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Bulgaria: Prime Minister Breaks Economic Talks To Lay Wreath

Washington, 21 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister Stefan Sofiansky took time off from his economic discussions in Washington today to lay a wreath at the tomb of America's unknown soldier.

Sofiansky went to Arlington National Cemetery across the river from Washington to pay tribute at the tomb. A U.S. all-armed forces full-honor wreath ceremony was conducted for the occasion.

Sofiansky is in midst of intensive talks with International Monetary Fund and World Bank officials on his government's new program of economic reform. The IMF is considering two loans totaling around $659 million and the bank is looking at a $290 million loan to support the program.

The prime minister met with IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus today and will have early morning discussions tomorrow with World Bank Vice President Johannes Linn and the head of the bank's department for Bulgaria, Kenneth Ley.