About 30 athletes from Slovenia who were to represent Yugoslavia pulled out of the Mediterranean Games in Athens yesterday under orders from officials of the breakaway republic.
Radovan Tomic, an official of the Yugoslav delegation, said some athletes from Slovenia want to return home, but "out of anxiety, not anger. We understand them, and will help them return in every way possible." Yugoslav federal forces have attacked and killed Slovenians defending their decision to form an independent state.
Concern for their relatives back home was also expressed by the Algerians. Algeria is undergoing civil strife as government forces clash with Muslim fundamentalists.