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SLOVENE FM VISITS SKOPJE.

The Slovenian EU Presidency's efforts aiming to relaunch the Thessaloniki Agenda (2003) on the strategy on the Western Balkans were the focus of meetings on 1 February between Slovenian Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitrij Rupel and his Macedonian counterpart, Antonio Milo oski. During a visit to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), he mentioned the country's strong outlook, as it signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2001 and has been acknowledged as a candidate for EU membership since 2005 and should begin accession negotiations this year. "The European Commission's report on 2007 brought out the advances that this country has made. However, there are still several questions to settle," said Rupel, noting that the Commission was soon going to send a list of points to be resolved by Skopje as soon as possible. Furthermore, he announced the start of negotiations on the liberalisation of visa schemes.

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Title Annotation:Foreign Affairs Minister
Publication:European Report
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXSL
Date:Feb 5, 2008
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