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Albanian Times, 96-05-17

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Albanian Times
May 17, 1996


  • [01] Albanian Foreign Minister to Visit Greece
  • [02] Visiting German Official Supports Democrats Record
  • [03] Opposition Charges Disruption of Rally
  • [04] Government Promises Rosy Future for Colleges
  • [05] Albania, Macedonia Seek to Deepen Energy Cooperation
  • [06] Macedonia Asks Extension of UN Mandate

  • [01] Albanian Foreign Minister to Visit Greece

    ATHENS, May 16 - Albanian Foreign Minister Alfred Serreqi will sign bilateral agreements with his Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos during a one-day visit to Athens on Friday, the Greek foreign ministry said on Thursday. The agreements signal a step towards closer cooperation between the two Balkan neighbours after years of tension. One concerns the creation of consulates in the northern Greek city of Salonika and the southern Albanian city of Korce. The other legalises hundreds of thousands of illegal Albanians in Greece as seasonal workers, the ministry said in a statement. The two countries settled some mutual grievances during a visit by Pangalos to Tirana in March, when they agreed to find a way to legalise Albanian workers in Greece and open schools for the ethnic Greek minority in Albania. (Albanian Times/Reuters)

    [02] Visiting German Official Supports Democrats Record

    TIRANA, May 16 - A senior German politician said on Thursday he hoped Albanians would not vote for what he considered a return to the former communist system and he backed the ruling Democratic Party in the May 26 elections. Klaus Buehler, an official of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's conservative party at the Council of Europe, said only a political group like President Sali Berisha's Democrats could ensure democratic reforms in Albania. ``I doubt that another force, which might have been responsible for a past, could develop these reforms with the same speed as this new democratic force,'' he said. Buehler's remarks were a thinly veiled jab at the opposition Socialists, the reformed heirs of dictator Enver Hoxha's communist party which ruled Albania for over four decades. ``I cannot imagine that people who have experienced what socialism did to Albania would turn back in that direction again,'' Buehler said. Buehler said people should not to be disillusioned by the hardships of transition to democracy and a market economy. ``The period of transition is the most critical as all old structures have collapsed and a completely new construction must be built,'' he said. Buehler is the most recent of a series of European conservatives to support the Democrats. Michel Pericard, the parliamentary head of France's ruling Rally for the Republic (RPR) party, visited Albania earlier this month to throw his party's weight behind Berisha's party. The Helsinki Committee human rights group said in May that such visits meddled in Albania's election campaign and violated the electoral law. But senior Democratic Party official Albert Brojka shrugged off the claims. ``It is not against the electoral law if (European) their support for Albania's achievements during these four years under the leadership of the Democratic Party,'' Brojka said. (Courtesy of Reuters)

    [03] Opposition Charges Disruption of Rally

    TIRANA, May 16 - Officials of the Albanian opposition Democratic Alleance accused police of intimidating party's supporters and disrupting their campaign activities. In a news conference in Tirana, Neritan Ceka, President of the Democratic Alleance, said police in the district of Lushnje Wednesday intervened to disrupt a rally of his party and beat up a party candidate running for the May 26 national elections. A police official in Divjake though acknowledged an incident occurred, said the rally was illegal and the incident was provoked by what he described as hooligans among Ceka's supporters. The Socialist Party has also complained of similar incidents but the accusations were rejected by government officials. (Albanian Times)

    [04] Government Promises Rosy Future for Colleges

    TIRANA, May 16 - Albanian government officials have promised an increase in the number of students to be admitted by universities, in an apparent attempt to attract larger numbers of Albanian youths, whose vote could be decisive in the May 26 elections. An Education Ministry official said Thursday the nation's universities will accept this school year 25 per cent more youths than in the previous year. A government decision also provides for doubling the number of students within four years. Priority will be given to remote districts of Albania, whose youth had no chances to pursue college education under the communist regime, as the official put it. (Albanian Times)

    [05] Albania, Macedonia Seek to Deepen Energy Cooperation

    TIRANA, May 16 - A Macedonian delegation has expressed readiness to increase economic cooperation with Albania in the field of energy resources. The delegation headed by Macedonia's vice minister of economy held discussions in Tirana with the Albanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Abdyl Xhaja. Land-locked Macedonia has been looking to Albania as an increasingly important economic partner to help relieve its energy problems. The delegation thanked Albanian officials for supplying fuel to Macedonia during what they described as a difficult period for Skopje. Both sides exchanged ideas on purchasing Albanian coal and other energy resources. (Albanian Times)

    [06] Macedonia Asks Extension of UN Mandate

    SKOPJE, May 16 - The Macedonian government has requested that the U.N. military mission in Macedonia be extended for a year to ensure that Balkan tensions do not spark a conflict there, a pro-government daily said Thursday. In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Macedonian Foreign Minister Ljubomir Frckovski noted troubles implementing the civilian part of the peace deal for Bosnia, another republic of the old Yugoslav federation. Nova Makedonija, which published the letter, also cited a possible escalation of tensions between Serbs and ethnic Albanians in Serbia's Kosovo province which borders Macedonia, and between neighboring Greece and Turkey. The United Nations made its first preventive deployment of troops in December 1992 to prevent a spillover of the Bosnian conflict into Macedonia. The deployment of about 1,000 U.N. soldiers about half of them Americans has been regularly extended. The current mandate expires May 31. (Albanian Times/AP)

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