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CONTENTS

  • [01] SALVATION COMMITTEE CREATED IN FIER
  • [02] SITUATION IN ELBASAN IS CALM
  • [03] KORCE PREFECTURE TAKES MEASURES TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER
  • [04] FOREIGN FIRMS ACTIVE IN SHKODER
  • [05] DOLLAR RISES AGAINST LEK
  • [06] TALKS ON NEW GOVERNMENT MAKE-UP BEGIN
  • [07] MEKSI TRANSFERS OFFICE TO NEW PREMIER BASHKIM FINO
  • [08] PREMIER FINO FINDS SOLUTION OF SITUATION IN ALBANIA AT DIALOGUE AMONG POLITICAL FORCES
  • [09] EFFORTS TO STABILIZE SITUATION IN TROPOJE
  • [10] ABOUT THE SITUATION IN GRAMSH AND CERRIK
  • [11] A MILITARY UNIT STORMED IN ELBASAN, TWO PEOPLE KILLED
  • [12] REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

  • [01] SALVATION COMMITTEE CREATED IN FIER

    FIER, MARCH 12 (ATA)- The Salvation Committee was created last night in the Fier city. It was created by consensus of all the political parties, as an indispensable need to stabilise the situation.

    The chairman of this committee was elected Petro Kuci, chairman of the district SP branch and secretary Kristul Moci, secretary of the DP branch in the Fier district.

    Through the district private TV channeled, AVN, the committee called on the people for calm and understanding. a.ke/eva/lm/e

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    [02] SITUATION IN ELBASAN IS CALM

    ELBASAN, MARCH 12 (ATA)- The situation in the Elbasan town on Wednesday morning is calm. The local government institutions and private enterprises and firms have been normally operating.

    A statement in support of the national reconciliation accord reached between President Berisha and 10 political parties of the country was drafted during a meeting with political parties leaders.

    The Elbasan prefect, Tonin Alimhilli, told ATA that the Cerrik town of this district that on Tuesday a group of youths looted weapons from a military barracks and fired into the air, but they were not backed by the inhabitants, on the contrary the sowed panic among them.

    While in the other town-halls of this prefecture like Belsh, Peqin and Librazhd the situation is calm. kei/lm/e

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    [03] KORCE PREFECTURE TAKES MEASURES TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER

    KORCE, MARCH 12 (ATA)- By B. Fejzullai, The Korce prefecture Defence Council, presided over by Prefect Pjerin Kiri, analysed today the situation in this prefecture and measures to maintain law and order.

    The council's members reported that in the districts of Korce, Pogradec and Devoll the situation has been calm, the market has been regularly supplied with food stuff and controls have been carried out on respecting the ceiling prices for the 29 food items.

    The council called on the citizens for peace and not fall prey to rumors spreading the psychosis of fear.

    The council also called on the public order forces to implement their tasks conform the law.

    Meanwhile, meetings have been conducted also by the Korce district Defence Council, which also includes representatives from the political forces as well as from the municipal council of the Korce city. lm/E

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    [04] FOREIGN FIRMS ACTIVE IN SHKODER

    SHKODER, MARCH 12 (ATA)- By M. Malja, Some 47 foreign and joint ventures are regularly operation in the Shkoder district.

    The introduction of the state of emergency, following unrest in the south of the country, has not suspended the productive activity.

    The head of the economic department at the district council, Mehdi Shabani, told ATA that the "Italian and German entrepreneurs working in our district continue to work peacefully."

    These foreign or joint ventures which turnout ready-made garments, shoes, underwear, construction material and other articles have employed around 8 000 workers. lm/E

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    [05] DOLLAR RISES AGAINST LEK

    TIRANA, MARCH 12 (ATA)- The value of the dollar has begun to rise again on currency market in Tirana, in comparison with a week ago when there was restraint in its value against the lek.

    This morning the currency market opened by the National Commercial Bank with a buying course 1 US$ by 139 leks and a selling course by 141 leks. The savings bank bought 1 US$ by 136.5 leks and sold it by 141 leks. On the free market 1 US$ was bought by 140 leks and sold by 144 leks.

    The National Commercial Bank

    Currency buying selling 1 US$ 139 141 1 Mark 89 84 1000 Liras 82 85 100 Drachmas 50.5 53. a.gj/eva/lm/k

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    [06] TALKS ON NEW GOVERNMENT MAKE-UP BEGIN

    TIRANA, MARCH 12 (ATA)- By A. Baci, The Prime Minister of the Government of National Reconciliation, Bashkim Fino, today, at 13:00, began separate meetings with representatives of 10 political parties to listen to their suggestions on the concrete names for the portfolios distributed to these parties during talks held with the President of the Republic.

    After the meeting with leaders of these parties Fino is expected to hold a news briefing to declare the new government's composition. lm/k

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    [07] MEKSI TRANSFERS OFFICE TO NEW PREMIER BASHKIM FINO

    TIRANA, MARCH 12 (ATA)- Prime Minister Aleksander Meksi on Wednesday transfered office to the Prime Minister of the Government of National Reconciliation, Bashkim Fino.

    In a message addressed to the Albanian people, Meksi says: "Albanians should think of themselves, Albania and their own children. The only thing I would ask from all the people is to start the quick process of disarmament, institution refunctioning, dialogue between the political forces and the recovery of the Albanian economy.

