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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 97-04-15

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] NEW SHKODER COMMISSARIAT CHIEF NAMED IN SHKODER
  • [02] FROM VISIT OF ALBANIAN DELEGATION TO ROME
  • [03] MULTINATIONAL FORCES ARRIVE IN ALBANIA'S DURRES PORT
  • [04] INTERPARLIAMENTARY UNION CONFERENCE APPROVES SUPPORTIVE RESOLUTION FOR ALBANIA
  • [05] ALBANIAN SURGEON ZAMIR SHAZI DIES IN ITALY
  • [06] PRESS REVIEW
  • [07] STATEMENT OF ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT
  • [08] ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION
  • [09] ALBANIAN SPEAKER MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS
  • [10] "DISCHARGE OF SOME DP NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS IS MADE CONFORMED TO DEMOCRATIC RULES" - Shehu
  • [11] ALBANIAN PREMIER MEETS WITH U.S AMBASSADOR
  • [12] SOME STANDS AND STATEMENTS OF VRANITZKY ARE BIASSED AND CONTRARY TO THE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES OF OSCE - declares DP
  • [13] "ALBA" OPERATION WILL BE HELD WITHIN ALL RULES - Andreatta
  • [14] PRESIDENT BERISHA MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION
  • [15] NEWS CONFERENCE ON CONCLUSIONS OF DP NATIONAL ACTIVISTS' MEETING
  • [16] ALBANIAN PREMIER MEETS WITH TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS
  • [17] CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS TOWARDS THE UNITED RIGHT WING

  • [01] NEW SHKODER COMMISSARIAT CHIEF NAMED IN SHKODER

    SHKODER, APRIL 14 (ATA)- By M. Malja, The Interior Ministry has appointed the new chief of the police commissariat in Shkoder, Northwest of Albania.

    Arben Merkuri is the third chief of this district police commissariat elected in a one-month period.

    During a meeting with Speaker of Parliament Pjeter Arbnori and Interior Minister Belul Celo, the leaders of the local government have asked that the ch ief of the Shkoder commissariat be not from this district. eva/kled/lm/sh/

    [02] FROM VISIT OF ALBANIAN DELEGATION TO ROME

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA)- A joint Albanian Foreign and Defence Ministry delegation headed by Foreign Minister Arian Starova met the Multinational Protection Force Steering Committee, which is responsible for the International Multinational Force political coordination and which represents all the nations participating in the "Alba" operation.

    Also attending the Steering Committee, besides the Albanian delegation, were representatives of the U.N., EU Presidency and European Commission as well as of Denmark, current holder of the OSCE Presidency. Denmark is at the same time participant of the multinational force.

    Admiral Guido Venturoni, responsible for the operation, made a presentation of the ALBA operation, which is due to begin on April 15.

    "The Multinational force is welcomed and will continue to be so during all its stay in Albania," said Starova.

    "This operation is not only a test of the European identity, but it is also an important investment to strengthen Albania's relations with the family of nations in Europe," Starova said.

    "When this emergency situation is over, we must together think of a medium and long term economic aid on development which will introduce Albania to the road of rapid economic development.

    The representatives of t he participating nations and international organisations expressed full solidarity with the efforts of the Government of National Reconciliation and stressed the need for a full coordination with the Albanian authorities to successfully realise the mission, pull Albania out of the crisis and hold free and fair elections.

    The EU and the U.N representatives agreed with minister Starova on the need of a coordinated international strategy to contribute to Albania's economic development.

    In their formal talks in Farnesina, Starova thanked minister Dini for the role Italy is playing at the head of the multinational force. He briefly dwelt on the results of today's meeting which he considered particularly positive.

    Dini said that Italy would also be near Albania and stressed that he had written to the international organisations for the holding of a donors' conference on Albania for which concrete steps would be taken at an appropriate time.

    During the meeting they also discussed various aspects of bilateral relations, the need to conclude at an appropriate time the already discussed relations between the two governments and several issues mentioned by Italian Prime Minister Prodi in his latest visit to Albania. kled/lm/sh/

    [03] MULTINATIONAL FORCES ARRIVE IN ALBANIA'S DURRES PORT

    DURRES, APRIL 15 (ATA)- By F. Nikolla, Two ships, Italian and French, arrived this morning in Durres port, 45 km from Tirana, to start the "Alba" operation in Albania.

