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Yugoslav Daily Survey, 98-05-29
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Yugoslav Daily Survey
 GUINEAN AMBASSADOR PAYS A FAREWELL VISIT TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
President of the Federal Constitutional Court Milomir Jakovljevic on Thursday received, in a farewell visit, the Guinean Ambassador to the FR of Yugoslavia Alexandre Cece Loua. The officials discussed establishing cooperation between constitutional courts in the two countries, and the contribution of Ambassador Cece Loua toward that end, said a statement issued by the Federal Constitutional Court.
 CHINESE DELEGATION VISITS BELGRADE FREE ZONE
A Chinese delegation from the Shanghai Free Trade Zone Waigaoiao, headed by Chen Lipin, arrived on Thursday for a visit to the Holding Company Belgrade Free Zone. During its stay in Belgrade the Chinese delegation will sign an agreement on business cooperation with the Belgrade Free Zone, it was stated Thursday by the Belgrade Free Zone. Partners will also discuss future cooperation, exchange of experience and concrete possibilities of cooperation of Yugoslav and Chinese free zones and of firms doing business in them. The guests from Shangai, according to the program of the visit, will be received by Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Sainovic, and the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, Momir Pavlicevic. The agreement on business cooperation of the two free zones will, according to the statement, be signed on Friday in the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia.
 STATISTICS ON TERRORIST ACTIONS IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
A total of 356 terrorist assaults were perpetrated between January 1 and May 27 this year in Serbia's southern province of Kosovo and Metohija according to unofficial figures available to the Pristina-based Media Centre.
The principal targets of attacks by ethnic Albanian terrorists were civilians, police officers and police premises. A total of 14 police officers were killed and 51 were wounded in the attacks. Four police officers were kidnapped and their fate remains unknown. The highest death toll of police officers was in the Glogovac, Decani and Srbica areas, and woundings were the most frequent in Djakovica and Decani areas. As regards civilians, 25 were killed in terrorist assaults altogether, four of them Serbs and the rest ethnic Albanians, and 39 civilians were wounded, 15 ethnic Albanians and 24 Serbs. Fourteen citizens, all Serbs, were kidnapped. Three have been released and the fate of the others remains unknown. The highest death toll and number of kidnapping among civilians was registered in the Klina and Glogovac municipalities. The highest number of wounded civilians was registered in the Klina, Decani and Srbica areas.
These figures concern only the known casualties of the attacks perpetrated by terrorists of the self-styled "Kosovo liberation army".
According to figures provided by the Pristina-based Committee for the protection of human rights and freedoms and published by Albanian-language daily Bujku on May 27, a total of 209 ethnic Albanians have been killed since the beginning of the year. The Committee claims they were killed in Serbian police and army actions.
The highest death toll among ethnic Albanians was registered in the Srbica area and the villages of Prekaze and Lausa, according to figures and names published by Bujku.
 BELGRADE AND TUZLA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ON PROMOTION OF COOPERATION
Presidents of the Belgrade and Tuzla Chambers of Commerce, Branislav Vujinovic and Ismir Ismirovic, told Tanjug at the end of a two-day visit of businessmen from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Belgrade that they expected speedy and concrete agreements on strengthening economic cooperation between companies. Vujinovic said that the value of this year's Yugoslav- Bosnia-Herzegovina trade might amount to between 800 million and one billion dollars. In addition to the importance of trade with the Republika Srpska, the economy of the Muslim-Croat Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina is expected to take a greater part in these deals, especially the economy of the Tuzla canton, a major industrial and consumer centre with 700,000 inhabitants, Vujinovic said. Economic restoration is about to take place in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ismirovic said. The international community has announced a 5,100,000,000-dollar investment in the reconstruction of the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Belgrade, Serbian and Yugoslav economies are expected to take an important part in these deals, Ismirovic said.
 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "CUSTOMS AGAINST DRUGS"
A two-day International Conference "Customs against Drugs" opened in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday. The conference is attended by representatives of nine countries, including the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The head of the Yugoslav delegation, Federal Customs Administration Director Mihalj Kertes, said in his address that Yugoslav customs and police have achieved great successes in this field although no foreign aid was received. "This specially refers to the period between 1992 and 1995 when we were totally left to our own resources. After this period, partial relations were established with Interpol and the customs of other European countries. If this cooperation were to return to previous levels, Yugoslav successes in preventing drug trafficking would be the greater," Kertes said.
