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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 3, No. 132, Part II, 9 July 1999
________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 3, No. 132, Part II, 9 July 1999 A daily report of developments in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia prepared by the staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. This is Part II, a compilation of news concerning Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. Part I covers Russia, Transcaucasia and Central Asia and is distributed simultaneously as a second document. Back issues of RFE/RL NewsLine and the OMRI Daily Digest are online at RFE/RL's Web site: http://www.rferl.org/newsline xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Headlines, Part II * LATVIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES LANGUAGE BILL * MILOSEVIC BACKERS GET AGGRESSIVE * ARSONISTS TORCH HOUSES IN PRIZREN END NOTE: 'SVEJKISM' AND THE CZECH ACCESSION TO THE EU xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE SCHROEDER IN UKRAINE TO DISCUSS NON-NUCLEAR REPLACEMENT FOR CHORNOBYL. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrived in Kyiv on 8 July to discuss the closure of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant with Ukrainian officials. Schroeder will try to persuade Ukraine to build or modernize conventional gas or coal-fueled power plants as replacements for the Chornobyl plant. For its part, Ukraine would prefer to finish the construction of two nuclear reactors in Rivne and Khmelnytskyy, which are about 85 percent complete. The former German government and the G-7 pledged financial assistance for the completion of those reactors. JM U.S. DOUBTFUL ABOUT BELARUSIAN UNION VOTE. U.S. State Department spokesman James Foley on 8 July said he would doubt the validity of any vote in Belarus on a union with Russia. "In the absence of the full restoration of democratic government in Belarus, it's hard to imagine that any popular approval process on [such a] union in Belarus would be truly democratic and representative of the will of the people," Reuters quoted him as saying. Foley said the U.S. supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. He added that their sovereignty contributes to the stability of the region. "At the same time we do not oppose integration as such among the new independent states as long as such integration reflects the voluntary will of the people expressed through a democratic process," Foley noted. JM NEW LATVIAN PRESIDENT INAUGURATED. Vaira Vike-Freiberga on 8 July took the oath of office as Latvia's new president, BNS reported. Vike-Freiberga was elected to a four-year term by parliament on 17 June (see "End Note," "RFE/RL Newsline," 30 June 1999). In her inaugural address, she stressed the responsibilities of Latvia's leaders. "We will be the ones creating Latvia's history and determining what it will look like in the eyes of the next generations," she said. She also stressed the need for self-confidence in Latvia, saying "let us not allow anyone to persuade us that we cannot overcome our problems." MH LATVIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES LANGUAGE BILL. The Latvian parliament on 8 July passed a controversial language bill by a vote of 73-16. The OSCE and EU have criticized the bill for its language regulations concerning the private sector and public gatherings (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 7 July 1999). The People's Party, For Fatherland and Freedom, Latvia's Way, and the Social Democratic Workers Party all supported the bill, Reuters reported. People's Party leader Andris Skele told BNS that the cooperation between the four parties on the bill could foreshadow the formation of a new government. Prime Minister Vilis Kristopans resigned on 5 July (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 7 July 1999). Meanwhile, the left- wing For Equal Rights in a United Latvia has asked President Vike-Freiberga not to sign the bill into law. MH POLISH INTERIOR MINISTER DELIVERS GLOOMY REPORT ON CRIME. Janusz Tomaszewski told parliament on 8 July that more than 1 million crimes were committed in Poland last year, which represents an 8 percent increase over the figure for 1997. Thefts and crimes involving firearms increased by 30 percent. Tomaszewski said the main reasons behind the growing rate are low living standards and unemployment. He said the larger cities, especially Warsaw, have the worst problems with crime. The minister added that police solved only 49.2 percent of last year's crimes. JM CZECH GOVERNMENT HALTS CHURCH PROPERTY RESTITUTION. The government on 8 July decided to put an end to the restitution of church property by executive decree, saying that a special law is required