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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 97-05-02

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From: The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at <http://www.telpress.it/ata>

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] INSECURE SITUATION RETURNS IN GJIROKASTER
  • [02] TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN DURRES
  • [03] SCIENTIFIC SESSION ON THE ACTIVITY OF KING AHMET ZOGU
  • [04] SCHOOLS REOPEN IN PERRENJAS
  • [05] EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY KILLED IN SHIJAK
  • [06] ARMED PERSONS ROB MONEY OF LLUGAJ COMMUNE IN TROPOJE
  • [07] PRESS REVIEW
  • [08] DP EXPRESSES ITS CONCERN REGARDING SP PRESSURE AGAINST LEADERS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • [09] PRESIDENT RUGOVA HOLDS CONSULTS REGARDING LEGALIZATION OF THE PARLIAMENT AND NEW ELECTIONS IN KOSOVA
  • [10] NOT ALL THE AID FOR ALBANIA WILL BE DISTRIBUTED GRATIS
  • [11] 300 TROOPS ADDED TO THE GREEK CONTINGENT OF THE MULTINATIONAL FORCE MISSION IN DURRES
  • [12] MARKAGJONAJ AND SINANI DO NOT REPRESENT RP IN PARLIAMENT - Godo
  • [13] VLORE UNIVERSITY REOPENS MONDAY
  • [14] TELEPHONE TALK BETWEEN PRIME MINISTERS FINO-PRODI
  • [15] "FAN NOLI" UNIVERSITY IN KORCE TO REOPEN ON MAY 5
  • [16] POLICE MOBILISED, JUSTICE GIVES NO LISTS OF ESCAPED CONVICTS
  • [17] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS TO OBSERVE ELECTIONS IN ALBANIA-Fischer
  • [18] PRIME MINISTER'S WARNING OF RESIGNATION IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND ADVENTUROUS- Pollo
  • [19] ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOT ASKED TO ENLARGE MULTINATIONAL FORCE MANDATE
  • [20] BOMB PLANTED CLOSE TO GJIROKASTER LOCAL RADIO - Its explosion avoided -
  • [21] EIGHTEEN DANGEROUS TUNNELS SECURED IN LEZHE
  • [22] EXODUS ATTEMPTS IN VELIPOJE
  • [23] ROMANIAN MILITARY TROOPS IN ALBANIA SOON
  • [24] PENSIONS FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE STRAIT OF OTRANTO TO BE NEGOTIATED SOON
  • [25] ALBANIAN PREMIER SENDS MESSAGE TO NEWLY-ELECTED BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

  • [01] INSECURE SITUATION RETURNS IN GJIROKASTER

    GJIROKASTER, MAY 1 (ATA) - By H. Çani: The two murders, which occurred on April 30 in Gjirokaster, (someone was killed by unidentified persons, while the other by a stray bullet), have turned the feeling of insecurity in this town.

    Although May 1 was holiday, the citizens of Gjirokaster almost did not feel it. Gunshots have been heard in the town during all the day.

    The Albanian emigrants, who come from Greece, feel insecure and unprotected in the boarder check point of Kakavije. They are often robbed by misdoers, who do not hesitate to use fire weapons. An amount of 800 000 drachma was stolen to a young man from a village of Gjirokaster.

    Although the police are present, their operation is not felt. /a.ke/pas/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN DURRES

    DURRES, MAY 2 (ATA) - Two young men have lost their life in the town of Durres after an exchange of fire with another young man.

    According to the sources of the police commissariat, Ardian Rexhep Llanaj shot dead by fire weapons Bledar Fadil Gjuzi, 21, and Gezim Xhafa, 23.

    During the exchange of fire, the author of the crime was injured and was detained later on by the police. Meanwhile, the investigation for the causes of the murder have started, which according to the first sources, have been for weak motives. /kei/mt/sh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] SCIENTIFIC SESSION ON THE ACTIVITY OF KING AHMET ZOGU

    ELBASAN, MAY 2 (ATA) - By Pellumb Zekthi: A scientific session was held Thursday in the theatre hall "Skampa" in the town of Elbasan, on the activity of King Ahmet Zogu. Attending the session were also the heir to the throne, Leka Zogu, chairman of the district council, Ilir Balliu, and others.

