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Macedonia: Donors Conference Opens In Brussels

Brussels, 12 March 2002 (RFE/RL) -- An international donors conference for Macedonia gets underway today in Brussels. The conference is being organized by the World Bank and the European Union. Organizers are hoping the conference will raise more than 250 million euros to help rebuild Macedonia following last year's conflict with ethnic Albanian separatists.

Some of the money would also go to implementing the peace plan which ended the insurgency.

Most of the money, some 185 million euros, should go to balancing the country's budget, with another 45 million euros going to fund the rebuilding of homes, schools, and infrastructure.

European Commission President Roman Prodi has said the conference can "really start a new chapter for the economic recovery of the country."