War crime allegation 'pure malice'

June 7, 2000

(BBC) - When the Hague tribunal, unrecognized by international law, passes unilateral and one-sided judgments it is understandable, but unacceptable. However, when a supporter, or even worse an advocator of views by this despicable institution comes from among our own people, we are left not only with a feeling of pity for this embodiment of moral filth, but also with one of unspeakable bitterness.

This is all the more difficult as the person in question is Montenegrin Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic, who stated publicly in a program broadcast by Podgorica-based Montena television that Col-Gen Nebojsa Pavkovic, chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, was on the Hague tribunal's list of suspects.

Considering that an official of a Montenegrin party called on Vujanovic "to explain publicly his statement given to Podgorica's Montena television", which he failed to do, we can say with certainty that the said statement was made out of pure malice, completely unprovoked by anyone in the Yugoslav Army. At the same time, there is no doubt that it was made deliberately, because only individuals loyal to foreign services have access to classified documents.

Namely, the attempts by certain high-ranking officials of the Republic of Montenegro to depict the Yugoslav Army as an institution that reportedly violates the FRY Constitution and is reportedly against Montenegro obviously failed to produce the expected results. The Yugoslav Army has demonstrated repeatedly that it is truly a people's army, and it will remain so in the future as well. It also demonstrated its benign intentions over the past days, when it cancelled manoeuvres by the 2nd Army, which had been planned for a year, to enable elections in Montenegro to be carried out under favorable conditions.

This decision was made personally by the chief of the Yugoslav Army's General Staff...

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