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DPA Macedonian Defense Minister Talks Cooperation With Albania

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  • Snezana Lazovic
    http://www.europeaninternet.com/macedonia/news.php3?id=682058 Macedonian Defense Minister Talks Cooperation With Albania TIRANA, Oct 1, 2001 -- (dpa)
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      Macedonian Defense Minister Talks Cooperation With Albania

      TIRANA, Oct 1, 2001 -- (dpa) Macedonian Defense Minister Vlado Buckovski
      held talks in Albanian capital Tirana Sunday on cooperation at separate
      meetings with Prime Minister Ilir Meta, Foreign Minister Arta Dade, and
      Defense Minister Pandeli Majko.

      An Albanian government statement said that both Meta and Buckovski agreed on
      the need for increased cooperation in the fight against cross border
      trafficking and other fields of common interest.

      Meta reiterated Albania's commitment to crack down on the trafficking of
      people, drugs, and arms, and invited the Macedonian government to take part
      in an international anti-trafficking center due to open in the southern
      Albanian city of Vlore in November.

      Reacting to concerns raised by Buckovski about the status of an ethnic
      Macedonian minority in southeastern Albania, Meta pledged Albania's
      determination to implement minority rights "in full compliance with
      international standards".

      Both also discussed current developments in Macedonia, with the Albanian
      Prime Minister calling for "the immediate implementation" of recently signed
      Ohrid peace accord.

      According to government sources, Buckovski also told Meta that Albania
      should use "FYROM" (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) in all its
      references to Macedonia. Meta was reported to have said that Albania would
      use both names.

      Buckovski, who was accompanied by Macedonian Army Chief of Staff Metodi
      Stamboliski, also discussed Albania's alleged support for armed ethnic
      Albanians in Macedonia and military cooperation issues ion his talks with
      Defense Minister Majko.

      At a news conference after the talks Majko rejected Macedonian claims about
      the existence of training camps for ethnic Albanian fighters in northern
      Albania.

      "There are no training camps for terrorists in Albania and we would welcome
      any international investigation into this matter," Majko said.
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