Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told representatives
of more than 30 countries and 10 non-governmental organizations in Bonn
on 27 May that his proposed "Balkan stabilization pact" must
include realistic prospects for EU membership for Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia,
Yugoslavia, and Albania, the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung"
reported. He added, however, that the process will take years and does
not mean that the five countries will receive easy terms for membership.
The stability pact will also include Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovenia. Its
aim is to promote a regional approach to political and economic development
and to security issues. The previous day in Brussels, EU Commissioner Hans
van den Broek said that Balkan regional cooperation is an essential means
to prevent future conflicts there. He stressed that the EU will offer long-term
development assistance to Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Yugoslavia,
the "Berliner Zeitung" reported. PM
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