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Bulgaria: Talks Break Down Between Government And Striking Miners

Sofia, 19 February 1998 (RFE/RL) -- Negotiations between the government and striking miners in the southern Bulgarian town of Madan have broken down, with both sides refusing to make any more concessions.

An RFE/RL correspondent reports that the latest round of talks broke down this morning after the miners refused to soften their demand for a 100 percent salary increase. The government's maximum offer is a 50 percent increase.

The entire management team at the state owned Gorbuso mine tendered its resignation today, after Finance Minister Muravey Radev said managers should take its share of responsibility for the crisis.