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FIRST MEETING OF EAST EUROPEAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CHIEFS TO BE PREVIEWED BY FORMER CIA DIRECTOR; APRIL CONFERENCE IN BULGARIA TO FOCUS ON PROPER ROLE IN A DEMOCRACY

FIRST MEETING OF EAST EUROPEAN INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CHIEFS TO BE PREVIEWED BY FORMER CIA DIRECTOR; APRIL CONFERENCE IN BULGARIA TO
 FOCUS ON PROPER ROLE IN A DEMOCRACY
 Former CIA Director William Colby and Center for Democracy President Allen Weinstein will speak at a newsmaker breakfast to be held in the Truman Lounge of the National Press Club, 14th and F streets, N.W., Washington, on Thursday, April 2 at 9 a.m. to preview a historic meeting next month of the new heads of the intelligence agencies throughout Eastern Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union (including the Russian KGB). The intelligence chiefs and other participants from 21 countries will take part in an international conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, on "The Proper Role of an Intelligence Agency in a Democracy," to take place April 8-10 under the co-sponsorship of Bulgaria's President Zhelyu Zhelev and The Center for Democracy.
 Colby and the chiefs or deputy chiefs of seven East European intelligence agencies, and the Russian KGB, attended a planning meeting for this conference, moderated by Weinstein and hosted by President Zhelev, last December in Sofia. The themes to be discussed at the conference were developed at the December meeting: civilian oversight of intelligence agencies, the past and current handling of files, rights of citizens and the new mission of such agencies.
 Participants in next month's conference will include intelligence chiefs, interior ministers and members of parliament from Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the former republics of Yugoslavia, Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Past and present officials of the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies have also been invited.
 For further information on the Newsmaker Breakfast and the conference, call the contacts below.
 CONTACT: Paul Nathanson or Andrew Gregg of The Center for Democracy, 202-429-9141.
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