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Macedonia: Balkan States Urged To Cooperate

Skopje, 25 October 2000 (RFE/RL) - The coordinator of the Balkan Stability Pact, Bodo Hombach, urged countries in the region today to commit themselves to a plan of cooperation with "quick and operational results." Hombach told a summit of regional leaders in Skopje, Macedonia, that the Balkan states could then present those results as their contribution to European unity and to their individual access to the European Union. Of the Balkans states, only Greece is an EU member, while Romania and Bulgaria have started negotiations but are still seen as a long way off from joining.

The Stability Pact was set up by the EU and the G-7 most industrialized nations to foster prosperity in the region and support democratic reforms. Hombach said that Yugoslavia could become a full member of the pact as early as tomorrow.