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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 97-08-12

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] SPECIAL FORCES OF INTERIOR MINISTRY ARRIVE IN VLORE
  • [02] ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS SWEDISH AMBASSADOR
  • [03] NEW CHIEFS NAMED AT POLICE DIRECTORATE
  • [04] SPECIALISTS OF INTERIOR MINISTRY VISIT SOUTH OF ALBANIA
  • [05] PARLIAMENT PASSES MANDATES FOR DEPUTY OF PARTY LEADERS
  • [06] SPECIAL FORCES SURROUND COLE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN VLORA
  • [07] SPECIAL FORCES SURROUND aOLE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN VLORA
  • [08] CLOCK TOWER IN KRUJA UNDER FIRE, CARELESSNESS
  • [09] PRESS REVIEW
  • [10] SERBIAN CUSTOMS ASKS 500 DM AS GUARANTEE FROM ALBANIA'S MERCHANTS
  • [11] AMBASSADOR TESSORIERE INVITES BRITISH INVESTORS IN ALBANIA
  • [12] PRESIDENT OF KOSOVA LEAVES FOR USA
  • [13] GREAT BRITAIN VOICES SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN ALBANIA
  • [14] DEFENCE MINISTER RESTORES TITLE OF OFFICER TO 30 EX-OFFICERS
  • [15] PPK ON ALTERNATIVES FOR SOLUTION TO KOSOVA CRISIS
  • [16] INTERIOR MINISTER ORDERS CHIEFS OF POLICE COMMISSARIATS TO GIVE INFORMATION TO JOURNALISTS
  • [17] POLISH GOVERNMENT EXPRESSES WILL TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH ALBANIA
  • [18] TIRANE SOCCER TEAM MERITS CUP OF 58TH NATIONAL SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP - Albanian Soccer federation
  • [19] BLAST EXPLOSION IN PUPILS' DORMITORY IN GJIROKASTER
  • [20] POLICEMAN KILLED IN DURRES BY GRENADE EXPLOSION
  • [21] TACTICAL OPERATION OF POLICE IN VLORE
  • [22] IMF AND WORLD BANK TO SUPPORT PROJECTS OF ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT
  • [23] TRIAL FOR FORMER FOUNDATION POPULLI POSTPONED
  • [24] SPECIAL POLICE FORCES TO ARRIVE IN TEPELENE SOON
  • [25] SIX PEOPLE INJURED BY GRENADE EXPLOSION IN CERRIK
  • [26] POLICE CATCH ARSENAL OF HEAVY WEAPONS IN KORCE
  • [27] GREEK SOLDIERS KILL ONE ALBANIAN AND WOUND ANOTHER IN ALBANIAN TERRITORY
  • [28] ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT ELECTS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TWO MEMBERS OF SUPREME COURT

  • [01] SPECIAL FORCES OF INTERIOR MINISTRY ARRIVE IN VLORE

    VLORE, AUG 11 (ATA) - By Harrilla Koci: The special forces of the Interior Ministry arrived on Sunday evening in the town of Vlore (Southern Albania). These forces embarked in a number of vehicles, passed along the road Vlore-Skele and were accomodated in the building of the former resting home of pioneers.

    Their arrival was greeted by the citizens who were present at that moment.

    Sources from the Police Department of the district report that the special forces have started their first operations, and in different places of the town they have been clashed with different armed persons.

    Three vehicles of the special forces moved today along the forest near the soda factory, which has been the arena of clashes between rival gangs.

    It is also reported that the reorganization of the battalion of riot police has already started. /kled/mt/k

    [02] ALBANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS SWEDISH AMBASSADOR

    TIRANA, AUG 11 (ATA) - By Eva Allushi: The Albanian Foreign Minister, Paskal Milo, met Monday with the Ambassador of Sweden in Italy, who is also responsible for Albania, Mr Torsten Ern, as well as with the Minister for Political Affairs in the Swedish Embassy in Rome, Harald Hanrim, Foreign Ministry spokesman reports.

    Foreign Minister Milo briefed on the priorities of the foreign policy of the Albanian government, underlining especially the integration into the Euro-Atlantic structures, deepening of relations with USA, other European countries, as well as with the neighbours.

