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Bosnians Confirm All Dead On Trajkovski's Plane


Bitonja, Bosnia; 27 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Bosnian authorities today confirmed the death of all travelers on board the plane carrying the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski and his entourage.

The bodies, which were found amid the aircraft wreckage in mountainous terrain, have not yet been individually identified as most were burned beyond recognition. Investigators have also recovered the plane's data recorders, the so-called black boxes, and will analyze them to try to determine the cause of the crash.

Trajkovski's plane crashed yesterday shortly before it was due to land in the Bosnian city of Mostar, where the Macedonian president was to attend an investment conference

Today, European Union foreign-policy chief Javier Solana arrived in Macedonia's capital Skopje and promised continued EU support for Macedonia.

Macedonian Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski said that he assured Solana during their meeting that the country will remain stable. "[We have used the opportunity] to express to him [Solana] our firm conviction that , in any circumstances, the institutions of the Republic of Macedonia are functioning and will be functioning normally and that the Republic of Macedonia will continue to follow the planned direction, without any hesitation or delay," Crvenkovski said.

In accordance with the constitution, the government has named parliament speaker Ljubco Jordanovski acting president. Presidential elections must be held in the next 40 days.
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