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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-08-25

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] Albanian Government protests to Belgrade charges
  • [02] Grave situation in Suhareke commune
  • [03] 250 million lek to compensate land owners along Rrogozhine-Elbasan road
  • [04] Some 20-30 Kosova refugees arrive in Has daily
  • [05] Day of Albania in Exposition of Lisbon
  • [06] Gymnastics: Albanian team at Bosporus tournament
  • [07] Higher deposits in lek in Savings Bank of Albania
  • [08] Exercise "Drini 98" due on August 27 in Kukes
  • [09] Improvement of legislation on export of agricultural and livestock products
  • [10] Serb military forces reinforce their positions in Kosove
  • [11] 16 teams of first division ready for Albania's Soccer National Championship
  • [12] Serb armed civilians mount tension in villages of Istog commune
  • [13] Soccer: Albania-Montenegro "Under 21"
  • [14] System of Venetian castles in focus of a joint Italian-Greek program soon
  • [15] Serbs kill three activists of charity association "Mother Teresa"
  • [16] Schulze : Aid for Albania never to lack

  • [01] Albanian Government protests to Belgrade charges

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) - By I Luto: The charge d'affaires of the FRY Embassy in Tirane, Stainimir Vukicevic was summoned on Monday in the Foreign Ministry of Albania and was handed over a protest of the Albanian Government in relation with the unacceptable charges made by senior Yugoslav officials towards Albania and its foreign policy, says a press release of the Albanian Foreign Ministry.

    "The charges blaming Albania for the instability in the Balkans, describing it as a country that has flagrantly interfered in the inner questions of Yugoslavia," says the press release, "deserve international sanctions."

    Voicing the strong protest of the Albanian Government to the reiterated and abusive charges by Belgrade, the Yugoslav representative was told that the International Community know and have named the people responsible for the bloodiest tragedy our continent has ever seen after the World War 2. They must be punished with sanctions and respond before the Hague Court also for the crimes they have perpetrated in the recent months in Kosove.

    With regard to the approaches of the Albanian Government, the statement stresses that they are based on a mature and constructive policy hailed by the international Community, which considers Albania a factor for peace and stability in the region and a reliable partner for the creation of a new Balkans, ends the press release of Albania's Foreign Ministry. /das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Grave situation in Suhareke commune

    PRISHTINE, August 25 (ata) - The situation in the commune of Suhareke is rather grave following the latest Serb offensive launched in some villages of this commune and which lasted late last night, the Kosove Information Centre reports referring to sources of the LDK branch in Suhareke. These sources say that targets of the Serb artillery were especially the villages Reshtan and Pecan, which were covered by smoke and flames, and according to unconfirmed reports, during the bombing of the villages of that commune and a part of the city , scores of Albanians have been killed and wounded. In an effort to escape Serb artillery hitting, the people of those villages and others who had come from other regions, have left towards Malisheve.

    The above sources report that KLA forces have had fierce fighting yesterday with Serb forces in Gryka e Carraleva, in Qafe of Duhla and in village Bllace and that KLA fighters have not allowed Serb infantry troope to go into the attacked villages. Also during the gunfire, 7 KLA fighters and some Serb force members were lightly injured. /das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] 250 million lek to compensate land owners along Rrogozhine-Elbasan road

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) -By E Emtaj: "Expropriations on the segment of Rrogozhine-Elbasan road, part of Corridor 8, will cost 520 million lek," a source in the General Department of Roads told ATA.

    During 1998, the Albanian State will use about 150 million lek to compensate the land owners on this road.

    The right to construct 38 km of the Rrogozhine-Elbasan highway was given to the Turkish firm "BE-HA-SA." This firm has signed with the Albanian party, namely with the General Department of Roads, the respective contract to the tune of about 17 million dollars. The amount of money has been funded by the Bank of European Investments.

    On the basis of the contract, the construction of the site should start since the date of the signing of the contract, while physical work for the construction of the Rrogozhine-Elbasan highway will start after two months. The deadline for the construction of the segment is after 22 months. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Some 20-30 Kosova refugees arrive in Has daily

    HAS, August 24 (ATA)-By R. Hoxha, Some 20 other Kosova refugees arrived in the district of Has (Northern Albania) on Monday morning to escape the Serbian violence.

    "Some 20-30 refugees arrive in this district daily. A part of them are hosted by their relatives in the villages of this district, while the other part heads for lowland areas," the chief of the district police commissariat, Sali Gera, told ATA.

    Sources from the district Council say that in this district there are over 300 refugees from Kosova.

