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According to ICTY's Chief Prosecutor

FRY asks for the investigation on the vistims of NATO's strikes

HAG - The FRY State Committee for Collection of Crime Evidences asked Hague's Tribunal to start investigation on civilian victims of NATO's bombardment - Louise Arbour, ICTY's Chief-Prosecutor said on Friday at press conference.

On being asked whether she gathered any information on number of civilian victims of NATO's strikes, especially on victims of the strike on the ethnic Albanian refugees, two days ago, Arbour said that she has information that are available to the public.

Arbour confirmed that FRY's State committee for collection of Crime Evidences asked ICTY to open an investigation on the civilian victims of NATO strikes, and also to rely on the media reports while conducting the investigation.



Montenegro will not be NATO`s base

PODGORICA - Montenegro's president Milo Đukanovic said on Friday in Podgorica that he is very proud that he and his associates by their policy helped Montenegro to have better treatment in terrible NATO operation.

He said that real anti-war and anti-NATO mood of Montenegrin citizens, which united people, should not be politically abused.

"Montenegro will never be a base for eventual deployment of NATO troops. However, if peaceful solution, which would include decision on presence of peace-keeping troops, is reached, Montenegro would give all of its logistic support to deployment of those troops", Đukanovic said.



Clark in Skopje

SKOPJE - NATO`s Supreme Commander, American general Wesley Clark arrived on Friday in Skoplje.

Clark will talk with FYROM state representatives about actual situation in the region and Kosovo crises. Clark should meet with Macedonian president, Kiro Gligorov and Prime Minister Ljupco Georgijevski.



Greek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis proposed

The cease-fire of both sides

ATHENS - For the first time Greek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis, openly condemned "NATO's military intervention" and presented a long action plan for the peace securement which implementation should start next week.

Simitis's plan is based on the acceptation of the assumptions for the cease-fire of both sides that should take place at the same time.

Greek Prime Minister said on Friday that those "assumptions" have been already "set".

As a precondition to the peaceful solution, Simitis said that his plan "includes withdrawal of Yugoslav security forces, the securement of the safe return of refugees to their homes and deployment of international troops"

Simitis said that his government has already proposed the activation of the UN into the peace process and co-operation with Russian Federation in order to get wider international support for the peace implementation"



Director of the Yugoslav direction for the International Navigation

Five hundred civilians have been killed so far

BUDAPEST - Radiša Đorđević, Director of the Yugoslav direction for the international navigation said in Budapest that, according to Yugoslav information, more than five hundred civilians have been killed in NATO's attacks, so far.

Đorđević also warned "bombardment of civilian objects might provoke the ecological catastrophe".



Belgians against the exhibition of Albright's jewellery

OSTENDE - The exhibition of private jewellery of US State Secretary, Madeline Albright that should take place in Belgium city of Ostende, caused a lot of disagreement among the citizens.

Danielle Verleaux, a member of Socialist party, demanded the postponement of the exhibition, calling it inappropriate because of the war in Kosovo.

At the same time, two local associations have scheduled the protest in front of the building where the exhibition will take place.



A Petition Addressed to President Sampaio

LISBON - More than thousand political activists, artists and journalists from Portugal have sent a letter to its president where they ask him to "order a withdrawal of Portuguese soldiers from NATO troops who are participating in the strikes on FRY".

The signatories have reminded Sampaio that he broke the Constitution of Portugal by approving the participation in the action against Yugoslavia, because, as they have written, "Yugoslavia had not endangered sovereignty and territorial integrity of Portugal"



NATO air raids throughout Yugoslavia between Thursday night and Friday morning

Civilians Injured In Pancevo, Subotica, and Vranje

Between late Thursday and early Friday, fascist NATO aircraft raided Serbian and Montenegrin cities and towns of Pancevo, Novi Sad, Smederevo, Kovin, Belgrade, Subotica, Kraljevo, Vranje, Boljevac, Paracin, Zajecar, Podgorica, Danilovgrad...

