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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-09-03

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] U.S. mediator Christopher Hill in Belgrade and Prishtine
  • [02] Two killed and five wounded after confrontation of police with a gang of robbers in Puke
  • [03] Situation in Lazara has calmed down
  • [04] Concert on occasion of 1st anniversary of death of Mother Teresa
  • [05] Will the Butrint Baptistery mosaic continue to be covered by sand or not, this is the question...!
  • [06] Studies for new mining areas in Shkoder
  • [07] Masked people explode offices of coalition government parties in Lezhe
  • [08] Grave situation in commune of Prizren
  • [09] Broad attack of Serb forces in the region between communes of Malisheve, Kline, Gjakove and Rahovec
  • [10] Police determined to fight crime, illegal acts
  • [11] Court's secretaries to undergo test
  • [12] World Bank accords $16 million to Albania
  • [13] DP to continue protests despite police warnings
  • [14] DP leader backs actions of Lazarat people against police forces
  • [15] Teta says most devoted people to lead public order forces
  • [16] Shelling in Drenice, 40 tanks positioned near Podujeve
  • [17] Regional OSCE office to organise round table on constitution
  • [18] Minister says NATO office temporarily closed

  • [01] U.S. mediator Christopher Hill in Belgrade and Prishtine

    PRISHTINE, Sept.2 (ata) - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports: The U.S. diplomat Christopher Hill went today to Prishtine after a meeting yesterday in Belgrade with Yugoslav President Milosevic, who reportedly "agreed to a set level of self-administration for Kosove" as a step towards solution.

    The U.S. ambassador mediating between Prishtine and Belgrade met with the President of the Republic of Kosove, Ibrahim Rugova. During the long closed-door talk, President Rugova and Ambassador Hill examined the possibilities of reaching a temporary agreement between Prishtine and Belgrade to stabilize the situation in Kosove."

    The report says that "this agreement will last three years and will aim at the stabilization of the general situation in Kosove and the functioning of all institutions. This will be a premise for a final solution to the status of Kosove.

    The Rugova-Hill meeting asked "immediate halting of all actions of the Serb forces in Kosove and an urgent international mediation for the resettling of the displaced people and refugees in their homes," ends the report.

    Ambassador Hill is expected to meet in the afternoon with reporters and details about his meetings in Belgrade and Prishtine are expected with very great interest. /a.a/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Two killed and five wounded after confrontation of police with a gang of robbers in Puke

    PUKE, Sept. 2 (ata) - By M Malja: On Tuesday evening an armed gang who was robbing passengers of Gjegjan-Puke bus line, opened fire on police forces in Gojan village, about 30 km from the city of Puke.

    After informed of the event, forces of the district police commissariat went to the spot but found themselves in the fire of the arms of the gang, spokesman of the police commissariat said.

    During the fire exchange, one of the robbers Nikolle Zef Ndreca, 25, from Gojan village was killed along with the passenger Diana Mesulli, 26. Her father, Mark Mesuli, 50, and policemen Ilir Rexha, Samir Kabeta and Kastriot Selimi were wounded, the spokesman said.

    The darkness and the rough mountain place helped the other gang members, among whom one wounded, to flee deep into Gojan. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Situation in Lazara has calmed down

    GJIROKASTER, Sept.2 (ATA) - By H Cani: Situation in the village Lazarat of Gjirokaster (south of Albania) is normalized after the measures adopted for the patrolling of the national road there with roadblocks set up immediately after the Gjirokaster-Kakavije road segment was unblocked, said to ATA the General Director of Albanian Police, Besnik Bregu.

    Armed people blocked Wednesday afternoon the Gjirokaster-Kakavije road segment.

    According to Gjirokaster police department, 7 members of the special forces of RENEA and riot police of Dragot were wounded on Wednesday by armed people while they were trying to enter village Lazarat today before noon. The exchange of fire continued for one and a half hours.

