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Friday, May 21, 1999 Published at 05:09 GMT 06:09 UK


World: Europe

Montenegrin president criticises Yugoslav army


The President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, has accused officers within the Yugoslav army of trying to over-ride the authority of the Montenegrin government.

Speaking to an independent Montenegrin news agency Montena-fax, he criticised these officers for tying themselves to the Belgrade government, which, he said, was in its death throes.

Earlier, President Djukanovic condemned the Yugoslav army for setting up its own border controls in Montenegro and stopping traffic coming in from Croatia. Troops have set up checkpoints with machine-gun bunkers, ten kilometres inside Montenegro. Meanwhile, reports from Cetinje, Montenegro's historic capital, say that a large number of Yugoslav army reservists have arrived, increasing tension in the city.

Government officials said the army had positioned tanks and heavy artillery around Cetinje.

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