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Voice of America, 00-02-20

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From: The Voice of America <gopher://gopher.voa.gov>


CONTENTS

  • [01] KOSOVO WEAPONS (S&L) BY TIM BELAY (TIRANA)
  • [02] AUSTRIA DEMONSTRATION(L-ONLY) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)
  • [03] U-N DANUBE (L O) BY LISA SCHLEIN (GENEVA)

  • [01] KOSOVO WEAPONS (S&L) BY TIM BELAY (TIRANA)

    DATE=2/20/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-259371
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: NATO-led troops from many nations are searching for weapons and criminals in the volatile Kosovo city of Mitrovica. Tim Belay reports from neighboring Albania on the progress of the crackdown.

    TEXT: The major operation to seize illegal weapons began in the Serb-dominated part of the town and extended to the mainly ethnic-Albanian areas. The biggest such operation by international peacekeepers since they moved into Kosovo last June is expected to continue for several days. More than two- thousand troops working with police say they recovered automatic rifles and plastic explosives. Troops from France, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, the United States, Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, and Turkey were involved in the arms search.

    // REST OPT FOR LONG //

    Serbs threw stones and snowballs at U-S troops who joined the search in the Serb section of Mitrovica. The soldiers moved to another area to avoid an escalation of the conflict. No one was injured. Mitrovica residents were told through radio messages, loudspeakers, and leaflets that the search was taking place and to not interfere. Recent violence in Mitrovica has presented NATO-led peacekeepers and Kosovo's U-N-led administration with one of the most serious threats to their mission to bring security and democracy to the Yugoslav province. The ethnically divided city has been the scene of several eruptions of violence this month that left at least nine-people dead and more than 20-wounded. Two French soldiers were wounded by snipers last week. (SIGNED)
    NEB/TB/DW/RAE 20-Feb-2000 12:50 PM EDT (20-Feb-2000 1750 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America

    [02] AUSTRIA DEMONSTRATION(L-ONLY) BY STEFAN BOS (BUDAPEST)

    DATE=2/19/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-259356
    CONTENT=
    Voiced at :

    INTRO: More than 200-thousand angry demonstrators from Austria and elsewhere in Europe took to the streets of Vienna Saturday for what has been described as Austria's biggest anti-Government protest since World War Two. Stefan Bos reports from Budapest, the crowd demonstrated against the participation of Joerg Haider's far right Freedom Party in a new coalition government.

    TEXT:

    /// ACT 1---Sound speaker, establish, fade under ///

    At the same Vienna Square where Austrian born Nazi leader Adolf Hitler once addressed enthusiastic masses 62 years ago(1938),opposition speakers and an estimated over 200-thousand people expressed their dismay with Mr. Haider's extreme right wing Freedom Partyu and its inclusion in the new government. Burning candles and carrying banners, Austrians and people from elswhere in Europe, including children and pensioners, shouted slogans against Austria's two- week-old coalition Government between Mr. Haider's Party and the conservative People's Party. Mr. Haider himself does not have any position in the Cabinet. In a radio interview, an angry Mr.Haider described the protestors as, in his words " a bunch of left wingers who were paid by interest groups and the Social Democrats, who lost the Parliamentary October elections." Mr. Haider's party gained 27 percent of the vote and ended 30 years of Social Democrat rule by forming a coalition government with the People's Party. He accused the Social Democrats and other political opponents of using what he called "the violence of the streets" to bring down the Government. But below the balcony where leader Hitler appeared in triumph in 1938 after annexing Austria, protesters, like this woman, made it clear they would not be intimidated by Mr. Haider.

    /// Woman act and English ///

    "I really hope that with international pressure that we will be able to change something. I really believe in that, I do believe in that."

    /// Ened act ///

    Another woman demonstrator agreed :

    /// Womand act in German ///

    "We don't want this Government" she says. They are damaging what we have worked for in Austria." Other protestors said they were deeply concerned about Mr. Haider's comments playing down Nazi crimes and praising the employment policy and other aspects under Hitler's leadership. Critics have also accused Conservative People's Party leader Wolfgang Schuessel of placing his personal ambition to become Chancellor above the good of the nation by forming a Government with Mr. Haider's party. (Signed)
    NEB/PT 19-Feb-2000 19:27 PM EDT (20-Feb-2000 0027 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America

    [03] U-N DANUBE (L O) BY LISA SCHLEIN (GENEVA)

    DATE=2/20/2000
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-259370
    CONTENT=
    VOICED AT:

    INTRO: A U-N team is leaving early this week to assess the effects of cyanide on the Danube River in Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia. Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva the poison continues to spread after spilling late last month from a Romanian gold mine.

    TEXT: Numerous environmental and scientific experts have investigated the poisonous spill and they have returned conflicting reports on just how much damage the cyanide has caused. Spokesman Donato Kinniger of the U-N Department of Humanitarian Affairs says the team of experts is charged with returning a full and objective report on the situation.

    // KINNIGER ACT //

    We plan to have a team of 10 or 12-experts, environmental experts, engineers, and they will work for approximately three-weeks in order to find out what is the damage and make a complete assessment of the situation.

    // END ACT //

    The accidental spill of cyanide from an Australian- owned gold mine in Romania occurred three-weeks ago. As the poison moved down river toward Hungary it killed tons of fish. Some environmental experts reported the river's entire ecological system would likely be destroyed for years to come. Other experts took a more optimistic view and predicted the damage would be only short-term. A U-N environmental task force was in Serbia to assess damage caused by NATO bombing during the Kosovo war when the cyanide spill occurred. It turned its attention to the Danube. The head of the task force, Pekka Haavisto, says the cyanide spill is being diluted quickly, but he says it is hard to define the long-term effects on the river system.

    // HAAVISTO ACT //

    We have not had this type of, this scale of, cyanide accident before. And my first estimation is that it can take years. It can take one, two, three-years at least before the full recovery is there. But, how long, we do not know yet.

    // END ACT //

    Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is calling for an urgent review of environmental and health regulatory standards related to the mining of precious metals in Europe. A W-H-O expert says the accidental cyanide spill is only one of the environmental problems caused by mining operations. He says the W-H-O is also concerned about concentrations of copper and lead being found in European river systems and their possible detrimental impact on human health. (SIGNED)
    NEB/LS/DW/RAE 20-Feb-2000 09:28 AM EDT (20-Feb-2000 1428 UTC)
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    Source: Voice of America
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