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12 January, 1999
NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) program member-states' defense ministers will begin meeting in Athens today to sign a supplementary protocol to a treaty establishing a multinational peacekeeping force in southeast Europe.
National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos will open proceedings. The additional protocol contains proposals drafted by military experts during their recent Istanbul meeting on issues that remained unresolved.
These proposals include defining the force's base as Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with Turkey undertaking to lead the force for the first period and Greece taking over the presidency of the political and military committee.
The defense ministers of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, and the Romanian chief of staff will be participating in the meeting. Slovenia and the United States will send observers. The Turkish defense minister has been invited but it was unclear whether he would be able to attend.
Source: Athens News Agency