Yugoslavian President will visit Romania to participate in environmental summit

Yugoslavian President Vojislav Kostunica is to visit Bucharest at the end of April, Romanian President's press service announced Saturday. According to local diplomatic sources, the visit will coincide in time with the planned summit of the leaders of the Carpathian-Danube countries, coming to Bucharest to discuss the region's environmental problems and trends of development. The summit is to take place on 29-30 April. In addition to the leaders of 16 countries, the summit is expected to be attended by representatives of environmental and non-governmental organisations as well as captains of business. Macedonia's President Boris Trajkovski also plans to pay an official visit to Bucharest on these dates. He is expected to sign a basic bilateral political agreement with Romania. Bucharest views the summit as the most important political event of the year. Romania came out with an idea of the environmental summit after most rivers of the Tissa-Danube basin had been badly contaminated with cyanide-containing effluent at the beginning of 2000. The environmental disaster triggered by a gold-mining company operating in Romania's northwestern region eventually swelled beyond the country's national borders and affected Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and other countries of the region.

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