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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-08-28

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Agreement on air transportation and radar signaling
  • [02] Two alternatives for the privatization of trade enterprises
  • [03] "Te & Gi" art gallery in Strasbourg with works by Albanian painters for Mother Teresa
  • [04] Antitank shells on a police checkpoint in Gjirokaster
  • [05] 546 people employed in 6 public work projects in Librazhd
  • [06] Police destroys hundreds of narcotic plants in Gramsh
  • [07] Savings Banks credits, the surplus at the end of first 6 months is 9 431 million lek
  • [08] OSCE organises a round table with representatives of media in Vlore
  • [09] Under arrest, four years after committing the crime
  • [10] Grave situation in commune of Suhareka
  • [11] Grave humanitarian situation in Gjakove
  • [12] Rugova seeks an international intervention to save Kosova people
  • [13] Greek consulate in Gjirokaster asks security for Greek minority

  • [01] Agreement on air transportation and radar signaling

    TIRANE, August 27 /ATA - By M. Pupa/ - General Department of Albanian Civil Air Transportation (DACA) and General Department of Civil Air Transportation signed in Ohrid agreement on radar signaling on air transportation.

    "This is the first agreement of its kind in the Balkans and coincides with strategy of development of air transportation, in accordance with the European concept of harmonisation and integration of air transportation services," said to ATA, Perparim Zuna, vice director of Albanian Civil Air transportation.

    According Zuna, this agreement will improve services of air transportation, by advancing the system, from a procedural one to a radar service, by increasing the processing capacity of airplanes flying through our air space./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Two alternatives for the privatization of trade enterprises

    TIRANE, August 27 (ata) - By E Metaj: There are two alternatives for the privatization of the trade enterprises in Albania.

    "Immediate privatization of these enterprises or their transformation first into shareholding companies and later to continue with their partial or total privatization of the state shares are the alternatives that are being discussed," sources of the Ministry of Trade said to ATA.

    The trade enterprises may become shareholding companies for the fact that they possess the necessary assets to continue their activity and be profitable. The transformation into shareholding companies with completely state capital will give the right to Albanian authorities to decide whether they will keep a controlling package on these enterprises or will "renounce" them completely.

    Whereas in the context of the privatization of the small and medium enterprises which has already started, the second alternative may be the immediate privatization of the trade enterprises as well. But this may lead to a reduction of the number of workers. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] "Te & Gi" art gallery in Strasbourg with works by Albanian painters for Mother Teresa

    TIRANE, August 28 (ata) - By Ardi Pulaj: The private art gallery "Te & Gi" will be presented for the first time with an art saloon in the exhibition which to be inaugurated on September 5, 1998, in Strasbourg, and organized by the Council of Europe to mark the first anniversary of the death of the Albanian Mother Teresa.

    Prominent Albanian painters Ibrahim Kodra, Kel Kodheli and Skender Kamberi will present 20 paintings in the exhibition to be represented by "Te & Gi"

    "Original works of Albanian painters devoted to Mother Teresa are part of the creativeness of the latest months by these painters," said on Friday to ATA the director of the first private Gallery in Albania, Tefik Dedei.

    "The exhibition will open on September 5, the day which marks the first anniversary of the death of Saint Mother Teresa, while in the days to come it will be open for senior personalities throughout the world. On September 7, the exhibition with paintings by three Albanian painters will be open for the diplomatic corps," explains Dedei.

    The Gallery "Te & Gi" is the first private institution of figurative art in Albania. Its activity started five years ago, during which the galley has conducted many important activities, presenting Albania with dignity. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Antitank shells on a police checkpoint in Gjirokaster

    GJIROKASTER, August 28 (ata) - H Cani: Unidentified people hit with antitank shells at about 03.15 a.m. on Friday a police checkpoint in the city of Gjirokaster (South of Albania) but with no victims among the policemen, the spokesman of the police commissariat of the district reported.

    "This act is in the course of a number of terrorist acts recently carried out in the district of Gjirokaster by set criminal elements who aim to destabilize the country and to intimidate police in realising their goals," told ATA the chief of the police commissariat of Gjirokaster, Edmond Stepa.