    The first to reach Durres, at 7 a.m. was the French transport ship Orage, carrying 100 vehicles and six tanks and two helicopters.

    According to the officers of this ship there are about 450 French troops, who will be deployed in Kavalishence at Durres beach.

    The Italian ship "San Marco" carries 270 soldiers, 240 of whom are paratroopers and the rest leading officers of the armoured vehicles. The ship also brought 40 trucks with logistic equipment, 50 small vehicles, a tanker and an auto-ambulance.

    On the same day this ship will leave the Durres port to bring back other forces from Italy.

    Some 150 other forces are expected to arrive at Rinas airport from Italy.

    Meanwhile another two Spanish ships "Aragon" and "Hernan Cortes" are due to arrive in Durres.

    One of the representatives of the ships' command, Otazy, who arrived by the French "Orage", said that "Their mission in Albania is to secure distribution of aid correctly, in the context of the "Alba" operation, and that they have not any military mission."

    According to him the Spanish troops are thought to stay for one week in the Durres port and later will control the road passage up to Koplik.

    The Spanish troops will be deployed at Shengjin. "The situation is calmer than we had thought", the Spanish officer said on his arrival. s.sh/kled/lm/sh/

    [04] INTERPARLIAMENTARY UNION CONFERENCE APPROVES SUPPORTIVE RESOLUTION FOR ALBANIA

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA)- The Interparliamentary Union Conference approved a supportive resolution for Albania at the 97th Conference of the Interparliamentary Union, which held proceedings between April 10 and 15 in Seoul, South Korea.

    Attending the conference were over 1300 parliamentarians from 136 countries of the world and representatives of 43 international organisations.

    The situation in Albania was a subject of discussion at the conference. The representative of the Albanian Parliament, deputy Fatos Beja, spoke at the conference on the crisis in Albania, the support the international community can provide to help the country come out of this situation as soon as possible.

    On proposal of the Italian delegation the Conference also approved a resolution on the situation in Albania which supports the dispatch of the international forces to help secure the distribution of humanitarian supplies.

    The resolution underscores the importance of restructuring through international assistance the police administraiton and forces. It stresses the primary importance of holding free and fair elections as soon as possible and other issues. It also asks the governments and parliaments of the Interparliamentary Union to continue to help Albania. kled/lm/

    [05] ALBANIAN SURGEON ZAMIR SHAZI DIES IN ITALY

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA)- By K.Shegani, Albanian surgeon Zamir Shazi, 44, died in Italy in the evening of April 14, according to spokeswoman of the Ministry of Health and Environment.

    The surgeon from Shkoder was seriously wounded by an armed person in the evening of April 10, during a medical examination of a patient at the Shkoder hospital.

    Shazi had been in Italy for treatment since last Sunday. lm/sh/

    [06] PRESS REVIEW

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA)- Under the headline "Tribune of thorough and transparent analyses and reflections," Rilindja Demokratike reports on the meeting of the DP National Council on April 13.

    The paper carries several of contributions read at the meeting of this council.

    The paper, instead of the editorial, carries the resolution of the National Council of the Democratic Party of Albania.

    The paper carries the speech of President Berisha as well as that of ex-Prime Minister Aleksander Meksi in this council.

    "We are helping to reconstruct the Albanian state" the paper says regarding the visit of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi to Albania.

    Under the headline:"Albanian Prime Minister Bashkim Fino and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi among the Vlore people", the newspaper Zeri i Popullit carries that article "Vlore honours Albania", regarding the visit of Italian minister to Vlore.

    "Sixty thousand people convey to Italian Prime Minister messages of peace and understanding", the paper says.

    The paper also carries the chronicle of the meetings of a delegation of the Socialist Party in Strasbourg and in Vienna.

    The paper carries an interview with Albanian Prime Minister Bashkim Fino, following the visit to Vlore under the title :"The Government of National Reconciliation is a government of all Albanians".

    As regards Sunday's meeting of the DP National Council the paper carries the article :"DP-armed unit of Berisha". "Berisha is determined to carry through to the end his plan of destroying the Democratic Party", the paper says.

