Envoy Questions Albanian Pardons

SKOPJE, Macedonia?A Western envoy in Macedonia raised doubts Wednesday about a government-declared amnesty for ethnic Albanian rebels, saying it was not in line with a Western brokered peace accord.

Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski and his cabinet Tuesday pardoned all ethnic Albanian rebels who battled government troops earlier this year but later surrendered their weapons to NATO.

But Trajkovski said the amnesty did not apply to those who might have committed war crimes during the six months of clashes.

The Western envoy, speaking strictly on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the declaration?s wording showed ?considerable difference? from that agreed on under the Western-brokered deal.

?An acceptable amnesty is critical to the peace process,? the envoy said.