    Stepa said that police are working to find the authors of the latest criminal act and those that have occurred some days ago.

    Lat Thursday, an amount of TNT blasted in a quarter of Gjirokaster causing only material damage, while a week ago, an explosion shattered completely the enterprise for the production of building materials, "Arginert," one of the biggest construction enterprises in Southern Albania. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] 546 people employed in 6 public work projects in Librazhd

    LIBRAZHD, August 28 (ata) - By H Balliu: Nearly 546 people have been employed in the projects of public service in the district of Librazhd, estimated at 15.4 million lek whose application has started in July this year, Islam Muriza, chief of the employment office in Librazhd told ATA.

    The projects are those for the cleaning of the streets of the city and the reconstruction of the road to the village Arrez.

    According to Muriza, also 11 other projects in public works will be implemented, following their adoption by the respective institution, and in which 1 120 people will be employed. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Police destroys hundreds of narcotic plants in Gramsh

    GRAMSH, August 27 /ATA - By H. Balliu/ - Anti-drug police forces in Gramsh have uprooted and destroyed, on Thursday, from private gardens of peasants in Tunja village, hundreds of drug plants (Cannabis), said for ATA, spokesman of Police Commissariat of the district.

    According him i is the third action of this kind by police forces in this district./mima/fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Savings Banks credits, the surplus at the end of first 6 months is 9 431 million lek

    TIRANE, August 28 (ata) - By Lolita Thanasi: According to statistics for the credits in the Savings Bank of Albania, the surplus at the end of the first half of this year was 6 431 lek. Short term credits take 30 per cent of the surplus, midterm credits take 38 per cent and long term credits are 32 percent of the surplus. The credits in lek are 88 per cent of the surplus while that in foreign currency takes 12 per cent of the surplus.

    In the total of the credit, the credit not paid in time takes 52 per cent or are valued at 4795 thousand lek in which are included short term credits which take 56 per cent, midterm credits with 21 per cent and long term credits with 23 per cent of the unpaid surplus. The analysis of the structure of the bank credit shows that unpaid short term credit is in the amount of 96.6 per cent, unpaid midterm credit 30 per cent and the unpaid long term credit in the amount of 35.4 per cent.

    As for the credits unpaid in time, according to banks, for the Savings Bank this index is in the amount of 17 per cent and for the National Trade Bank it is 25 per cent. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] OSCE organises a round table with representatives of media in Vlore

    VLORE, August 27/ ATA - By H. Koçi/ - Office of Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vlora organised, Thursday, a round table with journalists of national and local media on problems of media in the city.

    This meeting also discussed about the law on NIS (National Information Service), that "On electronic media", on the coverage of local news, the rights of journalists to be independent in their job and others.

    OSCE representatives said they would put in front of parliamentary Commission of Media and other institutions the suggestions of Vlora journalists about improvement of the above mentioned laws./mima/fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Under arrest, four years after committing the crime

    TIRANE, August 28 /ATA - By Th. Thanasi/ - A citizen was arrested Thursday, while returning from USA, four years after committing a murder in "Studenti" town.

    Spokesman of Police Department of Tirana prefecture, told to ATA on Friday, that on Thursday evening, Bledar Aleksander Backa, was arrested under the accusation for murder.

    According spokesman, Backa, 22 years old, inhabitant of Tirana, was arrested in Rinas airport, while returning from the USA, with an Austrian airliner. "Four years ago, in 1994, Backa has murdered a policeman in Studenti town," said spokesman Seferi.

    His arrest was realised by forces of criminal police in cooperation with forces of Police Commissariat 1 in Tirana, which had declared him a wanted person.

    Documents of the accused were handed to prosecutors office for further investigations./fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Grave situation in commune of Suhareka

    PRISHTINE, August 28 /ATA/ - Situation in Suhareka commune is very grave, because of massive presence of Serbian military forces, which keep under siege regions where many displaced families are staying, said Kosova Center of Information (KIC), referring to sources of KDL branch in Suhareke. Under siege are the villages of Reshtan, Doberdolan, Semetisht, Peçan, Sllapuzhan, Bllace and others, at a time when in some af them have started to enter the Serb troops.

