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Serbia: Compromise Reported In Dispute Over TV, Radio Station

Vienna, 24 January 1997 (RFE/RL) - An opposition spokesman says a compromise has been found in the dispute over control of the state-run television and radio station in the central Serbian town of Kragujevac.

The station was taken over by police yesterday amid opposition demonstrations in and around the town in which a number of people were injured.

Opposition spokesman Alesksandar Radosavljevic is quoted (by AFP) as saying the compromise was worked out in several hours of talks between the two sides in Belgrade and Kragujevac today. The talks were between opposition representatives and officials of the State TV.

Radosavljevic said that under the compromise, the local station in Kragujevac would suspend broadcasts until a court makes a ruling on the dispute.

Police took over the station to prevent the opposition, which won last November's election in the town, from taking control of the facility. Serbia's state radio and TV authorities earlier lodged a legal appeal to retain control of the station despite the opposition electoral victory.

Earlier today, the International Press Institute in Vienna condemned the Serbian authorities for ordering police to occupy the station. The IPI represents media executives and owners in over 90 countries.