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Three Killed, 40 Injured in NATO attack on Belgrade Downtown

BELGRADE - Three people were killed and 40 were injured in attack of NATO aviation on Belgrade downtown on Friday at 2.30. Six out of 11 heavily injured people were taken to the intensive care unit of Belgrade Medical Center.

In the second attack on the building of Yugoslav Army Headquarters in Kneza Miloša street, 15 minutes after the first detonation, a number of rescue workers, policemen, firemen and pedestrians was killed.

Following are the names of people that suffered serious injuries in the attack on the building of Yugoslav Army Headquarters: Ratko Bulatovic, Nebojsa Starcevic (1964), Zoran Bakovic (1972), Igor Guberinic (1962), Vladimir Ristic (1975), Dejan Filipovic (1973), Aleksandar Vulicevic (1975), Vladan Djenadic (1970), Djordje Curic (1972), Zoran Curcic (1975) and Aleksandar Pejcic (1971).

Commander of the Civil Defense Headquarters Dragan Covic (1951), Branislav Stefanovic (1952), Momcilo Pancic (1975), Miroslav Mrdjen (1954), Dejan Radunovic (1961), Nenad Vidovic (1968), Drazenko Srebro (1961), Nikola Krizmaric (1974), Mihajlo Zivkovic (1970), Nebojsa Aleksic (1967), Nenad Vulicevic (1975), Zoran Kicovic, Marko Krizmaric (1974), Goran Bilbija (1968), Borko Rakic (1973), Goran Pavlovic (1963), Slavo Milivojevic (1956), Aleksandar Lazarevic (1962), Igor Marinkovic (1974), Savka Radovic (1950) and Slobodan Marinkovic (1940) were lightly injured.

Sofija Jovanovic (1976) and her mother Zivka Jovanovic (1950) were seriously injured when NATO aviation bombed their family house in the Vardarska Street, in Vračar. Zoran Kuzmanovic (1973) was treated at the orthopedic ambulance.

A part of missile hit Srecko Markovic (1978) and Milan Mihailovic (1963), in NATO attack on Zarkovo.

Another Four Civilians Killed in NATO attack on Kosovo

BELGRADE - Four civilians were killed on Friday, when NATO aviation bombed two villages, 15 kilometers west from Pristina.

Ibrahim Berisa and his two sons were killed during the bombing of the village of Ariljaca. Rahamad Ramazani was killed in NATO attack on the village of Medvedce.

At Least Three Persons Killed in NATO Attack on Bridge on Lim

PODGORICA - At least three persons were killed and six were injured, on Friday, when NATO missiles hit the bridge on river Lim, Montenegrin Television reported.

Civilians Killed in NATO Aggression on Trstenik

TRSTENIK - One woman was killed when NATO destroyed an old bridge in Trstenik with five missiles, on Friday, around 2.15 p.m. Killed woman still is not identified. Seventeen people were injured in that accident. Unfortunately, the list of death persons is not final.

Photographer of "Glas Javnosti" Injured in NATO Attack on VJ Headquarters

BELGRADE - Our colleague, photographer of "Glas Javnosti", Marko Metlas was injured in NATO attack on building of Yugoslav Army (VJ) Headquarters, in Belgrade downtown. As a real professional, Marko went to the scene right after the first detonation. He managed to shoot several photos before another three missiles hit the building.

Marko suffered severe face injuries and head concussion. After receiving medical treatment, our colleague was sent home.


Canada Against Unarmed Peacekeeping Forces

OTAWA - Canada joined USA in refusing Yugoslav authorities proposal for a deployment of unarmed international forces to Kosovo, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien said on Friday.

USA Dismisses Proposal of Yugoslav Authorities

WASHINGTON - USA dismissed on Friday proposal of Yugoslav authorities to permit deployment of unarmed peacekeeping forces to Kosovo, explaining that "it does not fully complies with NATO demands that should be met in order to end air strikes on Yugoslavia".

Milosevic and Chernomirdin Discussed Peaceful Solution for Kosovo crisis

BELGRADE - On the meeting held on Friday in Belgrade, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and special representative of Russian President, Viktor Chernomirdin, talked more than five hours, discussed Kosovo crises and ways for ending NATO aggression on FRY", Serbian Television (RTS) reported.

According to some media reports, Chernomirdin planned to meet Kosovo Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova, too.

Before his arrival in Belgrade, Chernomirdin met in Rome with Romano Prodi, President of European Commission.

Buducnost and Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League

BELGRADE - Basketball club from Podgorica "Buducnost" and "Crvena Zvezda" from Belgrade will participate next year in the European Champions League, Yugoslav Basketball Association decided on Friday.