for such restitution, CTK and AP reported. Czech Bishops' Conference spokesman Daniel Herman said the cabinet's decision simply "codifies" the Social Democratic (CSSD) government's general approach to church restitution. It is unclear whether a church restitution law would garner enough support in parliament to pass. MS PROSECUTION OF FORMER SLOVAK INTERIOR MINISTER TO BE STOPPED. Justice Minister Jan Carnogursky told Radio Twist on 8 July that the prosecution of former Interior Minister Gustav Krajci in connection with the botched 1997 referendum on direct presidential elections will be halted, CTK reported. Carnogursky also said that former Slovak Intelligence Service head Ivan Lexa will not be prosecuted for his role in the 1995 abduction of former President Michal Kovac's son. Carnogursky thus indirectly confirmed that, in a late June verdict which has yet to be made public, the Constitutional Court rejected as unconstitutional Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda's decision to annul amnesties that were granted to Krajci and Lexa by former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar. The justice minister added, however, that Krajci and Lexa will be prosecuted in connection with other offenses that were not included in the amnesty, CTK reported. MS SLOVAK ROMA SAY SENIOR OFFICIAL FOMENTING ETHNIC HATRED. Representatives of 19 Romany associations on 8 July released a statement declaring that Slovakia's Romany minority is "strongly concerned about its security" following "ill considered" statements by local politicians on the recent mass exodus of Slovak Roma to Finland, CTK reported. The statement rejects allegations by Slovak politicians that the Roma have become "the enemy of the Slovak people" and that their exodus is aimed at "complicating Slovakia's [bid for] accession to the EU." The Romany representatives are calling for the resignation of Pal Csaky, deputy premier in charge of minorities and human rights, Foreign Ministry state secretary Jan Figel, and government commissioner for Romany affairs Vincent Danihel, for insinuating that the exodus is politically motivated. MS CORRECTION. "RFE/RL Newsline" on 8 July cited an erroneous CTK report which stated that Slovakia would pay 2,500 crown payments to survivors of Nazi concentration camps for each year that they spent in a camp. The report should have read that the payments would be made for each month. MS HUNGARIAN ARMY'S CHIEF OF STAFF RESIGNS. Chief of Staff General Ferenc Vegh submitted his resignation on 9 July. Jeno Poda, a senior advisor to the prime minister, announced on national television one day earlier that Vegh would resign. The move ends weeks of conflict between Vegh and the Defense Ministry over a government plan to bring the military under civilian control. Poda said earlier that Vegh must either accept the plan or resign. Vegh told "Magyar Hirlap" of 8 July that he will remain in his post until 1 August, when he will move on to become Hungary's ambassador to Turkey. Vegh told the paper that his conflict with the government resulted from his desire to preserve "the army's autonomy" on defense matters. MSZ/MS SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE MILOSEVIC BACKERS GET AGGRESSIVE IN PROKUPLJE... Several thousand protesters gathered in Prokuplje on 8 July to join leaders of the opposition Alliance for Change in demanding the resignation of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. Alliance leader Goran Svilanovic told the crowd that the Milosevic leadership has "put shame on us, killing and burning in our name." Balkan expert Milan Protic added: "Too much evil has been done for them to be forgiven. It is too little to just demand that they leave. We must make them leave." Alliance leaders Zoran Djindjic and Vuk Obradovic, who come from the Prokuplje area, said that Milosevic must go if Serbia is to become "respectable" and prosperous. Officials of Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia called off a planned counter- demonstration, but about a dozen mainly elderly supporters of the president turned out to taunt the protesters as "traitors." A man fired eight shots into the air from the balcony of Socialist headquarters, but no one was injured. PM ...AND IN GRACANICA. Some 20 leaders of the Serbian opposition joined Archbishop Artemije and Kosova Serb leader Momcilo Trajkovic at the historic Gracanica monastery on 8 July to demand security for the Serbs of Kosova and democracy for Serbia. A group of 100 Milosevic supporters taunted the visitors, including the Alliance's Vladan Batic and the Democratic Party's Zoran Djindjic. The protesters chided Djindjic for not being in Kosova "when the bombs fell" and called him a "traitor." In Belgrade, the Democratic Party said in a statement