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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 97-05-31

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] PEACEFUL RALLY TO SUPPORT HUNGER STRIKERS IN ITALY
  • [02] TWO GREEK CITIZENS ARE TAKEN HOSTAGE IN SARANDE
  • [03] PRESS REVIEW
  • [04] ARMED GANGS SPREAD PANIC IN CERRIK
  • [05] ALBANIAN MINISTER OF LABOUR HOLDS MEETING WITH "ATDHEU" ASSOCIATION ON ISSUES OF ALBANIAN REFUGEES
  • [06] ALBA: WE WILL WARN BEFORE HELICOPTERS ARE LANDED
  • [07] JUNE 29 - THE DAY OF OUR GREAT VICTORY
  • [08] ONE KILLED AND THREE INJURED IN SHOOTOUT IN PATOS
  • [09] SOLIDARITY MESSAGES OF GREEK PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS WITH ALBANIA
  • [10] ISSUES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, FOCUS OF MAGISTRACY SCHOOL
  • [11] TWO BUILDINGS SET TO TORCH IN BERAT

  • [01] PEACEFUL RALLY TO SUPPORT HUNGER STRIKERS IN ITALY

    VLORE, MAY 31 (ATA) - A peaceful rally was held on Friday in the Flag Square of the Vlore town to support the hunger strikers of the survivors from the tragedy in the Straits of Otranto.

    Different speakers, who were supported by all the participants in the rally, asked the Italian authorities to immediately fulfill the requests of hunger strikers, who are staging the strike in Brindizi.

    Their main request is to recover the bodies of their familiy memebers and relatives from the bottom of the sea.

    Later on, some 400 citizens, men, women and children, holding flowers and slogans in their hands, moved to "Skele" quarter, where they threw the flowers in the sea.

    Only a few days ago, it was organized in the town of Vlore the burying ceremony of one of the victims of Otranto tragedy, the 58-year old woman, S. Fejzo, who was recovered during an incursion of the Italian party to study the place of the wrecked ship. /a.ke/kei/mt/k

    [02] TWO GREEK CITIZENS ARE TAKEN HOSTAGE IN SARANDE

    SARANDE, MAY 31 (ATA) - By Sh. Hajno: Unidentified persons have taken two Greek citizens hostage two weeks ago, sources from the zone of Konispol, Southern Albania, report.

    Both citizens lived in the boarder zone of neighbouring country and were occupied with stock-breeding.

    The amount of some million drachmas is asked to set them free. /s.sh/kei/mt/k

    [03] PRESS REVIEW

    TIRANA, MAY 31 (ATA) - Rilindja Demokratike carries the editorial "Socialists start the battle with OSCE", regarding an incident when an armed gang stopped a group of foreign observers going to Gjirokaster. The paper reports on the appointment of the new chief of National Information Service, Arben Karkini. "The Union for Democracy signs the social pact", reports the paper with regard to a meeting of nine parties and 23 associations which have signed the social pact, offered by the democrats. The paper also reports on the volley of bullets against a helicopter of the Multinational Forces by the gangs of Committees in Vlore.

    Zeri i Popullit reports "SHIK has taken money from Kamberi company". With regard to the visit of SP chairman Fatos Nano, the paper reports "Fatos Nano meets with Andreatta". The paper covers the meeting of Albanian Premier Bashkim Fino with a German parliamentary delegation. Highlighting an interview of the Albanian Premier Fino in the Albanian Radio Television, regarding the state of emergency, on which he insists to be lifted, the paper reports "Albanian Speaker to complete his own duty". The paper also publishes an interview with Kastriot Islami, member of the SP presidency, under the title "Berisha - burnt card".

    Republika reports "Why does Berisha take Nano hostage". The paper carries the editorial "Ballot boxes with Alba and without Alba", with the subtitle "Peace-keepers, protect us from the thieves of votes."

    Rilindja covers the news conference of Kosova President, Ibrahim Rugova, under the title "The Serbian trials punish Albanians of not leaving Kosova". The paper reports on the appointment of new chairman of SHIK, Arben Karkini.

    Albania reports "OSCE: June 29 elections will be not postponed. Albania is not a colony". The paper carries the editorial "The caricature of the right", regarding a political information which according to Albania "claims to present the Albanian Right". The paper reports that Albright has called on the Altantic Alliance that NATO helps the Albanian Army.