    On the fifth page, citing witnesses, the paper says that in the first days of March (the paper does not tell the date), the Albanian army "has bombarded through aviation and machine-gunned the country's south, near Delvine, but fortunately there have been no casualties", the paper says.

    "DP- party or clan" is the title of the editorial of the newspaper "Republika". The latest meeting of the DP National Council is a step backward" the editorial says.

    The paper also covers the chronicle of the meetings of the Republican leader, Sabri Godo, with Leka Zogu and Austrian ambassador in Tirana, George Calice. The paper also carries an interview with Leka Zogu under the title :"Referendum on the form of governing-ahead of elections".

    "Political agreements are possible", Rilindja says regarding the visit of the U.S. assistant secretary Kornblum to Kosove.

    Bashkim Fino, under the title "The government belongs to Albania from Vermosh to Konispol".

    Under the title "The presidency won confidence vote", the paper carries the Resolution of the DPA National Council.

    "The DP should show the guilty to Albanians", is the title of Albania's editorial.

    "Berisha asked Italian Prime Minister Prodi two days ago independent investigations into pyramid schemes, ahead of electoral campaign.

    Berisha's courage for this public request shows that the figure of the Democratic Party is ready to confront his party and the Albanian electorate with the truth", the editorial says.

    Under the headline "Democrats acknowledge responsibilities and renew leadership", the paper carries the article:"Pyramids left, the DP remained". "Italy gets closer to Albania", the paper says regarding the visit of Italian Prime Minister Prodi to Albania.

    "The Greek police intercepts a Vlore citizen and his goods consisting of 60 Kalashnikov and 17 kg of Hashish from Albania", the paper says under the title: "Albanian drug and weapons in the Greek border".

    Ex-Defence Minister Safet Zhulali appeared again on the scene about one month after he shamefully fled Albania, the paper says, referring to two of his recent interviews.

    "Ex-minister of the dead army and his officers will be tried by history as the authors of a unique case in the world, with the armed forces of a country abandoning army barracks and depots, discharging no gun," the paper says.

    Koha Jone, referring to the meeting of the DP National Council says:"State of emergency inside the DP". As regards the visit of Italian Prime Minister Prodi, the paper cites Prodi as saying that "The 'Alba' mission expires in July".

    On the fourth page the paper carries a pronouncement of former Defence Minister Safet Zhulali published at first in Republika on April 13.

    With regard to the visit of Leka Zogu to Albania the paper says that: "Leka I raised a toast with Albanian politicians". Under the title "We have the gangs under control", Koha Jone carries an interview with the chief of Vlore police commissariat, Milto Kordha.

    "Kadare throws flowers into the sea for the Otranto victims", the paper says.

    In the feature "Chronicle" the paper carries a conversation with the chairman of the public salvation committee of the Vlore city, Albert Shyti.

    "The local government structures were reorganised by the Salvation Committee, as Vlore was totally abandoned. The chairman of the district Council, Xhelili, was accepted by the other councillors on our proposal. In the same way we put into operation the municipal council. And the public order and police chief was as well proposed by us, naturally also at the request of the Vlore people," Shyti said.

    As regards reimbursement of creditors of the Vefa company, the paper says that :"Vefa promises the money".

    Dita carries today an exclusive interview with Italian Prime Minister Prodi under the title;"Prodi alarmed: Urgent".

    Under the title "Crisis not resolved if elections are put off", the paper carries an interview with the SP chairman Fatos Nano.

    "Scrap-iron smuggling breaks out following the March anarchy", the paper says.

    Laci mourns over Fonsi and Blerian, the paper says in the feature devoted to two 12 year old boys who were killed in a tunnel of munition in Lac.

    "If the army was not able to guard that tunnel, they should have told us to protect our children," the paper cites the grandfather of one of the victims as saying.

    Gazeta Shqiptare reports in an editorial "The peace soldiers arrive: Where are we?". As regards the meeting of the DP National Council the paper says:" "'Battle' inside DP, cards open".

    Under the title "'Alba', the great landing starts today", the paper reports that the International military mission codenamed "Alba" arrives in Albania today.

