Meditation Focus #20

ELECTIONS IN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Web posted on September 22 for the week beginning Sunday September 24



Hello

What follows is the 20th Meditation Focus suggested by the Global
Meditation Focus Group for the week beginning Sunday September 24.

Please note that we will also issue this Sunday a Special Meditation Focus
in relation to the IMF and World Bank annual meeting in Prague beginning
Tuesday, September 26.

ELECTIONS IN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

1. Summary
2. Meditation Times
3. More information on this week's Focus
4. Complementary suggestion regarding the massive flooding in South-East
Asia and India




1. SUMMARY

After 11 years of a regime that has led Serbia into several vicious wars
against most former member states of the Yugoslav federation and an almost
complete isolation by the international community, the people of Serbia and
Montenegro now finally have a chance this coming Sunday to elect a new
leader who may help open a new era of spiritual healing, peace and harmony
for everyone in this battered region of the world. However, various reports
point out to the possibility that the current regime may try to keep its
hold on power through the use of force and electoral fraud. In addition,
there is concern of a possible civil war in neighboring Montenegro, which
is still part of the Yugoslav federation, as a result of these elections.
Yugoslavia's opposition is urging people to go out onto the streets to
await the results of the presidential election on Sunday. This raises the
potential for conflict, particularly following a warning that the army
would act against citizens on the streets who sought to overthrow the
regime by force. However, since neither contender looks set to win more
than a majority, it means a second voting round may be necessary and the
uncertainty may therefore continue for awhile.

Please hold in your heart and mind a vision, as guided by Spirit during
your meditations, of peaceful and fair elections in Serbia and Montenegro
and of the complete respect of the choice of the people. May the healing
power of love and forgiveness help bring back harmony and peaceful
relationships within and between every community of this area of the world.
May peace prevail in Serbia and Montenegro, for the highest good of all.




2. MEDITATION TIMES

i) Global Meditation Day: Sunday at 16:00 Universal Time (GMT) or at noon
local time. Suggested duration: 30 minutes with a special Earth Healing
Focus in the last few minutes.

ii) Golden Moment of At-Onement: Daily, at the top of any hour, or whenever
it better suits you.

These times below are currently corresponding to 16:00 Universal Time/GMT:
Honolulu 06:00 -- Los Angeles 09:00 -- Denver & San Salvador 10:00 --
Mexico City, Houston & Chicago 11:00 -- New York, Toronto, Montreal,
Asuncion & Santiago 12:00 -- Rio de Janeiro & Montevideo 13:00 -- Reykjavik
& Casablanca 16:00 -- London, Algiers & Lagos 17:00 -- Geneva, Rome,
Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg & Madrid 18:00 -- Athens, Helsinki, Jerusalem,
Nairobi & Istanbul 19:00 -- Moscow & Baghdad 20:00 -- Tehran 20:30 --
Islamabad 21:00 -- Calcutta & New Delhi 21:30 -- Dhaka 22:00 -- Rangoon
22:30 -- Hanoi, Bangkok & Jakarta 23:00 -- Hong Kong, Perth, Beijing &
Kuala Lumpur 00:00+ -- Seoul & Tokyo 01:00+ -- Brisbane, Canberra &
Melbourne 02:00+ -- Wellington 04:00+

(+ means the place is one day ahead of Universal Time/Greenwich Mean Time)




3. MORE INFORMATION ON THIS WEEK'S FOCUS

This section is for those who wish to understand in more detail the
situation of this week's Meditation Focus. For those who wish to read on,
we would encourage you to view the following information from a positive
perspective, and not allow the details to tinge the positive vision you
wish to hold in meditation. Since what we focus on grows, the more positive
our mindset, the more successful we will be in manifesting a vision of
healing. We provide the details below because we recognise that the
knowledge of what needs healing can assist us to stucture our awareness to
maximise our healing effect.


From http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000920/wl/yugoslavia_milosevic_dc_5.html

Yugoslavia Faces Life or Death Poll-Milosevic (Wednesday September 20 )

BERANE, Yugoslavia (Reuters) - Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic sought
Wednesday to raise the stakes in campaigning for Sunday's crucial
elections, warning Montenegro it was a question of life or death for the
federation. Milosevic, isolated internationally as an indicted war
criminal, made his first trip in four years to Serbia's tiny sister
republic, which has a pro-Western government that has threatened to quit
the federation and is boycotting the elections.