that the 100 people are known agents- provocateurs from the secret police who have previously attacked Serbs and ethnic Albanians alike in Prishtina, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. PM BELGRADE COUNCIL TURNS DOWN OPPOSITION DEMAND. Members of Vuk Draskovic's Serbian Renewal Movement joined Milosevic supporters in the Belgrade City Council in turning down a demand by the Democratic Party that the Council discuss issuing a call for Milosevic to resign. The Democrats argued that Milosevic is unable to carry out his presidential duties because, as an indicted war criminal, he is unable to travel abroad or to Kosova. In Pirot, the local council passed a resolution calling for Milosevic to go (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 7 July 1999). In Novi Sad, the leadership of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina called for protests in several cities and towns in the coming days to demand Milosevic's ouster. PM CACAK MAYOR: 'ENCIRCLE BELGRADE!' Velimir Ilic, whose town of Cacak witnessed the first recent anti-Milosevic protests, told the "Berliner Zeitung" of 9 July that Serbs outside the capital must "encircle Belgrade" with protests across the country. He added that the people of Belgrade remain "too afraid" to take to the streets, but that Milosevic's removal will be "just a matter of time" once the capital's citizens begin to demonstrate against him. Ilic stressed that the opposition must be very broadly based and led by people "who are not compromised by their past." He mentioned that he considers Draskovic "unacceptable" because of his mercurial behavior and previous participation in Milosevic's government. Some observers have suggested that several established national figures--including Draskovic and Djindjic--are too widely regarded in Serbia as opportunists and that a new generation of leaders will most likely emerge in the provinces (see "End Note," "RFE/RL Newsline," 8 July 1999). PM 700,000 SERBS WITHOUT BASIC RIGHTS. The Democratic Party said in a statement in Belgrade on 8 July that some 700,000 Serbs lack elementary civil rights, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. The party charged that the government has acted "immorally and irresponsibly" by denying rights to Serbs who fled or were expelled from Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosova. The displaced Serbs do not enjoy rights to residency, citizenship, or education. The previous day, representatives of Kosova's Serbian teachers' union said in Belgrade that the Education Ministry has forbidden schools to register Serbian children from the province, who number about 50,000. Teachers from Kosova are barred from teaching in Serbia proper as part of the government's policy of forcing Serbian refugees to go back to Kosova. PM ARSONISTS TORCH HOUSES IN PRIZREN. Unidentified arsonists set fire to 16 houses in the traditional Serbian quarter of Prizren on 8 July, AFP reported. German KFOR commander General Fritz von Korff said that KFOR arrested six suspects. He criticized the "indifference" of Prizren's ethnic Albanian population after the latest attacks, saying that "some of them even refused to let us in to their homes to get water." Von Korff stressed that "we cannot stop new fires from happening without the cooperation of the public." Unidentified people cut off water and electricity in the Serbian neighborhood about half an hour before the fires occurred, in what von Korff called "an organized move." The German military police registered 91 incidents in the German sector on 8 July alone, including thefts, pillaging, and fires. FS KOSOVARS STAGE MORE ANTI-RUSSIAN PROTESTS. About 3,000 ethnic Albanians protested in Rahovec on 8 July for the second day in a row against plans to deploy Russian peacekeepers in that area, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. Protesters held signs saying: "We don't believe Russians" and "Russians killed us," alluding to allegations that Russian volunteers and mercenaries participated in the ethnic cleansing campaign alongside Serbian police and paramilitary forces. FS RUGOVA PLEDGES TO RETURN. Kosovar Albanian political leader Ibrahim Rugova told AP in Rome on 8 July that he will return to Kosova as early as next week. Referring to the Kosova Liberation Army, he said: "We can tolerate working together." The moderate leader also noted: "I want to start with the process of reconciliation [with other ethnic groups]...because I would like a multiethnic Kosova." Back in Kosova, provisional government Prime Minister Hashim Thaci told RFE/RL's South Slavic Service that "Rugova has a deadline until the end of this week to take up his position [and fill those reserved for other Democratic League of Kosova representatives] in the government." FS