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May 29, 1995
. Vreme News Digest Agency No 191
A Weekend in Gracanica

National Marque

by Perica Vucinic

The first document has ten points on abolishing territorial autonomy, defining national minorities under international standards, a census, law on citizenship to reduce the number of émigrés who have been coming to Kosovo since 1941, measures for demographic parity with the Albanians, reorganizing local self-rule, greater financial aid to the province and the forming of a national council. The national council and abolishing of the province are also included in the Declaration.

Other demands include civil (Serb) reconciliation, a referendum on a union of FR Yugoslavia, the Republic of Serb Krajina (RSK) and Bosnian Serb Republic (RS), replacing Serb-Montenegrin duality with a single term and calling the UN to impose international protection on Western Slavonia.

The possible recognition of Bosnia-Herzegovina by the Yugoslav authorities is not considered binding to the Serb people.

The state regionalization concept (Kosta Cavoski and Miodrag Jovicic) was not included on the agenda to bridge disagreement among the Democratic Party (DS) and Serbian Democratic Party (DSS) on one side and the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) which favors a unitary state on the other. Jovicic and Cavoski did not come to Kosovo. A marquee was erected in the monastery grounds because local SPS directors would not allow the meeting into their conference halls and that made the list of participants shorter than planned. The leaders of the DS, DSS and Montenegrin National Party saw the marquee as an improvisation and didn't show up.

There were strong words spoken about Slobodan Milosevic (traitor, Satan, Junta leader) his party and regime and his wife.

"His party" did not approve that meeting in any hall in Pristina and "his regime" was present in the form of few discrete traffic policemen. Regime media condemned the meeting fiercely the next day.

The Serb national gathering ended in the expected way but it isn't clear what the next step is going to be. The organizers, members of the Serb Movement in Kosovo, and guests were not happy that things turned out better on Saturday than it seemed they would on Friday when the gathering lost in value as Djindjic, Kostunica, Kilibarda and RS and RSK representatives canceled.

The greatest success of the meeting was that it was held since they know they want something but aren't sure what, when the regime prevents anything from happening, when Kosovo Serbs, the Belgrade and Podgorica opposition, regimes in Pale and Knin are vary of each other in the belief that they could become instruments for someone else's political goals.

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