Slovaks to offer plan on 'union'

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Prague (AP) - Slovak leaders, whose sovereignty demands put Czechoslovakia on the path to break-up, are proposing a treaty on close economic and political ties, the newspaper Lidove Noviny reported. A draft of the plan envisages the formation of a 'Czecho-Slovak Union' after the country splits into two states.

Lidove Noviny quoted a Slovak government spokesman as saying Slovakia's Prime Minister, Vladimir Meciar, would present the plan to his Czech counterpart, Vaclav Klaus, next Thursday in Prague.

The plan, which includes a customs union and common foreign policy, was seen as a sign of Slovak worries about the consequences of a full break from the Czech republic.