FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONABALKANS AFFAIRS
1. Yugoslav Electoral Commission:
Milosevic by Eight Points
2. TiM Poll Shows Kostunica with Bigger Lead
New York 3.
Lord Owen Says Milosevic Should Be Sent to
China as Yugoslav Ambassador
4. Kostunica Only “Transitional” Leader for Western Masters?
U.S. House Approves $500 Million for Serb Opposition
Belgrade 6. Contradicting Western Leaders, International Observers
Say Elections Were “Free and Fair”
Moscow 7. Russian TiM Reader: Belarus Is Strategically
Very Important to Russia
Illinois 8. Illinois TiM Reader: “Keep Up the God’s Work!”
Belgrade 9. Ominous U.S./Croatian/British War Games in the AdriaticSeptember 27, 2000
Moscow 10. Russia Warns NATO against Intervention in YugoslaviaSeptember 27, 2000
Phoenix 11. TiM Poll Shows Readers Believe Kostunica More Than
Nobody Trusts Western LeadersSeptember
Milosevic Will Control the Parliament, Senate
BELGRADE, Sept. 26 - Amid mutual accusations of cheating by both the Yugoslav regime and the Serb opposition candidates, the Yugoslav Electoral Commission has just announced its first results of the Sept. 24 elections. According to this official source, after 5,036,478 votes were counted from 10,153 polling stations, or 64% of the 7.8 million eligible voters, the western-backed Serb opposition candidate, Vojislav Kostunica, is leading Slobodan Milosevic by 48% to 40% in the presidential race.
Which means that if the percentages do not change substantially until all votes are counted the final results released by Thursday night, the second round of presidential elections on Oct. 8 will be required in which just Kostunica and Milosevic will face off.
But regardless of the final outcome of either the first or the second round, if Kostunica emerges as the ultimate winner, he will be a lame president at best. Not only because the West will be pulling his strings, but because Milosevic’s Socialist Party and his coalition partners seem to have secured control of both the Yugoslav Senate and the Parliament.
Here are the detailed results of the presidential elections just released by the Yugoslav Electoral Commission:
- Miroljub Vidojkovic 40,765 or 0.80%
- Vojislav Kostunica 2,428,714 or 48.22 %
- Slobodan Milosevic 2,026,478 or 40.23 %
- Vojislav Mihajlovic 130,598 or 2.59 %
- Tomislav Nikolic 256,876 or 5.10 %
- Invalid ballots 3.03%,
And here are the preliminary results of the Yugoslav parliamentary elections:
PARLIAMENT (138 seats):
- DOS: 59 seats (Kostunica, western-backed opposition)
- SPS-JUL: 44 seats (Milosevic-Markovic’s leftist parties)
- SNP: 28 seats (Bulatovic’s Montenegro party, Milosevic’s coalition partner)
- SRS: 3 seats (Vojislav Seselj’s Radical party)
- SNS: 2 seats
- 2 seats will be shared between the SPO, DZVM or SSJ parties, depending on final results.
SENATE (40 seats):
- DOS: 10 seats
- SPS-JUL: 7 seats
- SNP: 19 seats
- SRS: 2 seats
- SPO: 1 seat
- SNS: 1 seat
Interestingly, such an outcome and a hamstrung presidency was evidently predictable. A.V. a TiM reader from California who requested anonymity, sent us the following prediction on Sep. 23, the day BEFORE the vote was taken:
carefully reading the polling data (the ones bandied about by the War
Party do not take into account Kosovo & Montenegro some 15-25% of the
electorate, plus 30% of voters were undecided as of last Monday), at grave
risk to my future credibility, I've stuck my neck out and arrived at the
40 Yugoslav Senate Seats:
Democrats (ie Opposition)
Social Democrats ( ie Slobo )
Unknown and fringe parties
138 Yugoslav Parliament Seats
Democrats (32% )
Socialists (46% up from some 43% now)
Seselj's Party (10%)
Draskovic's Party (7% down from around 15% now)
unknown and fringe parties (4%)
Djukanovic boycotting the election has totally screwed the opposition.
