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01 July, 1997
Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis held talks yesterday with US ambassador Richard Shifter, President Bill Clinton's special adviser on the Initiative for Cooperation in Southeastern Europe (SECI), which focuses on improving and developing cooperation between Balkan countries. An extensive review was made of activities being developed in the framework of the initiative, aimed at strengthening regional cooperation between countries in southeastern Europe through the development of economic, technical and environmental cooperation.
On his part, Mr. Shifter stressed the importance of Greece's participation in the SECI initiative, inter-border cooperation programs aimed at rendering technical assistance and improving infrastructure at border crossings of member-states which are part of this initiative.
Mr. Kranidiotis said Greece participates actively in all initiatives strengthening cooperation in the Balkans and will offer all support possible for activities developing in the framework of the initiative. According to reports, the US attributes particular significance to Greece's active participation in the success of the SECI initiative and assesses that the leading role it can play in the region will help substantially in consolidating peace, stability and development in the Balkans.
Source: Athens News Agency