    With regard to the relations between Albania and Sweden, Minister Milo were in favour of their development and deepening, through a greater involvement of Sweden in different projects in Albania, exchange of high ranking visits, etc.

    The Swedish Ambassador expressed the readiness of the government of his country to develop closer relations with Albania and the Albanian government and assured Minister Milo for his complete cooperation in this direction. /pas/mt/k

    [03] NEW CHIEFS NAMED AT POLICE DIRECTORATE

    TIRANA, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Manjola Hodo: New chiefs were appointed on Monday at the police directorate in Tirana.

    "Besides professional skills and devotion, the origin was taken into consideration in naming new chiefs," Colonel Pashk Tusha, Director of the Police Directorate in Tirana said.

    New chief of criminality is Remzi Qermi, Order chief is Ilia Naso, Road traffic chief Luan Shehu, Personnel chief Xhavit Cici, and Organised crime chief Muhamet Rrumbullaku.

    "Tirana belongs to all and we all are Albanians; together with the police at the head will fight against the crime," Tusha said. /ake/kled/ak/sh/

    [04] SPECIALISTS OF INTERIOR MINISTRY VISIT SOUTH OF ALBANIA

    GJIROKASTER, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Hysni Cani: A group of specialists of the Interior Ministry, headed by the chief of the Order sector, Lieutenant-colonel Bajram Hibraj, is visiting Gjirokastra, Saranda, Delvina and Tepelena.

    Hibraj said that tight measures will be adopted to guarantee security in cross roads in interborder regions such as the border crossing of Kakavija and land crossing of Boti Pass near Saranda which will be opened soon.

    Hibraj said in a meeting with the Prefect of Gjirokastra Thanas Merkuri and director of the Savings Bank branch, Vaso Voda, that they will guarantee the distribution of wages for police staff and pensioners.

    Pensioners in Gjirokastra are not being paid for four months while the police staff for two months. ake/kei/ak/s

    [05] PARLIAMENT PASSES MANDATES FOR DEPUTY OF PARTY LEADERS

    TIRANA, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Th. Thanasi: Albanian parliament passed on Monday evening the mandates for deputy of the leaders of the Christian Democrat party Zef Bushati and Social Democrat Union party Teodor Laco, after the Constitutional court decided that their mandates be reconsidered by the parliament.

    This is a basic issue for the deputies of the Democratic party take in the seats in the parliament.

    Spartak Braho, the head of the mandate commission refused to know the mandates of deputy for Laco and Bushati.

    The Secretary General of the Socialist party Pandeli Majko, speaking for the SP parliamentary group, said that the parliament did not decide to annul the decision but submitted it to the court and "for the SP it is better to have two other parties than two less."

    Deputies Laco and Bushati were included in the proportional representation of the Democratic party. kled/ak/

    [06] SPECIAL FORCES SURROUND COLE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN VLORA

    TIRANA, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - Special forces of the Interior Ministry have surrounded the aole neighbourhood in the city of Vlora, which is considered the basis of a big criminal gang. ak/

    [07] SPECIAL FORCES SURROUND aOLE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN VLORA

    TIRANA, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - Special forces of the Interior Ministry have surrounded the aole neighbourhood in the city of Vlora, which is considered the basis of a big criminal gang, police sources in Vlora said to ATA on Tuesday.

    Sources said the special forces from Tirana and those of the rapid intervention battalion in Vlora, in cooperation with forces of the regional police directorate have surrounded since Monday night the aole neighbourhood, the basis of the so-called Zani's gang.

    The same sources said that no fire was exchanged between police and the group during the night or the early hours on Tuesday. Special forces have planned to tire out Zani's gang and then catch it.

    Eliminating the gang, which is seen as the biggest of the city, the sources said, will enable the elimination of gangs in other neighbourhoods, which are rivals to Zani's.

    Special forces arrested on Monday in Vlora three people accused of various crimes, who were airlifted to Tirana.

