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DEANS CALL FOR RESOLUTION OF UNIVERSITY CRISIS.

Belgrade university deans called on the oldest university vice-president, Dragan Kuburovic of the School of Oral Medicine, to convene a session of the university Teachers council for Feb. 26, to discuss resolving the crisis at the university. The university has been at a complete stand-still since November last, when the student protest started. Students are asking for the recognition of the local election results (which has mostly been fulfilled), and the dismissal of University president Dragutin Velickovic. Velickovic refuses to resign, and the Teachers council, which has the authority to dismiss him, has not met. Of 30 Belgrade university colleges and institutes, the deans' meeting was attended by representatives of all save three institutions. The council of deans has begun acting as a parallel university authority. Most of the deans want the council of deans and institute directors to act, in future, as the university teachers council, assessing that the council of deans is the only university body which is performing its duty. Kuburovic, who facilitates communication between the deans and president Velickovic, has agreed to call the university teachers' council. Kuburovic believes that there is no more room for compromise. We must be determined to end all activities at the university if the crisis is not resolved in the next 48 hours, says Kuburovic.

Copyright 1997 by Beta News Agency

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