POLICE CHIEF KILLED IN BELGRADE. An unidentified person or group killed Dragan Simic, who was police chief in the Savski Venac district of the capital, in Belgrade on 8 July. A police spokesman said that the circumstances of the murder remain "unclear." Simic is the fifth police official to be murdered in Belgrade in 1999 alone, RFE/RL's South Slavic Service reported. Speculation on the motives behind the previous murders has centered on the possible criminal links of individual police officials or on the possible desire of powerful people to eliminate police officials who "knew too much." PM MACEDONIAN, ALBANIAN PRESIDENTS DISAGREE OVER KOSOVA SOLUTION. Albanian President Rexhep Meidani told his Macedonian counterpart Kiro Gligorov in Skopje on 8 July that "in five to 10 years, we [will] see two new entities, Kosova and Montenegro, as an integral part of Europe," Reuters reported. Meidani acknowledged that Gligorov does "not share the same opinion," but stressed that both men "want to live in Europe, where borders are irrelevant," Meidani told reporters. Gligorov argued that "the territorial integrity of Yugoslavia should be respected.... Changes of borders and the realization of dreams of greater nations is dangerous not only for the region, but for Europe itself." Meidani said he does not see the disagreement between him and Gligorov as causing tensions and stressed that "the integration of ethnic Albanians in the [Macedonian] government and institutions has helped Macedonia preserve its stability." The two presidents also discussed bilateral cooperation within the framework of the Balkan stability pact, an RFE/RL South Slavic Service correspondent reported. FS GREECE DENIES THAT ALBANIAN EXPULSIONS ARE RACIALLY MOTIVATED. Public Order Minister Mikhailis Khrisokhoidhis on 8 July rejected claims that a series of recent roundups and checks of Albanian immigrants were racially motivated, Reuters reported (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 8 July 1999). Albanian Foreign Minister Paskal Milo is scheduled to visit Athens on 9 July to discuss the increasing number of expulsions of Albanian immigrants. A Foreign Ministry official in Tirana said that Greek authorities have expelled about 3,500 Albanian immigrants since 1 July, while Greek police put the number at about 1,000. The Albanian Foreign Ministry also asked Greece to investigate claims that Albanian deportees were being mistreated in Greece. FS SERBIAN RETURN TO DRVAR TO BE CONDITIONAL? Ilija Sljivic, who is deputy mayor of the western Bosnian town of Drvar, told "Oslobodjenje" of 9 July that Serbs may return to his town once the Bosnian Serb authorities allow his fellow Croats to go back to their homes in Bosanski Brod (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 8 July 1999). Sljivic stressed that 15,000 Croats have formally requested to go home to Bosanski Brod. PM GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER CALLS CROATIAN ELECTION KEY OPPORTUNITY. Joschka Fischer said in Zagreb on 8 July that the parliamentary elections slated for later in 1999 have made this a "decisive year" for Croatia's "road to democracy and to Europe." He stressed that the new election law should reflect a broad consensus and that all parties must have fair access to the media, "Jutarnji list" reported. PM GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN BUCHAREST. Joschka Fischer on 8 July met with his Romanian counterpart, Andrei Plesu, President Emil Constantinescu, and Prime Minister Radu Vasile, RFE/RL's Bucharest bureau reported. Fischer thanked Romania for its stance on the Kosova conflict and said his country supports Romania's bid for EU and NATO membership. However, he refused to say when the country might become a member of NATO. He also said that it would be "a misunderstanding" for Romania and other neighbors of Yugoslavia to expect that they will receive compensation under the Balkan stability pact for the losses they suffered as a result of the EU's oil embargo on Yugoslavia. Plesu said Romania is seeking an "urgent end" to the embargo. MS ROMANIAN OIL WORKERS PROTEST IN BUCHAREST. Hundreds of oil workers from the Petromidia refinery on 8 July demonstrated in Bucharest to demand that the Black Sea company resume regular operations. The company, Romania's largest, has been forced to suspend operations due to an inconclusive privatization deal signed in January with the Akmaya Turkish firm. Under the deal, Romania was to offer Akmaya foreign investment incentives. However, the government decree that allowed for such incentives was annulled after the IMF and the World Bank objected to some of its provisions. Akmaya has announced that it will sue for breach of contract. The cabinet on 8 July decided that it would restart the