    On the third page the paper carries an interview with ex-finance minister Genc Ruli. kled/eva/lm/E

    [07] STATEMENT OF ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA)- The Government of National Reconciliation hails the arrival of the Multinational Protection Force to Albania, in implementation of resolution 1101 of the Security Council, says the government statement today.

    The dispatch of these forces is conform the expressed will of the Albanian political forces and state. The forces are an expression of the good will of the European Union, the U.S., international organisation, first of all of the OSCE and U.N and other institutions to help Albania in crisis.

    The Albanian government expresses them its and the Albanian people's thanks for the readiness they have shown in helping us at this delicate moment for Albania.

    Especially we thank Italy as leader of the ALBA Mission as well as the other participating nations in the mission.

    The arrival of the Multinational Forces in Albania will play its own important role in receiving, escorting and safely distributing the emergency humanitarian supplies.

    They will safeguard and protect ports, airports, communication junctions, and other premises that have to do with the handling of the humanitarian aid.

    In this important mission the presence and assistance of this force will also have its own positive effect on restoring order and peace, while the assistance of its experts will help reorganise and train the public order and army structures.

    This, the statement says further on, will also contribute to leading the country towards free and fair elections, in implementation of the March 9 Agreement of the political parties.

    The Albanian government, with all its respective structures, has and will fully commit itself to closely and constructively cooperate, as a direct party in all the coordinating forums and structures of this force, to accomplish its mission, to overcome the grave multilateral crisis that has gripped our country.

    It is convinced that the troops of this force are welcomed all over Albania, as carrier of the message of peace, friendship and solidarity, the government statement concludes. s.sh/lm/e

    [08] ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - The Albanian Foreign Minister, Arjan Starova, met Tuesday a parliamentary delegation of the National Big Assembly of Turkey, headed by the chairman of the Foreign Commission, Mr. Sedat Aloglu, Press and Information Department in the Foreign Ministry reports.

    Mr. Aloglu explained in his speech that the road towards democracy and market economy is not easy for Albania, after experiencing a 50-year severe regime. We have come here to tell you that we are on your side.

    Starova thanked through the Turkish delegation the parliament which gave the vote of confidence for the arrival of the Turkish troops in Albania in the context of the multinational forces.

    Starova also asked from the Turkish parliamentary members if it would be possible to send an aid of materials to restore order, as well as to send experts in this field. The Turkish parliamentary members expressed their readiness on this issue.

    Starova made a short description of the April 14 meeting in Rome, and responded to the Turkish parliamentary members, regarding the dispatch of the multinational troops in different regions of Albania. /eva/mt/k

    [09] ALBANIAN SPEAKER MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - Albanian Speaker Pjeter Arbnori met Tuesday the parliamentary delegation of the foreign policy commission of the Turkish Great Assembly, spokesman of the People's Assembly reports.

    Arbnoi said that the participation of Turkey in the multinational forces is a great contribution for the stability of Albania.

    He familiarized the Turkish delegation with the activity of the Albanian parliament and said that the parliament has realized and realizes its duty by supporting also the Government of National Reconciliation, based on the accord of the political parties. He appreciated, on this occasion, the fact that the socialist opposition has taken up seats in parliament.

    The members of the delegation underlined the support of the Turkish government and people for Albania.

    "The Turkish parliament has voted unanimously for the participation of Turkey in the multinational forces, which have arrived in Albania," they said.

    With regard to the question that how will we operate to eliminate the illegal committees which dominate in several districts, Arbnori said that "we are against the use of weapons".

    "But if some political forces, that have influence on these committees, will help to dissolve them, then this problem is considered as solved," said Arbnori.

    "The stability of Albania is to the interest of the whole region, that's why it is important to conduct the elections, to restore the constitutional order and secure the integrity of the country," said the Turkish parliamentarians. /a.ke/kei/mt/k

    ALBANIAN SPEAKER MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - Albanian Speaker Pjeter Arbnori met Tuesday the parliamentary delegation of the foreign policy commission of the Turkish Great Assembly, spokesman of the People's Assembly reports.

    Arbnoi said that the participation of Turkey in the multinational forces is a great contribution for the stability of Albania.

