BBC Monitoring International Reports - June 28, 2005

Text of report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA

Belgrade, 28 June: Darko Trifunovic, a representative of the Washington-based [NGO] International Strategic Studies Association, has said that well-informed sources maintain that CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] director Porter Goss recently brought a list of 900 names to Sarajevo in connection with the Islamic fundamentalist network.

Trifunovic told SRNA that Goss did not recently come "to Sarajevo for a surprise tourist visit", but to hand over a list of some names to the Bosnia-Hercegovina authorities, because "clearly, nothing has been undertaken to prevent and halt the Islamic fundamentalist network which is widespread in Bosnia-Hercegovina".

Trifunovic could not say precisely what this was about, but he had heard from some of his colleagues that the CIA chief came with a list of about 900 names which have to be analysed urgently.

"I assure you there is no messing about with Porter Goss. He is a former CIA operator and has the full confidence of US President George Bush," Trifunovic added.

He pointed out that [former] congressman Porter Goss is someone who headed the intelligence committee of the US Congress and who together with the US Senate's intelligence committee in 2002 concluded that two terrorists who were members of the Army of Bosnia-Hercegovina took part in the attack on the USA on 11 September.

According to Trifunovic, the CIA and other [intelligence] services have information on Al-Qa'idah, not just in Bosnia-Hercegovina, but in Kosmet [Kosovo-Metohija] and other places. He emphasized that certain congressmen are asking for a change in US policy towards the Balkans, as it can clearly be seen that US policies do not correspond with information on the ground.

Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1539 gmt 28 Jun 05

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