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Albanian Times, 96-05-23

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Albanian Times
May 23, 1996


  • [01] Democrat Supporters Block Socialist Rally
  • [02] E.U. Signs Disbursement of Cross-Border Funds for Albania
  • [03] Albania's IFOR Contingent to be Stationed in Zadar
  • [04] Turkey, Albania Unhappy With Timing of Sophia Meeting
  • [05] NEBEX Reports on Albanian Projects

  • [01] Democrat Supporters Block Socialist Rally

    DURRES, Albania, May 22 - Anti-socialist protesters on Wednesday blocked a convoy of cars carrying opposition Socialist leaders bound for a rally in the Adriatic port of Durres. Dozens of young men, chanting ``Freedom and democracy!''and "victory," waving blue Democrat Party flags, drew vehicles across the main road from Tirana to Durres to stop the cars. Some of them jumped onto the cars, hammering windows with their fists and shouting ``Down with the Socialists!,'' ``Go home, spies!.'' A Socialist supporter from Durres was taken to hospital with wounds to his head and face, caused by broken glass. Riot police tried to protect the convoy but one man smashed a window of a vehicle in front of the car carrying Socialist deputy leader Servet Pellumbi. The convoy finally headed into Durres by an alternative route followed later by Democratic supporters who demonstrated noisily outside the sports all during the rally. Pellumbi attempted to address a crowd of 5,000 Socialist supporters but the hall was plunge d into darkness and sound systems failed after an apparent electricity failure. Pellumbi, unable to make his speech, shook hands with cheering supporters in the darkened hall and returned to Tirana. The Socialists have accused the Democratic Party of trying to manipulate the election outcome by harassing Socialist supporters and disrupting the party's campaign. But Berisha's Democrats have firmly denied the accusations and blamed the reformed communists for the violence that has characterised the run-up to the poll. (Albanian Times/Reuters)

    [02] E.U. Signs Disbursement of Cross-Border Funds for Albania

    TIRANA, May 22 - A memorandum of understanding on the E.U.'s cross-border program signed Wednesday in Tirana, has paved the way for the disbursement of funds aimed at facilitating Albania's communications with E.U. members Greece and Italy. The funds, amounting to ECU 84 million, are E.U. grants supporting programs approved in 1994 and 1995. Most of the programs consist in road rehabilitations both in the east-west and the north-south axes. Other programs concern construction of customs checkpoints and sewage processing project. (Albanian Times)

    [03] Albania's IFOR Contingent to be Stationed in Zadar

    BONN, May 22 - Albania will participate in the Bosnia international peacekeeping force with 30 soldiers who will be part of the third German contingent, the defense ministry in Bonn announced. The Albanian ground troops will guard a German airborne facility in Zadar on the Croat coast of the Adriatic together with the German troops. The agreement was reached by the German foreign minister Volker Ruehe during his Albanian visit in March. (Albanian Times)

    [04] Turkey, Albania Unhappy With Timing of Sophia Meeting

    SOFIA, May 22 - Turkey will not attend a planned meeting of Balkan foreign ministers in Sofia next month unless Bulgaria changes the date, Ankara's ambassador said on Wednesday. ``Bulgaria has set the date for June 8 and 9 despite Turkey's insistence that this was not a convenient time and our foreign minister would not be able to attend,'' Mehmet Ali Irtemcelik told a news conference. He said Turkey was hosting a United Nations summit on the human environment in Istanbul from June 3 to 14 that would prevent its foreign minister from going to Sofia. Albania is also unhappy with the timing of the Balkan meeting, which falls only a couple of weeks after the country's general election, he added. The foreign ministers of Romania, Greece, rump Yugoslavia, Macedonia, and Bosnia have also been invited to the Sofia meeting, which is expected to focus on boosting security, transport and telecommunication ties. Slovenia declined to attend and Croatia will send an observer to the gathering. Western diplomats in S ofia said the row concealed deeper tensions between the Balkan countries as Bulgaria's socialist government steps up its rapprochement with Eastern Orthodox neighbours Greece and Serbia. (Albanian Times/Reuters)

    [05] NEBEX Reports on Albanian Projects

    CALGARY, May 22 - NEBEX Resources Ltd. (NBX:ASE) reports that in the continuing drilling program underway in Albania, four holes intersected copper- zinc-gold mineralization. These are in the Gurthi area of the 400 square kilometre Mirdita concession. The one hole for which assays are available had an 11 metre intersection which assayed 8.77% copper, 1.25% zinc, 2.3 grams/tonne gold (0.067 oz/ton gold) and 21 grams/tonne silver (0.613 oz/ton silver). Assays are awaited for three other holes and drilling is continuing in this area. This hole, 96-11, is the best yet as the drilling probes a massive sulphide zone,'' notes Brian Douglas, NEBEX president. Drilling is planned for the Munelle area of the Mirdita concession following completion of geological and geophysical surveys underway, expected about late July. Geological and geophysical surveys have started in the Gjazuj-Shengieri area on the Kacinari concession. This is of interest for gold. These surveys, to be followed by drilling, are expected to be completed by August. Geological and geophysical surveys on the Radomir and Kukes concessions should start next month. These concessions are at higher elevations than Mirdita and Kacinari and remain snow covered, unusual for this time of year. (Albanian Times)

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