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NATO and the EU call for calm in Macedonia

NATO and the European Union have called for a return to calm in Macedonia after clashes between police and an armed group left at least 22 people dead.

As Macedonia declared two days of mourning on Sunday, both organisations warned of the danger of escalating violence in a part of the country hit by an ethnic Albanian insurgency in 2001.

"I urge everyone to exercise restraint and avoid any further escalation, in the interest of the country and the whole region," Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary-general, said in a statement.

And in a statement late on Saturday, Johannes Hahn, EU enlargement commissioner, said: "Any further escalation must be avoided, not the least in the interest of the overall stability in the country."

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