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Friday, 9 March, 2001, 16:07 GMT
Bulgaria urges support for Macedonia

The Bulgarian parliament has called on the international community to prevent the destabilisation of Macedonia.

The statement urges the United Nations, NATO and the European Union to help uphold Macedonia's sovereignty over its troubled northern area, and to stop the conflict spreading to the rest of the region.

The appeal came as the Bulgarian prime minister, Ivan Kostov, continued talks with the Macedonian leadership in Skopje.

On Thursday, Bulgaria began shipping military supplies to Macedonia, believed to contain mainly artillery spare parts and demining equipment. Correspondents say events in Macedonia are acutely felt in Bulgaria, with the two countries sharing strong cultural and linguistic links.

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