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More Nato voices against Mečiar

NATO Secretary General George Robertson, meeting Slovak President Rudolf Schuster in Brussels, again urged Slovaks to vote in fall elections for parties that would be able to lead the country into Nato. "It's that simple", he said. The daily paper Pravda reported that in a closed-door meeting Robertson had warned that if any member of the next government was from the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party the country would not be invited to join Nato. The same message was sent also by Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister Lydia Polfer, who told Slovak Speaker of Parliament Jozef Migaš that former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar had neither the support nor the trust of the European Union.

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