    One of the forces of RENEA told ATA that the aim that their forces wanted to go into the village was not linked with the people there as is commented by political circles, but they were searching for some incriminated elements for whom police had ample evidence. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Concert on occasion of 1st anniversary of death of Mother Teresa

    TIRANE, Sept.2 (ata) - By Ardi Pulaj: The Italian-Albanian singer Anna Oxa is the initiator of a concert to be held in Albania on September 5 to mark the death of the benefactress of Albanian origin, Mother Teresa.

    Taking part in the concert, to be held in "Paul 6" hall of the foundation "The Lady of Good Conseil" will be renowned singers of Italian music such as Amedeo Minghi, Ivana Spagna, Katia Ricciareli and the orchestra and the chorus of the diocese of Rome.

    According to sources of the Foundation "The Lady of Good Conseil" messages for Mother Teresa from senior personalities of politics, art and culture will be read in the great concert, such as from the U.N. Secretary General, Kofi Annan, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and his wife, from actors Antonio Banderas, Kabir Bedi, two mayors of Rome and Milan, and others.

    Part of the concert to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa will also be the address of the Apostolic Nuncio in Albania, Ivan Dias. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Will the Butrint Baptistery mosaic continue to be covered by sand or not, this is the question...!

    TIRANE, Sept.2 (ata) - By K Shehu: The measures to be adopted to protect the Baptistery mosaic in the ancient city of Butrint (south of Albania) will be the topic of discussion in a scientific seminar due at the end of September, sources of the Institute of Monuments of Culture told ATA.

    "The seminar will discuss whether the mosaic will continue to be covered by sand or not. Covering by sand means a protection of the mosaic from atmospheric agents, but in this form it cannot please the visitor's eye," said the sources.

    Albanian and foreign specialists will read papers in the scientific seminar.

    The mosaic of the Butrint Baptistery is in a paleo-christian basilica dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries. It is one of the most perfect monuments in the ancient town of Butrint. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Studies for new mining areas in Shkoder

    SHKODER, Sept.3 (ata) - By M Malja: Study of new mineral bearing resources is in the centre of attention of the geological service in the Shkoder district.

    The director of this service, Osman Deltina, told ATA that there are several study groups for the regions rich in minerals, in the zone of Koman for copper ore, of Vermosh for magnetites and in Korthpule for kaolin.

    At present these groups are working for the cartography and the generalization of the existing geologic material, the study of the mineral bearing reserves of rich copper in that zone, the geological and engineering study of the construction sites and the land sliding zones along with the study of cartography.

    The Shkoder district is rich in copper ore, with two mines, that of Koman and another in Palaj and the mine of kaolin in village Korthpule and Vig. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Masked people explode offices of coalition government parties in Lezhe

    TIRANE, Sept.3 (ata) - A considerable amount of explosion destroyed on Wednesday night the local headquarters of the Socialist Party in the district of Lezhe.

    The daily Koha Jone reports that at about 10 p.m. of Wednesday, an amount of TNT planted by unidentified people exploded the building where SP for Lezhe had its headquarters. Along with the noise and alarm caused among the people in Lezhe, the buildings nearby were damaged as well.

    According to Koha Jone, besides SP offices, in the building which blasted also were the offices of the SDP branch and some other local institutions.

    Local police sources declared for the paper that some masked people had entered the building and planted there a great amount of explosive matter. Crime specialists think the event is politically motivated, after the explosion in Shkoder recently.

    "Lezha has been calm and without political passions, but, it seems that politics is influencing in the aggravation of the climate in Lezhe too, which until Wednesday evening, has been one of the safest cities," declared the director of Police of Lezhe prefecture, Zef Prendi./

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Grave situation in commune of Prizren

    PRISHTINE, Sept.3 (ata) - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports: Serb forces torched Wednesday LubiševŰ, Leskovac, Laz, Kushnin, Jeshkove, Hoše Qytet, BillushŰ and Poslish of the commune of Prizren (Kosove), Democratic League of Kosove reports.

