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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-09-10

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Majko asks for same attitude towards Stability Pact
  • [02] Implementation of Stability Pact needs time and investment - Majko
  • [03] President Meidani highlights George Soros contribution
  • [04] Italy and Greece, Albania's main partners during July - INSTAT
  • [05] Albanian Government adopts two laws of economic character
  • [06] World Bank to finance roads in Albania
  • [07] Albanian Parliament debates on implementation of Stability Pact
  • [08] Cross-border police relations institutionalized
  • [09] Israel-Albania cooperation agreement signed
  • [10] Foreign currency exchange rates in Tirana market
  • [11] "Durres Lass" ensemble awarded "Golden Dolphin" in Italy
  • [12] "Sigal" company increases competition in insurances sector
  • [13] Albanian Premier in Italy to sign Package Angioni
  • [14] U.S. Ambassador highlights policy of cooperation of Albanian Government
  • [15] Greece quake Albanian casualties repatriated
  • [16] Declaration for Stability Pact to be adopted in coming Albanian parliament session
  • [17] Alimentary reserves catered for North districts
  • [18] Opinion on statement of DP deputy chairman on opposition unification
  • [19] Soros foundation ready to assist Albanian government in its integration programs
  • [20] Minister for Information asks protocol of cooperation with German counterparts signed
  • [21] Italy supports Albania in its road towards reconstruction - Migone says
  • [22] Soros foundation initiates finances of projects in Kosove
  • [23] New spaces to expand financial and technical cooperation
  • [24] Investigations on contraband of alcoholic drinks under way
  • [25] Draft of ANLW pavilion platform delayed
  • [26] Meidani appreciates Italy's contribution to economic ties

  • [01] Majko asks for same attitude towards Stability Pact

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)- By E.Nepravishta, Albanian Premier Pandeli Majko, on Thursday over the Albanian Assembly interpellation session, asked for drafting a joint declaration where all Albanian parliamentary political forces express their attitudes towards Stability Pact.

    "It would be very constructive if all Albanian political parties support the same platform in their attitudes towards Stability Pact and Albania's priorities", PM said.

    According to Majko, it's time that all Albanian political forces join together in front of the vital challenges for Albania and Albanians' future.

    Today's parliamentary session was in form of an interpellation in reation with the Stability Pact where Premier Pandeli Majko was invited to present the activity of the government in the framework of this Pact. This interpellation was demanded by the Democratic Party parliamentary group. /lh/so/

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    [02] Implementation of Stability Pact needs time and investment - Majko

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ata) By E. Nepravishta: - Albanian Premier Pandeli Majko said on Thursday in an interpellation in the Albanian Parliament that the Stability Pact requires a long- term investment to yield the expected outcome.

    "The Albanian Government considers that the Stability Pact is a process and should be conceived as such. In the case of Albania, it requires a long-term and multilateral investment to be realized and to yield the expected result. But every investment needs a start. I am convinced that Albania already has left behind the start line", Majko said in his address.

    According to Majko, to implement the Pact the Albanian government has examined carefully its stabce regarding the three basic elements of the Pact: democracy and the civil society, security and economic development issues.

    With regard to the first issue, Majko said the government has offered proposals concerning the observation of the human rights, inter-ethnic relations improvement in the regional context, conditions for free movement and human communication, freedo of speech and press, which lead to the civil society consolidation.

    As regards to the stability in the Balkans, Majko has revealed some proposals of the Albanian government such as establishment of the demilitarized areas in the cross-border regions, reducrion of armed forces in the region, arsenal control, the creation of a Southeast Europe Peacekeeping Brigade.

    To Majko, NATO' s presence in the region is a guaranty to its stability.

    "This presence would also accelerate the natural process of integration of Albania and the region's countries into NATO," added Majko.

    Concerning the economic development of the Balkans, Majko said that this development demands the inclusion of its countries in common projects and for this purpose, the Albanian government is using all the offered options.

    He stated the government priorities about projects on the infrastructure, telecommunication, energy sector, private sector promotion etc.