    The historian from Elbasan, Kujtim Bevapi, held the scientific paper "The patriotism and nationalism - the axle of the activity of Ahmet Zogu," the director of the Albanian Islamic Study Institute, Ramiz Zeka, held the scientific paper "King Zog and his role in the establishment of the religious institutions," while the writer and the publicist, Hyjni Ceka, held the scientific paper "Lessons form the years of the Albanian kingdom." /a.ke/kei/mt/sh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] SCHOOLS REOPEN IN PERRENJAS

    PERRENJAS, MAY 2 (ATA) - By P. Zekthi: The eight-year schools reopened even in the region of Perrenjas, Eastern Albania.

    "The participation of pupils in the first day was 50 %, and it was increased in the second day," sources of the town hall of the city report.

    According to the decision of the local defence staff, it is expected the teaching process to start in the high schools of the region, one of which in the town and the other in the commune of Rajce. /s.sh/kled/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD BOY KILLED IN SHIJAK

    SHIJAK, MAY 2 (ATA) - On Thursday, in the place called the Four Streets of Shijak, Middle Albania, several unidentified persons injured the 18-year old boy, Artan Mirnoku, who died after some hours.

    The police have identified the authors of the crime and are trying to detain them.

    On Wednesday evening, in the same place, a considerable amount of TNT exploded in a car of "Benz" type. /eva/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] ARMED PERSONS ROB MONEY OF LLUGAJ COMMUNE IN TROPOJE

    TROPOJE, MAY 2 (ATA) - Yesterday, in the bends of Koman in the district of Tropoje, Northern Albania, three armed and masked people, one of whom dressed in police uniform stopped in front of a "Benz" car of this district and robbed 2 million and 250 000 lek of the Llugaj commune, which were taken from the Central Bank of Tirana, sources of the police commissariat in this district report.

    The car was escorted by a police officer of the Tropoje commissariat and the chairman of the Llugaj commune, who were not able to prevent the violent robbery. /kled/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] PRESS REVIEW

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA) - Rilindja Demokratike covers the telephone talk of President Berisha with the former Chancellor of Austria, Franz Vranitzky, under the title: "Berisha: Major hindrance - the armed committees".

    The paper continues to publish the article on the people of the committees, who operate in southern districts of Albania. "The warning of Premier for resignation - irresponsible and adventurous," is entitled the statement of DP Secretary General, Genc Pollo. "ZP does not receive the sad news from the Defence Ministry," reports RD, underlining that the Socialist Party had reserved more place in the yesterday's paper for the photo of Nano, than for the tragedy in Qafe Shtame.

    Under the headline "SP is declared openly as responsible for the Albanian tragedy," the paper carries the article "Nano self-unified with the rebels." The paper publishes an article in which Premier Fino is accused of "being attorney of the committees and people accused of genocide."

    "The army can not be built by those who destroyed it" is another article published by the paper. "The army is led by those who abandoned the barracks, as well as by the armed wing enverist-socialist," underlines the paper.

    "The armed gangs are hidden behind Berisha," reports Zeri i Popullit. "Berisha continues to be the misfortune of Albania. So that, to save Albania, Berisha should resign," reports the paper.

    "Premier Fino soon in Washington," reports ZP, regarding the telephone talk of Premier Fino with Vranitzky, and carries the article "Vranitzky again in Tirana next week."

    "The tragedy of the Albanian crisis increases its victims," reports the paper under the title "Who is opening the graves in Albania?"

    ZP publishes on the fourth page an interview with the deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Paskal Milo, under the title "Berisha is illegitimate."

    "I would like to stress that the pyramid schemes, which have collected money at high interest rates, continue to exist in Albania. And what's more they are still incited," the paper cites the former governor of Albania, Kristaq Luniku, under the title "Luniku: Revenge..., I warned Berisha for the chaos of pyramids".