    The same source reports that in village Laz, the Serb forces have shot on the population causing many people dead and wounded.

    According to Kosove Information Centre (KIC) about 10 thousand people have fled as a result of the Serb attacks in quarters Tusus and Bajram Curri of Prizren. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Broad attack of Serb forces in the region between communes of Malisheve, Kline, Gjakove and Rahovec

    PRISHTINE, Sept.3 (ata) - Serb forces started Thursday a broad attack against the villages bordering the communes of Malisheve, Kline, Gjakove and Rahovec, the Kosove Information Centre reports.

    According to KIC which refers to information from the field, the Serb forces are hitting the big villages Drenoc, Patacan and Partkofc, where many displaced Albanians have been sheltered.

    LDK sources in Kline report that the Serb forces started at about 6.30 a.n. attacking the Albanian villages of Gremnik, Cupeve e Eperme and Poshtme, Volljake, Sferke and some other regions where thousands of people have been settled in the recent weeks. /mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Police determined to fight crime, illegal acts

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Police are determine to fight crime and illegal acts, Perikli Teta, minister of Public Order, told on Thursday an urgent meeting of the Albanian parliament.

    Responding to Socialist parliamentary group on the present situation in some areas of Albania, particularly in Lazarat village, Gjirokaster district, Teta said that "police cannot reach any compromise with the criminal and armed elements and will not allow in any case that anti law, crime and banditism prevails in Albania."

    Given the situation on the village which brought about a halt to the traffic in the Kakavije-Gjirokaster national road, injuring of eight members of the police forces and looting of 20 trucks carrying goods, the order forces are determined to carry out their tasks defined by law, Teta said.

    Preventing a deterioration of the situation, police are determined to reinforce measures to safeguard order in the most appropriate and efficacious way, without allowing anyone to concoct plot or destabilize the situation, he said.

    Police will continue to keep the situation under control especially in northeast as well as wage a bitter fight against contraband, weapons' trafficking and other crimes. /das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Court's secretaries to undergo test

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA) - By E. Koraqi: Minister of Justice Thimio Kondi has signed recently a testing program for all secretaries and chief secretaries of the Albanian courts.

    A spokesman of the ministry said that the test was applied according to a specific program drawn up by the Justice Ministry which aimed at raising the professional level of the judicial administration.

    The spokesman said that the test will start on September 25 and last until October 31. /das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] World Bank accords $16 million to Albania

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Albanian parliament gave on Thursday the green light for a project of the World Bank on compensation of former owners of the agricultural and non agricultural lands and free sites which are in the Laprake and Bathore area, Tirana district.

    The project will be implemented after it was decreed by the president of Albania.

    The objective of this common project drawn by the Albanian government and World Bank was to rehabilitate the suburbs of Tirana as soon as possible.

    The agreement envisaged that the World Bank will allocate $10 million, the Albanian government $1.72 million and the residents will contribute an amount worth $4.1 dollars.

    The parliament also ratified three other agreements with OPEC on expanding the Durres port, cooperation with Greece in the health and financing of water pipelines and sewers in Korša district by the German government. /das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] DP to continue protests despite police warnings

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, The democrats on Wednesday expressed their readiness to continue protests, despite police warnings of their illegitimacy.

    "We will hold our protests, despite police warnings of not allowing them," said DP leaders Sali Berisha told a news conference on Thursday.

    Considering the rallies a legitimate right of the opposition to protest and defend its rights, the democrats said the rallies will continue to be held, although their are called illegal by the police.

    Berisha's statement comes right after the negative response the Police Department of the Tirana prefecture gave to the DP about the rally this party thinks to hold at Scanderbeg Square on Friday.

    The reason for not allowing this rally, according to Police department, is the criminal situation in Tirana and its aggravation in several areas of the country which makes this department engage many police forces in coping with this situation. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] DP leader backs actions of Lazarat people against police forces

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA) - By H. Haxhiu: Leader of the Democratic party Sali Berisha told a news conference on Thursday that his party condemned any violent act and looting but also denounced the terror and violence by the government against democrats of Lazarat.