    Around 15 000 Kosova refugees have been settled in Northern Albania since the beginning of the conflict in Kosova. /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Day of Albania in Exposition of Lisbon

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) - By Elton Metaj: "Albania is ready to be presented on the day of Albania in the World Exposition "EXPO '98 of Lisbon, " said to ATA one of the members of the Central Commission for the participation in EXPO '98.

    The Central Commission members among whom some deputy ministers is in the final stage of the preparation of the catalogue of the Albanian pavilion and the program of the activities in the exhibition.

    On the Day of Albania, which will be on September 10, is also invited the Albanian Prime Minister, Fatos Nano.

    The EXPO '98 opened in Lisbon on May 21 and will continue until September 30. The exhibition is expected to be visited by about 15 million people.

    For this activity, the Portuguese government has granted 120 thousand dollars while the Albanian Government has put $105 thousand at the disposal of the exhibition. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Gymnastics: Albanian team at Bosporus tournament

    TIRANA, August 24 (ATA)-By E. Jonuzi, The Albanian national team of Artistic Gymnastics for women and men will take part in the annual Tournament of artistic Gymnastics in Bosporus (Turkey) from August 27 to 29, Bardhi Hoxha, secretary of the Albanian Gymnastics Foundation, told ATA.

    According to Hoxha this participation has been sponsored by the Studenti Sports Club (KS-Studenti).

    The national team of Albania is composed of a gymnast of KS-Studenti, Markelian Pambuku, and three gymnasts of Partizani Sports Club (KS- Partizani), Oriola Omeri, Blerina Picirri and Klesta Meta, with coaches Vladimir Limaj and Begator Bashkurti.

    "Despite the difficult financial situation, we expect high results from the young women, especially the wellknown gymnast Omeri," said Hoxha. /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Higher deposits in lek in Savings Bank of Albania

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) - By Lolita Thanasi: According to information in the Savings Bank of Albania, during the first half of this year, its deposits in lek have increased by 25 471 million or 41.5 per cent as compared with the end of 1997, with an average increase of 4 246 lek. The savings deposits of the people take 89 per cent of the total structure of the deposits.

    The term deposits occupy 99.5 per cent of the total amount of deposits in lek. The deposits without term take only 0.5 per cent of the total. Short term deposits, especially three month term deposits, take 54.9 per cent of the term deposits. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Exercise "Drini 98" due on August 27 in Kukes

    TIRANA, August 24 (ATA)-By I. Luto, The exercise codenamed "Drini 98" will be held on August 27 '98 in the Kukes division (Northern Albania), according to a communique of the Albanian Defence Ministry.

    "This exercise, planned since the beginning of '98, intends to enhance the coordinating ability among units in various military situations, ", the communique4 says.

    "Drini '98" is held shortly after the successful end of the multinational exercise "Cooperative Assembly '98", in which took part some 1 700 troops from the U.S., Germany, Great Britain, France, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Greece, asd well as from the armies which are members of the Partnership for Peace, such as Russia, Lithuania and other states. /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Improvement of legislation on export of agricultural and livestock products

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) - By E Xhajanka: The production in Albania of fruits, vegetables and livestock products and their exporting is not yet based on a contemporary legislation. To this end, upon the initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food a seminar was held on August 24 under the topic "Similarities of the Albanian legislation with that of the European Union on fresh fruits and vegetables."

    The objective of the seminar was the drafting and adoption of the Albanian legislation with those of the EU countries in order to open the way to local agricultural and livestock products for export conformed to European standards.

    The seminar follows a meeting at the beginning of July with specialists of the ministry, who determined the priority agricultural and livestock products for export. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Serb military forces reinforce their positions in Kosove

    PRISHTINE, August 25 (ata) - Serb forces have reinforced their positions on the border line, in the place called Qafa e Shkozes and Arat e Gjata, near the village Babaj Boke.

    According to the Kosove Information Centre, an effective of the Serb army with heavy artillery pieces have been stationed. In the place called Dheu i Bardhe, concretely on the Gjilan-Bujanoc-Hogosht crossroad (South East of Kosove,) Serb police has constructed two concrete bunkers while in the existing roadcheck controls for Albanian citizens are intensified.

    KIC reports that yesterday the Serb military forces deployed new tank units in Frasher i Vogel of Mitrovice, one of which was deployed near the cemeteries of the village, while others are stationed in villages Frasher i Madh and Pantine. /das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] 16 teams of first division ready for Albania's Soccer National Championship

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) - By E Jonuzi: "All the soccer teams of first division are ready for the Soccer National Championship," Besnik Cela, chief of soccer first division in the Albanian Soccer Federation told ATA.

    According to Cela, the 16 teams of the first division have closed the registration in the Soccer Federation. The 60th National Soccer Championship starts on Saturday 29, and the champion so far has been Vllaznia of Shkoder. /das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Serb armed civilians mount tension in villages of Istog commune

    PRISHTINE, August 25 (ATA)-Serbian groups of armed civilians, backed by Serbian police forces, for three days now, have been involved in actions which are mounting tension in several villages of the Istog commune.

