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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 97-02-23

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] VEFA PAYS CAPITALS TO 300 CREDITORS IN VLORA
  • [02] 105 KG OF NARCOTIC PLANTS CAUGHT IN SARANDA
  • [03] PRESS REVIEW
  • [04] MEETING OF ALBANIAN PREMIER MEKSI WITH INHABITANTS OF PEQIN
  • [05] POLITICIAN MILO MAKES UNCONSTITUTIONAL CALLS - Vlore
  • [06] MEETING OF DP CHAIRMAN WITH INHABITANTS OF SHIJAK
  • [07] AN ALBANIAN OF KOSOVA DIES IN JAIL FROM TORTURE
  • [08] ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY REFUTES A REUTER REPORT

  • [01] VEFA PAYS CAPITALS TO 300 CREDITORS IN VLORA

    VLORA, FEB 22 (ATA) - About 300 creditors have been refunded up to 500 000 lek in the Vefa affiliate in Vlora, southern Albania, on Feb 19,20, on the basis of the lists announced in that affiliate.

    Sources of the Vefa affiliate say that they have not continued paying capitals on Friday and Saturday because of the presence of a great number of people by the counters of the Vlora Vefa affiliate. The police commissariat has not been able to set order, and late in the Friday evening there was an incident near Vefa compounds which forced the managers to close the doors for Saturday. ake/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] 105 KG OF NARCOTIC PLANTS CAUGHT IN SARANDA

    SARANDA, FEB 22 (ATA) - By Shkleqim Hajno: Police forces in Saranda, Southern Albania, recently caught an amount of 105 kg of canabis sativa, packed into 1 kg packages.

    A source in the police commissariat told ATA that the amount of narcotic was hidden offshore in Ksamil.

    According to the source, the destination of the narcotic amount was its trafficking towards Corfu, Greece.

    The chief of the district police commissariat, Ferdinant Elezi told ATA that work for the identification of the owners of the narcotics is going on.

    This is the greatest amount of narcotics caught during this year. At the end of the last year, police uncovered near Cuke village an amount of 150 kg of canabis sativa. ake/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] PRESS REVIEW

    TIRANA, FEB 23 (ATA) - Rilindja Demokratike today writes that Albanian president Sali Berisha will visit Athens soon invited by the Greek president Constantin Stefanopoullos. The paper also writes about the meeting of President Berisha with Shkodra people Saturday, under the title: "Coalition with SP- dictance from Europe." The paper also makes coverage of the meeting of DP chairman Tritan Shehu with his electorate in Kavaja, under the title "Democracy cannot not be subdued by the violence of the left." The newspaper writes that the government has prepared an instruction about credits for the citizens who have lost in pyramid investment schemes their money from the homes they have sold.

    Zeri i Popullit writes: "The students' strike on its fourth day- whistles for President Berisha's address in Shkodra," and "Berisha offends the strikers." With regard to a communique of the Forum for Democracy, the paper writes: "Resignation of the government, first step to calm the tense situation." The paper also writes "DP invitations for dialogue result to be speculations and demagogy."

    Republika has an interview of the Albanian Republican Party, Sabri Godo, under the title: "I warn the government: Take care of the sons and daughters of Vlora!" The paper writes: "Berisha in Greece on the verge of the termination of his mandate." The paper publishes an editorial entitled "Will the well-fed state power be able to bring down the hunger strike students?"

    Rilindja covers the meeting of Berisha with people in Shkodra, under the title: "Albanians do not sell freedom for a debt," and a report that President Berisha will soon visit Greece. This paper writes that President of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova is one of the candidates of the Nobel Prize for this year. The paper writes: "Protests against Albanians in Macedonia continue."

    Albania writes: "Great contradictions burst within the opposition." The paper carries an editorial entitled "Petition, a new political alternative?" Writing about the hunger strike of students in Vlora, the paper writes: "We are distanced from political forces."

    Koha Jone writes: "Fierce attack by DP petition's authors. Boycott by Mayor of Shkodra." The paper has an editorial entitled "Free trade zones is not a wayout for Berisha." The paper also writes: "People of Vlora do not recognize any more the deputies of May 26 elections," and "Albanian Committee of Helsinki voices its concern over the situation in Vlore."

    Dita Informacion writes: "Mystery for alternative candidate of Berisha President," and "Protests and hunger strike in Vlora continue."

    Gazeta Shqiptare writes: "Vlore, the strike's threatening, two students in hospital," and "Berisha, exam for presidency." kei/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] MEETING OF ALBANIAN PREMIER MEKSI WITH INHABITANTS OF PEQIN

    PEQIN, FEB 23 (ATA) - By Pellumb Zekthi: Overcome of the difficult situation after the collapse of pyramid schemes, the strategy of its solution and the perspective plans for the country's further development have been the main topics of the talk on Sunday of the Albanian Premier Aleksander Meksi with inhabitants of Peqin, Elbasan district.

    Meksi made a panorama of the present situation in Albania after the failure of fraudulent investment funds and the work of the government to come out of this collapse.

