The papers Rilindja Demokratike, Rilindja, Albanian Daily News, Lajmi i Dites were issued on March 5th, while on Thursday, some other papers of entartainment character like "Sfide Weekend", "Formula Uno", "Test", etc, will as well be issued.
"The media office invites all the papers, which would like to approve their materials and go on normally with the publishing process", said a representative of this office.
None of the left opposition papers have presented their materials to the media office of the Tirana local defence staff.
Based on the law on state of emergency, the media office has the right to control and license the publication of all materials which do not violate article 4 of the law 8195, dated 03.03.1997, on some measures in the context of the state of emergency. /mt/
Still unconfirmed information reports that other people were killed in a chaotic way from these armed gangs in a shot-out among each other.
The Police forces in Fier also detained on Wednesday some people because they found in their vehicles weapons and munition. It is also reported that the police forces found and blocked in the zone of Levan and Frakulla, Fier, along with the weapons and munition also grenade launcher, metallic armour, tanks batery, house hold utensils, etc.
The police forces in Elbasan and Ballsh have detained some persons, who escaped several days ago from the jail of Saranda. /kei/mt/k
"On the occasion of Your reelection President of the Republic of Albania by the Albanian Parliament, on behalf of the Democratic League in Monetnegro, its presidency, membership, Albanians in Montenegro and in my own name, accept our warm greetings,", the message addressed to Berisha says.
"At these difficult moments for Albania and all the Albanian people, Your election as Head of State guarantees that the democracy and comprehensive prosperity, (great results and successes in all the walks of life) are ever- increasing.
This is at the same time a guarantee for the fair solution to the Albanian - all-national cause". /mt/lm/k
The number of the killed since last Friday in the town of Vlore has reached 25. Some of them have been killed due to explosive devices.
Sources from Vlore say that five from the seven people killed during yesterday with fire weapons, and precisely Leonard Golemi, 30, Polizoi Gjini 37, Arben Osmani 21, Alfred Guri and Gezim Veliu, have been sent to hospital dead. Two other people, Veledin Tafili, 72, and Dorian Larushi, 16, were sent to hospital wounded with fire arms.
Some 24 wounded people were treated and released from the Vlore hospital yesterday. Another eight people have been hospitalised and are being treated in hospital.
The number of the wounded treated and sent home during the last days is estimated at 102. pas/lm/Z/
The Savings Bank opened the currency market with the exchange rate one dollar equal to 135 lek in buying and 140 lek in selling, (7 leks lower than on March 5). One dollar reached its maximum point of exchange on February 26 with 155 leks.
Even in the free money-changing market, the money changers did not buy one dollar more than 135 lek, the same as the exchange rate of the Savings Bank.
The curb of the exchange of hard currencies compared to lek has been falling since March 1st, after the introduction of the state of emergency.
Follows the rate of exchange between the foreign currency and the lek - March 6,1997
The Savings Bank
currency buying selling 1 Dollar 135 140 1 Mark 79 81.2 Lira (1000) 79.4 81.5 Drachmas (100) 49.4 52
Leonard Dervishi, 16, shot by Mehmet Rama, 55, in his belly, was sent dead to hospital.
According to two eyewitnesses from Tepelene, contacted by telephone, killer Mehmet Rama was posing with an arm in his hand for a group of foreign reporters and cameramen.
The arm which he was firing into the air, slipped in a horizontal position, killing the boy who was present at the moment of posing.
The sources also report that it were the foreign reporters and cameramen who had asked Rama to pose by firing into the air. The group of reporters and cameramen, who were taking pictures, included a reporter of radio "Deutsche Welle". lin/lm/E
Meanwhile the situation in Vlore continues to deteriorate. The shops are completely destroyed and the supply of the population with bread has become very difficult.
The terrorists have looted 3000 ton wheat from the state-owned storehouses.
A part of the citizens has left the city, but others are not allowed to leave by the terrorists.
The bunkers have been removed to set up barricades.
