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30 April, 2001
Greece on Sunday sternly condemned the latest violence in the neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) one day earlier, as eight members of FYROM's security forces were killed near the frontier with NATO-administered Kosovo.
"We most wholeheartedly condemn the terrorist action by Albanian extremists against the security forces of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia," a Greek foreign ministry spokesman said.
"... this act creates conditions of tension and destabilization, and could lead to a new cycle of violence and conflict in the neighboring country. We believe all the political forces of FYROM will condemn and isolate such terrorist elements, and will contribute - through a peaceful and democratic dialogue - towards the resolution of these problems and to the country's political stability," foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis said.
FYROM's media has blamed at the ethnic Albanian guerrilla force "National Liberation Army" for the attack. Four army soldiers and four policemen were killed and several others wounded after gunmen opened up with mortars, grenade launchers and machine gun fire near the village of Vejce, in northwestern FYROM, officials said.
"The attackers were part of a terrorist sabotage group which crossed into the country from Kosovo in the area of the Shar Mountain. The security forces are taking measures to locate and neutralize the group," a FYROM interior ministry statement read.
Source: Athens News Agency