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  • Snezana Lazovic
    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/010810/1/1b2e5.html Friday August 10, 11:48 PM US envoy fears for Macedonia peace pact as violence escalates SOFIA, Aug 10 (AFP) - The
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      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
      Albanians.

      He made his feelings known after seven Macedonian soldiers
      were killed and eight others injured by anti-tank mines Friday
      morning.

      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.
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