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Bulgaria: Opposition Candidate Welcomed In Warsaw, Bonn

Warsaw, 9 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski's office confirms that Kwasniewski met with Bulgarian opposition presidential candidate Petar Stoyanov in Warsaw today.

A spokeswoman for Kwasniewski said the meeting was "strictly private."

Bulgarian ambassador-at-large Elka Konstantinova told RFE/RL that Stoyanov and Kwasniewski spoke about their views on eventual membership in the European Union and in NATO. Konstantinova said the two men's ideas on these matters were nearly identical.

Stoyanov, candidate of the Union of Democratic Forces in the October 27 ballot, flew into Warsaw from Bonn, where he met yesterday for 40 minutes with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Bulgaria's state news agency, BTA, quotes Stoyanov's aides as saying that he appealed to Kohl for assistance with Bulgaria's current economic crisis. Stoyanov also reportedly appealed for Bulgaria's full membership in the European Union and in NATO.

Kohl reportedly said he was following Bulgaria's rising crises, and the slowing down of economic reforms, with concern. Our correspondent in Bonn quotes Kohl as saying that he wished Stoyanov success in the election.

Meanwhile, the campaign team for Bulgarian Socialist Party candidate Ivan Marazov has complained to the Central Election Committee about the broadcast of footage from Stoyanov's German trip on Bulgarian National Television's main news program.

The campaigners say that under the current elections laws, as well as an agreement between state television and the current Socialist-controlled parliament, the footage should have appeared only in a later program.