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TITLE:             Yugoslavia's Supreme Security Agency Appointed
BY:                Slobodan Stankovic
DATE:              1982-9-23
COUNTRY:           Yugoslavia
ORIGINAL SUBJECT:  RAD Background Report/191

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RAD Background Report/191
23 September 1982

By Slobodan Stankovic

Summary; On September 8 Yugoslavia's State Presidency,
the country's top collective leadership, appointed new
members to the Federal Council for the Protection of
Constitutional Order. The FCPCO is the supreme state
security agency. It consists of three regular members
(Who are all members of the State Presidency) and five
ex officio members (Yugoslavia's Prime Minister; the
Ministers of Internal Affairs, Defense, and Foreign
Affairs; and a representative of the party Presidium).
in view of the serious situation in the Autonomous Province
of Kosovo, this agency will obviously have a very
important role to play.

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At its session of September 8, the Presidency of the
Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, popularly
known as the State Presidency, appointed new members of
the Federal Council for the Protection of Constitutional
Order (FCPCO), the supreme state security agency. [1] The
membership is now composed as follows:

1. Lazar Kolisevski, a member of the State Presidency,
was appointed the president of the council; he
represents Macedonia;

2. Petar Stambolic, who represents Serbia in the
State Presidency; and

3. Vidoje Zarkovic, representing Montenegro in
the State Presidency.

The following five people are ex officio members of
the council:


(1) Viesnik (Zagreb), 9 September 1982.

This material was prepared for the use of the staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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4. Mrs. Milka Planinc, '(a Croat), Yugoslavia's
Prime Minister;

5. Stane Dolane (a Slovene), Minister of Internal

6. Admiral Branko Mamula (a Serb from Croatia),
Minister of Defense;

7. Lazar Mojsov (a Macedonian), the Minister of
Foreign Affairs; and

8. General Franjo Herljevic (a Croat from Bosnia),
representing "sociopolitical organizations" in the
country, i.e., the party. General Herljevic is the
only one of the eight members of the council who is
also a member of the party Presidium.

The nationality composition of the FCPCO is as follows:
two Croats (Planinc and Herljevic) , two Serbs (Stambolic and
Mamula), two Macedonians (Kolisevski and Mojsov), one Slovene
(Dolanc), and one Montenegrin (Zarkovic). There is no Moslem
on the council, nor is there an Albanian or a Hungarian,
the two most important national minorities in Yugoslavia.

In Tito's lifetime the FCPCP did not play a very
important role since the late President and party leader directly
controlled the state security agencies himself. Under Tito's
command two Croats played prominent roles in the council:
Dr. Vladimir Bakaric as its president, and General Franjo
Herljevic, as the federal minister responsible for the police
forces. Herljevic is again a member of the council, while
Bakaric, because of serious illness, has not been active
in the past few months. He did not even take part in the
12th Congress of the LCY (26-29 June 1982) but was elected
a member of the Presidium of the Central committee.

In view of an extremely serious situation in the Autonomous
Province of Kosovo, where army and police forces have been very
active since March 1981 when the first riots took place, the
new FCPCO will have to play a key role. The Yugoslav media
have been full of reports that security forces in Kosovo, mostly
composed of Albanian nationals, have not been able to resist
the "counterrevolutionary outbursts." Moreover, many of the
Kosovo Albanians in the state security organizations are said to
have supported various "counterrevolutionary activities."
Recently, the President of the Provincial Committee of the
League of Communists of Kosovo, Sinan Hasani, revealed that
"between 1,200 and 1,500 new people" had been employed in the
security forces. [2] He admitted, however, that "the agencies
of the security service had not been sufficiently efficient,"
probably "because of insufficient organization." The major task
of the new FCPCO will be to ensure that all state security bodies
throughout Yugoslavia, become "more efficient."

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(2) NIN (Belgrade), 27 June 1982.

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