privatization process and confiscate Akmaya's deposit if the company backs out of the deal. MS WESTERN, RUSSIAN FIRMS TO UPGRADE BULGARIAN NUCLEAR PLANT. A consortium of three companies on 8 July signed in Sofia a $300 million contract for the modernization of nuclear units 5 and 6 at the Kozloduy power station, Reuters and AP reported. Bulgarian Energy Committee Chairman Ivan Shilyashki said that half of the financing for the modernization will come from the EU's Euratome and Bulgaria will cover the rest with the help of loans from the countries that are participating in the consortium. German's Siemens AG, France's Framatome, and Russia's Atomenergoexport are scheduled to begin the modernization program next summer and to complete it in 2005. The modernization of the two 1,000-megawatt units will help Bulgaria decommission its four older 440- megawatt reactors at Kozloduy, which the EU considers to be unsafe. MS NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL IN BULGARIA. In an address to the Bulgarian parliament on 8 July, Javier Solana congratulated Bulgaria for its contribution to resolving the Kosova crisis. He said that Sofia's actions "demonstrated as clearly as possible that Bulgaria is, indeed, a member of the Euro-Atlantic community, [which is] a community of shared values." Repeating comments he made in Bucharest earlier that day, Solana said Bulgaria and Romania are both making progress in their quest for NATO membership, but he refused to indicate when those two countries might become members. Solana also held talks with President Petar Stoyanov and Foreign Minister Nadezhda Mihailova, BTA reported. MS RUSSIA REQUESTS SEA, LAND TRANSIT CORRIDORS IN BULGARIA. Tsvyatko Donchev, press chief of Bulgaria's coordination center with KFOR, on 8 July said that Russia has asked Bulgaria for sea and land corridors for the transit of its troops to Kosova, Reuters reported. On 9 July, the Bulgarian parliament approved Russia's earlier request for overflights by a vote of 213-1 (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 8 July 1999). ITAR-TASS reported that the overflight permission is valid for "one time only. " MS ARAB COUNTRIES REVOKE LANDING RIGHTS OF BULGARIAN AIRLINE. A Bulgarian radio report, cited by dpa on 8 July, confirmed that both Lebanon and Libya have revoked the landing rights of Balkan Air at their airports. Tunisia, Algeria, and Dubai are reportedly planning to do the same. Balkan Air was recently sold to an Israeli consortium (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 8 July 1999). MS END NOTE 'SVEJKISM' AND THE CZECH ACCESSION TO THE EU By Michael Shafir Some love him, others despise him, but there is no way one can overlook him. Jaroslav Hasek's hero, that famous warrior of the Austro-Hungarian empire whose favorite pastime was saying "yes" and acting "no," is apparently destined to survive every turn in his country's fortunes. And there is a good reason for that. After all, it was not the empire, but the good soldier Svejk who came out on top. He survived the Nazis without fighting them and he survived communism and the Soviet invasion (without fighting them either). So why shouldn't he survive "globalization" and that facet of it known as "European integration?" For wanting to access the European Union is one thing, but doing so on the terms imposed by the union may be another thing altogether. Maybe it is time to say "yes" and act "no" once more. Otto von Habsburg told a conference of RFE/RL staff in Munich some years ago that the EU is a revived version of the empire his ancestors had ruled over. And he should know what he is talking about. In its summer 1998 evaluation report on the progress of union membership candidates towards accession, the EU criticized the Czech Republic's slowness in bringing its legislation into line with that of the union's member states. Some observers believe that the next report, expected in September 1999, could be even more critical. There is widespread speculation that the 2003 target, which the Czechs set for themselves for joining the union, will be missed, and that Prague will fall further and further behind the other four "fast-track" countries (Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, and Poland). By late June of this year, the Czechs were able to conclude preliminary talks on only eight out of the 15 legislative chapters proposed by the union. Some of the divergent views seem hard to reconcile. For example, Prime Minister Milos Zeman has already rejected Austria's demand that Prague ratify the EU Convention on Evaluation of the Influence of the Environment, which would threaten the completion of the controversial Temelin nuclear plant. Some politicians in Vienna have threatened to veto Czech accession as a result. The