Fully 1/3 of Milosevic's Parliament seats will come from Montenegro. If
the opposition had made a serious effort in Montenegro things would be
different. There is a very real possibility that the Socialists will be
able to capture a real majority in Parliament. (There is no question that
they will have a strong majority in the Senate).
net result is that even if Kostunica wins the Presidency in the second
round, Yugoslav politics will not fundamentally change. As everyone knows
the Yugoslav President has very limited powers, it is Parliament and the
Prime Minister which call the shots.
this is why the War Party is actively promoting civil war within
Yugoslavia. They realize it is the only way to take over.”
TiM Ed.: The only
thing one can say to the above A.V. prediction is - well done!
The author’s future credibility has been actually enhanced with
it. By the way, by the “War
Party,” A.V. is referring here to the NATO/NWO leaders.
2. TiM Poll
Show Kostunica with Bigger Lead
PHOENIX, Sept. 26 - The TiM’s own poll, which we opened on the Yugoslav election day, gives Vojislav Kostunica a bigger lead over Slobodan Milosevic (53% to 33%). The question that the 320 respondents had answered was:
Who would you like to see win the Yugoslav presidential
Our next poll, which is open now for you to vote, asks the following question:
Given mutual accusations of electoral fraud in Yugoslav
elections, who do you believe?
and his Serb opposition partners
To cast your vote, just go to the TiM web site (http://www.truthinmedia.org) and click on the Yugoslav flag poll in the right-hand frame.
Lord Owen Says Milosevic Should Be Sent to China as Yugoslav Ambassador
Also Implies Bosnian Serb Republic Should Be Merged with Yugoslavia as
Compensation for Serbia’s Loss of Kosovo
NEW YORK, Sep. 26 - Lord David Owen, a former British government official who acted as a mediator during the Bosnian war (remember the Vance-Owen and Owen-Stoltenberg peace plans in 1992-1993?) said in a today’s Wall Street Journal OpEd article, “Yugoslavia After Milosevic,” that “the West should have enough common sense not to push him (Vojislav Kostunica)” on the point of Slobodan Milosevic’s extradition to the Hague War Crimes Tribunal. Owen suggested that, “perhaps the best solution would be for Milosevic to be sent as Ambassador to the Yugoslav Embassy in Beijing.” “China would not object,” he opined.
Owen also said that Gen. Nebojsa Pavkovic, who was also indicted last year by the Hague UN court for war crimes, should be “spared an international trial,” as his or Gen. Ratko Mladic’s extradition would be “deeply unpopular with the army.”
Owen proposed that the Serbs be offered “territorial compensation for the loss of Kosovo.” Which means “looking at the wider Balkans context at the international borders that have not won acceptance,” he said.
In plain English, what Owen seems to be suggesting is that the Bosnian Serb Republic, or a part of it, should be merged with Yugoslavia.
Kostunica Only “Transitional” Leader for Western Masters?
FLORIDA, Sep. 26 - We received the following commentary about the Yugoslav elections from Mladen Vranjican of Florida:
Russia criticizes Washington for meddling in Yugoslavia's internal
affairs, Britain's Robert Cook repeats his "warnings" to
Milosevic not to hold on to power, and NATO armada approaches the Adriatic.
thumbing its nose at Vladimir Putin's Russia as it did to Yeltsin's,
knowing that -- for domestic consumption -- Russia will yell a lot, but
probably won't do anything as NATO swallows the only remaining Russian
strategically important country right in front of their eyes. Russia has
no friends left, other than Belarus which has no strategic importance
whatsoever and cannot block NATO's “Drang
nach Osten,” as Yugoslavia could. This may be the sign of real true
weakness that Russia is, unable to do anything as the wolves slowly
surround the sickly bear.
meantime, Vojislav Kostunica comes out lashing against former Soviet bloc
states which have become vassals to the West and pledges that Yugoslavia
must not become one. He also repeated his criticism of Washinton's
meddling in internal affairs, NATO bombings of Bosnia and Serbia, etc.
fool that man is! Who is listening? Not his coalition partners for sure.
Certainly, Rashka's (Sandzak) Muslims who supported him, couldn't applaud
his criticism of the 1995 NATO bombing of Bosnian Serbs.
predicted, Kostunica has been "upgraded" by the Western sources
from a "moderate nationalist" to an "extreme
nationalist," in PREPARATION for his removal and installation of a
pro-Western quisling government in Belgrade.