    "The policy of anxiety" is the editorial of Republika paper. "It seems that the dreamt reconciliation among Albanians remains threatened," says the editorial among others.

    "Meksi under the charge of the prosecutor's office", is another article published by the paper. "The complete loss of the support in West and the discredit in front of the Albanian public opinion, is putting DP before the greatest loss since its establishment", reports the paper under the title "The vise President-Parliament tightens the Albanian policy." "The March 9 accord in danger", reports the paper under the headline "Movement for Democracy favours the proportional law."

    Albania paper reports: "The Socialists threaten again the breaking up of the March 9 accord." With regard to the explosion of the depot in Burrel, where 27 people lost their life, the paper reports "Defence Minister Shaqir Vukaj does not remove from his post, although his victims in Qafe Shtame can be not identified." The paper says that former Premier Aleksander Meksi has rejected the claims of the U.S. Embassy regarding the island of Sazan. "My government has not offered Sazan to USA", is quoted Meksias saying. With regard to the telephone talk of President Berisha and Vranitzky, the paper reports that Vranitzky agreed with Berisha that the issues discussed on the election law are not fundamental for free and fair elections."

    The paper carries the article "Who has organized the pyramid schemes in Albania?", reporting that "There is no doubt that the collapse of pyramid schemes in Albania was used to organize a coup d'etat of the modern type, despite the coverage of the popular revolution.

    Koha Jone carries the editorial "Defence Minister should resign." With regard to the invitation of the U.S. State Secretary, Madelene Albright made to the Albanian Premier, Fino, the paper reports "Premier Fino invited to America, a day after the severe critics of USA for Berisha". The paper reports regarding the "Alba" mission: "Peace-keepers arrive in Tepelena," as well as "Alba spends more than the aid."

    Gazeta Shqiptare carries the editorial: "The accuses of Luniku (former governor of the Albanian Bank) and the enigma of the backstage of pyramid schemes." While in another article the paper cites Luniku as saying: "I have informed the Government and the Justice for the catastrophe which was appearing. Nobody cared about what I said." The paper reports regarding the telephone talk of Fino and Vranitzky.

    On the second page the paper publishes two pronouncements of the leaders of the Albanian parties, regarding the meeting between the SP and DP leaders. With regard to the situation in Vlore, the paper reports: "The crime terrifies the town". /kei/kled/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] DP EXPRESSES ITS CONCERN REGARDING SP PRESSURE AGAINST LEADERS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA) - The Albanian Democratic Party expresses in a statement its concern regarding the increasing pressure exercised recently by the representatives of the Socialist Party to the leaders of the local government in several town halls and districts of the country.

    "The socialist representatives ask to change the administration of the local government and nominate it according to the formula used for the establishment of the National Reconciliation Government," says the statement.

    DP stresses through this statement that there is no political accord to open the way for such changes that infringe the local government elected by the free vote of October 20.

    "For the appointment of the administration and functioning of the local government in all the levels only the respective laws should be applied and not the party pressures," says the statement.

    The DP statement assures that the Mayors, the chairmen of the communes, and other leaders of the local government, representatives of the Democratic Party will be rigorous in implementing the law. /s.sh/kei/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] PRESIDENT RUGOVA HOLDS CONSULTS REGARDING LEGALIZATION OF THE PARLIAMENT AND NEW ELECTIONS IN KOSOVA

    PRISTINE, MAY 2 (ATA) - The President of Kosova, Ibrahim Rugova, held Thursday consults with the representatives of the political parties regarding the possibilities of the legalization of the Parliament and the conduct of new presidential and parliamentary elections in Kosova.

    The talks were held behind closed doors.

    Attending the consults were the chairman of the Election Commission of the Kosova Parliament, Tadaj Rudiqi, as well as the leaders of the parties represented in Parliament, who are also members of the Coordination Council of the Political Parties in Kosova.