He recalled that the ancient Balkan drug route leads from Turkey, via Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Hungary, towards western Europe, the United States and Canada. Kertes said that the biggest quantities of narcotics were seized at the Gradina border crossing, on the Yugoslav-Bulgarian border. According to him, 1996 was a record-breaking year when 190 kilograms of heroine were uncovered in a Slovenian truck carrying vegetables, while a Bulgarian trucker tried to smuggle as much as 373 kg of this drug. Recently, another "drug route" was uncovered leading from Albania towards Yugoslavia, mainly via the Skadar Lake, Kertes said. The conference, attended also by customs officials from France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia, ends on Friday.
 SERBIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER RECEIVES OSCE DELEGATION
Serbian Parliament Speaker Dragan Tomic received a delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, headed by OSCE Assembly President Javier Ruperez, the Serbian Parliament said in a statement. Tomic informed Ruperez, who also heads the Spanish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, and the other delegation members about the current political situation in Yugoslavia, especially Serbia, and leadership's activities aimed at overcoming and resolving problems in Kosovo and Metohija. Within the cooperation realised by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with the OSCE, the Republic of Serbia in 1997 had intensive and useful contacts with OSCE representatives and today's visit by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly is a chance to upgrade them. Yugoslavia, as a sovereign European country and OSCE's founder, has the full right to demand its return in the organisation it founded, the statement said and added that the decision on its suspension was untenable and unjust since as an active participant in the Dayton Peace Accords and the Paris document, it had given an immeasurable contribution to its implementation. Yugoslavia's return to the OSCE would have a further influence on the easing of political tension in this part of Europe. Yugoslavia is ready for a full normalisation of relations and equal cooperation with the OSCE with a previous mutual and clear defining of an agreement on mandate. Within its visit to Yugoslavia, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly delegation will visit Kosovo and Metohija, where it will meet with key Serbian officials, the statement said.
 MAJOR WORLD BANK TO INVEST IN SERBIA'S NIS OIL COMPANY
The Serbian oil industry company NIS and one of the world's biggest investment banks the Hongkong-Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) signed a contract on cooperation in financing a speedier transformation of NIS at the HSBC's London seat on Thursday. According to a statement released by the Novi Sad-based NIS main office, HSBC's funds will also secure a capitalization of some branches of the company. On behalf of NIS, the contract was signed by Director-General Milan Djakovic and Chairman of the Board Zivko Sokolovacki. The top company executives said that cooperation with the one of the world's most renown banks confirmed foreign partners' growing interest in investing into the Serbian and Yugoslav economy.
 REPRESENTATIVES OF YUGOSLAV AND BOSNIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE DISCUSS PROMOTION OF COOPERATION
President of the Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce Mihajlo Milojevic received on Thursday delegations of the chambers of commerce of Belgrade and Tuzla. Yugoslavia is interested in economic cooperation with Tuzla as well as with the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina, said Milojevic. He invited, via the Tuzlan delegation, the President of the Bosnian Federation Chamber of Commerce to visit Yugoslavia for talks on promoting economic cooperation. President of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Branislav Vujinovic and his Tuzlan counterpart Imsir Imsirovic positively assessed the two-day talks, and agreed that conditions existed for enhancing cooperation between the two industrial centres. Imsirovic invited the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce to visit Tuzla. The visit could take place in July, said Imsirovic.
 TERRORISTS ATTACK POLICE UNITS AND A POLICE STATION
Terrorists attacked police units escorting a convoy delivering supplies to Decani on Friday at around 0500 hrs (local time), Media Centre in Pristina reports. The attack was carried out on the road between the villages of Ljubenic and Streoci. The gun fire came from several directions, and a number of houses near the road. The terrorists used automatic rifles, snipers and hand grenades. Police returned fire, and the convoy continued on towards Decani. Another attack was carried out on a police station in the village of Celopek. Police returned fire and scattered the terrorists.
 ETHNIC ALBANIAN TERRORISTS ARE SENTENCED
In the District Court in Prizren five ethnic Albanians, who were members of the so-called "National Movement for the Republic of Kosovo", were sentenced to prison terms totalling 23 years. Djimsit Krasnici was sentenced to seven years in prison, Mehmet Menchaj to six years, and Dzevad Berisa and Hajrim Cenkaj to three years and six months each.
Murselj Osmanaj was sentenced to three years in prison. Krasnici and Mencej placed, on March 4, 1997, five kilograms of TNT at the monument to emperor Dusan in central Prizren, and in December the same year and in January 1998 they smuggled from Albania, with the other sentenced, large quantities of arms, bombs, explosive devices and ammunition.
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