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Drnovsek Sends Condolences After North Ossetia Attack

Ljubljana, 3 August - Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek joined a host of senior officials around the world who expressed condolences about Saturday's explosion in the Russian republic of North Ossetia that claimed 50 lives. In his letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Drnovsek asked Putin to express condolences to families of those killed on behalf of the Slovenian people, Drnovsek's office reported on Sunday.

In his letter to Putin, Drnovsek underlined Slovenia's stance that violence is not and cannot be a way to resolve disputes. No ends justify such means, Drnovsek stressed according to the press release.

In what is said to be a suicide bomb attack, a suicide bomber drove a truck into a military hospital in the city of Mozdok in the North Ossetia republic, bordering Chechnya. At least 50 people have been killed.

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