    He said that the Albanian government aims at the establishing relations on the basis of common values, bilateral and multilateral interests. He mentioned the traditionally good relations with Italy, Greece, as well as with Macedonia and Montenegro.

    The interpellation with the Premier was requested by the DP parliamentary group. /lh/gs/xh/

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    [03] President Meidani highlights George Soros contribution

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ata) - President of Albanian Rexhep Meidani awarded on Thursday the Order "Ghergj Kastrioti-Skenderbeu", the highest in the Albanian Republic hierarcy of orders and medals, to George Soros, president of Soros Foundation.

    Albanian President highlited the contribution of George Soros and his Foundation not only in Albania, but in all countries that had a difficult transitional period at the begining of this decade, when fragile democracies found themselves not only without the necessary means but also without a clear vision for the future of culture and education.

    The head of the Albanian state noted that the irreplaceable role of Soros Foundation in Albania has had a great impact on schools, education, qualification, literary work, libraries, medias and civil society.

    "For everything you've done and are doing for Albania through your Foundation, the Albanian open sociey, determined to be integrated into the West democratic society regards you as a the pioneer and ideator for the realisation of its aim', the Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani said in conclusion. /lh/so/xh/

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    [04] Italy and Greece, Albania's main partners during July - INSTAT

    TIRANE, Sept.10 (ata) - By D. Koca: During July 1999, about 87.1 per cent of the Albanian trade imports and nearly 91.1 per cent of the total of its export has been conducted with the ten main trade partners of Albania.

    According to the information from INSTAT, Italy and Greece taken together, realised during July about 65 per cent of the total trade import and about 76.1 per cent of the whole export.

    Comparing the data of July 1999 with those of June, the growth of exports to Bulgaria, Germany, U.S. and Turkey and the increase of the trade imports from Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy is noticed.

    The greatest specific weight in the trade exchanges of Albania is held by the European Union countries. Hence, during July, the trade exports and imports from the European Union countries occupied respectively 90.8 per cent and 84.7 per cent of the total trade exports and imports. /xh/

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    [05] Albanian Government adopts two laws of economic character

    TIRANE, Sept.10 (ata) - By E Nepravishta: Two laws of economic character were adopted last Thursday in the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of Albania under the chairmanship of Premier Pandeli Majko.

    At the beginning, the participants in the meeting adopted the draft of the law "On agreement of credit of development between Republic of Albania and International Development Association (IDA) for the second project of irrigation and drainage systems rehabilitation."

    This project, expected to end in September 2004, has a total value of 50 million dollars.

    The other draft law passed by the Government is that "On games of chance, casinos and hippodromes" and aims to make a full legal adjustment on the games of chance, especially regarding the definition which are games of chance, and a full legal adjustment for the persons who will be allowed to conduct this activity. The casinos will be opened in those places which will be determined by decision of the Council of Ministers.

    The law also envisages sanctions on those who violate the rules and for those people who conduct illegal activity in this field. /lh/xh/

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    [06] World Bank to finance roads in Albania

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)- By M.Pupa, The Minister of Transport and Public Works, Ingrid Shuli, met on Thursday with a World Bank delegation headed by Cezar Querioz, responsible for the development of infrastructure in Central and Western Europe and in Asia.

    The World Bank delegation discussed with Shuli the evolution of the projects that the World Bank has with Ministry of Transports and also the progress of rural roads' project. World Bank representatives stressed they had followed closely the situation in the road system and its needs, and responded positively to Minister Shuli's request for an intervention in Fushe Kruje-Mamurras road segment and for the construction of the remaining bridges in Librazhd-Qukes road segment. /lh/so/xh/

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    [07] Albanian Parliament debates on implementation of Stability Pact

    TIRANE, Sept. 10 (ata) - By A Gjakova: In Thursday's parliamentary session of the People's Assembly some deputies, reacted after the address of Albanian Premier Pandeli Majko to the Parliament, who presented the work of the government in the context of the Stability Pact.

