Six Balkan states sign security charter

BUCHAREST, Feb 13, 2000 -- (AFP) Six Balkan nations signed a security charter Saturday intended to transform the region into a zone of peace and stability.

In a summit meeting, the six also pledge to pursue economic and democratic reforms in the Balkans and to encourage trade and investment among neighbors.

Attending were prime ministers Ilir Meta of Albania, Ivan Kostov of Bulgaria, Costas Simitis of Greece, Ljubco Georgievski of Macedonia and Bulent Ecevit of Turkey as well as Romanian President Emil Constantinescu.

Yugoslavia, the seventh member of the southeastern Europe cooperation body, was not invited. A previous meeting said Belgrade should not take part until the situation in Serbia was normalized.

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