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U.S.: Clinton Reaffirms Support For Troops In Macedonia

Washington, 18 June 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The United States is expressing its concern about the strength of democratic institutions in Macedonia.

U.S. President Bill Clinton met yesterday at the White House with Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov. White House Press Secretary Michael McCurry told reporters that Washington believes Macedonia has, in his words, "some things they need to work on" to nurture and develop democracy. But McCurry said Macedonia has made more progress than elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia.

McCurry said Clinton reassured Gligorov of U.S. support for protecting the borders of Macedonia. He said Clinton and Gligorov discussed the presence of some 500 U.S. troops in Macedonia -- part of a U.N. peacekeeping force -- and the important role they play in creating stability along Macedonia's borders.