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Gašparovič wants to raise several topics

IN AN interview with the daily Pravda, Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič admitted that the focus of the US-Russian visit to Bratislava this week would be on the meeting between Presidents Bush and Putin.

However, Slovakia has prepared several topics that it would like to bring up with President Bush. One of them is that of visas, which concerns Slovakia and several other Central European countries.

In addition to the visa issue, relations between the USA and Europe will be a topic on the agenda. President Gašparovič would also like Slovakia to raise the question of relations among powerful institutions such as the European Union, NATO and the United Nations.

The Slovak president thinks it is important at least to initiate a discussion on these topics, even though solutions may not be immediately forthcoming.

Gašparovič restated his position that US-led forces entered Iraq without the approval of the United Nations.

However, he conceded that today the situation is different and Slovakia should keep to its obligations and agreements concerning Iraq.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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