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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.

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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.