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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 22, 2001


U.S. Urges Resumption of Political Dialogue

The United States calls on the sides in Macedonia to cease fighting and focus on a political solution. The answer to the situation in Macedonia has always been progress in the political dialogue leading to demilitarization. There is a peace process for the situation in Macedonia. There is no military solution.

NATO made very clear in Brussels this week its conditions for participation in the demilitarization aspects of President Trajkovski's peace plan, including a permanent cease-fire and a political settlement. The political dialogue must show results and be acknowledged as the way forward.

Secretary Powell spoke this morning with NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson and EU High Representative Solana regarding the latest developments. He also called President Trajkovski to reiterate the need for a policy of military restraint.


Released on June 22, 2001

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