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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) , 97-03-16
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 ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER MEETS LEADERS OF POLITICAL FORCESTIRANA, MARCH 16 (ATA)-Albanian Prime Minister Bashkim Fino met yesterday with leaders of the PD, PS, PSD, PR,PAD, PBSD, BK, PLL parties.
Prime Minister Fino portrayed the very grave situation created thoughout the country and familiarised the participants in the meeting with the urgent measures taken by the government over the last two days.
Working under the conditions of the state of emergency the establishment of public order is the priority task, therefore only thanks to the citizens' mobilisation, signs of optimism are being noticed and the conviction created that the patriotic people are undertaking the task of defending the country, Prime Minister Fino said.
Meanwhile the situation of the people's supply with bread is problematic in several districts.
Under the conditions created, the party representatives stressed that each political force was duty bound to support this government without reserves.
The representatives of the political parties promised Prime Minister Fino they will ask the members and activists of each party in all the districts of the country to provide the government with comprehensive support, while the best people of these political forces today should be in the front to rescue Albania from the total destruction it is faced with.
The participants at the meeting discussed many concrete problems of emergency and their solution. a.ke/kled/lm/sh/
 PRESS RELEASETirana, March 16 /ATSH/- Regarding some requests for the resignation of President Berisha, the spokesman of the president points out that on March 9, 1997 the President of the Republic presented to the round table of the political parties the Platform of National Reconciliation on which a full agreement was achieved that was appreciated by the Albanians as well as by the European Union, the neighboring countries, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the United States.
The President has contributed and is contributing to the rigorous implementation of this agreement which has envisaged a political solution through a largely based Government for National Reconciliation and general elections as the very first and just way for the settlement of this crisis. At this purpose he has asked the support of the European Union, the Western European Union and the OSCE for its successful implementation.
Any moving away from the Agreement of National Reconciliation would constitute a split and carry unexpected consequences in the deepening of the existing destabilisation.
It is true that thousands of protesters and armed groups in some districts are asking for the resignation of the President. But on the other hand, there is a silent majority backing him which unfortunately is terrorised by these armed groups.
The President had declared last year before the May general elections, and also the last weeks that if his Democratic Party doesn't win in the next elections, he will immediately resign.
President Berisha offered on March 1, 1997 to the leaders of the Socialist Party not to recandidate for the Presidency, if this would help for a political solution of the crisis. He confirms once again that the general elections which will be held in the term fixed by the parties will be accompanied by the election of the President from the winning political force or forces. In the round tables held till now, all the political parties also have confirmed that the next elections create the framework for other decisions. I think, Spokesman of the President says, that not the satisfaction of the requests of the gunmen, but the secret ballot is the legitimate way to reestablish the country's stability.
 POLICE OFFICER IN DURRES KILLED ON DUTYDURRES, MARCH 16 (ATA)- By S. Gjordeni,
Police officer Ali Shika, 34, was killed on duty yesterday at about 17.00, at the Durres main boulevard, 45 kms from Tirana.
At the time when the police vehicle signaled a private car to stop, a volley of bullets from inside the car caused the death of the police official.
Immediately after this painful event, hundreds of Durres citizens and public order officers, carrying the dead body of the policeman, marched along the city streets, chanting "Peace, peace", "No violence, no weapons, no feud".
The police bodies are hunting down the authors of this ugly crime. s.sh/kled/lm/sh/
 DAY OF NATIONAL MOURNING IN ALBANIATIRANA, MARCH 16 (ATA)- According to the agreement of the Albanian political parties reached at the round table with the President of the Republic Sali Berisha on March 9, 1997, this Sunday, March 16,1977, is declared a day of national mourning in honor of all those who lost their live during this period. kled/lm/sh/
 WHOLESALE REDUCED IN TIRANATIRANA, MARCH 16 (ATA)- By A. Gjata,
Most of the trade units in the capital which opened this morning were not crowded as two days ago.