    This would be the first thing for the Albanians to do, if they love Albania, their own children and future". a.ke/kei/lm

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    [08] PREMIER FINO FINDS SOLUTION OF SITUATION IN ALBANIA AT DIALOGUE AMONG POLITICAL FORCES

    TIRANA, MARCH 12 (ATA) - The newly elected Premier of the Government for the National Reconciliation, Bashkim Fino, finds the solution of the situation at the dialogue among the political forces and at the understanding among them, as well as at the dialogue with the people who are angry and revolted.

    Filo told this during the first interview for the Albanian Television after being appointed Albanian Premier.

    "Today, the duty of the Albanian Premier is a very difficult one for the current situation in our country. This would be done by every patriot and honest Albanian in these difficult moments for our country", said Fino.

    According to Fino, the new government would have a great job to solve the very urgent and sharp problems of Albania today.

    With regard to the support for this government, Fino said that this government should be supported not only by the Albanian political forces, but also by the European Community, and especially by USA, because Albania is an European country.

    "The European countries themselves are not interested to have a chaotic situation in Albania in these difficult moments. I think this support is not given to Premier Fino, but to all Albanians, to the Albanian nation", said Fino further on.

    Fino expressed the idea that the relations of the government with the staffs of public salvation established in Southern districts, should be relations of understanding and talks, to listen the options of one another.

    Fino does not consider the program of the Socialist Party as a referring point for the government he heads.

    "This government has a limited mandate and is established on the basis of the dialogue between the Albanian President and political parties", said Fino.

    The immediate priorities of the government in these moments, according to Fino, were tackling the large number of arms, the economic problems and the preparation of free and democratic elections in Albania./a.ke/kei/mt/sh/

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    [09] EFFORTS TO STABILIZE SITUATION IN TROPOJE

    TROPOJE, MARCH 12 (ATA) By Riza Hoxha: The chairman of the district council of Tropoje, Xhevdet Hoxha, reported through telephone that they are trying to stabilize the situation in the Tropoje district.

    The civil defence staff and the political parties convened and appealed on people to be calm and mature.

    Today, the road of Bajram Curri was patrolled by the police forces, and are trying not to allow shotguns in the town.

    Large crowds of people stormed and looted Tuesday morning the armament in two centers of the Bajram Curri brigade, in Fierze and Bajram Curri. At the same time, the food articles and other equipment of the military barracks were looted. The warehouse of the state reserve was plundered Wednesday morning looting a large quantity of wheat.

    According to Hoxha, the food articles are reduced quickly because the citizens, being afraid, are buying large quantities. According to him, due to the uncontrolled gunshots, one people was killed and another was injured./a.ke/mt/sh/

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    [10] ABOUT THE SITUATION IN GRAMSH AND CERRIK

    GRAMSH, MARCH 12 (ATA) - The situation in the town of Gramsh is uncontrolled. Crowds of people have stormed the warehouses of the state reserve, have looted and torched the police commissariat. The police are out of function and a staff is established.

    According to some sources, a Dutch foundation is also destroyed.

    Some 10 km far from Elbasan, near Mjekes village, according to some sources, the inhabitants of the village have stormed a military barracks, looting the weapons, but the police intervened and took all the weapons from them. The officers of the military have left away.

    The police have intervened, have isolated the peasants, the majority of them have surrendered the weapons, some of them are tracked down.

    The crowds were made up of peasants. The characteristic thing is that these events are conducted by native people. Efforts are being made to surrender the weapons./mt/sh/

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    [11] A MILITARY UNIT STORMED IN ELBASAN, TWO PEOPLE KILLED

    ELBASAN, MARCH 12 (ATA) By P. Zekthi: Today, at about 10.00 a.m., a group of 20-30 people, who had come from Cerrik by cars, stormed a military unit in Mjekes village, some 5 km far from Elbasan, seizing later a large quantity of armament there.

    The eyewitnesses told ATA that the police forces of Elbasan called on them to surrender the weapons, but a part of them did not accepted, escaping in the nearby fields.

    In the above group were also some minors.

    In these moments, according to the sources from police commissariat, two people from this group, Viron Malja, 35, and Ardian Rapushja, 23, inhabitants of Cerriku, were shot dead due to the uncontrolled use of weapons.

    The committee of the public salvation with the participation of all political forces is established on Wednesday morning to control the situation./mt/sh/

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    [12] REPORT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

    TIRANA, MARCH 12 (ATA) - The Attorney General's Office in implementing the law approved by the Albanian Parliament, dated 11.03.1997, "On the amnesty for the civil and military involved in the riots after the collapse of fraudulent pyramid schemes" examined in a working meeting the general situation of the penal procedures which profit from this law, and discussed on the ways of its quick implementation.

    In the prosecutor offices of Tirana, 20 penal procedures against 121 detained people are annulled, in Lushnje is annulled the penal procedure against 36 persons, in Berat for 22 persons, in Fier for 19, in Tepelene for 20 persons, in Korce for 26 persons, in Gramsh for 18 persons, while in the martial prosecutor offices the penal procedures are annulled for 17 persons, simple soldiers and officers. The procedures which were annulled have been started first as destruction of common wealth, illegal gatherings, etc., while the investigations against the military had to do with accuses such as abuse of office, desertion, violation of rules while being on watch, etc. All the detained for these penal acts were set free. The prosecutor offices continue their work to finish these cases./kled/mt/sh/


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