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BRUSSELS : New Partnership?

Foreign ministers from NATO and the successor states of the former Warsaw Pact will meet in the Belgian capital Friday to discuss prospects for deepening cooperation between the onetime Cold War enemies.

A total of 38 nations will be represented at the North Atlantic Cooperation Council talks. They are expected to concentrate on a variety of issues, including the prospects of joint training for peacekeeping missions and the feasibility of a recent U.S. initiative outlining a close partnership with the formerly Communist nations of Central and Eastern Europe.

The U.S. proposal, “Partnership for Peace,” was tabled as an alternative to full NATO membership sought by some former East Bloc nations.


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