    DP deputy Sali Berisha laid the stress on the fight against corruption, and proposed the public declaration of the assets of senior officials, various problems in the public order and in the judiciaries. To him, these were the fundamental issues which do not allow complete integration of Albania into the Stability Pact.

    Other DP deputies sided with Berisha regarding these issues.

    In the mean time, socialist deputies supported the idea that the government politics is able to attain the obligatory objectives for the realisation of the Stability Pact. /led/xh/

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    [08] Cross-border police relations institutionalized

    SARANDE, Sept 10 (ata) By Sh. Hajno: - Albanian and Greek cross- border police relations lately entered the road of institutionalization, sources of the Sarande police reported on Thursday.

    According to the district commisariat chief, colonel Ilia Nasi, now the formal meetings of the Albanian and Greek police for the cross-border region will be held each week, respectively on the Albanian and Greek territory. The coming meetings will discuss the joint work on the fight against crime and illegal traffics going on in this region.

    The next meeting, after that of Ioannina, will be held on September 16, Colonel Nasi said.

    Albanian and Greek police cooperation entered a new phase after the meeting and signing of the respective protocols last month in Ioannina by the Greek and Albanian ministers of order. /lh/gs/xh/

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    [09] Israel-Albania cooperation agreement signed

    TIRANE, Sept. 10 (ata) - By E Xhajanka: The Albanian Minister pf Agriculture and Food Lufter Xhuveli, during a visit to Israel, signed an agreement of cooperation in the field of agriculture with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel, Shaim Oron.

    The agreement envisages cooperation in the field of irrigation and its technology, the production of seeds, in the field of livestock, cooperation between research and scientific institutions of the two countries, exchange of technical-scientific information, participation of Albanian specialists of Agriculture in qualification courses and in seminars of scientific activity in Israel.

    During his visit to Israel, Minister Xhuveli attended the opening ceremony of the international fair of Israeli agriculture Agritech '99 in the city of Haifa. /xh/

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    [10] Foreign currency exchange rates in Tirana market

    TIRANE, Sept.10 (ata) - By D.Koça: Dollar has gained ground in its exchange rates with the local money Lek in Tirane currency market on Friday afternoon as against Thursday.

    Foreing currency exchange rates

    Currency Buying Selling

    USD 136 136,3 DM 73,2 73,6 LIT(1000) 74 74,2 GRD(100) 43, 5 43,8 /led/xh/

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    [11] "Durres Lass" ensemble awarded "Golden Dolphin" in Italy

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)- By S.Gjordeni, Durres' ensemble "Durres Lass" was awarded the "Golden Dolphin" prize in the International festival of folk songs which is being held in Fivizzane, Italy.

    The Albanian ensemble, which was awarded the highest prize of this activity, competed among 45 folk artistic groups from different Europe countries.

    The festival which started on September 3, 1999, is still going on. The Albanian ensemble "Durres Lass" is continuing its tour with four concerts in Massa Carrara region. /led/so/xh/

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    [12] "Sigal" company increases competition in insurances sector

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)- By D.Koça, "Sigal", (Albanian Insurance), is a new private company in the sector of insurances in Albania which began its activity in June 1999, sources from this company told ATA. "Sigal" is actually operating in Albania parallelly with other private companies, SIGMA and INSIG.

    This company operates in the sectors of insurances of motor vehicles, asset, health, goods' transportation, insurance of civil responsibilities, and also the insurance of investments, bank guarantees, and money in safe and in transition.

    "Sigal" operates in the Albanian insurance market parallelly with powerful international partners, where the most important one is Marsh Mc Lennan, the greatest international broker in London's insurance market.

    "Sigal" is working to extent its activity in Kosove. /led/so/xh/

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    [13] Albanian Premier in Italy to sign Package Angioni

    TIRANE, Sept.10 (ata) - By E Nepravishta: Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko left on Friday on a one-day visit to Italy, the Albanian Information Ministry told ATA.

    PM Majko will sign the Protocol of agreement for the Italian initiatives in Albania for 1999, Package Angioni, worth 70 billion liras.