    Sources from Vlora said that Monday night was quiet, without volleys of gun fire and even earlier on Tuesday the situation is calm. ak/

    [08] CLOCK TOWER IN KRUJA UNDER FIRE, CARELESSNESS

    TIRANA, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By R. Floqi: The fire whipping through the clock tower of Kruja, a monument dating back to 11th century, seemed to be carelessness, according to preliminary investigations.

    The blaze broke out on Sunday afternoon in the clock tower burning the planks of the scaffold which held the ceiling that divided the second floor from the first one.

    Lieutenant colonel Nricim Babasi, chief of the Kruja commissariat said to ATA "the fire was caused by carelessness of a child or couple and investigations said the blaze was not on purpose."

    Inhabitants of the neighbourhood 19 saw on Sunday evening at 19 00 p.m. that the fire engulfed the first floor of the tower whose ceiling is built of pine planks.

    The only fire truck in Kruja did not reach the site because the road linking the city with the tower was damaged two years ago because of a land sliding.

    The stoned tower constructed in 11th century was named after Sahat (Clock), because a clock with a pendulum, whose bell was heard one km away, was placed there. The first investment was allocated in 1981. The first floor, in which the fire broke out, was empty, while the second floor where the clock was, is opened only to tourists.

    The blaze which "has not damaged the infrastructure, solid construction and fazade," Babasi said, was extinguished after the joining of hoses of two fire trucks coming from Tirana, which reached over 1,000 meters. pas/ak/sh/

    [09] PRESS REVIEW

    TIRANA, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - "Berisha, after crime" the newspaper Zeri i Popullit says. "Man who burnt down and killed Albania has assumed the task to 'save the DP", the paper says. "Nano 3 - an intelligent scheme," the paper says in the third page. "To prejudice a quick ending of a newly-elected government, it is illogical, the paper says under the title "Ready for transparency." "Propaganda war does not serve Albania," the paper says in the sixth page. "People are waiting the SP to govern better than DP, and it feels and respect the legitimacy of power and responsibility towards the vote of its supporters," the paper says.

    "DP revival challenges revanchism," the paper Rilindja demokratike says regarding the meeting of the DP National Council. "DP parliamentary structures set. Quick reorganisation of the party in hot points in the South - a fundamental role," the paper says. "A group of Greek soldiers killed an Albanian and wounded two others, after penetrating inland Albania in the Vidihove village, Korca district," the paper says under the title "Greek soldiers killed in Albanian soil." "Albanians' interest to solve enigma of pyramid schemes is quite pragmatist," the paper says in the fifth page.

    "Law on land - an issue linking ruling party and opposition," it is the title of Rilindja. "Returning of former communist to power through mechanic change of places with the Democratic party did not cause any big reaction in the Albanian opinion which is inclined to the right-wing," the editorial says. "Youth of DP came to blow in Council," the paper says in the fourth page.

    "Police and armoured carriers from Tirana in Vlora. Flowers and tears of joy in the city of rebellion," Koha Jone says. "Berisha, party is mine" it is the title of the editorial. "DP National Council has been the first proof which Berisha overcame successfully as the opposition leader," the editorial says. "Recent developments can be said to have been dominated by positive tones," the paper says under title "Promising start, prolonged agony." "South under smugglers' control"; "IMF comes to Albania and "Inflation takes a turn back" - these are three titles of the economic column.

    "Start of an ideological state" it is the title of the editorial of Albania. "Revolt of Tirana citizens in the stadium and their calls 'Down with communism', were the first civilian messages to a start of an ideological state," the editorial says. "Nano bought Zani", the paper says. "Eight U.S. visas and 500 thousand dollars for an unreal operation. Zani asks for his family and remaining soldiers be secured," the paper says. In the opinion column, the paper carries an analysis of the Secretary General of the Republican party aerziz Mingomataj under the title "Republican party towards elimination."

    "U.S. asks for a total fulfilment of the Dayton agreement," the paper Rilindja says. "Referring to the meeting of the DP National Council, the paper carries the article "Deputies take in seats in parliament." "Flag will unfold there where Albanians are," the paper says referring to manifestations of Albanians in Bern against Macedonia's oppressing policy.

