VILNIUS - As one of its final acts of 1998, the Council of Europe approved a plan to establish a European Institute for Dispersed Ethnic Minorities in Vilnius.The main goal of the institute, which will start work in May to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Council of Europe, is to preserve and popularize the cultures of thousands of small ethnic groups, even those with just a few thousand members.Europe has given birth to thousands of different ethnic groups, each with its own customs, language and culture. But some that lived on the continent for hundreds of years have run into trage...
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