    With regard to the toppling of the present government, Meksi said that democracy cannot be taken a pawn by subjects or individuals who have attacked it and that this democracy is protected only if all DP and government structures are mobilized to the benefit of work."

    Meksi opposed the idea of compensating the creditors through the selling of national assets, because this would be nothing by a movement of consequences in order to keep the posts.

    According to Meksi, the role of the state will consist in an all sided support through experts and the measures to ease sharp social problems.

    In reply to a question regarding the petition by 14 members of the DP National Council who demand the resignation of the present Government, Meksi said that "in democracy everybody has his own opinions, but a government of public salvation can be formed only in cases without any wayoit and it consists of all political forces." ake/kei/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] POLITICIAN MILO MAKES UNCONSTITUTIONAL CALLS - Vlore

    VLORE, FEB 23 (ATA) - Vlore citizens had the usual manifestation today afternoon too. They gathered at first in the Flag Square and later marched through the Vlore-Skele boulevard to gather in front of the University square, where the students' strike continues.

    After various speakers in the protest, the politicians Paskal Milo, Skender Gjinushi and Daut Gumeni took the floor. In his address, Paskal Milo called on all those present to overthrow the power of Berisha. Then, he declared before protesters that allegedly great anti-government rallies were held in Shkoder, Peshkopi and Mirdite, whereas those who applauded in the rallies with Berisha in Shkoder, Peshkopi and Elbasan were nothing but mercenaries, thieves and criminals, therefore we should all fight to topple the Berisha dictatorship.

    Afterwards, the protesters dispersed peacefully. ake/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] MEETING OF DP CHAIRMAN WITH INHABITANTS OF SHIJAK

    SHIJAK, FEB 23 (ATA) - By Sotiraq Gjordeni: DP chairman Tritan Shehu had a meeting with DP members and sympathizers, and inhabitants of the town of Shijak Sunday, in the palace of culture of this town in Durres district.

    After the opening address by the DP branch chairman of Shijak, Mehmet Deliallisi, Mr Shehu took the floor. He stressed among others that the citizens, the members and sympathizers of DP in Shijak and the nearby zone showed self-control although they felt the great loss by the collapse of pyramid investment funds.

    He reiterated that DP and the present government also feel their responsibility.

    "We should bear in mind that presently the left opposition forces have passed from economic problems to political ones, bringing to the fore the alternative of the overthrow of the democratic Government" said Shehu.

    He stressed that the government had adopted all the measures to reduce the losses for the people who had invested their money in pyramid schemes and would protect their interests to the maximum.

    The address of DP deputy for Shijak was followed with interests by those present. He is one of the 14 DP National Council members who have signed a petition for the resignation of the present government and the creation of a government of salvation.

    He stressed he did not agree with the manipulation of the petition by the opposition press. "I do not agree to strike a coalition with SP, because I respect the DP program, the anticommunist feelings of the electorate and mine as well, in the mean time I support President Berisha," said Berhami.

    At the end, Mr Shehu replied questions by those present. ake/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] AN ALBANIAN OF KOSOVA DIES IN JAIL FROM TORTURE

    TIRANA, FEB 23 (ATA) - An Albanian of Kosova died from tortures by police in a prison of Prishtine, Centre for Information of Kosova reports Sunday.

    Besnik Restelica, 30, was jailed in Jan 30, accused of being a participant in an illegal organization "Army for Kosova Liberation."

    Father of Restelica learned the news only Sunday afternoon. He was told that his son had committed suicide two days ago.

    The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Kosova has also admitted that Besnik Restelica died after tortured by police.

    Attorney of Restelica Fazlli Balaj said that police had not allowed him for several days to have any contact with his client.

    Yugoslav authorities have not reported until today afternoon about this death.

    Kosova attorneys have publicly denounced the fact that Albanians of Kosova, some of them clients of these attorneys, have been tortured by police in order to draw from them false testimony. kei/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY REFUTES A REUTER REPORT

    TIRANA, FEB 23 (ATA) - Press and Information Department in the Albanian Foreign Ministry today refuted a report of Reuter Agency (by one of its correspondents in Tirana) broadcast on Saturday about the events in Albania, which says that during the protests in Vlore city three protesters have died in clashes with police.

    "The Reuter news Agency, through one of its correspondents in Tirana, in its reports on the events in Albania published yesterday, Feb. 22, has reported that three protesters have died in the clashes with the police during the protests in the city of Vlore. This report of the Reuter's correspondent is a false one. During the violent events in the city of Vlore, there was only one victim related to the protests, a fact made public in the reports of all news agencies, television networks and newspapers. It does not seem professional at least, the fact that such a serious agency as Reuter frames and publishes nonexistent facts according to which various citizens, who have died in natural conditions, are presented as victims of police violence. The Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Health and the relatives of the other two deceased in Vlore have publicly confirmed the death in circumstances which have nothing to do whatsoever with the events in Vlore and the protests there."/k


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


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