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 SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF MILITARY CRIMINAL POLICE - Stolen rockets found and sent to destination -TIRANE, AUGUST 7 (ATA) - As is reported, on July 27, 1997, 10 anti-tank rockets and 6 anti-air ones were stolen in the military unit of Arshilego, the garrison of Gjirokaster.
As a result of an intensive work of military criminal police, the spokesman of the Defence Ministry reports, the possible directions of the movements were determined along with the bases where the stolem means were deployed.
During the operation and due to information from nearby inhabitants, police managed to define the region where the stolen rockets were pplaced. Through professional searching, the rockets were found hidden in some bunkers near the village Lazarat of Gjirokaster.
Experts of criminal police and specialists of that kind of arm in the Defence Ministry confirmed on August 6, 1997, at about 10 a.m. the whereabouts and technical state of the rockets. Through a rapid and successful operation all the rockets were taken and sent to destination.
Work is going on to find the authors of the theft, says the spokesman of the Defence Ministry. AKE/XH
 U.S ASSISTANCE OFFICE RESUMES ACTIVITY CLOSE TO THE DEFENCE MINISTRY OF ALBANIATIRANE, AUGUST 7 (ATA) - Albanian Defence Minister Sabit Brokaj and the State Secretary for Defence Policy, Perikli Teta today met the U.S. Military Attache, Colonel Fox and the staff of the U.S. Assistance Office close to the Defence Ministry, on occasion of the resumption of the activity of this important mission for the Albanian army.
Defence Minister Brokaj, after wishing welcome to staff of the U.S. Assistance Office, stressed that "the resumption of the work of this Office is the most concrete index of the support of Pentagon for the Albanian Army in the process of its recovery." Brokaj said that this act is an expression of the continuation of the activities for the development and expansion of cooperation and the relations in the military field between Albania and the U.S. ake/xh
 PEACE IN VLORE DISTURBEDVLORE, AUGUST 7 (ATA) - By H Koci: In the morning hours today tranquillity in the city of Vlore was disturbed by two or three incidents, which fortunately were missing for a few days in that city.
In the vicinity of the place called "Factory of rice" as a result of an exchange of gunfire, one person, whose name is not confirmed, was wounded.
Forces of police came to the spot with armoured vehicles, but they could not catch the authors of the incident.
The same police forces, a few moments later, saw a Saurel vehicle which had some people on it, armed with different weapons. The vehicle left quickly towards the city centre followed by police forces and in a few minutes the people present left in panic, but the vehicle could escape the police.
These events are not confirmed by official sources of local police, whose forces are patrolling the city streets for some days now. The presence of armoured vehicles has not yet dismissed the fear among Vlore people.
It is several days since forces of the city police have been restructured in three commissariats, with one police department, whose chief is Milto Kordha. The reorganization promises for a fiercer fight against crime in the coming days.ake/xh
 LAST SOLDIERS OF ALBA MISSION LEAVE ALBANIATIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - The Italian General, Luciano Forlani, Commander-in-Theatre of the multinational protection force in Albania, left Albania on Monday morning together with his staff.
General Forlani, together with 23 other military men and some military materials left for Milano (Italy) by an aircraft C-130.
The soldiers of the Alba mission arrived in Albania on April 15 in the framework of a peace mission according to the decision 1001 of the UN Security Council, under official request from the Albanian authorities.
Italy led the MPF, made up of 7500 soldiers from ten countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Rumania, Spain, Turkey, Slovenia and Belgium. 3700 of them were Italians. The commander of the operation was the Chief of the Italian Headquarters, Admiral Guido Venturoni.
The Multinational Protection Force aimed to secure the main entry points (ports and airports) in order to guarantee security conditions for the distribution of humanitarian aid, secure the main axes of the roads, as well as to ensure and protect the observers for the conduct of June 29 polls.
During their stay in Albania, the Multinational Protection Forces, along with the above duties, have also carried out some medical evacuations for Albanian citizens, hurt or sick, and have intervened in many situations to avoid armed conflicts.
Only an Italian soldies, in the framework of MPF, Diego Vaira, 19, died accidentally in Vlore, due to a grenade explosion inside the field hospital.
The withdrawal of soldiers has started on June 18 with the removal of the Rumanian contingent from Gjirokaster.
Some nine Italian officers under the command of General Luigi Cantone are in Albania in the context of the civil mission "Cimic", as well as for assistance in the military field.
Albania's Mother Teresa Award was presented on Friday to general Forlani on the activity exercised in the framework of Alba operation. /kei/mt/k
 POLICE DETAIN THREE EXPONENTS OF ZANI GANGTIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - The special forces of riot police of Tirana, in cooperation with the riot police of Vlore, arrested on Monday morning three exponents of the gang of Zani (Zani Caushi) in Vlore, Interior Ministry spokesman reports.