    The Democrat leader said that the attacks against the village were politically motivated and aimed at terrorising sympathizers and democrats of the area.

    On Wednesday, eight members of the RENEA special forces and rapid intervention forces of Dragot were injured in a one-hour and a half skirmish with gunmen while they were trying to enter Lazarat village early on Wednesday.

    One of the chiefs of RENEA said to ATA that "our forces were trying to infiltrate the village in order to catch the incriminated persons against whom police provide testimony and not to attack the residents as it was said in political circles." /das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] Teta says most devoted people to lead public order forces

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA)-By P. Shuteriqi, The most devoted people will lead the public order forces, Minister of Public Order Perikli Teta said on Thursday.

    "We are determined in promoting the legal reform by appointing to the lead of the public order forces the most devoted people to the war against crime, corruption and contraband," Teta said at a plenary session of the People' Assembly on Thursday.

    Responding to the demand of the socialist deputies to report on the latest developments in Lazarat of Gjirokaster and several other districts of Albania, Teta admitted that "errors have been committed in appointing the cadres; this has forced us to make successive changes."

    For the immediate improvement of the situation he pledged movements beginning with the "head of police", changing the director general of the Gjirokaster police, other leading officials in the ministry and other changes. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] Shelling in Drenice, 40 tanks positioned near Podujeve

    PRISHTINE, Sept 3/ ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports:

    This morning in Drenice the Serbian forces began to pound the villages of Plluzhine, Tice, Buroje and Vojnik of the Skenderaj commune.

    The heavy artillery is shelling from positions in Araceve and Jashanice. Dangerous developments also threaten the suburbs of Podujeve, where today, at around 9.30, more than 40 Serbian tanks coming from the base set up in Llaushe village, passed through Podujeve and were stationed at the site called Tabet i Llapashtices, in front of Albanian villages of Obrance and Llapashtine, which the population have begun to leave.

    In the Serbian village of Prilluzhe of Vushtrise the Serbian forces intervened in a passengers train and abducted at least 17 Albanians, while today, earlier in the morning, an expedition of Serbian forces in the Begrace village of Kacanik have raided a number of houses and arrested several Albanians. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] Regional OSCE office to organise round table on constitution

    VLORE, Sept 3 (ATA) - By H. Koši: The regional Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vlora will organise a round table on draft constitution in Albania.

    Members of the parliamentary commission on draft constitution and technical experts will pave the way for discussions and suggestions by local officials, journalists of local and central media for the final variant of the draft which is going to be submitted to parliament.

    Head of the local OSCE office Aldo Tenisch said that the aim of the round table, scheduled for September 10, was to present views on draft constitution and sensitize people on the approval of the draft.

    Forms will be distributed to participants to make special suggestions on the draft.

    The local office, which was recently opened, has a heavy activity including discussion on disarmament, local census as well as expanded meeting with representatives of the foreign embassies and foreign businessmen to stimulate investments in the city of Vlora. /das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] Minister says NATO office temporarily closed

    TIRANA, Sept 3 (ATA) - By E. Koraqi: Deputy minister of Defence Ilir Boška has categorically rejected every reports by the media on the closing of NATO office in Tirana.

    "The NATO office in Tirana continues to carry out its duties and engagements," Boška said to ATA on Thursday.

    He added that the U.S. personnel was temporarily withdrawn according to a warning of the U.S. government. "Their withdrawal is not related to the army but to the national issue of the United States i.e. the fight against terrorism which is its priority for the moment."

    Number two of the Albanian defence said that this was a temporary withdrawal and they, according to the agreement, would return to Albania again.

    "The agreement envisaged one-year mandate for the personnel since the day the office was opened in Tirana," he said.

    This office was officially opened in June 1998. /das/ak/

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