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Lithuanian President Tries to Calm Farmers' Fears

Pakruujis, Lithuania, July 17 (RFE/RL) -- Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas says lithuanian farmers should not fear competition from abroad, or the country's entrance into Europe.

In an interview with the Baltic News Service, Brazauskas said farmers should not just make demands on the government, but should farm well and aim for a good harvest.

Farmers in Lithuania have said they are worried by changes to the Lithuanian constitution which will allow foreigners to purchase land. Brazauskas said foreign citizens will not be able to buy agricultural land, however.

The President commented while visiting one of the first private farms in the Pakruojis region of Western Lithuania.