Here is a quote from antiwar.com article from this morning:
Kostunica is only good as a transitional, short-term solution", said
an adviser to Alija Izetbegovic, the Muslim chairman of Bosnia's three-man
only reason why the West supports him is becuse he is the only real
opposition to (Yugoslav President Slobodan) Milosevic," adviser Mirza
He is good only as a TRANSITIONAL, short-term solution... In other words,
he is a decoy for naive and stupid Serbs. But not for his alliance
partners. Remember that the DOS is made up of groupings which may not even
be Serbian. Serbia is only 2/3 Serbian by nationality, and -- as was the
case in Montenegro -- an unholy alliance of Serb enemies, a fifth column,
is not interested in saving Serbia for the Serbs.
It looks like Kostunica's coalition slogan "Gotov je" (He’s finished”) soon may befall poor Vojislav as well.”
Mladen Vranjican, Florida
U.S. House Approves $500 Million for Serb Opposition
WASHINGTON, Sep. 25 - For nine years, the Serb democratic opposition received next to nothing by way of financial aid from Washington. Then as we revealed last week, they were funded to the tune of $77 million. Now that figure has jumped up to $500 million, according to a Sep. 25 Reuters report.
In a move meant to put more
pressure on Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic after Western nations
declared him beaten at the polls, the House of Representatives passed a
bill on Monday passed by a
two-thirds majority in a voice vote authorizing $500 million in financial aid for Serbian
opposition groups, the Reuters wire said.
Although the outcome of
Sunday's Yugoslav elections will not be announced until later this week,
the United States, Britain, Germany, France and other members of the
European Union all declared on Monday that Milosevic had lost to main
opposition challenger Vojislav Kostunica.
Contradicting Western Leaders, International Observers Say Elections Were
“Free and Fair”
BELGRADE, Sep. 26 - Contradicting western leaders, a group of 210 international observers from 54 countries has issued a statement in which it says the Yugoslav elections were generally “free and fair.” Here are excerpts from a press release we have just received from Belgrade:
210 international observers from 54 countries who have come to Yugoslavia
to monitor the elections, have among them current and former
parliamentarians, representatives from political parties and
organizations, as well as scholars, journalists and activists. They have
been able to view the electoral activities from rallies to the actual
voting on September 24 and many have taken the opportunity meet with the
leaders of various political parties and the different presidential
observers feel strongly that they have had free, unobstructed access to
the relevant activities, and particularly to the voting at the 24 when
observers visited polling stations in different parts of Yugoslavia,
including Montenegro and Kosovo.
Montenegro, the 20 foreign observers witnessed an overall atmosphere of
intimidation of the voters, originating from the government of Mr. Milo
Djukanovic which is boycotting the elections. Everywhere there were huge
billboards telling people not to vote.
These had the appearances of threats: "Don't vote or
those who did vote, told the observers that they felt voting was risky for
them, and could lead to the loss of jobs and other forms of harassment, as
the polling stations were watched by the police and cameras not belonging
to the media were pointed at the citizens coming to vote.
poll, Serbian refugees from Kosovo told the observers that hundreds of
them had been left off the voters' lists, although they had the necessary
documentation to be able to vote. (This situation was brought to the
attention of the Montenegrin Electoral Commission and a more detailed
report will be forwarded to the Federal Electoral Commission of
observers note that the voting process overall was orderly and smooth
although it involved three separate ballots with multiple choices. The
voting process, in the opinion of many, was equal or superior to the ones
in their own countries.
observers feel strongly that the so-called "international
community" has been abusive of Yugoslavia and democratic principles,
in declaring weeks ahead that the election will be "rigged," and
heaping constant abuse at the authorities in Yugoslavia who are trying to
carry out a complicated, multi-level election in stressful conditions.
This abuse has continued after the election, with leaders of Western
countries declaring only a few hours after the election that Mr. Vojislav
Kostunica had won, as if they would have had privileged access to the
observers leave Yugoslavia with a heightened respect for the integrity of
the political process in the country. From what we have seen and heard, we
believe that the results will truly reflect the will and the wishes of the
people of Yugoslavia.”
Contact: Marjaleena Repo, Toronto & Saskatoon, Canada, e-mail: email@example.com.
