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Sunday, February 21, 1999 Published at 16:42 GMT


World: Europe

EU ministers meet in Luxembourg


As European Union foreign ministers gathered in Luxembourg for a two day meeting, the German minister, Joschke Fischer, stressed the need for an international peace keeping force in Kosovo.

Otherwise he said any agreement would be meaningless.

The EU foreign ministers were also expected to discuss the continuing Kurdish protests over Turkey's seizure of the Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

Much of Sunday was due to be taken up by the planned reform of the European Union budget and the costly farm price support structures of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Formal discussions begin tomorrow Monday. Thousands of farmers from all over Europe are expected to demonstrate in Brussels tomorrow when EU agriculture ministers will be holding separate discussions on farm reform.

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