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Croatia: Radio 101 Dispute May Chill Relations With U.S.

Washington, 25 November 1996 (RFE/RL) - The U.S. State Department says relations with Croatia could be jeopardized by the Croatian government's plan to take the independent Radio 101 off the air.

State Department spokesman Glyn Davies said Friday that such action could "adversely affect our relations with Croatia."

He said the United States views Radio 101 as the premier voice of independence in the country and believes it should be allowed to continue to broadcast.

He said the United States is categorical in this belief and has told the Croatian government on several occasions that Radio 101 should stay on the air.

"We place a great deal of importance on this issue," Davies said. He said the United States welcomes Thursday's ruling of the Croatian State Broadcasting Council to allow Radio 101 to continue regular broadcasts until a new decision on frequency is reached.

He said that is a step in the right direction.

"But we don't believe it goes far enough," he said.

He said Radio 101 should be granted a license and kept on the air and not be subject to temporary monthly renewals of its broadcasting permit.