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Dnevnik: St. Vitus Day Again

Ljubljana, 29 June - And then came 28 June 2001, St. Vitus Day again, one of the greatest Serbian holidays. The day of the historic 1389 Kosovo battle, when Serbia kneeled before the Ottoman Empire and lost its freedom for 500 years. Now the already lopped (great) Serbness suffered another, maybe even the last defeat. In stealthy ways, as if he were the last criminal, and despite the prohibition by the Yugoslav Constitutional Court, Serbia's leaders have gotten rid of the "unpleasant guest" of the Belgrade central prison. But the background of the extradition is much more pragmatic than symbolic, as today marks the beginning of the international donor conference, which is to save the naked life of the country of eleven million people, Friday's edition of the daily Dnevnik writes.

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