    He familiarized the Turkish delegation with the activity of the Albanian p arliament and said that the parliament has realized and realizes its duty by sup porting also the Government of National Reconciliation, based on the accord of the political parties. He appreciated, on this occasion, the fact that the socialist opposition has taken up seats in parliament.

    The members of the delegation underlined the support of the Turkish govern ment and people for Albania.

    "The Turkish parliament has voted unanimously for the participation of Turkey in the multinational forces, which have arrived in Albania," they said.

    With regard to the question that how will we operate to eliminate the illegal committees which dominate in several districts, Arbnori said that "we are against the use of weapons". "But if some political forces, that have influence on these committees, will help to dis solve them, then this problem is considered as solved," said Arbnori.

    "The stability of Albania is to the interest of the whole region, that's why it is important to conduct the elections, to restore the constitutional order and secure the integrity of the country," said the Turkish parliamentarians. /a.ke/kei/mt/k

    [10] "DISCHARGE OF SOME DP NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS IS MADE CONFORMED TO DEMOCRATIC RULES" - Shehu

    TIRANE, APRIL 15 (ATA) - By A Frasheri: The procedure for the discharge of some leaders from the DP national council has been completely democratic, was declared in a news conference of the DP presidency today.

    Asked during the conference if he considers the declaration read in the meeting of the National Council of DP as a political movement or as an opposition to the DP Presidency, Tritan Shehu, DP chairman, said that "any declaration made within a party is called a political movement. Political oppositions in the party are political movements as well."

    The declaration presented by 13 signatories, 9 of whom members of the National Council, asked radical changes in the democratic party, on which the DP National Council did not agree. The declaration was turned down by the free vote of the members of the National Council. kei/xh/k

    [11] ALBANIAN PREMIER MEETS WITH U.S AMBASSADOR

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - The Prime Minister of the National Reconciliation Government, Bashkim Fino, met Tuesday with the U.S. Ambassador in Tirana, Mariza Lino, Premier press and information office reports.

    During the meeting, Lino informed the Albanian Premier that her government has already made an official demarche to all the Albanian political forces and state institutions.

    It is stressed in it that the U.S. government believes that OSCE and all the other organizations which should care to follow with persistence ways which can serve to help the government of national Reconciliation, as well as the constructive elements in the country.

    It is also underlined in this demarche that USA believe that the international message should be that the March 9 accord is the main accord.

    The U.S. government would not accept as obligatory any changes in the Government of National Reconciliation before the free and fair elections are held, if it was not reached with the consensus of all political parties, as in the case of the March 9 accord.

    USA have strongly supported the coordination of the international efforts regarding Albania.

    Fino expressed his delight for this new demarche of the U.S government and considered it a support of the efforts of the government and Albanian political forces to stabilize the situation in the country and realize with success and on time the new parliamentary elections. /a.ke/kei/mt/k

    [12] SOME STANDS AND STATEMENTS OF VRANITZKY ARE BIASSED AND CONTRARY TO THE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES OF OSCE - declares DP

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - By Atlant Frasheri: The Albanian Democratic Party, in a statement published on Tuesday, considers some statements and stands of the Former chancellor of Austria, Franz Vranitzky, as stands which are contrary to the principles and values of OSCE.

    "DP considers some stands and statements of the former chancellor Vranitzky, actually special envoy of the chairman of the OSCE rotating presidency, in opposite to some of the principles and values of this organization and they have been biassed," says the DP statement.

    In the statement it is said that in the reception held with the rebellious committee of Vlore, where according to this statement are also included some Mafia members, former officers and left extremists.

    In the statement it is said that "in some of his stands, high constitutional institutions are excluded from dialogue and direct coordination, which run counter to the accord of the national reconciliation."

    Vranitzky, during his second mission for OSCE, on March 14, 1997, met with premier Fino and representatives of the "committees of salvation" in Southern Albania in an Italian miliatry ship.

    According to DP, such approaches can compromise the neutral nature of the mission of Vranitzky in Albania.

    Vranitzky and his assistant, the ambassador Herbert Grubmayr, will arrive Wednesday in Tirana, leading a new mission regarding the dispatch of the multinational forces in Albania.

