The reasons for this insecurity are the robbery of the National Commercial Bank two days ago, as well as the final plundering of this branch last night from a group of armed and masked people.
Anyhow, the situation becomes normal during the day, almost all the trade units are open, providing the people with the necessary articles.
The local radio continues to broadcast programs with messages of peace, as well as statements of the representatives of political parties, district council, town hall, and the civil staff of defence, who call on the inhabitants for tranquility, understanding and tolerance.
The border check point of Kakavije, in the border with Greece, continues to work normally since two days for the movement of the citizens, as well as of the cars and big lorries.
Criminal armed gangs have caused panic even in Korce, Southeastern Albania, where masked persons have stormed the Mediaeval Museum, and the police forces clashed with them.
The prefecture, the district council and the Council of National Salvation have addressed an appeal to Fino government asking to sent special police forces in this town.
Korca, as well as Gjirokaster are led by "Committees of Public Salvation"./kei/mt/sh/
They will discuss the possibility of meeting a wide range of aid and assistance by the Italians for Albania.
The delegation headed by Starova will include Pavli Zeri, secretary of State for Economic Affairs at this ministry, and Ylli Bufi, Economic advisor to the Prime Minister.
The Albanian delegation will ask assistance in three directions: emergency economic, financial and military assistance.
During the visit the Albanian delegation will hold working meetings with Italian Foreign Minister Dini, the EU delegation as well as with the deputy Foreign Minister, Piero Fassino.
At the end of the meetings a news conference will be held. pas/lm/k
At this meeting Duka reported on the damages in the sectors of industry, trade and transport due to the latest events in Albania and defined the immediate demands in these sectors.
"The Rinas airport is expected to open tomorrow. Meanwhile efforts are being made to restore infrastructure at the Durres port, where the damages total some two million dollars. The Vlore port is the most damaged one, and the normalisation of the work there will take a long time. The sector of light industry has as well been damaged," said Duka.
Mr. Kretschmer of the EU delegation considered important the minister's report which defined Albania's urgent demands to be met by the European Union. eva/lm/k
The police forces of this commissariat immediately sent five rescue vessels and five motorboats to evacuate the people from the sinking rusty coaster.
The Interior Ministry immediately asked help from the Italian authorities who sent four military helicopters, which carried out the full evacuation of the ship. As a result no one was drowned.
On this occasion, the Interior Ministry calls on the citizens not to undertake such initiatives risking their lives, as no vessel in the ports of Albania is aimed for exodus, the spokesman says. s.sh/eva/lm/Z/
The main aim of this meeting is to get to know the situation in the food sector so that the international mechanisms rapidly respond to the emergent needs.
Agricultural Minister Haxhi Aliko considered the supply of the population with wheat and flour a priority of the moment.
"The raid on storehouses and block of imports urge that some 200 000 tons of wheat be obtained for the coming three months to guarantee the wheat supply on a country scale.
The structure of imports is suggested to be made of 60 per cent of wheat and 40 per cent of flour.
The specialists also considered of emergency the insurance of a considerable amount of cooking oil and chemical fertilisers for agriculture. a.ke/kei/lm/z/
"We are ready to help. A friend in need is a friend indeed. We feel ourselves near you and think that you alone can provide this suffering people with stability and peace," ambassador Foresti said.
Foresti expressed once again Italy's readiness to give emergency aid in the context of the European cooperation. s.sh/eva/lm/e
"Our aim is to install an advisory institution in the country, which would have a permanent base, with regard to what we will decide in cooperation with OSCE", said Dutch diplomat Jan de Marchant et d'Asenbourg, who heads the 11-strong European Union team.
Asked in a news conference, held Wednesday in "Rogner" hotel, regarding the request for a military assistance in Albania, d'Asembourg, said that "The police are a shambles, there are no prisons and prisoners, the customs are ruined, that's why the requests of the Albanian party were all-round, so we will discuss this issue in details in the Monday meeting of EU".
Further on, asked about the ultimatum given by the Committee of National Salvation of South for the resignation of President Berisha, he said that "I personally think that this is part of the political fight for power which continues in Albania."
"We should be convinced on the destination and security of distribution of humanitarian aid," said d'Asembourg, referring to the technical aspect and the security of offering an urgent humanitarian aid. /kled/mt/sh/
They estimate positively the agreement among the political forces in the country which led to the establishment of the broad-based Government of National Reconciliation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry confessed its engagement to be well-informed about the movements in Albania.
"We were informed on an outside aid to calm the situation in Albania. We continue to participate in the efforts of OSCE, which has initiated this problem. The decision to sent to Albania international forces of any kind should be thought well. Anyhow, the right to take such a decision belongs only to the Security Council of United Nations Organization (UNO)," says the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
From 290 Russian citizens (employees of the Embassy and their families, as well as the citizens who live in Albania), 75 people are evacuated, among whom were all those who had expressed the desire to leave Albania./kled/mt/sh/