The detained are Afrim Romi, 26, from Burrel, member of this gang, known as "Luciano", who had escaped from the prisons of Greece, where he served 101 years in jail; Gjike Gerdhuli, 30, from Vlore and his brother Kastriot Gerdhuli, 25, also members of this gang, who were registered by police as drugs traffickers.
The arrested persons provoked the police forces and exchanged fire with them.
During the fire exchange, another member of the gang has been hurt, who fled away.
The police also blocked 2 machine guns, 6 grenades, cartridges, as well as a vehicle of the type "Reno", possessed by the detained.
Zani Caushi, 27, is the head of a gang in Vlore, which operates in the town since the beginning of riots in Albania, after the collapse of pyramid schemes, where many Albanians lost their life savings. /a.ke/kei/mt/k
 SWEDEN IS READY TO ENLARGE AID FOR ALBANIATIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - The Swedish government is ready to enlarge the relations of cooperation and aid for Albania, said on Monday during a meeting with the Albanian Prime Minister, Fatos Nano, the ambassador of Sweden in Tirana, Torsten Urn.
According to the PM's spokesman, Nano expressed the wish and confidence that the bilateral and multilateral partnership with Sweden will be further intensified in the future.
Nano also mentioned the steps to make concrete the idea of co-governing and the division of responsibilities, as well as the readiness of the government coalition for the integration of the opposition in the process of Albania's democratization. /a.ke/kei/mt/k
 IN PRINCIPLE DPA IS IN FAVOUR OF ITS PARTICIPATING IN PARLIAMENTTIRANE, AUGUST 11 (ATA) - By Th Thanasi: DP is in principle in favour of taking part in the parliament, but this act is conditioned with the decision that the People's Assembly will take regarding the deputy mandates for the leaders of the CDP and SDUP, respectively Zef Bushati and Teodor Laco, said Monday those who discussed in the Democratic Party National Council meeting held in one of the halls of the Palace of Congresses.
"If the decision of the People's Assembly will be negative, then DP will review its stand," told ATA the DP Secretary General, Genc Pollo, in the break after the morning session of the meeting of DP national council.
Bushati and Laco are in the proportional list of the Democratic Party as chairmen of the two parties of the political grouping Union for Democracy, a member of which is also the Democratic Party.
"The Democratic Party will take part in the Parliament, will have its say, will denounce the communist revenge and will make its utmost to protect the genuine values of democracy and its achievements," said Pollo.
"We shall energetically demand that DP branches in the south of the country be able to carry out their activity normally because actually they are under political pressure, under the pressure of the gangs," he added.
Pollo also said that DP demands from SP to adopt all the measures for the order to be restored, by eliminating all criminal gangs so that the people be calm and Albania have a normal economic, social and political life.
During the first session of the meeting, the DP leader, ex-president Sali Berisha focused in his address on the communist revenge, as he called it. Further on he spoke of the program of the foreign policy of the Socialist government, program for which he said is "transforming Albania into a vassal state, an apple of discord and victim of the old aims."
Berisha considered a serious and "even a fatal fault the negligence towards EU" in the government program.
In the afternoon sitting the council will discuss DP branch reorganization, the holding of its national assembly in autumn, and some other resolutions which would be approved. kei/xh/k
 WORKING MEETINGS OF ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER GJINUSHITIRANE, AUGUST 11 (ATA) - Chairman of the Presidency of the People's Assembly, Skender Gjinushi and a delegation of the Parliamentary Party of Kosova, talked Monday in a meeting they had on the coordination of the forces and acts between Albanian institutions in general, to the benefit of the Albanian question, spokesman of the Parliament said.
"The Albanian state will back up the Albanian people of Kosova, the acts of the parties which represent their political will," said Gjinushi.
The delegation from Kosova consisted of Rrahim Bytyci, Merxhan Avdyli and Kadri Kryeziu.
The representatives of the Parliamentary Party of Kosova briefed Gjinushi of the activity of their party and the political situation in Kosove. They expressed their confidence that with the overcome of the crisis, the Albanian Government will continue to be more and more a factor for support of the Albanian question.
In a meeting with the charge d'affaires of the U.S. embassy in Tirane, Robert Cekuta, Gjinushi considered the preparation of the constitution as an important step for the drafting of the best possible legislation.
"The process for the preparation of the constitution will be open to opinions by professional staff and politicians, but the constitution will not be political," said Gjinushi.
Cekuta voiced the stand of the U.S. administration for a continuous policy of national reconciliation as a positive factor for a successful realisation of Albania's recovery. ake/kei/xh/k
 RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT EXPRESSES WILL TO DEVELOP RELATIONS WITH ALBANIATIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - The Russian government expressed the will to develop the relations between Russia and Albania and appreciated as positive the policy of good neighbouring, defined in the program of the new Albanian government, said the Russian Ambassador in Tirana, Igor Saprikin, on Monday.
