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President still ponders signing EU constitution

EU member states should continue to ratify the first EU constitution, despite the failed referenda in France and the Netherlands, Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič said.

Gašparovič, who refused to sign the document after the Slovak parliament voted to accept it last year, has had it on his desk since June 2005. His signature would conclude the ratification process in Slovakia, the SITA news agency wrote.

The Slovak Constitutional Court is also deliberating on the document, but presidential spokesman Marek Trubač said the president is not waiting for the court's decision. He has until October, at which point the ratification process across the EU should be complete.

Although the president believes the constitution should be ratified, he personally does not completely agree with its contents, and believes the EU should agree on a new text.

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