Saturday, June 26, 1999 Published at 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Coup fears as Montenegro demobilises
Many Montenegrins remain loyal to Serbia
By Nick Thorpe in Podgorica
The Yugoslav army has begun dismantling road blocks in Montenegro, and demobilising reserve forces called up there three months ago on the eve of the Nato air strikes - but there are fears that the reservists loyal to Belgrade will continue to threaten the small republic's stability.
The Montenegrin Government has long warned that the reservists may be plotting a coup, rather than protecting the region from Nato aggression.
Now Montenegrin officials believe that the former reservists could become a rival pro-Milosevic police force, simply by donning new insignia on their camouflage uniforms. This would create a new source of tension between the Montenegrin and Yugoslav authorities.
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Meanwhile, the main opposition Socialist People's Party, which is sympathetic to Belgrade, has called on the Montenegrin Interior Ministry to reduce its own police force.
A spokesman for the party said that even the pre-war strength was far too high for a small country.
The Montenegrin Government has carefully built up and trained its police and special police troops as a defence against what it says is constant interference in its affairs from Belgrade.