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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Greece Rejects Talks

n ATHENS () -- Greece has dismissed an Albanian offer to hold talks in an attempt to smooth tense relations and said it is preparing measures to protect the Greek minority in the neighboring Balkan state.

Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou said Greece was prepared to defend its interests but would not say what specific measures he would take in the dispute with Albania over the trial of five ethnic Greeks.

The five went on trial in Tirana this month on charges of spying for Greece. Greece says the trial is m