    According to the Kosova Information Centre (CIK), the Serb armed civilians in the village of Cerkolez, also supported by the police, continue shooting in order to arouse panic among the Albanian population, sources of the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) in this commune report.

    the same source says that the Serb civilians are mainly pounding the quarters of Mahmutaj, Sadriaj, Jasharaj and that these acts have also been extended to the village of Uce, in the Arifaj and Hajzeraj quarters.

    The KIC also reports that over the past days in Zocishte of Rahovec the Serbian forces have burnt down 90 houses of Albanians, out of a total of 110 houses of Albanians in this village, where 45 Serbian families live as well.

    Over 12 000 Albanians, who have left their homes, have been settled in the Drenice villages, less threatened for the moment.

    The responsible for the Information Commission in Qirez, Abdyl Imeri, has reported that 3123 people displaced have been settled in this village, 4000 in Baks, 1012 in Prelloc, 1114 in Kozhice, 1023 in Krasaliq, 1121 in Krasmiroc and 382 in Dashavec. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Soccer: Albania-Montenegro "Under 21"

    TIRANA, August 24 (ATA)- By E. Jonuzi, Based on an agreement between the Albanian Soccer Federation and that of Montenegro, the respective "under 21" teams will play a friendly match in Tirana on Tuesday.

    The coach of the Albanian team Sulejman Mema says that "this match is a test and experience on the eve of the first match in the context of qualifiers for the European Soccer Championship".

    The Albanian "Under 21" will play the first match for these qualifiers, in Georgia, on September 4.

    The first match played between the Albanian and Montenegrin teams, played in Cetinje, on June 7, was won by the Montenegrins 2-1. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] System of Venetian castles in focus of a joint Italian-Greek program soon

    TIRANE, August 24 (ata) - By K Shehu: The system of Mediaeval castles, which have been named "The Venetian Castles," along the Albanian, Dalmatian and Greek coasts will be soon restored under a joint program between Greece and Italy to be funded by the European Union.

    Artan Shkreli, director of the Institute of Monuments of Culture, told ATA that "the program, which will start simultaneously in other zones, will initially consist of the work to prepare the catalogues for the Venetian castles in every zone."

    As for the Albanian coast to be presented in the catalogue, besides the number of the Venetian coasts on this coast to be determined also the term Venetian castle will be explained. This meaning may be related with the facts that they have been castles under the Venetian jurisdiction, have been constructed by Venetians or have been Albanian castles which have served the Venetians as well.

    Most of the castles found on the Albanian coast, says Shkreli, are Venetian, which, according to him, "might have been built by Albanian or Venetian princes, but which have always been under Venetian control."

    According to specialists, the aforesaid castles had been under the control of the Venice Republic until the 17th century and later after the fall of this republic the castles fell in the hands of the Turks.

    For Albania they have been of great values as they have served as customs points and contact between Albania and the West. /das/xh/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] Serbs kill three activists of charity association "Mother Teresa"

    PRISHTINE, August 25 -ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports:

    Three Albanians, activists of the charity assocation "Mother Teresa" were killed yesterday afternoon by Serbian forces in the village of Llashkadrenoc of Malisheve, while they were distributing food aid for the hunger-threatened population.

    The three activists were killed by the shells pounding the village from the positions of the Serbian forces in Carralluke.

    A tractor, which carried humanitarian aid, has been destroyed and burnt. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] Schulze : Aid for Albania never to lack

    TIRANA, August 25 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, Despite the future election results in Germany, aid for Albania will never be lacking, said Frederick Schulze, deputy of Bundestag and deputy chairman of Defence Commission, during a working meeting with Albanian deputy Prime Minister Kastriot Islami on Tuesday.

    Schulze expressed the concern of his government at the Albanian constitution issue, stressing that the constitution belongs to all Albanian groupings and that it is about the people's welfare.

    Hailing Albania's stand towards the Kosova issue, Schulze said that "it has not incited riots but acted in a wise manner."

    He also added that possibilities of NATO's intervention in Kosova are increasing but stressed that there will be no change of borders.

    Deputy PM Islami stressed that the process for the drafting of the constitution is a priority for the Albanian government.

    Speaking about the question of Kosove, Islami said that recently, besides the ethnic cleansing being applied there, Milosevic ismanifesting a new tendency to divide Kosove.

    "The stance of Albania on the question of Kosove is mature and conformed that of the Contact Group, but more haste must be made with regard to this problem," said Albanian deputy Prime Minister. /das/lm/xh/

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