Views on BG | September 18, 2001, Tuesday // 00:00

Report by Bulgarian radio

[Announcer] The official two-day visit of Macedonian Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski to Bulgaria began with a ceremony at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Sofia. The visit is taking place at the invitation of Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg.

The talks between the two delegations at the Council of Ministers building has already ended. The two prime ministers announced that they had discussed comprehensive bilateral cooperation and joint action against terrorism.

The Macedonian prime minister announced that he was expecting more active political support from Bulgaria. Diyana Chepisheva reports:

[Chepisheva] All the Balkan states must cooperate against terrorism, not only because of what has happened in Macedonia, but because tomorrow another state in the region could become the target of terrorist acts, Macedonian Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski said and continued: for eight months Macedonia was the victim of terrorism, while the international community did not act energetically against the terrorists and even maintained more contacts with them than with the Macedonian institutions.

Georgievski announced that there was no specific information regarding a connection between terrorists in Macedonia and Usamah Bin-Ladin's organization. However, he recalled articles in the Western press that said that Usamah Bin-Ladin had been spotted in northern Albania and Kosovo.
Ljubco Georgievski and Simeon Saxe-Coburg did not discuss any new Bulgarian military aid for Macedonia. Prime Minister Georgievski said that at present his country did not need such aid.

The common willingness of the two governments to institute cooperation in communications, technology, and infrastructure was expressed.
During the statements of the two prime ministers only translations from the Bulgarian language was conducted. The words of Ljubco Georgievski were not translated. A Macedonian journalist asked Simeon Saxe-Coburg whether - I quote - he was willing to resolve the language dispute between the two countries within the framework of his term of office. In his answer the prime minister said that this would be in the interest of everyone and that the problem must be solved in a civilized and analytical manner.
Macedonian Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski said that the problem had already been solved at the level of institutions. The two governments have closed the topic and there is no reason to reopen it, he emphasized and added: the argument between intellectuals and scientists is at a different level. This is Diyana Chepisheva reporting live.

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