News Currents

By Mutch, David | The Christian Science Monitor, September 9, 1991 | Go to article overview

News Currents


Mutch, David, The Christian Science Monitor


EUROPE

In Yugoslavia, President Stipe Mesic tried again yesterday to get federal Army units fighting in Croatia to return to barracks. He said if they did not, he would accuse the Serbian-dominated Army authorities of acting extraconstitutionally. Mesic, a Croat, heads Yugoslavia's collective presidency, which is split on the question of support for either Serbia or Croatia. Fighting in Croatia continued over the weekend. Almost 400 people have been killed since the northern republics of Croatia and Slovenia moved to secede from the federation. A conference convened by the European Community to bring peace to Yugoslavia got off to an acrimonious start in The Hague over the weekend, leaving diplomats warning of dire consequences unless ethnic fighting stopped. Meanwhile, the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia was expected to vote in a referendum yesterday to become an independent state, pushing the Balkan federation closer to collapse.... Russian leader Boris Yeltsin spoke enthusiastically of his new relationship with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he has often criticized, and only two weeks ago publicly humbled during the short-lived coup. "His position today practically coincides with mine," Yeltsin told a panel of foreign television interviewers.... The Kremlin's Palace of Congresses, which once resounded to the Communist "Internationale," was filled Saturday night with the sound of American gospel songs by the Holy Smoke Band and other evangelistic music groups. …

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