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August 4, 1988
Greece said it will close the important U.S. Hellenikon Air Base outside Athens. "One of the decisions of the Greek government is the abolition of the Hellenikon base," government spokesman Sotiris Kostopoulos told reporters in Athens. Negotiations between Greece and the United States on a new agreement for American military bases have been deadlocked since they began last November.
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August 18, 1990 | Reuters
A U.S. naval communications base north of Athens was handed back to Greece on Friday as part of American defense budget cuts, the U.S. Embassy in Athens said. The Nea Makri base, used by the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, is the first of two American bases to be closed in Greece. The Hellenikon air base, which shares the runway at Athens airport, will cease operations by April, 1991.
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November 5, 1988 | From Reuters
The United States and Greece on Friday ended a round of negotiations here on military base rights in Greece and will resume the talks in December, the State Department said.
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July 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Greek and U.S. officials on Sunday signed a defense treaty allowing two major U.S. military bases to remain in the country for at least eight years. Washington threw in 62 warplanes and four naval destroyers to sweeten the deal. The treaty, which still must be ratified by the Greek Parliament and the U.S. Congress, guarantees defense of Greece's territory against any hostile country, including neighbor and fellow NATO ally Turkey.
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September 22, 1988
Talks on U.S. use of Greek military bases will resume in Athens early next month, Greek Foreign Minister Karolos Papoulias said after meeting in Washington with Secretary of State George P. Shultz. But there has been no change on the deadlocked issue that prompted the United States to break off the talks Sept. 5--Greece's demand for U.S. forces to vacate Hellenikon air base at Athens airport, Papoulias said.
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May 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Greek and U.S. negotiators Monday began a 17th round of talks on U.S. military bases in Greece, the last set of discussions before the June 18 national elections. The previous talks ended April 14 with "no notable progress made," a government spokesman said. Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou reiterated Saturday during a pre-election speech that a national referendum would determine the future of the bases if an agreement was reached by the two governments. The five-year base agreement expired Dec. 20.
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July 14, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Greek government, a landlord pressuring a tenant, formally asked the United States on Wednesday to close four American military bases here by year's end. The request, a formality, comes as Greek and American negotiators prepare for their seventh round of talks later this month in search of a new bases agreement. The Greek government said that the 1983 accord, which expires at the end of this year, requires five months' notice for termination.
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May 31, 1990 | From Reuters
After years of bitter disputes and tough negotiations, the United States and Greece signed a new defense agreement Wednesday allowing American bases to stay in the eastern Mediterranean country. The major installations covered by the agreement are a U.S. Air Force base and a Navy base on the island of Crete and about 20 smaller installations spread across the country.
NEWS
July 20, 1989
The Greek government said that Washington must dismantle U.S. bases in Greece next year without a new defense pact. Talks on a new agreement have been frozen. A five-year agreement signed by the previous Socialist administration expired last year. "The issue of the U.S. bases in Greece is frozen . . . but the 17-month countdown which began last December for the Americans to remove the bases if a new agreement was not signed is still in force," said Deputy Foreign Minister George Papoulias.
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May 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Greek and U.S. negotiators Monday began a 17th round of talks on U.S. military bases in Greece, the last set of discussions before the June 18 national elections. The previous talks ended April 14 with "no notable progress made," a government spokesman said. Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou reiterated Saturday during a pre-election speech that a national referendum would determine the future of the bases if an agreement was reached by the two governments. The five-year base agreement expired Dec. 20.
NEWS
November 5, 1988 | From Reuters
The United States and Greece on Friday ended a round of negotiations here on military base rights in Greece and will resume the talks in December, the State Department said.
NEWS
August 4, 1988
Greece said it will close the important U.S. Hellenikon Air Base outside Athens. "One of the decisions of the Greek government is the abolition of the Hellenikon base," government spokesman Sotiris Kostopoulos told reporters in Athens. Negotiations between Greece and the United States on a new agreement for American military bases have been deadlocked since they began last November.
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July 14, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Greek government, a landlord pressuring a tenant, formally asked the United States on Wednesday to close four American military bases here by year's end. The request, a formality, comes as Greek and American negotiators prepare for their seventh round of talks later this month in search of a new bases agreement. The Greek government said that the 1983 accord, which expires at the end of this year, requires five months' notice for termination.
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