    President Rugova has warned that after the consults with the political parties and with the Coordination Council of the Parties, the decision for the new elections in Kosova will be declared during this week. /b.j/eva/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] NOT ALL THE AID FOR ALBANIA WILL BE DISTRIBUTED GRATIS

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA) - By Mimoza Allushi: Not all the aid that is expected to arrive in Albania will be distributed gratis for the population, the General Administration for the Distribution of Aid reports.

    "In general, all the aid offered by the European Community will be not distributed gratis, but will be sold by a state commission with representatives of many ministries, which is led by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture", the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Elmaz Sherifi, told ATA.

    With regard to the food products which are expected to arrive in the context of this aid, they are completely ordered and chosen by the Albanian party, different from the other aid which is gratis and which is chosen according to the desire of the donors.

    "The special thing in this campaign of aid, continued Sherifi, is that they are completely economic aid, an important part of which will be used for the reconstruction of many institutions, gravely damaged in the general wave of destructions." /kei/mt/E

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] 300 TROOPS ADDED TO THE GREEK CONTINGENT OF THE MULTINATIONAL FORCE MISSION IN DURRES

    DURRES, MAY 2 (ATA) - By S Gjordeni: 300 Greek troops reached the sea port of Durres today in the context of the Alba multinatioanl security forces.

    Sources from the port say that these troops came on the boards of the Greek ships "Sanof-174" and "CODH-116" which anchored in the freighters' terminal. Also 140 military movable means arrived in the port of Durures along with the troops. A detachment of 520 troops arrived in Durres from Salonica, North of Greece, on April 21 on the boards of the ships "Samos" and "Kios."

    "Samos also transported two weeks ago to Durres a company of 120 troops, who went then to Vlore by vehicles, southern Albania. 120 troops have also left for Albania from Salonica on the board of two C-130 airplanes. The total number of the Greek contingent will be 760 troops and it will have at its disposal 90 transportation vehicles of various types and 13 armoured transport vehicles. Most of the Greek contingent will be deployed in Tirane.

    The Romanian "Eforia" ship is also expected to reach the port of Durres by about 4,5 May with 400 troops selected for the battalion Shen Gjergji, expected to be stationed in Gjirokaster.

    Today the Danish Parliament approved a decision to bring a small Danish contingent consisting of 60 troops which will be deployed in the port of Durres. ssh/xh/+++

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] MARKAGJONAJ AND SINANI DO NOT REPRESENT RP IN PARLIAMENT - Godo

    TIRANE, MAY 2 (ATA) - By Agim Baci: Since May 1, 1997, the Republican Party does not recognize any more as its deputies two of the deputies of the People's Assembly, Gjon Markagjoni and Isa Sinani.

    "Their stand went opposite to that of RP," was the reaction by the RP presidency.

    This presidency has attracted the attention of these two deputies for their equivocal stand and in service of another party on occasion of the local polls last October, says a letter of the RP chairman, Sabri Godo, addressed to the Presidency of the People's Assembly through which he makes this decision public.

    "These deputies have openly violated the decision of the National Council to leave the Parliament with the approval of the law on the state of emergency," says the letter of Godo.

    After this decision, the RP is represented in the People's Assembly only with its chairman, Sabri Godo. The two former RP deputies were elected directly by the people, whereas Godo was elected deputy to the people's Assembly on the basis of the RP list. xh/+++

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] VLORE UNIVERSITY REOPENS MONDAY

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA)- By E.Allushi, After a two-month interruption, the Ismail Qemali university in Vlore will reopen on Monday, according to the rector of this university, Shezai Bazaj.

    "After a close cooperation among higher school teachers, the public order bodies and the local government, classes will resume in this university on May 5, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Myqerem Tafaj told ATA. eva/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] TELEPHONE TALK BETWEEN PRIME MINISTERS FINO-PRODI

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA)- By A. Baci,

    Albanian and Italian Prime Ministers, Bashkim Fino and Romano Prodi, had a telephone talk this morning, exchanging views on various issues of bilateral relations and situation in Albania, spokesman of the Prime Minister reports.

    Fino briefed his Italian counterpart on his meeting with representatives of the Association of the Otranto victims' families, expressing their legitimate concern about the uncovering of the drowned victims.

    "This issue is one of my personal commitment", Prodi responded, also explaining the concrete steps taken by the Italian government to recover the victims from the sea depth.

    The two premiers agreed to issue a joint press release on this issue.

    During the telephone conversation, Fino also spoke of the efforts underway to prepare the new electoral law and its approval by the government soon, as a key issue closely linked with the mission and programme of the Government of National Reconciliation. The approval by parliament would realise the elections as scheduled.

    Prodi considered of special importance the holding of elections in June, expressing the conviction that the necessary consensus would be reached on this.

    As regards the mission of the Multinational Forces, Prodi pointed to their contribution to the reorganisation of the public order forces and Albanian army and the technical assistance for the Albanian police not only on a bilateral plane.

    Prime Minister Prodi expressed his delight at Fino's coming visit to the U.S..

    The two expressed their commitment to be in constant contacts with each other, the Prime Minister's spokesman says. lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] "FAN NOLI" UNIVERSITY IN KORCE TO REOPEN ON MAY 5

    KORCE, MAY 2 (ATA)- By B. Fejzullai, The Defence Staff of the Korce district decided today that the "Fan Noli" University reopens on May 5.

    The university is equipped with the necessary means for a normal development of classes. The school hours will be reduced from 90 to 60 minutes and Saturdays will be school days.

    The Korce university has three faculties: agriculture, economy, methodology as well as an infirmary branch, with some 1.800 students. a.ke/eva/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] POLICE MOBILISED, JUSTICE GIVES NO LISTS OF ESCAPED CONVICTS

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA)- By P.Shuteriqi, According to an anonymous telephone call yesterday an explosive was planted under the big bridge at the "Martyrs of the nation" boulevard which would blast after 10 minutes.

    The police forces were put on alarm and after two hours search the did not find any thing but they are aware that tens of criminals roam the streets of the capital and the police do not have sufficient forces to avoid their activity.

    Some 41 people have been killed in the capital during the March-April period this year.

    "Forty three percent of the criminals has been uncovered for the March period while for April this figure has increased 10 per cent," the director of the Tirana police department, Pashk Tusha, told ATA.

    Faced with this criminal activity the specialist police forces of Tirana ask from the justice bodies to give them the lists of the wanted persons, so that they are authorised to catch them conform the law.

    "The Justice Ministry has not sent the lists of the criminals to be jailed. These institutions have been provided with all the working conditions as well as with armed guards," Tusha says.

    The murders have been especially committed for retaliatory motives, some others for blood feud or for property motives. Eighty per cent of the authors of the murders are convicts, who have fled prisons, taking advantage of the latest trumoil.jz/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS TO OBSERVE ELECTIONS IN ALBANIA-Fischer

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA)-President of the Republic Sali Berisha has recently received a letter from the President of the Council of Europe, Leni Fischer, through which she informs that the Council of Europe has agreed to set up an Ad-Hoc Commission of 40 members to observe the Albanian polls and send to Albania as soon as possible a delegation composed of the chairmen of the Parliamentary Assembly deputy teams and the rapporteur on Albania to the Political Affairs Committee, the Press and Information Office close to the President says.

    She also tells President Berisha that she has recommended the Ministers Committee to approve the necessary sources to enhance the efforts of the international European institutions to help Albania. a.ke/jz/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] PRIME MINISTER'S WARNING OF RESIGNATION IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND ADVENTUROUS- Pollo

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA)-"I am surprised of Prime Minister Fino's statement that he might resign unless the formula of his party on the electoral law is accepted," Genc Pollo, DP secretary general, told the newspaper Rilindja Demokratike today.

    "It shows a lack of tolerance and compromise," Pollo says further on.

    According to Pollo the SP pressure may force Prime Minister Fino to take adventurous steps, but if he thinks he can impose himself on the DP and the parliamentary majority, he not only violates the national reconciliation, but shows that he is not clear on the issue of dimensions," Pollo says. jz/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [19] ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOT ASKED TO ENLARGE MULTINATIONAL FORCE MANDATE

    TIRANA, MAY 2 (ATA)- The Albanian government says through a press release that "it has not asked the enlargement of the mandate of the multinational force in Albania".

    "The Albanian government has appreciated and continues to appreciate the contribution of the multinational force in Albania. Keeping to the mandate of this force the Government and all of its structures have offered and will offer it all its possible cooperation," the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry reports.

    The ministry dismisses the foreign media reports that the Albanian government has allegedly asked the enlargement of the mandate of the military force, saying that they "do not respond to the reality".

    The multinational forces are assigned to secure the passage to the key transport junctions (ports and airports) and the communication routes to distribute the humanitarian supplies.

    Their mandate stipulates gradual deployment of these forces which will also serve to create a secured environment for the humanitarian organisations and their headquarters. jz/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [20] BOMB PLANTED CLOSE TO GJIROKASTER LOCAL RADIO - Its explosion avoided -

    GJIROKASTER, MAY 2 (ATA) - By Hysni Cani: The explosion of a defensive bomb planted in the local radio in Gjirokaster was avoided today at noon, when some children found a bomb placed near a small burning fire very close to the building, and informed the people working in the radio.

    Forces of the police commissariat arrived immediately after they were informed and avoided this an event of grave consequences.

    As the policemen said, the bomb would have exploded as soon as it had contacted the fire. Although the authors and motives of this dangerous act are still unknown, the consequences would have been unpredictable for the lives of the people working in local radio premises. ake JZ /xh/Z+++

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [21] EIGHTEEN DANGEROUS TUNNELS SECURED IN LEZHE

    LEZHE, MAY 2 (ATA)- By Z. Pergega,

    The Command of the Shkoder Division, along with the Lezhe district military unit effective, has adopted security measures for tunnels with amunition, which risk to explode.

    Major Dalip Beja, chief of the maritime artillery said that the 18 tunnels of Lezhe which store aviation bombs, antitank, explosive devices such as 2 000 tonnes of TNT, have been isolated and barriers have been set up on roads not to allow movement of vehicles. A non stop guarding system with soldiers, officers and civilians has also been established.

    Only a second blast, that might have followed the first, which occurred in Gryke Manati, would have carbonized the area at a rage of 20 km, as the power of TNT amount stored in tunnels is greater than that of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima. a.ke/lm/Z

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [22] EXODUS ATTEMPTS IN VELIPOJE

    SHKODER, MAY 2 (ATA)- By M. Malja, Some 4000 people have been attempting for four days now to flee Albania for Italy through the Velipoje beach, some 30 kms from the Shkoder city.

    Citizens from the northern districts of Albania arrive here yesterday and spend the night in the forest near the beach.

    On week ago, a ship with 571 people set sail to Italy from Velipoje and the Italian authorities have returned 267 of them.

    The "Viki" ship that could carry 30 people arrived in the Italian port of Berletta with 571 refugees from Shkoder on its board.

    According to witnesses the Viki ship had been bought in Ulqin of Montenegro at 100 000 USD by smugglers of this area who, on their part, received for the traffic of each emigrant 550 USD.

    The Italian navy vessels are patrolling the Velipoje coasts to ward off a fresh wave of emigrants. a.ke/rf/jz/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [23] ROMANIAN MILITARY TROOPS IN ALBANIA SOON

    TIRANE, MAY 2 (ATA) - By Flora Nikolla: The Romanian military unit Shen Gjergji will reach the port of Durres on May 3 on the board of Etoria ship, sources of the Rumanian Embassy in Tirane report.

    This military unit which comes to Albania in the context of the Alba operation, consists of 392 officers and soldiers, among whom a military priest and a psychologist doctor," the same source said.

    The military unit from Romania will stay in the Port of Durres, the main Albania's sea port, until May 7, during which representatives of this troops will make a reconnaissance of the territory and an exact calculation for the troops who will be deployed in the district of Gjirokaster, a zone determined by the United Nations for the realisation of the Alba humanitarian mission in Albania.