Russian TiM Reader: Belarus Is Strategically Very Important to Russia
MOSCOW, Sep. 26 - No sooner did we publish the Item 4 of the subject TiM Bulletin - a Florida TiM reader’s reaction to the Yugoslav elections - we received the following “correction” from a Russian TiM reader, a former officer in the Russian armed forces, who occasionally advises the TiM editor on military matters. Since this reader has requested anonymity in his contributions, we shall identify him only as ”A.M.”:
have read with a great interest your latest TiM GW Bulletin. And I have to
say, although my heart bleeds for Serbia, opinions re: the "strategic
insignificance" of Belarus to Russia, as expressed by your Florida
reader, are nothing short of preposterous. In
this case, let’s roll over the Russians, and make them scapegoats.
for this reader information, according to a Russian Academician Volkov of
the Moscow Institute of Slavic Studies, by 1999 the real output of Belarus
in the real sector of economy (TiM
Ed.: meaning state-owned military-industrial complex inaccessible to the
West for national security reasons), was
approaching 70% of that of Russia.
wish to remind this reader that among the former Soviet Republics, Belarus
was and is the most developed industrial nation, whose core industrial
potential was preserved.
should suffice to mention that Belarus still produces the world class
MiG-31 interceptors, the AD complexes, mobile artillery systems, tanks
etc., apart from the fact that this nation was always an anchor of the
Soviet computer development. The list of that may continue for a long
importantly, unlike Russia, Belarus continues to produce all that even
today, starting from famous tractors and heavy trucks, and finishing with
sophisticated optical-electronic systems. Also, just take a look at newly-created Russo-Byelorussian
mammoth "Defensive Systems. I wonder where those products of this
concern may end up - the Balkans, for example, may seem as a proper
short, Belarus’ entry into a Union with Russia will INCREASE Russia’s
geo-strategic potential by at least a half.
So much for its strategic insignificance.”
Illinois TiM Reader: “Keep Up the God’s Work!”
ILLINOIS, Sep. 24 - We received the following comment from a TiM reader in Illinois:
Bob, I admire your relentless fight for THE TRUTH in the real sense of the
word. Keep doing the God's work. God bless you and your family.
je vecna dok su joj deca verna! (Serbia
is eternal as long as her children are loyal!).”
N.V. Mandich, Ph.D, Illinois
9. Ominous U.S./Croatian/British War Games in the AdriaticSeptember 27, 2000
BELGRADE, Sep. 27 - Hours before a crowd of some
200,000 people in downtown Belgrade celebrated what they thought was
a Serb opposition victory in the September 24 elections, the U.S. and
Croatian forces staged ominous war games in the Adriatic.
Working together side-by-side, U.S.
and Croatian troops launched a joint assault on an Adriatic island on
Tuesday in war games that were supposed to simulate an eventual NATO
assault on Yugoslavia’s Montenegrin coast.
exercises coincided with the western leaders’ warnings to the Yugoslav
president, Slobodan Milosevic, that he may be risking another NATO
intervention unless he agreed to yield power to the Serb opposition
leader, Vojislav Kostunica. Britain’s
foreign secretary, Robin Cook, for example, warned Milosevic against using
force to try to stay in power, saying Western powers had a "very
substantial capacity in the region."
Britain has 15
warships in the Mediterranean operating in two distinct flotillas, manned
by 5,000 sailors, Royal Marines and aircrew, according to the British
Defense Ministry. They include the aircraft carrier Invincible, which
carries Harrier jump-jet fighters, the destroyer HMS Liverpool, helicopter
assault ship HMS Ocean, the amphibious assault ship HMS Fearless and 10
more ships including minesweepers, a tanker, a store ship and
Northumberland, a type-23 frigate, according to a Sep. 26 Reuters’
Bulgaria, which border Yugoslavia to the northeast and east, are also said
to be planning a joint exercise at the Romanian Danube port of Turnu
Magurele on September 28. The drill will include construction of a pontoon
bridge across the Danube, and evacuation of the local population.
maneuvers in Croatian waters include 400 U.S. soldiers and 200 Marines. Croatia is a member of NATO’s “Partnership for Peace”
(read “Drang Nach Osten”) program, and is seeking full membership of
photographer on the helicopter ship USS Austin said the exercise near the
picturesque island of Zirje, just off the Adriatic city of Sibenik, began
with a joint amphibious landing of U.S. marines in speedboats and Croatian
troops in helicopters. The
landing force captured the island, supported by Croatian MiG-21 fighters,
helicopters, a missile boat and two U.S. A-10 planes, known as "tank
Damir Krsticevic, said Croatian troops could also be used in any action
staged by NATO, "if we get approval from the president, parliament
and all relevant institutions."
