Skopje, 12 April 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Balkans and other officials meet today in Skopje to discuss the situation in Macedonia and the entire region. Macedonian Foreign Minister Srdjan Kerim says foreign ministers from Yugoslavia, Croatia, Albania, Bosnia, Slovenia, Greece, Romania, Hungary, and Bulgaria are due to attend. Also taking part will be U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and European Union foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana.
Yesterday, Powell renewed his pledge that the United States will remain committed to the Balkans. Powell was in Paris attending his first meeting with other foreign ministers of the six-nation "Contact Group" formed to tackle the wars in former Yugoslavia.
Powell joined his counterparts from Russia, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, in affirming Western support for the new government in Yugoslavia and opposition to breakaway or rebel groups in Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia.