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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-08-09

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Serb forces continue attacks, torch Albanian villages
  • [02] Slovenian secretary of state starts an official visit to Albania
  • [03] Berisha says aims for a Great Albania are naive, not real
  • [04] Republicans says 350 thousands Albanians pro death penalty
  • [05] Odyssey of private radio, televisions to be resolved by parliament

  • [01] Serb forces continue attacks, torch Albanian villages

    PRISHTINE, Aug 8 - ATA correspondent in Prishtina Behlul Jashari reported that fighting between Albanian and Serb forces have continued during the last 24 hours in the border line between Albania and Yugoslavia.

    During the attack on Vraniq village, of Dushkaja, Gjakova, the Serb force killed two Albanians who were defending their lands.

    The Serb military and police forces have ordered the population of three villages of Gjakova that is Gerçine, Lipovec and Skivjan, to give up until Sunday 18.00. p.m. otherwise they will start shelling.

    In Deçan areas, the Serb forces have continued torching the houses of Albanians while shootings were heard in Strellc te Eperm, Carrabreg te Poshtem and Prejlep.

    An aggravated situation prevails in Drenica with Serb forces present in the Polac village and torching houses of Albanians. cela/das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Slovenian secretary of state starts an official visit to Albania

    TIRANA, Aug 9 (ATA) - Secretary of State at the Foreign Ministry of Slovenia Franco Juri will arrive on Monday for an official visit to Albania.

    Press and information directorate at the Albanian Foreign Ministry said that the Slovenian delegation headed by Juri will be welcomed at the Rinas airport by the State Secretary for European Integration Ilir Meta.

    Juri and Meta will be airlifted to Tropoja to meet refugees from Kosova, officials of the local government and representatives of the international organisations.

    Juri was expected to hold talks with Meta, deputy prime minister Kastriot Islami and president of Albania Rexhep Meidani. s.sh/das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Berisha says aims for a Great Albania are naive, not real

    TIRANA, Aug 8 (ATA) - The Polish newspaper "Zhecpospolita" carries on August 6, 1998 an interview with the leader of the Democratic party (DP) Sali Berisha. The interview is prepared by journalist Rishard Bilski.

    Question: Albanian is the only country in the world which has recognised the so-called Republic of Kosova in 1991. Was it a right decision?

    Answer: For Kosova it would have been important to be recognised by whatever country except Albania. The international community does not like this recognition, therefore I do not give any importance to the decision of the Albanian parliament.

    Question: What is the DP's stand on the future of Kosova. What should be done to avoid the escalations of the Albanian-Serb conflict?

    Answer: It is necessary to respect the principles of self-rule and oppose change of border by violence. Unfortunately, this cannot be done without the NATO intervention in Serbia. International negotiations should be held to prevent the death machine and define the rights and obligations of warring sides.

    Question: What are your expectations: an autonomy for Kosova or for example a solution like that applied in Bosnia when a Croatian-Myslim federation and Republic of Srbska were created. They are not independent states but constitute a common state, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Answer: This is precisely what I think.

    Question: What do you think about the aims of a part of Albanians for a Great Albania?

    Answer: These are naive aims, not real. Albanians cannot decide how will the political map of Europe be. Politicians should aim at undertaking efforts for Albanians, whatever they are, have the human rights respected. ypa/das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Republicans says 350 thousands Albanians pro death penalty

    TIRANA, August 8 (ATA) - By Irena Luto: Albanian Republican party (RP) had organised a nationwide petition on death penalty saying that 350 thousand Albanians were pro it, Republican leaders told a routine news conference on Saturday.

    Considering the petition a good basis for the organisation of a referendum which will give the nationwide vote for this disputable chapter, Maksim Begeja, the RP deputy leader said that it would be good if the referendum for death penalty is launched the same day with that for the constitution.

    As regards the capital punishment, the Albanian government has said that it is for its gradual lifting, because the situation in Albania, where the crime exists, urges the application of this extreme punishment.

    Meanwhile, the RP has been the first political party in Albania which has strongly urged the application of the death penalty.

    Recalling the problem of the new constitution, the PR said in a press release that the DP participation as the large opposition force in the process of drawing up constitution is very important and it applauded the invitation of the Democratic party for a round table on August 31. ypa/das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Odyssey of private radio, televisions to be resolved by parliament

    TIRANA, Aug 8 (ATA) - By Eno Popi: Albanian parliament will decide in September what will remain from a number of private radio television channels opened in Albania in the last two years and will approve a law on them.

    The parliamentary commission on mass media has been working on that law and the head of the media commission Musa Ulqini said that "September 6 will be the final date when the Albanian parliamentarians will give the final say on the draft law which according to him "favours the freedom of radio television channels." fn/das/ak/


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


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