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    U.S. defense secretary arrives in Macedonia

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    07 Ekim 2008 - 13:01Son Güncelleme : 07 Ekim 2008 - 17:39

    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived on Tuesday in the southwestern Macedonian lake resort Ohrid where he was to attend a meeting of regional defense ministers. (UPDATED)

    The regular annual meeting on Wednesday will gather defense ministers from 16 states, including for the first time the United States, Turkey, Greece and Albania.

     

    Gates arrived from Kosovo, where he said that Washington would oppose any partition of the territory following its declaration of independence.

     

    As he became the most senior US official to visit Kosovo since it declared its split from Serbia in February, Gates said he wanted to demonstrate his support for American troops serving in a NATO peacekeeping force but denied that Russia had anything to fear from their presence.

     

    The U.S. official will on Thursday attend an informal meeting of NATO defense ministers in Budapest.

     

    Photo: Reuters

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