Seven persons have been killed on Thursday with fire weapons during the skirmishes between the rival gangs, or by accident. The real number of the people killed with fire weapons in Vlore within the last week has totalled 25. /s.sh/kei
The delegation will have meetings with senior personalities and with political forces of Albania.
On March 7, at 14.00, the delegation will hold a news conference in the Palace of Congresses in Tirana.jz/xh/sh/
President Berisha has also had bilateral talks. kled/xh/sh/
TIRANA, MARCH 6 (ATA) - President of Albania Sali Berisha today held a meeting with representatives of political forces on the present situation. The meeting has started at 11.00.
President Berisha has also had bilateral talks. kled/xh/sh/
D e c l a r e:
- The Political parties support the restoration of the constitutional law, the guarantee of public order throughout the country.
- They request from all citizens, members and sympathizers of the political forces to hand in arms and all ammunition within 48 hours, beginning from March 7, at 6.00, or to help and influence in the surrendering of weapons within this deadline and the restoration of the public order and tranquillity.
- They ask the President of the Republic to decree tonight an amnesty for all those who hand in their weapons within the deadline and who have not committed crimes directly.
- They demand from the Defence Council to order the interruption of offensive military operations in the areas envisaged, for 48 hours beginning from March 7, 1997, at 6.00
- The President of the Republic must begin consultations on the appointment of the new prime Minister, aiming to reach the broadest possible consensus.
- A commission be created with experts of all political forces to realise full transparency regarding pyramid schemes.
- The parties decided to keep the dialogue open. xh/sh/
The people presently arrested regarding this question are Mitat Islami, second level captain, with the task of the commander of the naval district in Vlore. Also Edmond Zhupani, rear admiral, with the task of the commander of the naval defence fleet and Roland Nasto, second level captain, with the task of operational chief in the naval fleet command are detained and the court is asked for their arrest.
Investigation made so far show that the above mentioned defendants, being in commanding posts, have violated military regulations for the defence of armament, military technique and units, thus allowing that considerable amounts of ammunition and other military equipment be looted.
Detained is also defendant Shahin Muhaj, major with the post of the commander of the military unit 6 623, Bunavi, Vlore who, like the above mentioned defendants, has not protected the military armament of the military unit. In the moment when detained, this defendant and two soldiers who were with him, had with themselves two machine guns and 10 military grenades. For Muhaj the court has been asked to approve his arrest.
Spokesman of the Attorney General also reports that the Tirana Military Prosecutor's Office has immediately started the penal procedure for the former pilots Ardian Elezi and Agron Dajci, for the military crime of fleeing while in a state of emergency, etc. The initial inquiry show that the two defendants were flying with a Mig 15 carrying out the task to monitor the armed gangs in the Tepelena-Gjirokastra area, but they switched the course and left for Italy.
The Military Prosecutor's Office has demanded the court to place the measure of arrest for both of them and to follow an accelerated procedure for their extradition, the spokesman of the Attorney General Office says. ake/kled/xh/sh/
The spokesman belies Italian news agency ANSA which on March 6 said with regard to events going on in Albania, that Albanian aircrafts have bombarded southern part of Albania.
"We do categorically refute this false story," writes the spokesman stressing that this news incites terror, enmity and hatred between the army and the people.
"We stress that during these days, in the operation against armed rebellion, and conformed to laws, the army has been close to the people to ensure the territorial integrity, tranquillity and stability. There is not any sign to prove any violence by the army against civil population. Those killed or wounded have been only a result of the uncontrolled armsfire between armed rebel groups and the people," says the spokesman of the Defence Ministry. ake/kled/xh/sh/
"Let us not forget," writes the article, "that mafia in Albania or better in Vlore emerged in 1990-1991. Who were the personages?" asks the article's author, who gives the following response: former security agents, defunct communist police. They had the money to make trafficking and a business which changed the view of the city through most illegal firms. It has been a common knowledge the cigarette trafficking to Italy of the former Albanian communist police. They attacked the barracks and demand the payment of the money lost in investment funds. Perhaps behind them is a political solder which sees farther," writes Claudio Monici, the author of the article on Albania published in the Italian paper Avvenire. ake/kled/xh/sh/