CLIP

The visit came as a new opinion poll in Belgrade showed Milosevic, seeking
to hold onto power as the best guarantee of freedom from arrest for alleged
war crimes, was trailing the main opposition candidate Vojislav Kostunica
by 6 percentage points. The survey by the respected Belgrade-based
Strategic Marketing agency showed that 32.5 percent would vote for
Kostunica and 26.6 percent for Milosevic in Sunday's federal presidential
and parliamentary elections.

CLIP

Opposition Urges Army, Police Not To Intervene

In Belgrade, Serbia's main opposition bloc called on the army and police
not to be used against their own people during and after Sunday's polls.
The Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) said the army was aware the
majority of Yugoslavs wanted change, and elections provided a means to
bring that about peacefully. CLIP

The opposition and analysts believe Milosevic, indicted by an international
tribunal for alleged war crimes, may declare victory in the elections
regardless of the vote tally, which they fear could lead to serious civil
unrest. CLIP

The Montenegrins are deeply divided between those wanting independence,
those wanting a reformed federation and those supporting Milosevic. The
leadership has pledged to cooperate with the international tribunal in the
Hague, which indicted Milosevic for alleged war crimes by his forces in
Kosovo. But it has also made clear it would not take any action that could
provoke violence.


From: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/000918/yugo.htm

Challenging Milosevic
With the opposition ahead, will the vote be fair?

CLIP
Opinion surveys show Milosevic commands a core 20 percent of voters, but
neither contender looks set to win more than a majority, which means a
second voting round. Every poll shows Kostunica will triumph in that, says
Milan Nikolic of the Center for Policy Studies. Will Milosevic let things
go that far? There's talk of fraud or cancellation of the voting. Almost
half the people (45 percent) believe Milosevic will keep power by force.
Kostunica has declared he would not hand Milosevic to the war-crimes
tribunal. His aim is to avoid bloodshed and see power transferred
peacefully. Still, some fear the worst. Warns Nikolic, "People here are
armed, most have done military service, many have war experience. There
could be a very bloody civil war with at least 10,000 dead."


From: http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/world/2000/0920/wor2.htm

Serbian opposition ready to fight vote-rigging

Yugoslavia's opposition is urging people in Serbia to go out onto the streets to
await the results of the presidential election on Sunday.

CLIP

The move raises the potential for conflict, particularly following the stark
warning by Gen Nebojsa Pavkovic that the army would act against citizens on
the streets who sought to overthrow the regime by force.

Almost every polling station in Serbia and Montenegro would have a Democratic
Opposition of Serbia member on its board, Mr Djindjic said: "We are in a
position to control the voting in every place where there are elections. We will
have a mobile team at every polling station able to help if someone creates an
incident." However, he pointed out there were many parts of the process it could
not monitor. "The voting lists are made by police. The polls are controlled
by the
government. The courts are controlled by the Socialist party (of Mr Milosevic)
and Yugoslav United Left Party (of Milosevic's wife, Mira Markovic).

CLIP

From: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000921/wl/yugoslavia_elections.html
Yugoslav Commander Warns on Unrest

From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_935000/935769.stm
Tension mounts as election nears - BBC (Sep 21, 2000)

From: http://www.melty.com/words/writings/yugo.html
Making sense of yugoslavia: a brief history of disintegration and its genesis.
Essay that provides a historical framework to help others make sense of
contemporary ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

FULL COVERAGE AT http://dailynews.yahoo.com/fc/World/Yugoslavia/




4. Complementary suggestion regarding the massive flooding in South-East Asia and India

We suggest that you also dedicate some attention during your meditations
this week to hold a vision for the relief of the crisis in South-East Asia,
where extensive flooding along the Mekong river has left over 160 people
dead and many more in need of shelter, food, and medical attention. More
than four million people are now affected by the worst floods in a
generation. Similary, torrential rain and floods in India's eastern West
Bengal state killed at least 59 people and left some 10 million people
marooned Thursday as the army struggled to carry out rescue and relief
operations. In neighboring Bangladesh, about a dozen people were killed and
35 injured as tornadoes and heavy rains lashed the country.

For more on this, see:

Millions threatened by Asia floods (Tuesday, 19 September, 2000)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_931000/931805.stm

Storm, Flood Kills 59 in India (Thursday September 21)
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000921/wl/india_floods_1.html




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