AFP US envoy fears for Macedonia peace pact as violence escalates
Friday August 10, 11:48 PM
US envoy fears for Macedonia peace pact as violence escalates
SOFIA, Aug 10 (AFP) -
The US mediator in Macedonia, James Pardew, said Friday that
he fears for the future of the peace accord due to be signed on
Monday, following the latest wave of violence by ethnic
He made his feelings known after seven Macedonian soldiers
were killed and eight others injured by anti-tank mines Friday
Pardew, on a visit to the Bulgarian capital, said in response to
questions about the proposed signing of the accord in Skopje: "I
was more hopeful this morning than I am right now because of
what happened today.
"This is clearly a setback for the peace process, but it is critical
that this political agreement be signed on Monday."
An outline agreement had been approved Wednesday at Orhid
by the parties represented in parliament, but since then the
situation on the ground has rapidly deteriorated.
Ten Macedonian soldiers, killed Wednesday in an ambush by
Albanian guerrillas, were buried Friday in a ceremony attended
by thousands of mourners.
The guerrillas, who launched another attack on troops in Tetovo
Thursday, have not participated in the peace negotiations.
Pardew, who condemned the resumption of violence, said the
United States was calling on all parties to re-establish the July 5
ceasefire as soon as possible.
His sentiments were echoed by NATO which stressed that there
was no military solution to the conflict in Macedonia.