- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2001

New Serbian outlook
Mirko Sarovic faced a critical crowd in Washington, but he believes he portrayed a new political face for Bosnias Serbian Republic in meetings at the State Department, think tanks and on Capitol Hill
"This is a new generation of political leadership," Mr. Sarovic, the president of the Serbian half of the country, told Embassy Row.
He knew he had to explain the relationship between his Serb Democratic Party and its founder, Radovan Karadzic, an indicted war criminal.
"It has been four years since the party had anything to do with him," he said. "He is isolated in political terms and preoccupied with how to survive."
Mr. Karadzic is an international fugitive, and Mr. Sarovic said he knows nothing about his whereabouts.
Besides, with thousands of international peacekeepers in Bosnia, Mr. Sarovic is content to let them worry about Mr. Karadzic while he concentrates on the future of his republic.
Mr. Sarovic said he is convinced that Bosnia, comprising the Serbian Republic and the Muslim-Croat Federation, must remain one state. The two political entities were created by the 1995 Dayton accords that ended the Bosnian civil war.
"It is a very dangerous activity to try to change the borders in the Balkans," he said.
Mr. Sarovic said he faced "unpleasant" questions from some of the officials he met last week on his first visit to Washington. He was accompanied by Vice President Dragan Caviz.
"No topic was taboo," he said. "However, we were able to report some significant results on the issues of refugee return and property settlement."
He said tens of thousands of Bosnians and Croats have returned to homes in the Serbian Republic that they fled during the war. He said he knows that more progress is needed.
"We have to work together to complete the refugee return in the Serb Republic and all of Bosnia," he said. "We consider Bosnia our country with a future."

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov, who meets Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and other high-ranking officials on his visit this week.
Arminio Fraga, president of the Central Bank of Brazil, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on economic reform in Brazil.
Mexican Treasury Secretary Francisco Gil Diaz, who discusses Mexicos new economic program with invited guests of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Kemal Dervis, Turkeys minister of state for economic affairs. He holds a 1:30 p.m. news conference at the Turkish Embassy.
Indian Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha, who holds a news conference at 4:45 p.m. at the Indian Embassy.

Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, who addresses the United States Institute of Peace.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi. Mr. Orban meets with President Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney. Mr. Martonyi meets with Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
David Coltart and Paul Themba Nyathi, members of the parliament of Zimbabwe from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. They address the Freedom Forum and the African Correspondents Association.
Iwao Matsuda, Jin Murai and Yasuhisa Shiozaki of Japans Liberal Democratic Party. They join a panel discussion on Japan at the American Enterprise Institute.

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, who meets Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
Greek Finance Minister Yannos Papantoniou, who meets Treasury Secretary Paul ONeill and members of Congress.
Yevhen Marchuk, former prime minister of Ukraine, who appears before a hearing of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 9:30 a.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Vladimir Gusinsky, the controversial Russian media mogul, who holds a 12:30 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.

Slovak Foreign Eduard Kukan, who meets Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rica and members of Congress.

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