NATO aircraft bombed late Thursday, between 10.45 and 11.15 p.m., and again early Friday, around 2.30 a.m., the Petrochemistry plant facilities and crude oil storage dump of the Fertilizer factory of Pancevo. The refinery in Novi Sad was also targeted again, as well as military barracks in the city's suburbs of Detelinara.

The bridge over the Danube connecting Smederevo and Kovin suffered considerable damage late Thursday, around 11.00 p.m., so it had to be closed for traffic. For the second night in a row NATO aircraft targeted the hill of Strazevica in Belgrade's suburbs of Rakovica. NATO aircraft also hit and destroyed a TV relay and postal facility on Mt. Cer.

On Thursday night, around 10.00 p.m., missiles also struck Mali Radanovac, a densely populated suburbs of Subotica. Several civilians were injured and many houses were damaged or destroyed in the attack. Early Friday, around 2.10 a.m., the villages of Mrsac, Samaila, Drakcici and Vrdila, to the west of Kraljevo, were targeted. Two civilians were seriously injured during the attack on Vranje and its surroundings around 10.10 a.m. On Friday morning, four missiles hit the area of Boljevac, about 30 kilometers away from Bor. Early Friday, at 2.15 a.m., four missiles struck the area near the refugee camp "July 7th" and Balkan-Tron factory, two kilometers to the north of Paracin.

 

Yugoslav Air Defense Shoots Down a NATO warplane

PODGORICA - An enemy aircraft was hit and shot down on Thursday night during NATO air strikes on targets near Podgorica and Danilovgrad, said a Yugoslav Navy Press Service statement

Three blasts were heard in the area of Pristina around 9.40 a.m. In the second attack, the area to the southeast of Pristina was targeted. Around 10.30, four missiles struck the village of Sofajlija area. The area to the southwest of Pristina was targeted between 0.30 and 1.00 p.m. Air strikes were focused on Slatina airport and the hill of Goles.

Air strikes on Montenegro late Thursday were the fiercest since the beginning of NATO aggression on our country. The surroundings of Podgorica was attacked, namely Golubovci airport and the hills surrounding Tuzi. Glava Zete, the hill of Kurilo and several villages near Danilovgrad were also bombed. Powerful blasts were heard from the hill of Mavrijan above Ulcinj and Sutomore, and near the port city of Bar..



Serbian President Meets Kosovo Ethnic Albanian Leader

Suspension of Aggression as Condition for Political Process

Only Direct Negotiations Lead to Political Settlement

BELGRADE - Serbian President Milan Milutinovic and President of ethnic Albanian Kosovo Democratic Alliance (DSK) Ibrahim Rugova discussed on Friday in Belgrade matters of importance for furthering the political process and search of a solution to the Kosovo-Metohija problem.

They concluded jointly that political settlement had to be based on a principle of full equality of all citizens and national communities. Both parties assessed that a solution acceptable to all citizens of Kosovo-Metohija could be achieved only through a direct dialogue involving all people living in the province, with full participation of representatives of all national communities on an equal footing, a statement issued following the talks says.

Parties to the talks concluded that suspension of NATO bombing was a precondition without which the political process could not be fully implemented because all citizens of Kosovo-Metohija were equally affected by the aggression. Both sides expressed their willingness, even under current conditions, to resume through direct talks an already initiated process of search for a lasting solution to the Kosmet problem. Milutinovic and Rugova agreed, a statement says, that the initiated dialogue pointed to their building mutual confidence as a significant condition for finding a way out of current situation.

Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic also participated in the talks.



Russian state Duma endorses Yugoslavia's bid to join in the Union of Russia and Belarus

Yeltsin's Approval Necessary

MOSCOW - Russian state Duma endorsed on Friday, with 293 "yes" votes to 53 "no", Yugoslav federal Parliament's bid to enter the Union of Russia and Belarus. Only the members of the Yabloko parliamentary club voted against, while one deputy abstained from vote.

A resolution approved by the state Duma contains three recommendations -- the Duma supports the bid of the Yugoslav President and Yugoslav federal parliament to join in the Union of Russia and Belarus; it recommends the Russian President and Government to study international, political, legal, economic and other matters related to Yugoslavia's joining in the Union; and, it orders Russian parliamentarians to initiate and put a debate about this matter on the agenda at the next session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Russia and Belarus.