    Koha Jone carries the editorial "'Forum for Democracy' with joint candidatures in the elections". The paper publishes an exclusive interview of the SP chairman, Fatos Nano, under the title "Berisha, come to work together!". The paper also reports "Berisha and committees, hostages of one another".

    Tribuna reports "Vlorj: Fire on the Italians", regarding the fact that an Italian helicopter was shot Friday by the gangs of Vlorje. The paper reports "Socialists ask postponement of elections. With regard to the meeting of several political parties and associations, which signed the social pact, the paper reports "Union for Democracy enlarges with other allies."

    Bashkimi reports "The elections have the climate of a sportive contest in democracy".

    With regard to the appointment of the new chief of SHIK, Dita paper reports "Kingdom of Gazidede topples". On the third page the paper reports "Italy increase attention to Albania" - "Prodi in Tirana on Sunday: pressure on elections."

    Independent paper reports "Italian helicopter shot in Vlore". In the heading of the 'Chronicle' the paper reports "Some of the authors of panic which sweeps time after time the institutions identified".

    Gazeta Shqiptare reports "Berisha accepts the new chairman from Fino. In the heading "Actuality', the paper reports "Vlore, volley of shots on the helicopter of Alba." /kei/eva/mt/k

    [04] ARMED GANGS SPREAD PANIC IN CERRIK

    CERRIK, MAY 31 (ATA) - By Atlant Frasheri: Upon hearing the alarm on Friday in Cerrik, that the special forces of the Interior Ministry were coming in this town, the armed gangs were organized and spread panic among the citizens of the town.

    According to the information from the town of Cerrik, a person was killed Saturday by fire weapons, while another was found dead in the middle of the field sown with wheat.

    The gangs of Cerrik have different kinds of weapons and ammunition, who are of great danger for the citizens, as well as for the users themselves.

    Some 10 days ago, armed people in Cerrik attacked the police forces, by killing 5 policemen and injuring some 19 others. /eva/mt/k

    [05] ALBANIAN MINISTER OF LABOUR HOLDS MEETING WITH "ATDHEU" ASSOCIATION ON ISSUES OF ALBANIAN REFUGEES

    TIRANA, MAY 31 (ATA) - The Albanian Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Elmaz Sherfi, held Friday a working meeting with "Atdheu" association on the issue of refugees and emigrants and solution of problems of hunger strikers of the Otranto tragedy.

    Sherifi confessed in this meeting that meetings are held with the Italian party for a solution of this problem as soon as possible.

    Llukan Xhagjika, chairman of the "Atdheu" association put forward the request that the Albanians, who are actually in Greece and Italy, be provided with long-term documents.

    "The agreements signed with the neighbours are expected to arrange soon the issues and problems of the Albanian emigrants", stressed Sherifi on his side. /kei/mt/k

    [06] ALBA: WE WILL WARN BEFORE HELICOPTERS ARE LANDED

    TIRANA, MAY 31 (ATA) - By R. Floqi: The Multinational Protection Forces will inform before in cases when their air engines will land in southern districts.

    "The forces of Alba mission will inform before their air engines: airplanes and helicopters, are landed," said the spokesman of the Commander general in Tirana, lieutenant colonel Giovani Bernardi.

    The helicopters were not damaged in both cases, yesterday in Vlore and two days ago in Gjirokaster. If they would have been shot, according to the UNO mandate, the MPF should shoot on the persons who attack them.

    Bernardi has commented the case of Vlore "not as an attack against the "Alba" forces, but as a precipitate action of some irritated people".

    "All our air engines will land within a day and after having informed before, but in the case of the little girl there was not time to inform."

    Bernardi assured that the injured 14 year old girl is under medical treatment in the town of Bari, but unfortunately she has not come out of coma yet.

    An intensive gunfire was opened against an Italian helicopter last night which tried to land in the airfield in the city of Vore.

    It was a gunfire by various kinds of arms, including machine guns of 12.7 mm, which put at stake even the lives of the crew which was then forced to return to Brindizi.

    Taking the Italian helicopter as one of the Albanian forces, hundreds of armed people tried by all manner of means to prevent it from landing.

    "Our mission is to help the people of Vlore, and we will respect this objective," declared on this occasion general Gilio.

    Two days ago General Gilio said that he would expand the patrolling of the multinational troops in the city of Vlore, which was also seen these days when armoured vehicles patrolled during the day and night in the city streets more frequently than before. /mt/k

    [07] JUNE 29 - THE DAY OF OUR GREAT VICTORY

    - President Berisha meets with inhabitants of Shkoder city -

    SHKODER, MAY 31 (ATA) - By Myfit Malja: The 29th of June will be the day of our great victory, said Albanian President Sali Berisha in the meeting he had today at noon with inhabitants of Shkoder city.