During a meeting with Saprikin, the Albanian State Secretary for Euro-Atlantic Integration, Maqo Lakrori, stressed that Albania favours the development of relations not only with the member countries of the Euro-Atlantic structures, but also with other friendly countries.
He also expressed the wish and will of the Albanian party to strengthen the bilateral cooperation with the Russian Federation. /ake/kei/mt/k
 AN ARMED GROUP KILLS ONE PERSON AND WOUNDS ANOTHER IN ELBASANELBASAN, AUGUST 11 (ATA) - By Pellumb Zekthi: A group of armed people killed one person and wounded another Sunday evening in one of the suburb roads of Elbasan, by opening fire to a truck with Librazhd number plate, sources of police commissariat of Elbasan report.
The crime was made for the motive of plundering.
The person who was killed was Nezir Mezini, 47, from village Rajce, whereas the wounded was Ramazan Kurti. ake/kei/xh/k
 BROKAJ AND EKCYN DISCUSS EXTENSION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN ALBANIA AND TURKEYTIRANE, AUGUST 11 (ATA) - Albanian Defence Minister Sabit Brokaj and Turkish Ambassador in Tirane Ahmet Ekcyn discussed Monday in a meeting the bilateral relations in the military field and possibilit ies for the elevation of the level of relations and their further extension.
Minister of Defence said that a proof of the cooperation between Albania and Turkey is also the Turkish team close the Defence Ministry for a possible assistance for the Albanian army.
Brokaj and Ekcyn also discussed the new ways for multilateral cooperation in the context of NATO.
Turkish Ambassador said they would support the Albanian army in the process of its recovery, towards the objective that Albania be integrated into euro-atlantic organizations. ake/kei/xh/
 WORLD PERSONALITIES ASSURE ALBANIAN PRESIDENT FOR SUPPORT AND COOPERATIONTIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - Senior personalities of the world have assured the Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani, for support and strengthening of cooperation with Albania through the messages of wishes.
Meidani has received messages of wishes from Leni Fischer, on behalf of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Federal President of Austria, Tomas Klestil, deputy President of the European Bank of Investments, Panajotis Jenimatas, President of Palestine Yasser Arafat, the King of Belgium, Albert.
The President of the Republic has also received messages of wishes from the President of Armenia, Levonter Petrossian and from the President of the Republic of the Green Cape, Antonio Maskarenhas Monteiro. /a.ke/kei/mt/k
 MEIDANI AND ELBIRT TALK ABOUT REACHING "INTERNATIONAL LICENSE" ON ALBANIATIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - The Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani, and the resident representative of the World Bank in Albania, Carlos Elbirt, talked on Monday during a meeting about reaching a mutual "International License", which means restoration of security and creation of encouraging parameters of the economic reform in Albania, President's press and information office reports.
This would guarantee the foreign investments and the participation of the international capital in the process of privatization of the Albanian economy.
Elbirt familiarized the President of the Republic with the engagement of the World Bank to start the work in some 20 existing projects and some new projects, where he considered as the main one that of the Durres port. /a.ke/kei/mt/k
 CATHOLIC CHURCH IN RRESHEN RECOGNIZED ITS PROPERTIESRRESHEN, AUGUST 11 (ATA) - By Zef Pergega: The Commission of the Restitution and Compensation of Ownerships in the district of Mirdite, on the basis of a request of the Metropolitan Arch Bishopric of Shkoder which years ago had in its jurisdiction the Catholic mission of that district, has recognized and restored to it its ownerships.
The chairman of the Commission, Stefan Doci told ATA that from 199.687 square meters they had asked to be returned from the commission, they were given back 141.068 square meters.
For the areas on which catholic churches have been built like in Rubik, Orosh, Kthelle, Selite and Rreshen, the church representatives have not asked to be compensated in money but they have demanded that the objects of the cult be returned to them. As for the churches of Cele and Kacinar, the compensation will be in Lek.
This commission will soon restore to the church of Koder Rreshen 25 900 square meters of land and to the church of Geziq 38 290 square meters.
The catholic Mission of Mirdite established its headquarters in 1992 in the unfinished hotel of Rreshen, which had bought for 160 thousand USD. During the past four years, in the villages of that district 9 new churches have been built.
Last year, Pope John Paul 2 founded the diocese of Rreshen and ordained Angjelo Massafra as its bishop. ake/xh/k
 ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT WILL TRY TO BOOST COOPERATION WITH GERMANYTIRANE, AUGUST 11 (ATA) - The new Albanian Government will make all efforts that the cooperation of Albania with Germany increase, said Monday in a meeting with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hans Peter Disdorn, the Minister of State for Development and Economic Cooperation, Ermelinda Meksi.
According to the spokesman, Meksi said that the German aid for Albania is considered important also by the international organizations and programs, such as the PHARE Program.
Disdorn said that Germany is ready to give support to Albania mainly in the sectors and regions which need it most with the aim of reducing poverty and the construction of most indispensable public infrastructures, the local government, etc. ake/kei/xh/k
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