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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Questions of April 18, 1994

1. SLOVAKIA Q: What did Secretary Christopher and Slovak Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan discuss during their meeting today?

A: SECRETARY OF STATE CHRISTOPHER AND SLOVAK FOREIGN MINISTER EDUARD KUKAN HAD A PRODUCTIVE AND WIDE-RANGING DISCUSSION AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT TODAY. DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE TALBOTT AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS STEPHEN OXMAN ALSO TOOK PART IN THE MEETING.

--KEY TOPICS DISCUSSED INCLUDED THE SLOVAK GOVERNMENT'S PLANS FOR ACCELERATED ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL REFORM, SLOVAKIA'S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN NATO'S PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE AND U.S. EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE INVESTMENT IN SLOVAKIA.

2. MACEDONIA Q: What can you tell us about the Secretary's meeting with the F.Y.R.O.M.'s Foreign Minister Stevo Crvenkovski?

A: -- THE SECRETARY MET WITH FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA (F.Y.R.O.M.) FOREIGN MINISTER STEVO CREVENKOVSKI FOR TWENTY MINUTES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14.

--THEY DISCUSSED EFFORTS BY SPECIAL ENVOY MATT NIMETZ TO ASSIST CYRUS VANCE IN BRINGING GREECE AND THE F.Y.R.O.M. BACK TO UN-SPONSORED NEGOTIATIONS.

--THE SECRETARY URGED THE F.Y.R.O.M. TO CONTINUE TO WORK FLEXIBLY WITH NIMETZ AND VANCE TOWARDS A PROMPT RESOLUTION OF ALL OUTSTANDING ISSUES WITH GREECE.(###)

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