"Partizan" and "Radnicki" will represent FRY in the "Rajmond Saport" Coup next year, while "Beobanka", FMP, "Beopetrol" and "Spartak" will play in "Radivoje Korac" Coup.

Early on Friday morning, NATO Carried Out Its Heaviest Bombing of Belgrade So Far

Three Persons Killed, 40 Injured

BELGRADE - Early on Friday morning, in its heaviest air raid on the Yugoslav capital Belgrade since NATO aggression against Yugoslavia began, Yugoslav Army General Staff headquarters and Yugoslav federal police building were blasted. NATO missiles also struck Vracar, a densely populated residential area in wider central Belgrade.

Three persons were killed, including a police reservist, Nenad Nikolic, who had guarded the Yugoslav federal Ministry of Interior headquarters, while 40 people were injured during the attack. Yugoslav Army General Staff headquarters was blasted in two rounds. The first attack occurred around 2:30 a.m., followed by another one fifteen minutes later.

Fragments of the building's stone facade were scattered all over the area. Pieces of stone flew all around, reaching even the St. Sava Hospital, more than 100 meters away from the General Staff building.

Due to powerful detonations, nearby Serbian Government headquarters and Yugoslav federal Foreign Ministry building were damaged. Windows on residential buildings in surrounding streets burst into pieces, too.

NATO missiles also rained down on Vracar, a densely populated area in an old part of the city. In Maruliceva Street, two private houses were demolished and two persons were injured. A crater made by a missile in the street is clearly visible, while a popular "Golden Ram" restaurant was completely demolished.

In NATO air strikes between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, Serbian state television and Studio B television relays were also hit.

The Djuric Family House in Vracar Demolished

BELGRADE - In NATO air raid on the central Belgrade residential area Vracar, the Djuric family house in Vardarska Street was completely destroyed. According to eyewitnesses, only thanks to the fact that a bomb landed in a space between two family houses, Djordje, 28, and Dragana Djuric, 26, who were injured and taken to Emergency Medical Center, survived.

The bomb made a two-meter-deep crater between the houses, the asphalt entry was completely demolished, and the only thing that remained of the Djuric family house was a pillar with a street name sign on it.

Due to the powerful detonation, a white "Yugo" passenger car was thrown onto the ruins of the house - a pile of rafters, roof tiles and bricks. The missile exploded near the street water pipe, causing a temporary flood in a part of the Vardarska Street.

Violent Enemy Air Strikes on Cities and Towns Throughout Yugoslavia

Bridges and TV Relay Facilities Blasted

Between late Thursday night and early Friday morning, NATO aviation targeted Belgrade, Novi Sad, Vrsac, Pozarevac, Valjevo, Pristina, Smederevo, Leposavic, Uzice, Raska, Novi Pazar, Cuprija, Ivanjica, Kraljevo and Indjija

More than 20 missiles rained down on targets in the surroundings of the Kosovo capital Pristina between late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Only five minutes after midnight, NATO planes struck by five missiles the Slatina airfield, southwest of Pristina. Half an hour later, in a renewed attack, the Belacevac residential area, southwest of Pristina, was targeted.

On Friday, the Slatina airfield area and Mt. Goles in the Lipljan area, southwest of Pristina, were blasted again. The bridge on the Nis-Prokuplje-Pristina highway, near the village of Podine, was damaged in the attack the night before. The industrial zone in the city of Smederevo was also air raided.

NATO aircraft targeted the wider area of Vrsac. Three missiles struck TV relay facilities on the hill of Vrsacki Breg. Early on Friday morning, around 1:35 a.m., NATO aircraft fired three missiles at the Krusik factory of Valjevo in its sixth raid so far. The village of Krcmar, beneath Mt. Maljen, was struck on Friday, at 1:15 p.m.

NATO planes also targeted Pozarevac. Early on Friday, a missile landed in Vezirovo Brdo, about three kilometers from downtown Cuprija.

Early on Friday morning, at 2:00 a.m., a total of about 20 missiles rained down on the Ponikve airfield area, northwest of Uzice. Later on Friday, at 1:00 p.m., the Uzice area was violently air raided again by NATO criminals. Several missiles were fired at the area of Mt. Zlatibor.

NATO also bombed the Leposavic area on Friday morning. At 8:10 a.m. a missile struck the railroad bridge over the Ibar River in the village of Jerinja. The bridge was blasted again about an hour and a half later, this time by three missiles. NATO planes also bombed the area of Pec, firing missiles at villages of Belo Polje, Svrke and Ljutoglava.