    "State, war against bad Vlora," Dita says. "Majority of SP divided on Laco" the paper reports in the second page. Referring to the DP National Council, it cites Berisha: "We will revive Albania."

    "Special forces attack Vlora" - Gazeta Shqiptare says in the first page. "Economists occupy parliament's seats" it says adding that the better known foreign language in parliament is Italian. "Purging starts in DP, Shehu and Meksi remains out," the paper says referring to the DP National Council. In the third page, the paper says "Leka Zogu risks to be imprisoned" with subtitle "New accusations? Interpol involved." kled/pas/ak/sh/

    [10] SERBIAN CUSTOMS ASKS 500 DM AS GUARANTEE FROM ALBANIA'S MERCHANTS

    KUKES, AUG 12 (ATA) - By R Hoxha: The Serbian customs in the border check point of Morine, in the border which divides Albania with Kosova, has put as condition for any merchant from Albania, who will pass on the other side of the border, the amount of 500 DM as guarantee.

    More than 500 merchants from Kukes (Northeastern Albania) have passed everyday to the market of Prizeren from this point.

    The merchants from Albania have been plundered and maltreated recently by masked people.

    On July 29, merchants from Kukes and more than 200 other traders from Prizeren have been plundered and maltreated by the Serbian police in Prizeren. /s.sh/kled/mt/k

    [11] AMBASSADOR TESSORIERE INVITES BRITISH INVESTORS IN ALBANIA

    TIRANA, AUG 12 (ATA) - The Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Albania, Andrew Tessoriere, said to the Albanian Minister of Public Affairs and Transports, Gaqo Apostoli, on Tuesday, that he has invited the great British investors to come and give their contribution in Albania, the spokeswoman of this ministry reports.

    "Our common motto is 'Albania to move forward towards progress'", said Tessoriere.

    Minister Apostoli presented to the Ambassador of Great Britain some of the fields where the cooperation between both countries can be expanded, such as the construction of roads, ports, railways, system of supply with water, public service and the technic assistance. /kei/mt/k

    [12] PRESIDENT OF KOSOVA LEAVES FOR USA

    PRISHTINE, AUG 12 (ATA) - The President of the Republic of Kosova, dr. Ibrahim Rugova, left Tuesday for Washington, invited by the U.S. State Secretary, Madeleine Albright.

    During the stay in Washington, the President of Kosova is expected to meet with the number one of the U.S. diplomacy, Albright. There are also expected meetings with the special envoy of President Clinton in former Yugoslavia, Robert Gelbard, as well as with a number of other senior officials of the State Department.

    The meeting Rugova-Albright, warned times ago, has raised interest, due to the main role of the United States for the solution of the crisis in former Yugoslavia and steps to be taken for the solution of the Kosova question.

    The meeting held recently in Belgrade between the representatives of the Kosova Albanians and Richard Holbrooke served to this aim.

    Diplomatic sources report that the visit of President Rugova in Washington "will be dominated by the proposals of the U.S. party." Meanwhile officials from Pristina expects "this visit to mark the opening of a new phase in order to put an end to the Kosova drama." /b.j/p.ta/kled/mt/k

    [13] GREAT BRITAIN VOICES SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURAL SECTOR IN ALBANIA

    TIRANA, AUG 12 (ATA) - In the meeting held on Tuesday with the Albanian Minister of Food and Agriculture, Lufter Xhuveli, the Ambassador of Great Britain in Tirana, Andrew Tessoriere, assured him for support in the future from the British government in the field of agriculture and food through the know how funds.

    This would realize the support of the private farmers, offering of technic assistance, training of the specialists of food and agriculture in the field of marketing and market economy.

    Tessoriere said that Great Britain will support Albania even in the international bodies which operate in the field of food and agriculture.

    While in another meeting with the Director of the U.S. Project of IFDC in Albania, Claude Freeman, Xhuveli was familiarized with the results and contribution given by this project in the development of the market of the agricultural inputs, establishment and functioning of the network of private merchants.

