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Poland/Romania: Foreign Ministers Vow Regional Collaboration

Prague, 13 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Visiting Polish Foreign Minister Dariusz Rosati and his Romanian counterpart Adrian Severin have announced that their countries will establish a "close partnership" of regional collaboration, which may also be joined by Ukraine.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday in Bucharest, they also said Romania and Poland will examine the possibility of setting up a joint military unit.

The two foreign ministers said bilateral relations will remain close despite the fact that Romania's chances of joining NATO in a first round of expansion dimmed yesterday when U.S. President Bill Clinton said Washington wants only Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to be invited. Rosati pledged Polish support for changing that decision before NATO's Madrid summit in July, when a decision on a first wave of new members is to be announced.