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05 May, 1997
The European Seminar focusing on the Western European Union's future role in the new enlarged security environment ended on Saturday in Athens after two days of talks on how to redefine Europe's security structure.
Greece currently holds the rotating presidency of the WEU.
In addressing the seminar, Defense Undersecretary Dimitris Apostolakis said "following the historic events of the past eight years, there is no longer a specific political-military threat on a world level. However, there are threats arising from situations such as developments in the Balkans, the rise of nationalism, terrorism, uncontrolled immigration from the southern Mediterranean region and eastern Europe, as well as from the international drug trade."
There is to be a meeting of WEU defense ministers in Washington next month to review the activities of the outgoing Greek presidency of the WEU.
"As a country we have tried to give the WEU the characteristics of a dynamically developing defense organization which will become more and more active in the future," Mr. Apostolakis told the closing session of the seminar.
Source: Athens News Agency