    The Romanian troops, according to the information available, have about 100 armoured vehicles of various types, and armoured transporting means.

    Their activity will be directed by the International Aid General Staff, member of which also is a group of Romanian officers.

    This troops will secure the roads of communication and the delivery of the humanitarian aid in the zone where they are to be deployed (the district of Gjirokaster, around 160 km from Tirane,) and to assist local government structures. The Rumanian troops are among the last troops to come to Albania in the context of Alba mission who started to arrive in Albania by mid-April.

    According to the sources of the Alba Operation Central Staff, the Danish governnment will send to Albania 65 soldiers to join the multinational force in this country, led by Italy. The Danish contingent, consisting of staff officers, military police forces, specialists of communication and a scouting unit, is expected to join the French battalion in Albania, by May 10, 1997.

    The 6 000 troops started to arrive in Albania on April 15, on the basis of a three-month mandate, adopted on March 28. So far, 2 755 Italian troops, 923 French, 345 Spanish, 630 Greek, 691 Turkish and 116 Austrian troops have been deployed in Albania. jz/xh/+++

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [24] PENSIONS FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE STRAIT OF OTRANTO TO BE NEGOTIATED SOON

    TIRANE, MAY 2 (ATA) - By Mimoza Allushi: Soon, negotioations will start between the Albanian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and its Italian homologue on the treatment with pensions of the family members of the victims in the Strait of Otranto, Albanian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs reports.

    "In these talks we will discuss the establishment of pensions for the drowned and all other obligations stemming from the International Right of Labour," told ATA Elmaz Sherifi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.

    As has been informed, 79 people were drowned in the Strait of Otranto, on March 28, among whom many women and children, who had undertaken a dangerous travel at sea, in search of a better life. Inattention on the part of an Italian warship, unfortunately sent them at the depth of the sea. So far, in the talks between the Albanian party and the Italian one it has been demanded that that the drowned be recovered from the depth of the sea so that at least their families have, at least the possibility to pay homage to the late.

    The talks on the pensions and all other obligations stipulated in the Human Rights Convention and the International Right of Labour and Social Assistance, for the vitims' families, are the first of this kind that the Albanian Ministry of Labour is making in the context of the completion of the ecomomic assistance plan for all its citizens.

    Within 15 days, the contour lines of the Albanian ship, capsized on March 28 in the Strait of Otranto, might be seen, was the decision held on April 29 by prosecutor Leone De Caspri in the Court of Brindizi. Everything will be realised through the technical assistance of an Italian firm, specialized at operations in deep sea. A multy-function robot, known as Rob, will be dropped down to 850 meters at sea, where the ship actually is.

    For this case, the Prosecutor's office has two experts, two others are named by the commander of the Italian warship and last two are two Albanian engineers, demanded by the relatives of the victims.

    Perhaps this decision will tranquallize to some extend the family members of the drowned in the Strait of Otranto. xh/+++

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [25] ALBANIAN PREMIER SENDS MESSAGE TO NEWLY-ELECTED BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

    TIRANE, MAY 2 (ATA) - The Albanian Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Bashkim Fino, sent the following message of congratulations to Mr Tony Blair, the newly-elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in which he writes: Hounoured Mr Blair, I learned with pleasure of the convincing victory of the Labour Party and Your appointment to the high post of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

    Allow me, on this happy occasion, that in my name and on behalf of the Government I am leading, to convey to You and the Government of Her Majesty, my best congratulations and most sincere wishes for full success in your honourable mission.

    I also would like to express the political will of the Albanian Government for the further extension of the relations of friendship and cooperation with Your government, to the common benefit of our two friendly peoples and countries. We are convinced that with our difficult efforts to meet the challenges Albania is experiencing, we will have Your continuous assistance and support.

    Accept, Hounourable Excellency, the feeling of my esteem considerations, " ends the telegram that Mr Fino has sent to his British counterpart.xh/+++


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