    During his two day stay in Albania, the delegation will hold talks with the Albanian Premier, Bashkim Fino, and will visit Vlore and Shkoder, accompanied by Fino. /kei/mt/k

    [13] "ALBA" OPERATION WILL BE HELD WITHIN ALL RULES - Andreatta

    DURRES, APRIL 15 (ATA) - By Flora Nikolla: Italian Defence Minister Beniamino Andreatta payed a visit on Tuesday in the Italian ship of transport San Marco, which arrived Tuesday morning in the port of Durres.

    Accompanied by the Italian Ambassador in Tirana, Paolo Foresti, as well as by senior officials of the Albanian army, the Italian Defence Minister declared in the board of the Italian ship that "I believe that the mission of peace, which started officially in Albania on Tuesday, will be realized successfully."

    Andreatta, greeted in front of the journalists, the beginning of "Alba" operation, saying that "he was optimist that this operation will be held within all the rules."

    "The Albanians themselves will play an important role in its complete fulfillment," he underlined.

    "It is our duty to take the maximal responsibility to guarantee the humanitarian aid and their delivery, as well as to guarantee the headquarters of the international mission and the activities of the other organizations which operate in the humanitarian field in Albania," said Andreatta in his speech.

    Andreatta considered the "Alba" operation a mission of reconciliation.

    It is the first time that Italy leads an international mission.

    "The Albanian people expect a lot from you," said Andreatta to the military men of the mission.

    "We are here for a new and more important task which became necessary when the crisis was deepen in a friendly country, and we can not be indifferent," he added.

    Andreatta, who came in Durres from Brindizi by a military helicopter, was accompanied by the Chief of the General Headquarters of the Italian Defence, Guido Venturoni.

    In the stadium of the town, where the helicopter landed, Andreatta and Venturoni were received by the State Secretary in the Defence Ministry, Ali Kazazi, State Secretary in the Foreign Ministry, Pavli Zeri, Chief of the Army General Staff, general mayor Adem aopani, as well as by the deputy Defence Minister, Alfred Moisiu.

    Later on, Andreatta went to the military airport of Rinas, where he met and greeted the members of the multinational troops.

    Then, Andreatta left for Italy. /kei/mt/

    [14] PRESIDENT BERISHA MEETS TURKISH PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION

    TIRANE, APRIL 15 (ATA) - Today President Berisha met with the chairman of the parliamentary commission of the foreign policy of Turkey, Mr Aloglu and the delegation accompanying him in Albania.

    As the President's press and information office reports, President Berisha expressed to the Turkish guest his gratitude for the profound friendly sentiments that friendly Turkey, President Demirel, Premier Erbakan, the Parliament and all Turkish political forces have manifested and are manifesting towards Albania and the Albanian people. He expressed his thanks inparticular for the unanimous and quick decision of the Turkish Parliament to participate with military units in the multinational force operation to help Albania overcome the difficulties.

    President Berisha made a panorama of the latest political events confirming once more the resolution for political solutions through free and fair elections, which will be conducted only when the climate, which is being prevented by the rebels committees, would be created for these polls. Their monitoring is decided to be realised by the Council of Europe, as the most experienced organization in this field, said President Berisha inviting other international institutions for observation as well.

    Mr Aloglu conveyed to the President Berisha the greetings of President Demirel, Premier Erbakan and the Turkish Parliament. He stressed that Turkey appreciates the achievements of Albania on the road of democracy and the market economy. It is following with concern the latest events in Albania which it considers not simply as a result of the pyramid investment schemes but also a result of the activity of some internal and external circles interested in destabilization. Turkey devotes a special importance to the friendship and cooperation with Albania and is ready to support it and contribute to all fields to enable friendly Albania to continue the initiated road towards democracy, the market economy and its intergation into Europe.

    On this occasion, President Berisha asked the delegation members to convey his gratitude and greetings to Turkish President Demirel, Premier Erbakan, the Parliament and the chairmen of their parties. ake/xh/

    [15] NEWS CONFERENCE ON CONCLUSIONS OF DP NATIONAL ACTIVISTS' MEETING

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - By A Frasheri: Today the new DP presidency, elected by the national activists' meeting of the Democratic Party two days ago, gave a news conference. Also ivited in that meeting were the DP parliamentary group deputies. The DP presidency made public the results of the meeting regarding the DP organization and the present situation in the country, the options of this party to come out of the present situation.

