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Body Of Macedonian President Found

Bitonja, 27 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- A Macedonian government spokesman, Saso Colakovski, says search parties have recovered the bodies of President Boris Trajkovski and eight others killed in a plane crash in a remote, mountainous corner of Bosnia.

Trajkovski, age 47, had been flying to the Bosnian town of Mostar for an investment conference when his small plane went down yesterday in heavy fog.

Earlier today, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana arrived in Macedonia's capital Skopje as the country began three days of official mourning. He promised EU support for Macedonia.

"You can be sure -- the citizens of Macedonia can be sure -- that the European Union will continue to be with you, will continue to be helping you, will continue to be accompanying you in this process that we have started a time ago. And that is the moment to show unity in the country, responsibility in the country so that the journey that you had started to go to Europe will be a reality the sooner the better," Solana 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.