The trade units have again been supplied by the Tirana warehouses and refrigerator but wholesale has been reduced.
Fresh meat is lacking and there is a shortage of milk and eggs. This is because the farmers hardly come to the capital from the villages because of the situation created.
Some of the Tirana inhabitants have been supplied recently with flour, above their usual needs and not all the bakeries have been functioning. This has brought about disorder in bread supply, but the situation in comparison with yesterday has began to improve.
The situation created has prevented the traders to normally carry out the food stuff import.
The European Union and international aid organisations, including the Red Cross and Red Crescent have confirmed that food aid is being considered for Albania and that they are ready to bring them and calm the situation created as soon as possible. kled/lm/sh/
 SITUATION IN GJIROKASTER TOWARDS NORMALISATIONGJIROKASTER, MARCH 16 (ATA)- By H.Cani,
The situation in Gjirokaster, Southern Albania, keeps normalising. The number of demobilised officers approaching their headquarters to maintain law and order is increasing.
Today the trade units in the city have almost been open, but few consumers have approached them due to the unmotivated price rise.
Meanwhile, the first lorries with food articles and other necessary products for the daily life have passed through the Kakavija customs point.
The number of Albanian citisens trying to go to Greece has increased in Kakavija. They are southern inhabitants as well as of other regions of Albania./a.ke/kled/lm/sh/
 MANIFESTATION CARRYING MESSAGE OF PEACE IN TIRANATIRANA, MARCH 16 (ATA)- By S. Sharrexhi,
A peaceful manifestation of Tirana inhabitants continued for nearly one hour in the "Skenderbej" square in Tirana.
"No violence, no bullets, but flowers and peace" was the message carried by the Tirana city inhabitants in this manifestation.
The square echoed with the powerful appeals "Peace, peace", "South and North we are one - Albania" and other appeals for law and order.
The people, whose number kept increasing, gathered later in front of the Palace of Culture, where intellectuals in few words carried the same message, that of peace.
Afterwards, all kept a minute of silence for the innocent victims of the uncontrolled gunfire. kled/lm/sh/
 SITUATION IN SHKODER IS STABILISINGSHKODER, MARCH 16 (ATA)- By M. Malja,
The situation in the Shkoder city today has been calm. Only sporadic shots were heard overnight.
The trade units have been open and people try to buy as many food items as possible.
Meanwhile representatives of three religions communities of this distrct called on the Shkoder citizens today to lay down the weapons and engage in work.
Sources from the city's hospital report that last night and this morning t here has been no case of injury by gun fire. kled/lm/sh/
 RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS LOOTED IN FIERFIER, MARCH 16 (ATA)- In one of the military units of the Fier district, radioactive elements have been looted besides other materials.
There are 10 Beta ray plates which, according to specialists, are very dangerous for the people's lives, even for those who are at a certain distance from them.
The plates measuring 10x10 cm, looking like plastic material, are in the hands of unidentified people.
In view of their great risk, yesterday the Fier district defence council, the Public Salvation Committee and the Division's Command called on those who possess them to announce the Division's Commander as soon as possibly. Any delay will be of catastrophic aftermath.a.ke/kled/lm/sh/
 SITUATION IN CAPITAL KEEPS STABILISINGTIRANA, MARCH 16 (ATA)- By P.Shuteriqi, The situation in the capital keeps stabilising. Alongside the improvement in the supply of the inhabitants with food and other articles of daily consumption, measures also taken to stabilise the activity in the recently raided and looted military units.
The same has been done in the aviation unit in Laprake, the military headquarters of Zall-Herr and other headquarters.
Special police units, reinforced with volunteers, recently mobilised, and armoured vehicles are patrolling the streets of the capital to maintain law and order.
Units of the public electricity enterprise are working to mend the damaged electric lines, ensuring a regular electricity supply, especially of the vital institutions, including hospitals,bakeries etc. kled/lm/sh/
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