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EU Delegation in Macedonia Probing CIA Flights

A delegation of European lawmakers is in Macedonia probing reports of a CIA kidnapping and transfer of a terrorism suspect from the Balkan country to Afghanistan.

Members of the European Parliament arrived in Skopje Thursday and held talks with Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski, who said his country will cooperate fully with their investigation.

The European delegates are probing the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who claims the CIA detained him in 2003 and transferred him to Afghanistan. He said he was later freed in Albania.

The United States denies illegally transporting terrorism suspects.

The European delegation includes Italian lawmaker Claudio Fava who, a day earlier, released a preliminary European Union report saying the CIA conducted 1,000 illegal flights over Europe since 2001.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.