On behalf of Russia, an agreement on Yugoslavia's joining in the Union needs to be signed by Russian President Boris Yeltsin first and then ratified by the state Duma.



Yugoslav Ambassador to Russia Meets Chernomyrdin

MOSCOW - Yugoslav ambassador to Russia Borislav Milosevic met on Friday in Moscow Russian presidential special envoy in charge of dealing with the Yugoslav crisis Viktor Chernomyrdin.

During the meeting, held at Chernomyrdin's initiative, ambassador Milosevic informed Russian special envoy thoroughly about the situation that emerged due to NATO aggression on Yugoslavia.

Newly appointed Russian presidential envoy has continued his activities aimed at working out Russia's unified position on the solution of the crisis in the Balkans. As part of his efforts, Chernomyrdin talked on Friday for more than two hours with Russian Defense Minister Ygor Sergeyev. He is also expected to meet Russian President Boris Yeltsin later in the day.



Greek Protesters Block 15 French Trucks

ATHENS - In protest of NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia, a group of about 500 Greeks blocked on Friday a 15-truck French convoy as part of NATO force that transported military equipment to Macedonia.

Protesters blocked the road a few kilometers away from the border crossing of Evzoni on the border with Macedonia, forcing the convoy to return to Salonika by breaking a windshield on the first truck in the column, West European news agencies reported.



Terrorist KLA Volunteer Arrested in Italy

BARI - Italian police arrested in the port city of Bari a Kosovo ethnic Albanian who set off from Switzerland to Albania to join the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) as a volunteer, Agence France Press reports.

During a routine check up in the Italian port city of Bari, Italian police found an Italian-made machine gun "Spectrum" with Marjan Marku (32). He was supposed, together with another ethnic Albanian, to embark the ship bounded to the Albanian port city of Duress. Police found several knives with the other ethnic Albanian, but did not detain him.

Marku arrived in Bari from Switzerland by train, together with a group of Kosovo ethnic Albanians. Some of them wore camouflage military uniforms, Italian investigators said.



German writer Martin Walser joins Peter Handke in condemning NATO aggression

Claims About Saving Lives Amount to Cynicism

BONN - German writer Martin Walser condemned criminal NATO aggression on Yugoslavia and particularly the ruthless campaign of lies in the German mass media.

"Media reports of NATO air strikes are worded in such a way to talk a reader or watcher into concluding that those attacks are the right thing to do. An information consumer is not even left with an inch of space to think with his own head," said Walser in an interview with the Mannheim daily "Mannheimer Morgen".

"Claims by NATO leaders that they bomb Serbian towns to "save the lives" of ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo amount to cynicism. They themselves killed 75 ethnic Albanian civilians with their bombs," the newspaper quotes Walser as saying.



Carlos Fuentes Condemns NATO Aggression on Yugoslavia

A Dangerous Precedent

MEXICO CITY - Famous Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes condemned NATO aggression on Yugoslavia. "NATO unilateral action sets a very dangerous precedent," writes Fuentes in the independent daily Reforma.

"Is the drama of the Kurds in Turkey lesser? Of course it is not. But, Turkey is a NATO member and as such it is saved from "original sin"... "Humanitarian concerns" also abound in the sub-Saharan Africa, but their sin is in being far away -- and being African," concludes Carlos Fuentes.



Joseph Farah

The war on your pocketbook

OK America, I give up. Nothing I say about the illegality and immorality of this blitzkrieg against Serbia is going to make any difference to you.

You don't care that the United States has no business in Yugoslavia, no vital interests, no national security concerns.

You don't care that the Balkans have been in turmoil for 600 years and that the civil war raging today has deep cultural and religious roots that we can't begin to understand -- let alone solve.

You don't care that the United States and NATO have no right to bomb sovereign nations just because we think they are being mean.

You don't care that the bombing of Serbia will not achieve even the vague objectives laid out by the Clinton administration.

You don't care that the execution of the war has been counterproductive in every way -- strengthening the leadership the U.S. condemns and victimizing the civilians we sought to protect.