    During this visit, PM Majko is being accompanied by Ermelinda Meksi, Minister of Economic Cooperation and Trade and deputy Arta Dade, Secretary for Foreign Relations in the Socialist Party headquarters. /led/xh/

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    [14] U.S. Ambassador highlights policy of cooperation of Albanian Government

    TIRANE, Sept. 10 (ata) - By E Nepravishta: Albania-U.S relations and the new situation created in the Balkans were in the focus of the meeting that Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko had on Friday with the newly- appointed U.S. Ambassador in Tirane, Joseph Limprecht.

    PM Majko said that the U.S. and relations with it are a priority for the policy of the Albanian Government, underlining the brilliant impact that NATO and U.S. troops have had in Albania.

    Appreciating the spirit of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, Majko demanded an intensive cooperation in all the fields of the Albanian Government with the regional countries and with Kosova in particular. Majko shared with Ambassador Limprecht the same opinions on those topics.

    Ambassador Joseph Limprecht valuated the way how Albania considers the Stability Pact in the general context of the regional cooperation and not only of the bilateral one. /led/xh/

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    [15] Greece quake Albanian casualties repatriated

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA) - The two Albanian citizens bodies, victims of the violent earthquake that rocked Greece over the last days, have been brought to their families on Thursday, sources from Ministry of Order told ATA.

    In Kapshtice border point arrived the body of Frank Fatos Muhametaj, 6, inhabitant of Permet district, while the body of Dalip Asllan Bejari, 49, inhabitant of Tozhaj, Berat, was brought through Kakavije border point.

    According to updating data, three Albanian citizens have lost their lives from the disastrous quake that shook Greece on Tuesday. The number of this quake's victims, the most violent ever stricken the neighbouring country in the last 20 years, amounts to 95 persons. /led/so/xh/

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    [16] Declaration for Stability Pact to be adopted in coming Albanian parliament session

    TIRANE, Sept.10 (ata) - By A Gjakova: The joint declaration of all parliamentary political forces for the Stability Pact which express the stand and platform in the context of this Pact, will be adopted in the coming parliamentary session.

    The idea for this statement was launched by PM Pandeli Majko who, during his report for the work of the Government so far in the context of the Stability Pact in the interpellation requested by the DP Parliamentary group, also that a joint declaration of all Albanian parliamentary political forces be issued in support of this Pact. /led/xh/

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    [17] Alimentary reserves catered for North districts

    Tirane, Sapt 10 (ata) By E. Xhajanka: All measures have been taken to cater for the 14 rural areas which get blocked during winter in Albania, sources from Ministry of Agriculture and Food report.

    Specialists of agriculture department in mountain regions Southeast of Albania, which risk of getting blocked during the cold months, have completed the alimentary needs programm for each district, which was made on the basis of the number of population, the period with heavy snow etc. /led/gs/xh/

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    [18] Opinion on statement of DP deputy chairman on opposition unification

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, Parties of the Albanian opposition have hailed a statement by Genc Pollo, Deputy Chairman of the Democratic Party, about the unification of the opposition if the he would win as a chairman.

    The deputy chairman of the National Front party, Shpetim Roqi, whose party is included in the Albanian United Right political grouping, said that Pollo's idea is good, but the unification of the opposition should be carried out on rational basis.

    "Only a cooperation among all the opposition parties would enable the power take-over as well as the stabilisation of public order and recovery of the Albanian economy," said Armando Ruco, head of the Conservative Party, member of the Albanian United Right.

    Fatmir Mediu, chairman of the Republican Party, one day ago considered the statement of democrat deputy chairman Pollo as a concrete idea that should be materialised. /led/lm/

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    [19] Soros foundation ready to assist Albanian government in its integration programs

    TIRANE, September 10 (ATA) - By A.Haxhiu: The President of Soros foundation, George Soros, expressed his willingness to support the Albanian government in its integration programs and in the programs of civil society development during the talks he held on Friday with the Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paskal Milo, sources from the Foreign Ministry told ATA.

    Milo presented to Mr. Soros the engagements of Albanian government in the implementation of the Pact of Stability and presented to him the projects that Albania in cooperation with the other countries of the region presented at three round tables of Stability Pact.