    Freeman assured Minister Xhuveli for the support and cooperation with the Albanian specialists in drafting the strategy of development of agriculture. /a.ke/kei/k

    [14] DEFENCE MINISTER RESTORES TITLE OF OFFICER TO 30 EX-OFFICERS

    TIRANE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - Defence Minister Sabit Brokaj restored through a special order the title of officer in reserve to 30 former officers of the system of that ministry, spokesman of Defence Ministry said.

    The 30 former officers, with a special order signed by ex-defence minister Safet Zhulali, ex-Public Order Minister, Bashkim Kopliku and SHIK former chief Bashkim Gazidede were deprived of the title officer in reserve.

    The title of the military profession "was absurdly removed allegedly for violations of the law of depolitization of the army with the aim of crushing every legal civilian opposition to the alleged reform in the army."

    The report says that the 30 militaries have been devoted cadres, former veterans of the Antifascist National Liberation War and renowned leading cadres of the army. kled/xh/k

    [15] PPK ON ALTERNATIVES FOR SOLUTION TO KOSOVA CRISIS

    TIRANE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By P Shuteriqi: The delegation of the Parliamentary Party of Kosova (PPK) addressed reporters Tuesday in the hall of conference in the Palace of Congresses in Tirana, on the alternatives envisaged for the solution to the crisis that Albanians are experiencing "in their occupied territories," in Kosove.

    "The influence of the Albanian state in the solution to the question of Kosova is irreplaceable. Albania has recognized the Republic of Kosova and considers a political and national obligation its assistance in different forms for Kosova liberation," declared in a news conference the representatives of PPK, Rrahim Bytyci, Kadri Kryeziu and Merxhan Avdyli.

    Bytyci, PPK Secretary General said that "the security and stability of the Albanian state itself depend directly on the solution to the Kosova issue, because without the solution to the all-Albanian question, Albania cannot have the attributes of a completely free state."

    Avdyli highlighted the efforts of Albanian powerholders to create a new climate of cooperation and tolerance, creation of new and close relations with neighbours, but he stressed that the Serbian policy must not be given the chance to blackmail the Albanian policy to reduce support for the demands of the Albanians in the occupied territories, precisely the resolution to the Kosova question.

    PPK was formed on April 5, 1990, it has nearly 50 000 members and carries out its activity only in Kosove.

    PPK officials reiterated the request that Kosova must be an independent state and have the status of a Republic. kei/xh/k

    [16] INTERIOR MINISTER ORDERS CHIEFS OF POLICE COMMISSARIATS TO GIVE INFORMATION TO JOURNALISTS

    TIRANA, AUG 12 (ATA) - By Eva Allushi: The Albanian Interior Minister, Neritan Ceka, has ordered all the chiefs of police commissariats in districts to keep in touch with the journalists and other means of public information, regarding any problem or event that occurs in the zone of their jurisdiction.

    An ordinance issued on Tuesday by Ceka, opens way to the true information of events and different problems throughout the country.

    Fillin up g a gap of giving information from the order bodies which abused with "non publication of the state secret," Ceka is trying to set up new bridges in the communication with the press.

    Upon an ordinance of the former Albanian Interior Minister (from 1992-1996), Agron Musaraj, the Chiefs of Police Commissariats did not have the right to give information, which remained an exclusive competence of the Interior Minister, his spokesman and the spokesman of the ministry.

    Ceka underlines that "the truth should be the main element of the published report, without infringing and making public the state secret."

    Also, taking into consideration that the above information becomes object of the report for different press bodies, he stresses that "the honor and dignity of the citizen should be not hurt in the information printed." /kei/mt/k

    [17] POLISH GOVERNMENT EXPRESSES WILL TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH ALBANIA

    TIRANA, AUG 12 (ATA) - By Eva Allushi: In the meeting held Tuesday with the Albanian Foreign Minister, Paskal Milo, the ambassador of Poland, Miroslav Pallash, stressed the wish of his government to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

    He also expressed the readiness of the Polish party to help in the Euro-Atlantic integration of Albania, which will be further intensified, because Poland will hold the rotating presidency of OSCE troika.

    "Albania pays attention, and has pointed out in the program of the government the strengthening of relations with the countries of the Eastern and Central Europe, and also with Poland, with which a fruitful exchange of experience can be made, mainly for the period of transition and Euro-Atlantic integration," said Milo.

