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[ALBSA-Info] Greece says Albanian vote fair for ethnic GreeksGazhebo at aol.com Gazhebo at aol.com
Mon Jun 25 22:22:52 EDT 2001
Greece says Albanian vote fair for ethnic Greeks ATHENS, June 25 (Reuters) - Greece said on Monday it was satisfied with the way its ethnic minority in Albania had been treated during Sunday's general elections in the small Balkan state. In the past Greece has strongly criticised Albania over allegations of discrimination against its ethnic Greek minority at elections. But Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas told reporters: "We believe the (Greek) minority voted under the best possible conditions in recent years." Last year ethnic Greeks claimed police kept them away from polling booths during local elections. Albanian socialist Prime Minister Ilir Meta claimed victory over the opposition Democratic Party's Sali Berisha on Monday but official results were expected later in the day. Southern Albania has a large ethnic Greek population with close ties to Athens.
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