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25 October, 2002
Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Magriotis toured villages in Albania populated by the ethnic Greek minority on Thursday.
During his visit to the village of Vouliarati, in the prefecture of Gjirokaster, Magriotis attended a memorial service at the cemetery for Greek soldiers killed during the war between Greece and Italy in 1940.
Magriotis also met with ethnic Greek minority officials in the village of Aliko and was briefed on its problems. He said Greece would intensify its efforts to support the members of the ethnic Greek minority in the region and the improvement of their living standards.
Magriotis arrived in Tirana in the afternoon, where he will be attending the session of Black Sea Economic Cooperation Pact foreign ministers on Friday.
During his stay in the Albanian capital, Magriotis will be meeting Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano, Foreign Minister Ilir Meta and Albanian Parliament President Servet Pelubi.
Source: Athens News Agency