18 July, 1997
Withdrawal of the Greek contingent in the 8-nation protection force in Albania will begin Monday, July 21, following completion of the force's mission, it was announced yesterday. The gradual pullout of Greek troops will be completed on August 8. The force, comprising troops from Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Romania, Austria, France and Denmark was deployed in mid-April to protect humanitarian aid arriving in the strife-torn Balkan country and assist OSCE observers monitoring general elections last month .
Source: Athens News Agency