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Greece Expels Albanian Diplomat Amid Border Tensions

April 21, 1994

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Greece confirmed Thursday that it is expelling an Albanian diplomat in retaliation for Albania’s expulsion of Greek embassy personnel over a border incident.

Each country previously expelled a diplomat shortly after Albania accused Greece of being behind an attack by gunmen on a military barracks near their border April 10. Greece denied involvement in the shooting, which killed two Albanian soldiers.

Albania later told Greece to reduce the number of its diplomats in Tirana to six from 20 by Friday.

Evangelos Venizelos, a Greek spokesman, said Thursday that his government responded with a similar order.

An Albanian embassy official, Arben Prassa, said second secretary Ahmet Lala had been told Wednesday to leave Greece within 48 hours.

The two countries’ foreign ministers are to meet in Switzerland on May 3 to try defuse tensions, which already were high over accusations from both sides that the other is mistreating ethnic minorities.

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