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Talks open on declaring the Balkans nuclear-free

Delegates from four Balkan countries open talks here today on a plan to convert the Balkans into a nuclear-free zone. The delegates, from Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania, and Greece, will discuss a proposal by Greek Socialist Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou to remove all nuclear weapons from the peninsula.

Albania refused to take part and Turkey asked that the meeting be postponed for two weeks to give its delegation time to prepare for the talks.

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