Early on Friday, around 9:00 a.m., NATO aviation hit by three missiles and pulled down another railroad bridge in the village of Rudnica near Raska. Pancicev Vrh, the peak of Mt. Kopaonik, was also bombed.

On Friday, NATO planes fired three missiles at a satellite station in the village of Prilike near Ivanjica. Three missiles struck the village of Prijanovici near Pozega. In several rounds, NATO aircraft fired a dozen missiles at the wider areas of Gnjilane and Vitina. Around 3:00 p.m., six missiles were fired at the bridge near the village of Pasjan.

Early on Friday afternoon, at 0:30 p.m., NATO fired two missiles at the area of Brvenik and Biljanovac, between Kraljevo and Raska. Only a half an hour later, following a detonation that sounded from the direction of a tunnel in the village of Vitanovac, a dense cloud of smoke was noticed.

Road Bridge Over the River Uvac Near Nova Varos Damaged

Belgrade-Bar Highway Severed

NOVA VAROS - Road bridge over the River Uvac, on the Uzice-Nova Varos road section of the Belgrade-Bar highway, about ten kilometers north of the town of Nova Varos, was hit by several missiles and severely damaged early on Friday afternoon, around 0:45 p.m.

Road traffic over the bridge was virtually put to a halt. Thus the main road link between Serbia and Montenegro was severed. Only smaller passenger cars, driving in a less than two meters wide lane, cross the bridge with difficulty, risking to fall down into the River Uvac waters. Dozens of trucks stopped and queued on both riverbanks, unable to cross the bridge.

Bus on the Kraljevo-Godacica Road Line Destroyed in Missile Detonation

Bus Driver and Passengers Seriously Injured

KRALJEVO - Bratislav Radonjic, (1950), a bus driver, and three passengers on the local Kraljevo-Godacica road line, were seriously injured as the bus passed near the site where a NATO missile exploded. According to Kraljevo Medical Center director Miodrag Djurovic, doctors are struggling to save the lives of the injured bus driver and passengers aboard it.

Serbian Government Headquarters Damaged In NATO Attack On Downtown Belgrade

Serbian Government Vice President's Office Destroyed

Two holes on the office ceiling due to detonations

Early on Friday morning, Serbian Government headquarters in No. 11 Nemanjina Street in downtown Belgrade was damaged during NATO air strikes on the Yugoslav capital. The office of the Serbian Government Vice President, Dr Vojislav Seselj, was most severely damaged in the Serbian administration building. The office of the Serbian Radical Party President on the first floor of the building is only 30 meters away from the Yugoslav Army General Staff Headquarters that was directly hit in the attack.

Fortunately, casualties were avoided since no one was in the office at the moment of the attack.

Kommersant Daily Discloses Details of Russian Peace Plan

NATO Willing to Suspend Its Bombing Campaign

MOSCOW - Russia's special Balkan envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin is scheduled to visit Belgrade and bring a "Russian plan to end the war", "details of which are being kept as top secret," writes Moscow Kommersant Daily.

Citing its own sources, the Moscow newspaper discloses the "basics of the plan" under which "Belgrade is obliged to agree to the deployment of an international military force in Kosovo under the U.N. banner, including peacekeepers from Russia, neutral countries, as well as the NATO nations that were not too directly involved in the campaign against Yugoslavia".

Under the "basics of the plan," as soon as "Milosevic sends a clear signal about his willingness to agree to the force deployment, NATO will suspend its bombing campaign, while Belgrade will start a phased withdrawal of its Army units from Kosovo, making way for the international contingent there. After that, negotiations on the status of Kosovo would begin".

According to Kommersant Daily, Russia and the West disagree over the composition of the international force, since NATO insists on its right to play a key role in it. As for other issues, all major disagreements have been resolved and, most importantly, Moscow succeeded in getting NATO's agreement to suspend its bombing campaign, concludes Kommersant Daily, quoting Chernomyrdin as saying: "It is important that Yugoslavia also understands it".

Russian Army General Ivashev Comments on Cohen's Statement

Russia Is Not a Nation to be Threatened

MOSCOW - Russian Defense Ministry top official, General Leonid Ivashev, said on Friday that Russia "is not a country to be threatened" and that it "is militarily strong enough" to protect its interests.

"One should not think that Russia is weak. Its military potential is big enough to enable it to protect its interests alone, including economic ones," Gen. Ivashev said.

U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen warned Russia on Thursday on political and economic consequences of its possible open violation of the EU and NATO-imposed oil embargo against Yugoslavia.


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