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Yugoslavia: Djindjic Pledges Crackdown On Organized Crime

Belgrade, 29 January 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic said the new Serbian authorities will begin replacing top officials of the secret police and other Interior Ministry services within days, before beginning a crackdown on organized crime. Djindjic was speaking after an emergency meeting of the government, called after the driver of Serbia's new security chief, Goran Petrovic, was wounded by unidentified gunmen last night in Belgrade. The driver was waiting for Petrovic to return from a meeting with Djindjic and Interior Minister Dusan Mihajlovic.

Djindjic today said he hoped that the government will be able to begin replacing some people in top levels of the judiciary at the next meeting later this week.

Djindjic, who had previously said fighting crime was one of his priorities, pledged "very quickly" to solve crimes apparently directed against the opponents of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's regime.