    Milo also stressed the will of the Albanian party to further develop the relations with Poland. /a.ke/kei/mt/k

    [18] TIRANE SOCCER TEAM MERITS CUP OF 58TH NATIONAL SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP - Albanian Soccer federation

    TIRANE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By A Keko: The Technical-Judgement Commission and the Discipline Commission close to the Albanian Soccer Federation, ASF, decided Tuesday that the Tirana soccer team merits the Cup of the 58th National Soccer Championship.

    The decision followed an analysis of the match Tirana versus Flamurtari teams played last Sunday and suspended in the second half.

    With this decision Flamurtari is defeated 0-2 and its sport club fined with 100 thousand lek.

    The commissions also decided that the coaches of Flamurtari be deprived of the right to train the team for one year, because the two coaches have had a negative impact during the match both in telling the team to leave the green field and in the interruption of the match.

    In the Sunday football match between Tirana and Flamurtari, the latter protested for a penalty which arbiters did not give them and which was followed by the interruption of the match by Flamurtari players. ake/kei/xh/k

    [19] BLAST EXPLOSION IN PUPILS' DORMITORY IN GJIROKASTER

    GJIROKASTER, AUG 12 (ATA) - By H Cani: A considerable quantity of explosive matter, planted in the dormitory of the high school in the commune of Kardhiq, 10 km north of Gjirokaster (Southern Albania), blasted on Monday evening, causing partial damages of the building.

    Police sources report the persons and motives of this act are still unknown.

    "Such acts damage the climate of security, returning in this region, after strengthening the work in all the police sectors", the police chief, Agron Pipa, told ATA.

    Meanwhile, non official sources say that the powerful explosion caused panic on the inhabitants thereby, and was accompanied by volley of shots for a long time.

    Pipa added that the police are intensively working to uncover the authors," stressing that "the strike of the police for any kind of act, which violates order and tranquility, will be very severe." a.ke/kei/mt/k

    [20] POLICEMAN KILLED IN DURRES BY GRENADE EXPLOSION

    DURRES, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Gezim Kabashi: A military police member died Tuesday morning in a police checking point near Shkembi i Kavajes, as a result of the explosion of a grenade which he was trying to deactivate, sources of police commissariat in Durres report.

    An uncontrolled act caused the blast which cost the life of the 31-year-old Rushit Topi from Kavaja and injured policeman B Nuhi, 28, who is now out of danger.

    Policemen on duty in that checking point had found the grenade near one of their vehicles. ake/kei/xh/k

    [21] TACTICAL OPERATION OF POLICE IN VLORE

    VLORE, AUG 12 (ATA) - By H Koci: The police operation, carried out in Vlore, changed its character into tactical on Tuesday, because the special forces, in cooperation with those of the Vlore police, detained on Monday three exponents of the Zani gang.

    This operation aims to restore order and tranquility in the whole district through the severe fight with the crime and the criminal elements, sources of the command of this operation report.

    For this purpose, a plan is being drafted, which includes other quarters of the town and the whole district.

    The police forces keep under severe control the Cole neighbourhood, which is considered the center of a big criminal band, led by Zani Caushi.

    The day was quiet in the axe of the road Fier-Vlore. Members of the special forces, embarked in two vehicles, had established a road-block in the bridge of Mifoli, becoming so a secure obstacle for different criminal elements who could move armed in this axe of the road. /a.ke/kei/mt/k

    [22] IMF AND WORLD BANK TO SUPPORT PROJECTS OF ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT

    TIRANE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - IMF and the World Bank will support projects of the Albanian Government, said on Tuesday representatives of these organizations in Tirane.

    In the separate meetings that the chairman of the Parliamentary Commission of Economy, Finances and Privatization Anastas Angjeli had with IMF representative in Albania John King and the representative of the World Bank, Carlos Elbrit they voiced their readiness for promotion of cooperation with this parliamentary commission and other structures of the Albanian Parliament.

