- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 16, 2001

Belgrade tells Montenegro to decide
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica and Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic told Montenegro yesterday to make up its mind quickly and either leave the federation or stay in it and play by its rules.
Mr. Kostunica has invited Mr. Djindjic, Montenegrin pro-independence President Milo Djukanovic and Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic to come to Belgrade on Wednesday to discuss the future of Yugoslavia.
If the Belgrade talks fail to produce an agreement on the survival of the federation, Montenegro will have to organize a referendum and accept its outcome, Mr. Kostunica said.

Macedonia approves small NATO Force
SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia, in a significant reversal, has signaled it will accept a small NATO-led security force to solidify a peace accord with ethnic Albanian guerrillas, alliance sources said yesterday.
But Western sponsors remain concerned about the viability of the accord because Macedonia's parliament has not passed the promised constitutional reforms providing more rights to minority Albanians in exchange for the hand over of weapons.
Diplomats said NATO Secretary-General George Robertson was surprised and gratified when government leaders told him on Friday that NATO could stay on after the 4,500-member force ends a mission on Sept. 26 to collect guerrilla weapons.

Ukraine mourns slain reporter
KIEV — Thousands marched through Kiev yesterday in memory of Georgi Gongadze, the journalist whose murder sparked Ukraine's biggest political crisis and soured relations with the West.
Some 3,000 opposition activists joined the peaceful demonstration to mourn Mr. Gongadze, an Internet reporter critical of President Leonid Kuchma.
Mr. Gongadze disappeared a year ago and his headless corpse was discovered in November.
The outcry at Mr. Gongadze's killing spiraled into a political crisis and violent protests this year after an opposition politician published tapes on which a voice resembling Mr. Kuchma's was heard ordering officials to deal with the reporter. Mr. Kuchma says the tapes were bogus.

Indicted Serbian leader reportedly flees Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic — one of the two men most wanted on war-crimes charges by the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) — is not in hiding in Montenegro, the republic's president said yesterday.
Interviewed by the Bosnian daily Dnevni Avaz, President Milo Djukanovic said: "I am familiar with this speculation, but it is just a lie.
The security forces in Montenegro are capable enough to prevent people less known than Karadzic from entering the country without being noticed."
Mr. Karadzic and former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, both of whom top the ICTY's wanted list, are accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict.

Ugandan troops deployed to halt clashes
KAMPALA, Uganda — The Ugandan army said yesterday that it had deployed troops in northeastern Uganda to counter ethnic clashes over cattle rustling which have left 27 persons, including three policemen, dead and seven wounded.
Army spokesman Lt. Col. Phinehas Katirima said the army was pursuing the Karamojong warriors, who attacked a displaced people's camp at Ngariam in Katakwi and killed 15 peasants and three police constables, before making off with a herd of cattle and a gun.


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