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18 Jun 1996 description

ATHENS (AP-Dow Jones)--Greece and Armenia signed a defense cooperation agreement Tuesday under which they will exchange information on weapons and training.

The agreement is one of several pacts that Greece has signed with countries in the region.

'I would like to stress that our country gives great priority to reaching the targets of the defense agreement between the two countries,' Greek Defense Minister Gerasimos Arsenis said after signing the pact with his Armenian counterpart, Vargen Sargsyan.

12 Jun 1996 description

GROZNY, Russia (Dow Jones)--The Moscow-backed government of Chechnya decided on Wednesday to hold elections to the breakaway republic's parliament on June 16, undermining a peace agreement between the Kremlin and rebel militants, reports the Associated Press.

Postponing the elections was a key separatist demand, and at talks held earlier this week the sides issued what they called a 'recommendation' to hold the ballot in the fall.

Monday's agreement stipulated that the vote would be preceded by rebel disarmament and a Russian pullout, both to be completed by Aug.