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Albanian Times, 96-05-21

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Albanian Times
May 21, 1996


  • [01] Albania, Greece Pledge Stronger Military Ties
  • [02] Balkan Foreign Ministers to Meet in Sofia
  • [03] Parties Struggle for Votes Ahead of Sunday Poll
  • [04] Cabinet Approves Road Project

  • [01] Albania, Greece Pledge Stronger Military Ties

    ATHENS, May 20 - Albanian Defense Minister Safet Zhulali confirmed what he called "very good level" in the Albanian-Greek relations. Zhulali spoke Monday after meeting his Greek counterpart Gerasimos Arsenis in Athens. "There is no political obstacle in Albania to hamper the development of relations in the military field. I had almost same views as my counterpart," Zhulali said. The talks focused on issues of security cooperation, NATO's "Partnership for Peace" program and the developments in the Balkans region. Both sides plan a joint naval exercise but the date has yet to be set. Albania and Greece will sign soon a protocol to finalize a general agreement reached last July, which includes training of Albanian military personel and cooperation between Albanian and Greek defense industries. The signing has been delayed for technical reasons, Arsenis said. The Albanian minister asked Greece to encourage a dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade for what he called "a just solution" of Kosova issue and reit erated Albania's official view of reaching a solution without changing borders. The ministers are scheduled to resume their discussion of Kosova issue on Tuesday. Arsenis left open the possibility to visit Tirana in mid July when a Partnership for Peace exercise is scheduled to be held in Albania. (Albanian Times)

    [02] Balkan Foreign Ministers to Meet in Sofia

    SOFIA, May 20 - The foreign ministers of Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Romania will meet in Sofia on June 8 and 9 to discuss boosting ties, a Bulgarian official said on Monday. ``The ministers will discuss measures for improving the region's security, transport and telecommunications links and cooperation in fighting drug trafficking,''a foreign ministry spokesman told a news conference. According to the official, Croatia will send an observer while Slovenia has declined to participate. (Albanian Times)

    [03] Parties Struggle for Votes Ahead of Sunday Poll

    TIRANA, May 20 - President Sali Berisha is campaigning hard on behalf of his Democratic Party to court undecided voters a few days ahead of May 26 parliamentary elections. Addressing rural voters in Western plains of Myzeqe, Berisha asked supporters to launch a dialogue to win the undecided voters. Berisha expressed confidence in a landslide victory of the Democrats. The opposition Socialists have urged voters to oust President Sali Berisha's ruling Democrats in the upcoming elections. In a letter sent to Albanian newspapers, the jailed Socialist leader, Fatos Nano said that a Socialist victory would guarantee the population liberty and security. ``I urge you to vote against the 'banana republic' of Sali Berisha,'' wrote Nano, who still has three years to serve of a twelve year prison sentence for embezzlement and abuse of office. ``I appeal to you to embrace without hesitation the alternative of the .. moderate opposition, to end once and for all the shameless abuse of power and the scandalous corruptio n of the Berisha regime,'' Nano continued. The run-up to next Sunday's poll has already been marred by opposition allegations that the police have used scare tactics to obstruct opposition election rallies. Police has denied the allegations. On Sunday, election commission secretary Kreshnik Spahiu said his life had been threatened by a man who was later detained. (Albanian Times)

    [04] Cabinet Approves Road Project

    TIRANA, May 20 - Albanian government has approved a major rehabilitation project, involving about 90 kilometers of roads part of the east-west and north-south corridors. The project, costing up to $66 million, is being financed by the World Bank, the Italian government, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Kuweit Fund, the PHARE Program and the Albanian government. The roads to be rehabilitated are Elbasan-Librazhd, Librazhd-Qafe Thane, Tapize-Fushe Kruje, Milot-Lezhe and two bridges on the rivers Mat and Drin. (Albanian Times)

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