    An activist of KDL in Suhareka, said to KIC that in this region are situated about 100,000 civil Albanians. The attacks of the Serb troops are continuing and the above sources said that they are attacking in direction of these villages and units of infantry have managed to enter villages of Semetisht, Doberdolan and Samadraxhe.

    Serb police is scorching every day in Suhareke houses of the Albanian population, especially in a quarter leading to Reshtan. They first plunder the houses and then scorch them. This situation is continuing in villages Peçan, Reshtan, Studençan, Samadraxhe and Shiroke. It is said that Serb forces have shelled Thursday the above villages and with a special intensity Studençan, Reshtan and Samadraxhe, underlines KIC./P.Ta/fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Grave humanitarian situation in Gjakove

    PRISHTINE, August 28 (ata) - Groups of Serb policemen and soldiers have rushed into some Albanian-owned shops in the center of Gjakove (Kosove) and after abortive efforts to loot things from there have opened fire in the shops, the Kosove Information Centre reports referring to LDK sources in Gjakove.

    Reports from the field indicate that Serb forces, who are being reinforced with other forces in the villages Goden, Prush Zylfaj, bordering Albania, have given ultimatums to local population to hand in arms. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Rugova seeks an international intervention to save Kosova people

    PRISHTINE, August 28, ATA correspondent, Behlul Jashari, reports: President of Republic of Kosova, Ibrahim Rugova, asked Friday "for an immediate stopping of the Serb military offensive and ethnic cleansening, and an international intervention to defend and save Albanian people in Kosova."

    Speaking to journalists in Prishtine, he also asked for a "return of the displaced people in their towns and villages in Kosova" and international security measures for their return.

    Serbian police and army troops undertook a week ago an offensive against 13 Albanian villages, for the first time since the eruption of the fight in Kosova, and causing a new wave of displaced people.

    Then Rugova asked "the opening of Prishtina airport for humanitarian aid" and added that these aid "should not be hindered by Serbian police."

    "The dangerous situation in Kosova makes difficult the opening of the new school year. Tens of schools have been destroyed by Serbian attacks, while many others are crowded with refugees, but nevertheless the new school year will start," said Rugova.

    "We have resisted all these long years and did not surrender, we wll continue like this, we will resist and continue to work", added he.

    Answering to a question about announcement of Serbian vice premier, Tomoslav Nikoliç, about penal process against those people who verbally incite fighting, where, is meant according to the journalist, the representative of KLA, Adem Demaçi, Rugova answered that he had no comment about this problem.

    "These are standard phrases, non political and primitive actions of Serbian regime," said Rugova.

    About an announcement of the US ambassador, Christopher Hill, who is negotiating between Prishtina and Belgrade, that the negotiating process is in the middle of the way, president Rugova said: "I may say that it is under way, and I thank ambassador Hill, who is exerting great efforts for the preparation of talks, concrete result and first of all to give an end to this grave situation in Kosova."/mima/fh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Greek consulate in Gjirokaster asks security for Greek minority

    GJIROKASTER, August 28 (ATA)-By H. Cani, The Greek consulate in Gjirokaster, through an official letter, asked the Gjirokaster police on Friday to take security measures for the Greek minority in this district.

    According to the chief of the police commissariat in Gjirokaster, Edmond Stepa, the anxiety of the Consulate came after an incident, which had occurred earlier, in the Greek minority village of Dervican.

    Three persons, in a car with Tirana target plate, had threatened several inhabitants of this village and drove with speed along the roads of this village.

    Representatives of the police commissariat went to the Dervican village yesterday and met with inhabitants and representatives of the village council.

    The aim of the meeting was to strengthen cooperation between the police and the inhabitants to avoid any possible incident, Lieutenant- Colonel Stepa says. /das/lm/


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


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