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Czech Republic: U.S. Not Concerned About Meeting NATO Obligations

Washington, 3 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - The U.S. State Department says there is no concern whatsoever that the Czech Republic will not be able to meet the financial criteria for NATO membership because of its economic problems.

Spokesman Nichlolas Burns said yesterday it is hard to find a government in Central Europe -- beyond perhaps Estonian -- that has done so much to reform its economy.

Burns made the comment when he was asked whether the Czech republic would meet its obligations since its economy seems to have run into serious problems.

Burns said the Czech Republic has an outstanding record of economic success and although there are troubles right now, he said there is no reason to question the U.S. decision to support the Czech Republic for membership in the western alliance.