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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-09-13

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  • [01] DP deputy Azem Hajdari killed
  • [02] Simitis pledges continued Greek credit
  • [03] Killing of Azem Hajdari, great loss for Albanian democracy -Statement of Albanian government-
  • [04] We are working with International Community to resolve status of Kosova - Nano
  • [05] Bulqize mine back to normality

  • [01] DP deputy Azem Hajdari killed

    -one of his bodyguards killed, the second seriously injured- TIRANA, Sept 12 (ATA)-By Th. Thanasi, Deputy of the Democratic Party (DP) Azem hajdari was gunned down by automatic fire on Saturday night at around 21.15 as he came out of the DP headquarters in Tirana, sources from the Tirana police told ATA.

    Unknown persons shot on deputy Hajdari and two of his bodyguards from a car in one of the streets near the DP headquarters.

    Hajdari and one of his bodyguards were killed while the second bodyguard was seriously injured.

    The police report that they have information about the persons responsible and are working to throw light on the incident, identify and hunt down the killers.

    The DP deputy and chairman of the Defence Parliamentary Commission, Azem Hajdari, was one of the initiators of the December 1990 movement. He was one of the most active members of the Democratic Party of Albania. /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Simitis pledges continued Greek credit

    TIRANA, Sept 12(ATA)-Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis met with Albanian President in Athens on Saturday and declared that Greece will continue to release credit for Albania, especially the part destined for housing, Albanian Presidency Press Office told ATA.

    Simitis evaluated the measures taken by the Albanian government for a quick and effective normalisation of the situation in relation to one year ago.

    Meidani said Albania's new constitution will be approved in November. It will be a positive factor and condition for Albania's internal peace and stability, he said.

    Referring to the process of Albanian emigrants' legalisation in Greece, Simitis said that the registration process is over and they would later receive work permits.

    Simitis dwelt on the Kosova issue and briefed president Meidani on the recent visit to Belgrade by the chief of the Greek diplomacy, Theodoros Pangalos. /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Killing of Azem Hajdari, great loss for Albanian democracy -Statement of Albanian government-

    TIRANA, Sept 13 (ATA)- The Albanian government on Saturday conveyed its deep condolences to the family of democrat leader Azem Hajdari, who was shot dead on Saturday evening while coming out of the Democratic Party (DP, opposition) headquarters.

    "The Albanian government offers its deepest condolences to the Hajdari family, his wife and children for the death of her husband and their father, Azem Hajdari. It strongly denounces the tragic act, which took the life of deputy Hajdari and his bodyguard on Saturday evening, September 12," the statement says.

    The statement says that the killing of the leader of the December students' movement, which led to the overthrow of communism in Albania, and deputy of the Democratic Party is a great loss for the Albanian democracy.

    "The government has involved all public order structures, criminal police and National Information Service (SHIK) to track down the killers," the statement goes on.

    The Albanian government, through this statement, begs the relatives, political parties, Democratic Party in particular, to find strength to contain the sorrow and emotions for the loss of their beloved.

    The government asks all persons or witnesses to the incident to cooperate and offer information to the state bodies. /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] We are working with International Community to resolve status of Kosova - Nano

    TIRANA, Sept 12 (ATA)-By Y.Pata, Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano on Saturday declared that the Albanian government is cooperating with the International Community and the Kosova legitimate representatives to finally resolve the political status of Kosova.

    "We consider that the package of proposals presented as a start for negotiations by the International Community, Contact Group, especially by the U.S., is an important starting point for the negotiations," Nano told reporters at Rinas airport on Saturday, after his return from Portugal where he took part in the EXPO '98 Albanian pavilion.

    "This can be realised only after the Serbian war machine is called to a halt, cease-fire is attained and the final settlement of the Kosova political status is identified in a three to five year transition period."

    "This status will be based on the independence of the local self- governing institutions which guarantee the fundamental human rights and freedoms for the Kosova people."

    Meanwhile, sources close to the Prime Minister told ATA that the information provided by a news agency on Nano's statements on Kosova do not comply with the words of the government head, himself, at the news conference held in Lisbon two days ago.

    "In the position of Albania's Prime Minister and the man who should defend the programme voted by Albanians, in the position of a politician and official representative who holds contacts with the political forces in Kosova and international partners, I should reiterate that the historical optics does not allow the solution of issues beyond the framework of Europeanisation and new Europe." /mima/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Bulqize mine back to normality

    BULQIZE, Sept 13 (ATA)-By H. Ruspi, Work in the chrome mine in Bulqize, the biggest in the country, resumes as normal.

    The director of the enterprise, Selim Daci, told ATA that after the agreement reached between the trade union and the respective enterpris,e which agreed to meet the miners' demands, the mine is operating as normal in all sectors.

    The daily output of the chrome mineral has reached the previous one, extracting from the underground some 300 tonnes of chrome ore. As a result, the demands for chrome for the enrichment factory in Bulqize, chrome plants in Burrel and Elbasan are being met.

    Daci adds that the prolonged strike caused losses for the mine, which should be compensated in the next month.

    Meanwhile, these two weeks the miners have also been paid the supplement to the wage demanded by them during the one-month strike.

    Rehabilitation of various equipment still remains a problem for lack of funds although foreign firms have offered their assistance. /

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