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Balkan justice summit

Justice ministers from five Balkan countries and representatives of another two states will meet in the northern town of Kastoria tomorrow to discuss joint efforts against organized crime and illegal immigration, the government said yesterday. The Ministry of Justice, which is organizing the first such meeting among Balkan countries, said Kastoria would serve as a forum «where new ideas on the function of justice and the judiciary in free and democratic societies will be fertilized.» Ministers from Greece, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania will be attending, as well as justice ministry officials from Bulgaria and Cyprus. “The main agenda of the meeting will be efforts to establish the rule of law, to crack down on organised crime (particularly in the forms of corruption and money laundering) and illegal immigration,” a Justice Ministry statement said. Today, a two-day Balkan legal conference starts in Kastoria.