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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK

World: Europe

Blair: NATO still united against Milosevic

CAN FOLLOW KOSOVO DIPLOMATIC In a speech in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Mr Blair insisted that the NATO allies remained united in their determination to defeat the Yugoslav president, Slobodan Milosevic, and ensure that Kosovo refugees can return home.

Mr Blair went on to pledge British support to help rebuild the Balkan region once the war in Kosovo is ended. He said his government backed Bulgaria's accelerated integration into the European Union and NATO. The Bulgarian authorities have expressed support for the NATO air campaign, but there is opposition within the country -- a group of demonstrators burned effigies of Mr Blair and chanted anti-NATO slogans outside Sofia University where he delivered his speech. Mr Blair travels to Albania on Tuesday.

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