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Fico: No open political issues between Austria and Slovakia

Prime Minister Robert Fico and Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer's talks in Vienna on May 8 centred around opportunities for further economic co-operation.

Fico said Austria is one of Slovakia's most important trade partners, with more than 1,700 companies in Slovakia supported either entirely or at least partly by Austrian capital.

Fico and Gusenbauer agreed that Slovakia will support Austria's efforts to become a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, and that both countries will try to resolve issues relating to the stalled European Constitution.

Also discussed at the meeting were Slovak-Austrian transport projects, including the new Vienna-Bratislava motorway, which is due to be completed by November 19.

As for the cancelled privatisation of Bratislava Airport, Fico stressed that his government would never sell the airport. Negotiations with the Austrian party are in progress, however, with one of the options for co-operation being a joint-venture.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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