    Taking the floor, President Berisha expressed his conviction that Shkodra democrats, who have always supported the Democratic Party and Shkodra, as the most martyrized city by the communist regime, will know to become masters of democracy which is being violated by the rebels of the committees.

    Berisha appealed to Shkodra democrats and to every Albanian that today, more than ever, it is high time to salve Albania and Albanian democracy from those who want to divide the country and are sowing the seed of national split.

    The communist phantasm, said Mr Berisha, is trying to harm our properties, Albanian democracy, its achievements in front of Europe, therefore, despite dissatisfaction for DP, he said, "don't lose faith in this party which is fighting for your future and the future of our children, because any indifference from you will be fatal for the June 29 elections."

    The rebels groups want to establish the power of the gangs and commitees, they do not want the power of the free votes, said Berisha.

    The communist rebellion, he said further on, is launching riots like a beast, torching, destroying bridges, homes, institutions and has established in some southern towns the power of violence. Berisha invited once more the people of Shkodra to vote for the DP program, which he comsidered to be the best, as a program which aims at consolidating the Albaia's democracy and its intergration in Euro-Atlantic structures.

    The chairman of the Presidency of the People's Assembly Pjeter Arbnori, the DP Secretary General, Genc Pollo, deputy Azem Hajdari, representatives of religious communities also spoke in the meeting.

    Then, President Berisha responded the questions by those present. He voiced once more the commitment that Shkodra be declared a free trade zone and taxes of the mearchants be lower. xh/sh/

    [08] ONE KILLED AND THREE INJURED IN SHOOTOUT IN PATOS

    FIER, MAY 31 (ATA)-One person was killed and three wounded in a shoot out near a bar in the Patos town yesterday afternoon.

    Citizen Ilir Xhafa, 30, from Kasnice village, sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for murder, shot at brothers Agim, Met and Altin Murati, respectively 25, 23 and 27.

    Then, the three brothers fired back at Ilir, killing him. kled/lm/sh/

    [09] SOLIDARITY MESSAGES OF GREEK PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS WITH ALBANIA

    SARANDE, MAY 31 (ATA)- By Sh. Hajno, Greek Prime Minister Kosta Simitis conveyed messages of solidarity with neighbouring Albania yesterday during a visit to border areas.

    During the tour of several towns of Northern Greece, at a rally in Delvinaq, 18 km from Kakavije (border point linking Greece with Albania), Simitis said: "The vast investment foreseen to be carried out in Northern Greece will also include neighbouring Albania, the main aim being mutual economic promotion of the two border countries".

    Greek aid and investment will cover various fields, especially that of infrastructure. This aid, according to Simitis, will be included in the accelerate EU programs on the border countries with the EU member countries, Crossborder.

    He linked this new contribution to Albania with the historical factor, that of neighbourhood, and the presence of the Greek ethnic minorities in Albania.

    Simitis added that the important programs for investment in neighbouring Albania would begin after restoration of order and peace. s.sh/kled/lm/sh/

    [10] ISSUES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE, FOCUS OF MAGISTRACY SCHOOL

    TIRANA, MAY 31 (ATA)-By E.Allushi, A seminar held at Tirana Hotel, organised by the Magistracy School of the Republic of Albania, focused on the several issues of civil procedure.

    The sponsors enabling the holding of the seminar are two projects of technical-legal assistance for the Central and Eastern European countries in Albania: The Project of the U.S. Jurists' Organisation (ABA/CEELI) and the German Project of Technical Assistance in Financial Legislation (GTZ).

    After the first symposium, "On juridical ethic", organised in cooperation with the CE, this is the second activity organised by the Magistracy School in implementation of its aim to train and qualify lawyers.

    The object of the Magistracy School, created in 1995, is to prepare new lawyers. a.ke/kled/lm/sh/

    [11] TWO BUILDINGS SET TO TORCH IN BERAT

    BERAT, MAY 31 (ATA)-By I. Manka, Two buildings, a billiards hall and one trading fruits and vegetables at the "Clirim" quarter at the Berat town, have been burned down.

    The torching took place last night at about 21.00, police sources report.

    Three other private buildings were set to fire last month in this part of the town./a.ke/kled/lm/sh/


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