BELGRADE - Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier on Mt. Avala near Belgrade on Thursday, on the occasion of the anniversary of the onset of the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia.

With top military honors and to the sounds of the national anthem, the Yugoslav president paid tribute to those who gave their lives in the heroic defense of the fatherland.

After laying the wreath, Milosevic wrote in the Book of Impressions, on behalf of comrades in arms and citizens - "Eternal glory to the heros of the fatherland who died defending the freedom and dignity of the people and state from new fascism."


BELGRADE - Serbian President Milan Milutinovic said on Thursday that the pages of the Belgrade daily Politika on the 78 days and nights of the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia were a "chronoly of heroism, resistance, defiance, faith and hope of our people that they are fighting for the right thing, for their country, for freedom, for honor, for dignity, for the present and future generations, for peace and justice - for truth, and against lies."

Speaking about the book "Front Page" which comprises the front pages of Politika from March 23 until June 11, 1999, Milutinovic said it was true that Serbia and Yugoslavia did everything toward problems in Kosovo and Metohija being resolved peacefully, that they were defending themselves from separatism and terrorism using state measures, and that the so-called international community helps separatists and terrorists.

It is also true that the "diplomatic farce in Rambouillet and Paris was an attempt at a great hoax, our state and people were given an ultimatum and we rejected that ultimatum because, if accepted, it would have meant the occupation of Yugoslavia and a 'referendum' on the secession of Kosovo and Metohija," Milutinovic said.

Milutinovic also said it was true that NATO had suffered a real military and political defeat. The war stopped when the problem was returned to the political area and when the United Nations Security Council took over guarantees for the peace and security of citizens in Kosovo and Metohija, he said.

Unfortunately, it is also true that the international force KFOR and civilian mission UNMIK in the southern Serbian province have not realized U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 and that the UNMIK administration head by Bernard Kouchner is "just the logistics of ethnic Albanian terrorism," Milutinovic said, concluding that Serbia was reconstructing very successfully and rapidly through great efforts of the state and all its citizens.


BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Marjanovic said Friday that by resisting the NATO aggression, Yugoslavia had showed to the world how a country should defend its territory and sovereignity, and that one year after the aggression, the whole world sees that Yugoslavia was right.

In a statment to KUL Radio, on the occasion of the anniversary of the aggression, Marjanovch Friday said that the aggression was aimed at destroying Yugoslavia, but that others would have followed as well.

Marjanovic pointed out that the globalization campaign was destroying everything in its path and said that this was not suprising because the Western goverments are headed by incompetent and immoral persons.


BELGRADE - The book called The Heroes of the Fatherland containing biographies and photographs of Yugoslav army troops and Serbian police officers killed in the fighting against ethnic Albanian terrorists and the NATO aggressors was presented Wednesday in a meeting of the Yugoslav government's committee in charge of the publishing of the book.

Yugoslav Defence Minister Army General Dragoljub Ojdanic, who also chairs the committee, said that the book would keep alive in the minds of the posterity the memory of heroic deeds and sacrifices made during the patriotic resistance to the terrorising and the aggression.

Ojdanic said that Yugoslav President and Supreme Commander Slobodan Milosevic had written the book's preface as a gesture of his deepest respect for the heroes who had been killed and their families.

"The Heroes of the Fatherland reflects the deepest respect for and eternal gratitude to members of the Yugoslav army and Serbian police who were killed in this patriotic war," he said.

The book contains biographies and photographs of 1,002 Yugoslav army troops and Serbian police officers who were killed or listed as missing.

Ojdanic said that their names were placed in the alphabetic order rather than according to their rank, position or office, because "they all sacrificed what was most valuable - their lives - for their fatherland's freedom and honour."

Copies of the book, published by the government, would be distributed first among the families of the killed heroes.


BELGRADE - Within the start of reconstruction and repairs of objects destroyed by NATO in last year's almost three-month (March-June) aggression on Yugoslavia, the Directorate for National Reconstruction opened 179 construction sites by March 10 this year.

The projects include 55 objects of road and 19 railway infrastucture, as well as 105 buildings.

During this time, 31 road bridges and four railway bridges were inaugurated, as well as five road bypasses, two roads, 457 housing units, and 162 residential objects were repaired. This provided homes for 520 families.

The completed projects include four central heating plants, seven schools and five medical centers, two farms and 14 other public objects.

Work is under way on 72 construction sites, incluing 17 objects of road and 14 of railway infrastructurwe, as well as 41 buildings.

The road infrastructure objects include 14 bridges, two roads and one highway, and work on railway objects includes 12 bridges, one tunnel, and one railway building.

The 41 building construction sites include 13 for 195 residential units, and 338 objects are being repaired in 11 towns for minor damages, five schools and 12 other public objects.