President Bush met with Estonian leaders Friday and agreed all three breakaway Baltic republics should take part next month at the 34-nation summit meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Though the once-heated question of Baltic secession has been largely pushed from the front pages by the twin crises of the gulf and the budget, Bush spent 40 minutes in the Oval Office discussing the status of the republics' efforts to gain independence from the Soviet Union.After the session, Estonian Prime Minister Edgar Savisaar said a growing number of countries in Eastern Europe were backing Baltic participation in the CSCE process.