Slovaks boycott divorce

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PRAGUE (Reuter) - The peaceful break-up of Czechoslovakia, already without a president, was cast in doubt after Slovak leaders said they would boycott new talks on the country's future. Slovakia's Prime Minister, Vladimir Meciar, told his Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus that he considered further talks 'unsuitable'.

'At a time when you have cast doubt upon us as partners, it is useless for us to sit down at the same table,' Mr Meciar said in a letter. Mr Klaus and Mr Meciar were to have met on Thursday to discuss further steps towards a peaceful division of Czechoslovakia.