic highly assessed the combat readiness of the commands and units of the Yugoslav Navy and determined their tasks in the coming period.

For exceptional results in the execution of their tasks and their contribution to the strengthening of the unity, morale and readiness of their commands and units, general Pavkovic awarded and gave extraordinary promotions to a number of officers, soldiers and civilians serving in the Yugoslav Navy.

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The stand of the Belgian humanitarians from the MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES organization in Kosmet testifies to the fact that there is a growing awareness as to just what kind of a dead end policy is conducted by the UN Mission in Kosmet's leadership, a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

Recalling that the Belgian humanitarians had stated that the responsibility for the terror and violation of rights of the non-Albanian population lies with the UN Mission, which tolerates the activities of Albanian separatists, the Russian Foreign Ministry official emphasized that this represented another argument for postponing elections in the Province.

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An international association fighting against land mines accused the governments of NATO member states that they were variously hindering a detailed investigation into cluster bombs, which continue to claim victims even one year after the bombing campaign against Yugoslavia.

In a report carried by the Portuguese media, it is recalled that cluster bombs were dropped in large numbers on Yugoslav territory, whereby NATO brutally violated norms of the international law and the UN Charter. In the document, it is pointed out that an increasing number of civilians all over Yugoslavia are falling prey to sudden explosions, and the victims are most frequently small children, whose attention is attracted by the appearance of this deadly explosive device. In June alone, over 200 people were killed by mines, 50 among whom were victims of cluster bombs, it is said in the report of the international organization for fighting against land mines.

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At this year's traditional art festival in Edinburgh, Belgrade theatre school will be represented by the BALKAN-NOVI POKRET theatre company with a musical-dramatic piece entitled A DREAM OF THE BALKANS. Its premiere is to be held in Edinburgh from August 14 to 18, and it already had a preview performance in London on Thursday night.

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A CONVERSATION WITH M.VUJOVIC ABOUT KOSMET

 

The Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with the UN mission in Kosovo-Metohija is actively engaged in the implementation of a programme for the return of expellees, particularly in the municipality of Vucitrn. However, they are obstructed by KFOR and UNMIK, which again apply double standards, information secretary of the Provisional Executive Council of Kosovo-Metohija and member of the Information Sub-Committee Milorad Vujovic told Radio Yugoslavia. Sladjana Manojlovic talked to him.

Last week, a Yugoslav Committee delegation delivered construction material for the reconstruction of the devastated Serbian houses in the village of Grace, in the municipality of Vucitrn, when they met with a severe reaction on the part of assistant administrator for Vucitrn Stephanie Lessoto, Vujovic said.

Mrs Lessoto bumped into the room in which committee members talked to the locals of Grace. She inquired who had delivered the material and emphasized with a tone of threat in her voice that all further work would be interrupted if the laws of UNMIK's administration on the gradual repair of houses were not to be obeyed. Actually, she contested the phasic construction and the dynamics of works carried out by the Yugoslav Committee. No such objections were set out when a large number of Albanian houses was repaired. Incidentally, prior to the deployment of UNMIK and KFOR, there were 130 Serbian households in Grace. Following the stationing of peace-keepers, Albanian terrorists banished all the locals and looted and torched their houses. Owing to the efforts of the Committee, the Provisional Executive Council and the Centre for Peace and Tolerance, more than half of the population returned to Grace and the rest, according to Vujovic, are to have returned by the beginning of the school-year, due to which it is necessary to complete the overhaul of all the houses.

Speaking of further activities of the Yugoslav Committee aimed at helping the people of Kosmet, Vujovic emphasized that following the harvest, the renewal of livestock was under way in the sphere of agriculture. The implementation of the construction material delivery programme for the overhaul of houses also began. Repairs are already being made in Gorazdevac and Grace and a housing project with flats for returnees is being completed in Mali Zvecan. Priority roads are being built in regions in which the return of expellees from Kosovo-Metohija was announced. All works are conducted according to the plan, despite obstructions on the part of the so-called peace-keepers and are to have been completed by the end of autumn, information secretary of the Provisional Executive Council and member of the Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with the UN Mission in Kosmet's Information Sub-Committee Milorad Vujovic concluded.

 


 

HEALTH CARE REFORMS

 

Serbia has started reforms in the health care system. More by Olivera Milovanovic.

One of the initial measures taken by the Serbian Health Ministry, is the abolition of fees for certain medical services, which have hitherto been obligatory in the Health Care Centres. In order to improve health care services, new telephone numbers have been introduced at the Ministry, which the citizens are free to dial round-the-clock to report any inconvenience in their medical treatment, as well as any other malpractices within the Health Care System.

The commenced reforms in the Serbian Health Care System include a series of other measures, the most important being the introduction of the family doctor institution. His role is to take a prophylactic family care of those families who opt for such an institution, and to monitor the condition of patients suffering from chronic diseases, thereby securing timely intervention in the event of any possible complications. In such cases where hospital care is needed, the task of the family doctor is to make all the necessary analysis in order to curtail the patientís hospitalization period, thus eliminating recurrent diagnostic procedures in the hospital. Priority for the position of family doctor is given to general practitioners and occupational medicine specialists, but also gynecologists, pediatricians, internal medicine specialists and others. The family doctorís job is to tend to his patients, assisted by the medical staff in the Health Centres. In more serious cases, the patient care is taken over by specific medical branch specialists. The family doctorís goal is to win the confidence of as many patients as possible, their number determining the professional budget at his disposal and also his salary.

Health care based on the family doctor institution will provide for premium health care services, with a rational use of the medical service. This novelty will also contribute to increasing the employment rate and creating jobs for graduate doctors.

 


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