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Macedonia: Peace Talks Continue

Ohrid, Macedonia; 28 July 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Peace talks between Macedonian government officials and ethnic Albanian political leaders were continuing today in an attempt to end an ethnic Albanian insurgency. Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski, and the leaders of the two main ethnic Albanian parties were participating in the talks in Ohrid, a lake resort town in southern Macedonia.

Mediators James Pardew of the United States and Francois Leotard of the European Union were also involved in the discussion of a revised peace plan.

The draft would make Albanian an official language in areas where ethnic Albanians account for more than 20 percent of the population.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in Paris today that if the peace talks end with an agreement, NATO troops could start deploying in the region quickly to help disarm insurgents.