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Athens and Skopje hold talks

Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia met in Thessaloniki last night with Foreign Minister George Papandreou. The Greek minister passed on the EU’s message that the Parliament in Skopje should push ahead with the peace process in the country. They also discussed the situation in FYROM in the light of the international climate caused by the terrorist attacks in the United States. Papandreou also voiced the international community’s concern at Georgievski’s VMRO party’s calls for a referendum on the peace agreement with the country’s ethnic Albanians irrespective of its parliamentary ratification. However, many decisions taken at yesterday’s council go into immediate effect, with regard to closer cooperation both between the member states’ police forces and those of the USA.