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DOS leader Djindjic: Yugoslavia is to be no more
Below are two texts and some comments. The first text comes from a Montenegrin Website of the Soros "Open Society" type. The second comes from the Beta News Agency.

Comments by Jared Israel, Emperor's Clothes

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"Djindjic said that he explained DOS’s thinking on renewing FRY.'We believe the joint state should not be called Yugoslavia but the “The Union of Serbia and Montenegro'....Responding to the question of whether this is really DOS’s program, given Vojislav Kostunica’s statement on strengthening the joint state, Djindjic said: “We, in the campaign, did not have completely differing views on these issues. I explained these ideas in the joint meetings of the DOS leaders and they were positively accepted both in the coalition and by the Serbian public." (from story posted after comments below)

Comments: It becomes increasingly evident with every passing hour that Mr. Kostunica is not the dominant leader in the Serbian opposition. The key person is Zoran Djindjic. In the text below, Mr. Djindjic is asked if Mr. Kostunica accepts his idea for dissolving Yugoslavia. His response is diplomatic but perfectly clear: Djindjic lays down the law, Kostunica follows. And why not? He is the point man for the US; he is the guy with the $77 million dollar check.

Djindjic seems slated to be Prime Minister. Mr. Dinkic from the US/German- controlled G-17 group of economists is slated to be head of a colonial-style Central Bank.

Djindjic Proposes Abolition of Yugoslavia

When Mr. Djindjic opens his mouth it is Madeline Albright talking.

The consequences of the proposal to abolish Yugoslavia, expressed by Mr. Djindjic in the name of the entire opposition including Mr. Kostunica, are very grave. . The continued existence of Yugoslavia is the critical question in the Balkans. Yugoslavia's existence prevents the consolidation of US/German power in the Balkans and therefore hinders taking aggressive action toward the former Soviet Union.

The act of relinquishing the name "Yugoslavia" would be a sharp blow to the morale of those who are trying to hold back the US/German assault.

Moreover, if Yugoslavia ceased to exist there would be immediate consequences. These would include the loss of all Yugoslav property, currently held by Yugoslavia or frozen by order of the U.S. This amounts to over $20 billion US. It would mean that the agreement by which Kosovo is legally part of Serbia - UN resolution 1244 - would be void because that agreement was signed by the UN and Yugoslavia. It would mean the Yugoslavs would lose all right to speak in the UN - a right the US has suppressed. But up until now the Yugoslavs have had legality on their side. Agreeing that Yugoslavia is no more means relinquishing all claim to legal rights.

Here is the full text of the report on the conversation betyween Zoran Djindjic and Milo Djukanovic.

Djukanovic and Kostunica schedule a meeting on changes in the military leadership [1st news report]

President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic and the new president of FRY Vojislav Kostunica agreed that a meeting of the Supreme defense council should be held soon, where changes in the military leadership could be agreed, it was confirmed by the leader of the Democratic party, Zoran Djindjic. Djindjic said that Kostunica and Djukanovic spoke on the phone and agreed that a meeting of the Supreme council should be held within the next three days. Djukanovic met Djindjic, who was representing the Democratic Opposition of Serbia, last night in Podgorica. Djindjic informed Djukanovic on DOS’s plans to possibly form an expert government with the SNP. This government would spend the first two to three months around issues connected to the removal of international sanctions and for the pledged international financial support for economic recovery to be realized, and therefore this government would not interfere in the authorities of the Republican governments. This government would “be voted in by the representatives of DOS, the Montenegrin SNP, and the occasional patriot from the SPS”, said Djinjic.

The leader of the Democratic party claims that Djukanovic assessed this idea as interesting and “the least bad transitory solution”.

Djindjic said that he explained DOS’s thinking on renewing FRY.“We believe the joint state should not be called Yugoslavia but the “The Union of Serbia and Montenegro”.

This union should have much less joint functions, because at the moment there is a lot of overlap with the republics. The joint functions should be reduced to defense, and if regional stability is enhanced this would assume a small army, then also foreign policy and monetary policy based on a convertible currency. It is also true that the expensive institutions of the parliament and government should be reduced, because we already have this at the level of the independent states. The idea is to decrease the size of the federal functions but significantly improve their efficiency, which would mean reduced costs”, said the leader of the Democratic party.

Responding to the question of whether this is really DOS’s program, given Vojislav Kostunica’s statement on strengthening the joint state, Djindjic said: “We, in the campaign, did not have completely differing views on these issues. I explained these ideas in the joint meetings of the DOS leaders and they were positively accepted both in the coalition and by the Serbian public. I think we should first clarify what strengthening the joint state means. If the state has three functions, which are strong, this is better than if it has 20 which are weak”, explained Djindjic.

Djindjic said the talks between the representatives of DOS and the Montenegrin government about the future relations between Serbia and Montenegro are to start this week.

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[Second article] Federal Relations DPS, NS and DOS talk

10/09/2000 18:18 GMT+1 -- The negotiations between DPS, National Party [NS] and DOS could soon be reassumed in Belgrade, as the Prime Minister of Montenegro and the vice- president of DPS Filip Vujanovic said today. He said for the Free Montenegro radio that the negotiations will be dedicated to the relations between the two federal units in Yugoslavia. Vujanovic announced that a group of experts could be formed on order to bring the agreement of the authorities of Montenegro and Serbian opposition into practice . Vuyjanovic has responded positively to the initiative of Zoran Djindjic to rename FR Yugoslavia into the Union of Serbia and Montenegro . The Prime Minister believes that the two-currency system in Montenegro is in accordance with the interests of the state. He said that the new currency of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro should be convertible and added that "it is certainly not dinar". (Source: Beta News Agency.)

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Footnotes

Several articles on Emperor's Clothes have dealt with the G-17 group of economists, who are clearly slated to dominate the remaking of Yugoslavia. We especially suggest reading:

'The International Monetary Fund And The Yugoslav Elections' at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/1.htm

'Yugoslav Opposition Negotiates Surrender of Yugoslavia at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/11.htm

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