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Yugoslavia: Montenegrin President Rejects New Yugoslav Government

Podgorica, 21 May 1998 (RFE/RL) -- Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic says Montenegro considers the new Yugoslav federal government "unconstitutional, unlawful, illegitimate, and anti-Yugoslav." He made the remarks last night. Djukanovic says Montenegro is not represented in the new government, adding that newly appointed hardline Federal Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic, who preceded Djukanovic as president of Montenegro, can make decisions that are only valid in Belgrade.

The pro-Western Montenegrin leader describes the election of the new federal government as a joke and an expression of despair by Bulatovic and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Filip Vujanovic also said today that he would not attend the regular consultations of the federal and republican prime ministers because he does not accept the personnel of the "illegally elected" government.

Djukanovic accuses Milosevic of having unlawfully replaced the federal government of Prime Minister Radoje Kontic, also a Montenegrin, using the votes of six pro-Bulatovic deputies, whose mandates had been previously annulled by the Montenegrin parliament.

Kontic was ousted on Monday for refusing to crack down on Djukanovic.

Djukanovic says Bulatovic is Milosevic's "house pet," who can no longer represent Montenegro, since his defeat by Djukanovic in presidential elections last autumn.

Djukanovic says Bulatovic's appointment is an attempt by Milosevic to hold on to power in advance of early parliamentary elections in Montenegro on 31 May.

Elsewhere in Yugoslavia, news agencies are reporting more killings in Kosova. The official Serbian news agency, Tanjug, says what it terms "ethnic Albanian terrorists" killed a 15-year-old Serbian boy and injured two others in a midnight assault on the village of Veliko Krusevo, near Klina.

The mainstrain ethnic Albanian news agency, Kosovo Information Service, says Serbian forces launched what it terms "a large-scale grenade attack" against Albanian farmsteads in five villages near Klina last night and again this morning. It reported that the shelling killed one man in Grabanica and wounded four others.