    Regarding the role the Pact will play towards the democratization of regional civil society, and more concretely in the filed of media and free movement of people, in the meeting was highlighted that a meeting of media institutions which operate in the Balkans will be held in Tirane on September 24. The main focus of the meeting will be the organization of work for the exchange of information and cultural values in all the regional countries.

    As regards to the free movement of people in the Balkan areas and wider, the idea launched was that this project should be applied only by regional countries with the support of the Pact of Stability and other international bodies dealing with this problem. /led/A.A/

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    [20] Minister for Information asks protocol of cooperation with German counterparts signed

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Musa Ulqini, Minister for Information, asked from Martin Frick, Cultural Attache at the German embassy in Tirane, that a protocol of cooperation with the Federal Office of Information be signed this year.

    At a meeting with Frick on Friday, Ulqini said that the objectives of the Ministry for Information also include "the signing this year of a Protocol of Cooperation with the Federal Office of Information in order to institutionalise relations and draft an accurate cooperation for the next year".

    Frick said that he would inform the Federal Office of Information of this initiative and also offered his concrete aid that cooperation between the two government information institutions become a reality.

    Frick also referred to the aid that the Federal Office of Information can provide for the Albanian Ministry of Information such as in logistics and in the qualification of Albanian specialists.

    Ulqini reiterated Germany's special role in the relations with Albania and especially in the Stability Pact. /lh/lm/

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    [21] Italy supports Albania in its road towards reconstruction - Migone says

    TIRANE, September 10 (ATA) - By Ylli Pata: The chairman of Italian Senate Foreign Affairs, Gian Giacomo Migone, briefed on Friday in a joint press conference with the Chairman of Foreign commission close to the Albanian Parliament, Sabri Godo, that the relations between Albania and Italy are in a good level and that these relations should be strengthened in the future.

    In this conference, Mr. Migone said that Albania merits to be listed in the international community, after the treating with high dignity of the crisis in Kosovo. "Italy will continue to support Albania in the framework of the Pact of Stability to continue the right way for reconstructing the country", said He.

    The Chairman Migone asked for more engagement from the Albanian authorities against the illegal immigration and promised a greater support in this direction by the Italian government. The Senator Migone refuted some articles of Albanian mediae where is written that he declared that the Albanian foreign policy and the foreign policy of Italy are moving in opposite directions.

    "We are two friend countries, but we are independent, so that we can have differences in our stances, but these (differences) are not so essential to make us have opposite stances", said Migone.

    Senator Migone who is a member of left-wing Democratic Party (party in which participates even the Italian Premier, D'Alema) came to Albania in an official two-day visit together with a group of senators from all the Italian political specter. In this tour, the delegation of Italian senate hold talks with senior personalities of Albanian state and with leaders of political parties. /lh/A.A/

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    [22] Soros foundation initiates finances of projects in Kosove

    TIRANE, September 10 (ATA0 - By Ilir Paço: The American multi- billionaire with Hungarian origin, George Soros, revealed in a press conference on Friday that his foundation "Open Albania" (OSF SOROS) has started finances of some projects even in Kosove, mainly in the education field.

    Soros, a successful businessmen, 69, who is in Tirane on a two-day visit, reported that he did not know details on the sum financed on the program and for its proceedings, and declared that he will soon visit Kosove and will get acquainted in details with the project.

    Soros foundation initiated its activity in Albania in 1992. During the meetings George Soros had in Tirane with Albanian senior personalities, he agreed with them on the implementation of a project for the Albanian education system called "Education 2000", worth 4 million Dollars. The press department of Soros foundation in Tirane reported that $ 2 million for this project will be accorded by Soros foundation, while the rest will be allocated by the Albanian government. /lh/A.A/

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    [23] New spaces to expand financial and technical cooperation

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)-By E. Xhajanka, The Albanian Government on Thursday approved the decision "On approving the protocol of talks on financial and technical cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Albania and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for 1999".

