Ivo Skoric on Fri, 16 Jun 2000 08:28:02 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Re: Draskovic shot

Draskovic did choose a bad time to vaccation in Montenegro! Right 
now - when citizens of Montenegro are choosing between 
Yugoslavia and Better Life (the two main political parties in 
Montenegro are, believe it or not, named "For Yugoslavia" and "For 
Better Life"). While the choice would seem pretty obvious to many 
people, citizens of Herceg Novi, for example, chose Yugoslavia. 
Better life (Djukanovic's party) won the capital of Podgorica, where 
about the quarter of Montenegro lives. In the greater scheme of 
things, given that the 'international community' does not appear to 
be endorsing Montenegrin quest for independence, Djukanovic 
should be seen primarily as another opposition leader in 
Yugoslavia, a serious opponent that marshalls economic resources 
and controls armed men, but not exactly with enough power to 
oppose Milosevic alone as a separatist, as Tudjman and 
Izetbegovic could. Was this early vaccation a sort of business-
pleasure trip by Draskovic? Did he seek to join Djukanovic to wider 
Serbian anti-Milosevic front? Or was he after the Djukanovic's 
territory? One would actually not no, with Draskovic who changed 
benefactors so often. But it would definitely bring some justification 
to strifing his second home with a burst of machine-gun fire.

Thursday, 15 June, 2000, 23:50 GMT 00:50 UK
Leading Serbian figure shot

The Serbian opposition politician, Vuk Draskovic, has been shot
and wounded during a visit to Montenegro. It happened in the
coastal town of Budva. Several shots were fired at Mr Draskovic
through the window of an apartment where he was staying. His staff
say one bullet grazed his head and another hit his ear. He's been
taken to hospital but is not thought to be seriously hurt.
Montenegrin police say they're treating it as an attempted
assassination. Mr Draskovic is the leader of the Serbian Renewal
Movement and one of the most prominent figures in opposition to
the Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic.

>From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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