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World - Europe

Outspoken Yugoslav deputy premier sacked

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Yugoslav media report Draskovic was fired over his 'attitude toward the dignity of the federal government'

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April 28, 1999
Web posted at: 12:11 p.m. EDT (1611 GMT)

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN) -- Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic was fired Wednesday, three days after he said the Serb leadership should stop lying about the military and humanitarian situation in Yugoslavia.

"My voice of reason has now been put out," Draskovic told CNN's Brent Sadler.

Draskovic told Sadler shortly after his dismissal that he believed he had been speaking for the government of President Slobodan Milosevic when he said it should make a deal to end the NATO bombing.

Yugoslavia must be prepared to "accept a U.N. mission under the flag of U.N. international forces here for establishing and protecting the peace in Kosovo," Draskovic told CNN on Monday.

But the Tanjug news agency said that Yugoslav Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic fired Draskovic because of "public statements which were contrary to the government stands and jeopardizing the respect of the federal government."

NATO began bombing Yugoslavia after Milosevic rejected a peace plan that included international troops in Kosovo.

Draskovic, who headed the opposition Serbian Renewal Movement before joining Milosevic's government, told Sadler he would "continue to fight for the defense of Serbia in any way I can."

But his sacking appeared to bring into question Western hopes for moderation in the Yugoslav government.

Correspondent Brent Sadler contributed to this report.



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RELATED SITES:
Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Relief:
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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