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14 July, 1999
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will eventually attend the Balkan summit to be organized here by the European Socialist Party (ESP) on July 22-23, it was announced yesterday.
The main issues on the agenda will be economic and social development, democracy and human rights and security in the Balkan region.
National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, as previously reported, will also attend the Vienna summit in his capacity as ESP vice-president.
Among others, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Austrian Chancellor and host Viktor Klima, Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko, Slovenian President Milan Kucan and Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic will attend the summit.
Also expected are socialist international president Pierre Mauroy, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and Italian Foreign Minister Umberto Ranieri, as well as the European Union coordinators for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The coordination and formulation of the European socialists and social democrats' positions will be brought about at the Vienna summit in light of the EU's conference on stability in the Balkans, scheduled to take place in Sarajevo on July 30.
Attending the recent meeting of ESP senior officials to prepare the summit, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos had said the cornerstone for every stability policy in the Balkans was safeguarding international borders and rejecting whatever revisionist policy either in the form of a territorial claim or in the form of secession.
Source: Athens News Agency