TiM Ed.: Meaning
the mean Madam Halfbright and her boss.
Now that’s just what the Serb voters needed to hear - that the
western “democracy” may be ushered into Serbia via an invasion staged
not just by American, British and other NATO troops, but also by their
Croatian partners in crime!
The West could not
have supported Milosevic with a more strident message.
It sure sounds as if NATO is itching to continue to kill any other
Serb but Milosevic, whom they need as a perpetual, ever-moving target.
souls of 700,000+ Serbs massacred at the Croatian Nazi-era death camps may
have to rise up and defend Belgrade from the upcoming Coca-Cola and
McDonald’s invasion. For,
hundreds of thousands of Belgrade burgers seem ready to become the “NATO
burgers” - the latest enhancement to McDonald’s fast food menus in the
About which, of
course, neither Kostunica, nor Zoran Djindjic, nor Milo Djukanovic, nor
Vuk Draskovic, told them anything. And
no wonder. Can't you just see a headline, "Serb Opposition
Leader Rises to Power Backed by NATO, Croatian Troops." It will be
interesting to see how Kostunica, a constitutional lawyer, would reconcile
participation of Croatian troops in the “liberation” of Yugoslavia
with his notion of "bringing Serbia into Europe."
Russia Warns NATO against Intervention in YugoslaviaSeptember
MOSCOW, Sep. 27 - Russia
warned Wednesday against any international intervention in Yugoslavia, as
western leaders harshly criticized President Slobodan Milosevic for
clinging to power after an apparent election loss.
observers say Milosevic lost outright to challenger Vojislav Kostunica,
but Milosevic has defied calls to step down. The country's central
elections commission says a run-off is necessary because Kostunica got
just under 50 percent - a result being widely questioned abroad.
Minister Igor Ivanov warned against other countries taking any action.
Russia “stands firmly for the peoples of Yugoslavia to have full freedom
to express their will without internal or external pressure,” Ivanov
“It is important
not to allow destabilization of the situation, which would play into the
hands only of those powers that are not interested in preserving a single
Yugoslavia and restoring its place in the world arena," he said.
opposed the NATO-led bombing campaign against Yugoslavia last year,
and has shown signs of trying to distance itself from Milosevic in recent
months. Ivanov's use of the phrase “express their will” echoed phrases
by foreign leaders who claim Milosevic is thwarting a clear Serb
Minister, Joschka Fischer, said Russia should use its traditional
friendship with Serbia, which along with Montenegro makes up Yugoslavia,
to work for a solution.
TiM Ed.: The
“Russian partners,” coming from the mouth of a “Washington
Big Brother” stooge?
Turkey's Defense Minister, Sabhattin Cakmakoglu, said Wednesday that
“NATO will intervene if there is a crisis'' in Yugoslavia.
TiM Ed.: Way to
encourage the Belgrade McDonald’s burgers!
First by a U.S.-Croatian invasion, and now by a promised return of
the Ottoman Empire to Serbia.
TiM Poll Shows Readers Believe Kostunica More Than MilosevicSeptember
But Nobody Trusts Western Leaders!
PHOENIX, Sep. 28 - The TiM readers evidently think that Vojislav Kostunica’s claims about the Yugoslav election results are more credible than Slobodan Milosevic’s, according to the results of our latest poll.
But perhaps the most emphatic statement that the latest TiM poll has made was that not a single respondent ticked off the box that said they believed the “Western leaders.” Which is more than a bit of a dichotomy, given that they and Kostunica are singing the same tune.
Whatever… Here are the results:
Q: Given mutual accusations of electoral fraud in Yugoslav elections, who do you believe?
Just keep in mind that the results of any on-line poll depend on the integrity of respondents. Which is why we ask you NOT to vote more than once. Let’s leave the cheating to the New World Order pollsters. Thank you.
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