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16 May, 1997
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has taken steps to aid in the diffusing of tension created in Albania due to the voting of a controversial electoral law backed by embattled Albanian President Sali Berisha.
Opposition parties in Albania and several western countries have expressed objections to the new electoral law.
Mr. Pangalos last night spoke in turn with Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) special envoy Franz Vranitzky, Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana and Mr. Berisha.
He called on all to undertake efforts in order for elections in the neighboring country to be held correctly at the end of June.
According to reports, Mr. Pangalos asked the Albanian president not to lead his country into the elections under the law, which was passed on Tuesday, and to accept a compromise that would satisfy all sides.
Mr. Pangalos also contacted Greece's ambassador to Washington, Loukas Tsilas, and asked him to meet with Albanian Prime Minister Bashkim Fino, currently on a visit to the United States, and to ask the Albanian premier to undertake all possible efforts for elections to be held in order to avert a further political deterioration in Albania.
Source: Athens News Agency