minority Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) on 28 June decided to ask the EU for so-called "opt-outs" or "transitional periods" on seven areas related to environmental legislation. Foreign Minister Jan Kavan indicated on 22 June that his government is likely to ask for similar "opt-outs" with regard to legislation on the purchase of real estate by foreigners. Hungary has also said it wants a 10-year "transitional period" for the purchase of land by foreigners, and Poland is likely to follow suit. The EU may, in turn, ask for an "opt-out" on letting in the cheap labor force of the new members. All of this suggests that the so-called "fast-track" accession of the new members will, in actual fact, be rather slow. The Czech government has an alibi for its failure to quickly implement the legislation required by the EU. The cabinet headed by Zeman is ruling with the grace of Vaclav Klaus's opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS). And Klaus, true to his self-promoted image as a "Thatcherite," has been anything but enthusiastic about some aspects of EU membership. The ODS is against signing the EU's Social Charter, for example and on 8 July, when the parliament ratified the charter, its deputies opposed ratification. Klaus is also opposed to the euro single currency and has repeatedly insisted (most recently in an interview with "Lidove noviny" published on 3 June) that Europe should be based on the "national state." This is why the ODS on 8 June voted against an amendment to the constitution that would have enabled the government to issue decrees with the force of law. The amendment was aimed at speeding up the implementation of EU legislation by avoiding prolonged debate in parliament. The ODS thus effectively "killed" the government's attempt at making the "fast-track" faster, because the government needed the support of the ODS to secure a majority large enough to pass such a constitutional amendment. This occurred to the expressed desperation of President Vaclav Havel, who is an ardent partisan of quick accession. Yet there is reason to believe that the CSSD shed only crocodile tears over this failure. Like its predecessors, the cabinet headed by Zeman is caught in a dilemma when it comes to EU accession. Following Czechoslovakia's split in 1993, Prague and Bratislava established a customs union, which has proved highly beneficial to both countries. Indeed, few people realize that despite the fact that Slovakia had until recently pursued a different path in its political reforms, the economic integration of the two countries has remained very strong. This is precisely why the former Klaus administration had insisted on obtaining an exemption from the EU's customs legislation so that Prague could maintain the existing arrangement with Bratislava. To no avail, however, for the EU would certainly not grant the Czech Republic what it denied to the U.K., when London wanted to introduce Commonwealth imports into the union through the back door. The latest talks on adherence, which ended on 22 June, produced little progress regarding this aspect. Kavan said after their conclusion that Prague may ask for a "transition period" on the customs union with Slovakia or look for a "compromise solution," adding that he may submit some suggestions to Brussels this autumn. Meanwhile, German State Minister Gunther Verheugen, who chaired the session, suggested the problem could be resolved by having both countries join the union at the same time--a scenario that became possible after the political change that swept Vladimir Meciar out of power in Bratislava in September 1998. Observers interpreted Verheugen's remark as a slap in the face for Prague, as it confirmed the EU's dissatisfaction with the tardiness of the Czechs while at the same time acknowledging the improved chances of the Slovaks. But one may well wonder whether the Czechs were really all that impressed by the remark. In his corner in the famous Prague tavern "U fleku," the good soldier Svejk must have raised a toast, for he never took deadlines too seriously, as long as he had it his way. Unwittingly playing the role of a perfect Lieutenant Lukacs--Svejk's superior in Hasek's novel-- Verheugen was probably unaware that the good soldier had eagerly been waiting to be "disciplined." xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Copyright (c) 1999 RFE/RL, Inc. All rights reserved. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx HOW TO SUBSCRIBE Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word subscribe as the subject of the message. HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE Send an email to email@example.com with the word unsubscribe as the subject of the message. 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