Schuster in favor of abolition of sanctions against YU

ATHENS, May 9, 2000 -- (CTK) Sanctions against Yugoslavia should be abolished, Slovak President Rudolf Schuster told journalists after meeting his Greek counterpart Konstantinos Stefanopoulos and Premier Kostas Simitis at the close of his official visit to Greek today.

"Those who think that the sanctions strengthen Yugoslavia's isolation, and consequently also the regime of its President Slobodan Milosevic, are right," Schuster said. Schuster also expressed support for the return of Serb inhabitants to Kosovo.

He and his Greek hosts agreed that the Pact of Stability for the Balkans should be put into practice and money for its implementation should be found. According to Stefanopoulos, Slovakia has "full right" to become a member of the European Union (EU) and NATO.

He stressed that Greece would support Slovakia's Euroatlantic orientation. He added that Slovakia had been able to accommodate itself to Euroatlantic demands and was ready to become a fully-fledged member. Slovakia is in the second group of EU candidates.

Schuster, who is paying the first official visit to Greece, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan and Privatisation Minister Maria Machova.

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