You don't care that we are jeopardizing the lives of your sons and daughters in a pointless exercise of power politics designed to carve out a legacy for a president who was too cowardly or disloyal to serve in the armed forces when he was called.

You don't care that we risk engulfing Europe -- even the entire world -- in a wider conflict as we spark ancient antagonisms and unify enemies against the West.

No, none of that means anything to you. So let me make a much different kind of appeal to you. Let me explain that this war is also costing you money. Let me appeal to your sense of economic self-interest. Let me appeal to your well-developed sense of greed.

You probably thought that this war was a freebie -- that the budget surplus your political leadership has been lying to you about for the last several years -- would cover the costs of whomping the Serbs. Unh-uh. Sorry. There is no budget surplus. So the billions of dollars that this war will ultimately cost the U.S. taxpayers will come from one place and one place only -- the Social Security Trust Fund.

That's right. Bill Clinton, who has made a political career out of pandering to misguided senior citizens willing to place their futures in the hands of a corrupt government, is betraying his core constituency. He's selling out senior citizens and the Democratic Party's cornerstone of economic false promise. He's stealing money set aside for the future of Social Security in favor of bombing the Serbs. He's taking money out of your wallet, food out of your mouth, milk out of your grandchild's bottle.

How do you like that? Does that make you mad? Is that enough to get you out of your easy chair and into the streets?

I've explained it before, but it bears repeating in a new context. More than a year ago, this cyber-paper exposed that sham. The facts are simple. There is no surplus. In fact, the budget is operating in a deficit and has been throughout the Clinton administration. In normal times, you could count on the opposition party to expose such highjinks. But these are not normal times. The Republicans control both houses of Congress. The Democrats control the White House. At some point, the leadership of both parties decided it would be in their best interest to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people, lie to them about a budget surplus and then go about the business of spending freely on their pet projects.

In Clinton's case, he wants to kill people and break things in Yugoslavia. Don't ask me why. That's what he wants to do. Don't ask me what the Republicans have in mind. Perhaps they just don't want to appear unpatriotic or subversive by telling the truth about what's happening in Serbia.

After all, why should we expect any of those Washington politicians to speak the truth about the Balkans? If they lie to you about Social Security and steal your money, why would you expect them to tell you what they are really up to in Yugoslavia?

A daily radio broadcast adaptation of Joseph Farah's commentaries can be heard at http://www.ktkz.com/



Alliance Fears a Spy in its Ranks

(From Ben Macintyre in Washington)

AMERICAN and Nato officials fear that a spy within the alliance may be tipping off Belgrade about when and where to expect airstrikes. On at least three occasions Serb authorities have cleared people from target sites shortly before they were struck, raising suspicions that President Milosevic is receiving advance warning of some Nato attack plans, according to US news reports citing officials in Washington and Brussels.

General Wesley Clark, the Nato Supreme Allied Commander, did not rule out the possibility of espionage at a news briefing yesterday but he said that steps were being taken to stop secret military plans falling into Serb hands. "Nato remains very vigilant in terms of protecting the security of its operations, and we are taking all appropriate measures in that regard," he said.

Last week a Serb military barracks was evacuated when an urgent radio message was received ordering everyone out of the building "minutes" before the target was hit by Nato bombs, the officials told ABC television news.

Similarly, although Nato had given a warning that it might strike official buildings in the centre of Belgrade, the Serbian Interior

Ministry was reportedly "buzzing with activity" on the night of April 1. The following night it was completely deserted when it was struck. While the building was still burning Serb police at the scene told local reporters the ministry had been "evacuated on time".

US officials are also said to be concerned that Serb police "suddenly" sealed off a bridge to traffic immediately before a Nato airstrike.

Any leakage of bombing plans would leave Nato planes vulnerable to the Serbian air defence system since an "ambush" could be laid for the attacking planes. Nato officials are said to have tightened security surrounding operational plans while a hunt begins for the nameless suspected spy, whose nationality is also unknown.

Only the most senior military planners in Nato would have access to the top secret bombing plans. "If there is such a spy, we are talking about a top-level individual," an official in Washington said.




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