    Financial cooperation will include the sector for water supply and sewage, the sector for power supply, the fund for studies and experts, so that the value of funds put at the disposal for 1999 be 30 million DM.

    In the context of bilateral cooperation the German government is also contributing to the restoration of the Tirane Agricultural University (UBSH) dormitories, through the government organisation THW.

    THW has been present in Albania since 1994 and during this time has worked for the removal of toxic wastes from Albania, the setting up of camps for Kosova refugees and lately for the restoration of UBT dormitories. /a.gj/lm/

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    [24] Investigations on contraband of alcoholic drinks under way

    KORÇE, September 10 (ATA) - By B.Fejzullai: The Prosecution office of Korçe city started recently investigations on contraband of alcoholic drinks.

    The Prosecutor of the district, Vangjel Tanellari, said on Friday that after the denunciation of General Custom Directory on the contraband entrance of two vehicles loaded with 7.224 liters of whiskey in Gorice custom point, this prosecution office has started the investigation.

    According to him, the amount of whiskey has illegally passed the custom point in mid-October of previous year with two lorries carrying Macedonian number plates. The amount of whiskey is worth 47 900 German Marks and the custom fee needed to be paid in the custom point is 35 000 Marks.

    After the investigation of this issue, Albanian part is cooperating with the Macedonian custom, while other cases of contraband of alcoholic drinks are doubted. Tanellari said that all cases of alcoholic drinks passing in Gorice custom will be investigated. /lh/A.A/

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    [25] Draft of ANLW pavilion platform delayed

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)-By K.Shehu, The platform to set up the Antifascist National-Liberation War (ANLW) Pavilion in the spaces of the National History Museum has not yet been drafted, while work to install the objects of this period should have begun.

    Moikom Zeqo, director of the History Museum, expressed concern about procrastination, explaining that "the formulation of the platform has been assigned to a group of historians from the Academy of Sciences and the History Institute, who so far have not given a final response".

    The pavilion closed eight years ago, this time is thought to be created free of politicisations and ideologisations so that recycling of parties in power does not harm its existence.

    The historical concept of this pavilion will be given through the objects and the real and original facts possessed by the History Museum, while the antifascist resistance of the Albanian people from '39-'44 will be objectively presented.

    The pavilion will be inaugurated by the end of November, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Liberation of Albania. /lm/

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    [26] Meidani appreciates Italy's contribution to economic ties

    TIRANE, Sept 10 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, President of the Republic Rexhep Meidani met with the delegation of the Italian Senate Foreign Commission on Friday and thanked it for the Italian contribution during the humanitarian crisis and its priority contribution to the economic relations between the two countries. He also asked aid for the justice system and public order forces.

    According to the President's press and information office, Meidani illustrated the ongoing performance in these two sectors and stressed that the Italian aid should consist in enhancing the authority of the judiciary, its operation as an independent institution, in establishing more frequent contacts, especially between the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of both countries.

    Meidani, exploiting the presence of the Forza-Italia party senators, renewed the invitation to the chairman of this party, Silvio Berlusconi, to visit Albania.

    The future developments in Albania and the region as well as European integration were the problems treated by Meidani.

    He said that when the material and institutional infrastructure is built in Albania, when the still present conflictual politics become invalid, it will join the normal development currents, also positively affecting the Albanian subjects in Kosova and Macedonia and remaining a significant factor of stability in the region.

    While Kosova, with the operation of the international administration there and the development of local elections, preserving the multiethnic character, will be integrated into the EU along with Montenegro.

    Further on, Meidani explained his concept on the process of the region's integration into the EU. He said this integration should be realised through a programme with clearly defined deadlines, imposed to the countries of the region by the EU itself.

    The installation of a space of free movement of people. goods, capitals, of a mini-Balkan Schengen, which would favour cooperation between these countries, would be the essence of this programme, he said.

    The Italian senators, headed by Gian Giacomo Migone, guaranteed their support to increase cooperation between the two countries.

    Also present at the meeting was the Italian ambassador to Albania, Marcelo Spatafora. /lh/lm/

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