    "The aim of the meeting," said in the news conference the DPA chairman, Tritan Shehu, was to discuss the grave situation created in Albania, the present needs, its causes, consequences and the roads DP would follow to revive its activity, its structure, the emergent and mid-term objectives for the gradual solution of the situation."

    The responsibilities of the DP state structures are numerous and the DP Presidency was of the opinion that the meeting had made an honest and radical analysis of these responsibilites.

    Despite the indisputable achievements of DP in the past five years, also mistakes have been made, towards which DP might have reacted quickly and clearly, but as the resolution says, "the resposibility of the extinguisher cannot be compared with that of the incendiary."

    The presented materials, the discussion which are being made public and the adopted resolution show that "the cause of the destabilization was a coup d'etat of the leninist type realised in the country, and to this end aim people's dissatisfaction created as a result of the collapse of pyramid investment schemes was exploited," said Mr Shehu.

    The DP National Council meeting made an extensive analysis of the question of public relations, which DP had not conceived in continuation.

    In reply to a reporter's question, Shehu said that the public relations are one of the most indispesnable points which must be improved in this period." He stressed that the analysis of the events is not over only with that made in a meeting, but it would continue to uncover and discuss facts and proofs "of a conspiracy to topple the power and constitutional order in Albania through violence."

    "Their aim," said Shehu, "was not to replace Meksi government with another government. The objective was the destroy DP and the democratic power. This aim was not achieved. We are not surprised by the fact that the attack was spearheaded to DP and the President, as the man who has contributed so much during this period to the democratic development and the overthrow of the dictatorship."

    "DP," said Shehu in the news conference "has a great responsiblity for what happened, because it was the political force which had the institutions. During these years, DP made everything possible to consolidate the economy, to develop democracy, but it seems that it has not been able to consolidate the institutions, to make them more solid."

    For the DP leader, "organizers of the conspiracy are left wing extremists, former state security collaborators, mafia segments ,etc, who, profiting from the chaotic and instable state in some of our institutions, created this situation of violence and terror in the country." xh/k

    [16] ALBANIAN PREMIER MEETS WITH TURKISH PARLIAMENTARIANS

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - By Agim Bazi: The Albanian Premier, Bashkim Fino, met Tuesday with the delegation of the Turkish parliamentarians, made up of a group of deputies of Turkey, who are paying a visit in Albania.

    Fino, who was accompanied in the meeting by the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Ekerem Kastrati, estimated the support of the Turkish Parliament for Albania in these difficult moments.

    Fino talked with the Turkish parliamentarians about the activity of the Government of National Reconciliation and its duties until the new elections are held.

    He focused on the role of the multinational force and appreciated the presence of the Turkish troops in this force, as an element of the traditional friendship and cooperation between Albania and Turkey.

    In this framework, Fino estimated the unanimous voting of the Turkish political forces in the Parliament to send the troops in Albania.

    During the meeting, they discussed on the concrete aspects of the government's work, as well as on the situation in the country and the ways to overcome the crisis, mainly in the stabilization of the administration, local government and order.

    "In this aspect, we will welcome the aid of the friendly Turkey," stressed Fino.

    The Turkish parliamentarians wished the government and the Albanian Premier further successes in realizing their mission. /kei/mt/k

    [17] CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS TOWARDS THE UNITED RIGHT WING

    TIRANA, APRIL 15 (ATA) - By A. Keko: After several meetings of the chairman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDP), Zef Bushati, with the deputy chairman of the National Front Party, Hysen Selfo, and the chairman of the Legality Movement Party, Guri Durollari, it is thought that the CDP will be soon the third party to participate in the formation called "The United Right Wing".

    The spokesman of this party reports that this request is also presented to the CDP by several party branches in Shkoder, Berat, Fier, Mirdite, etc.

    The Christian democrats are closely cooperating with the association of the former politically prosecuted, aiming not to lose a single vote of the right electorate in the new parliamentary elections. /a.ke/pas/mt/k


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