    They exchanged opinions also for the creation of possibilities for reactivation of the projects of World Bank in Albania. ake/kei/xh/k

    [23] TRIAL FOR FORMER FOUNDATION POPULLI POSTPONED

    TIRANE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Manjola Hodo: The Tirane district court postponed again the trial for leaders of former foundation Populli because they are expecting opinions by experts of the prosecutor's office for 60 questions put by defence attorneys.

    The trial for the leaders of the former foundation which was proved to have been a pyramid investment scheme, will resume on August 19 when the replies to the questions will be given.

    Foundation Populli started its activity in April 1996, while its founding was legalized by Tirane district court on July 16, 1996.

    The court signed the order to suspend the activity of that foundation on February 1997 and following this, investigation started immediately.

    Bashkim Driza, Nuri Driza, Adem Cepele are under charges of theft through fraud, whereas Ardian Nako and Ramiz Hoxha are under charges of theft and abuse of office for the motive of profiting. ake/kei/xh/k

    [24] SPECIAL POLICE FORCES TO ARRIVE IN TEPELENE SOON

    TEPELENE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Hysni Cani: Special police forces will arrive in Tepelene soon to take control over the national road axes Ballsh-Tepelene-Gjirokaster and, in cooperation with the district police, will hit the exponents of crime, Tepelene district police sources said Tuesday.

    Police forces will also enable the normal work in the prosecutor's office and the court of the district.

    The team of specialists of the Interior Ministry, directed by non-commissioned colonel Bajram Ibro, the chairman of the public order branch in that ministry, met Tuesday with chiefs of the Tepelene police commissariat. The aim of the meetings was the reorganization of all police structures.

    District police leaders said they needed logistic equipment and other necessary means.

    Tepelene, Southern Albania, is one of the districts mostly affected by unrest following the loss of people's savings in pyramid investment schemes and the plundering of army depots.

    Special police forces have also reached Vlore and Gjirokaster, Southern Albania and are working to restore law and order in those districts. ake/kei/xh/k

    [25] SIX PEOPLE INJURED BY GRENADE EXPLOSION IN CERRIK

    CERRIK, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Pellumb Zekthi: Six members of a family were injured Monday in the town of Cerrik, Central Albania, when the 22-year-old son of that family unwillingly removed the safety catch of a defensive grandade.

    Sources of the police say that most gravely wounded is the youngster Krenar Cengeli who was taken to hospital in a serious state. ake/kei/xh/k

    [26] POLICE CATCH ARSENAL OF HEAVY WEAPONS IN KORCE

    KORCE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Behar Fejzullahu: Forces of police commissariat of Korce, Southeastern Albania, caught last night an arsenal of heavy weapons during a blitz operation in some points of the city, where the order and law has been violated recently and arms bullets fired into the air are heard, told ATA the chief of the police commissariat of the district, noncommissioned colonel, Arben Zylyftari, appointed to that post only three days ago.

    During the operation, the chief of armament in that commissariat said, there were gathered 33 machine-guns, 7 of which were heavy machine guns, 8 automatic rifles, an anti-tank grenade, 4 rifles, 60 offensive grenades, 1000 special cartridges and 5 000 ordinary cartridges. kei/xh/k

    [27] GREEK SOLDIERS KILL ONE ALBANIAN AND WOUND ANOTHER IN ALBANIAN TERRITORY

    BILISHT, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Behar Fejzullahu: Two Greek soldiers killed an Albanian national and wounded another Monday afternoon, after entering 250-300 meters in the Albanian territory in the region of pyramid 51, of the sector of border police station in Vidohove, district of Devoll, Southeastern Albania.

    According to the investigation group of district police commissariat, Agim Xhihani and Ardian Kreka who were returning home from Greece, were 700 meters in the Albanian state territory when they were hit by the Greek soldiers. ake/kei/xh/k

    [28] ALBANIAN PARLIAMENT ELECTS ATTORNEY GENERAL AND TWO MEMBERS OF SUPREME COURT

    TIRANE, AUGUST 12 (ATA) - By Th Thanasi: Albanian Parliament elected Tuesday afternoon the Attorney General of the Republic of Albania and two members of the Supreme Court.

    General Attorney was named Arben Rakipi, after proposal by Albanian President Rexhep Meidani presented to the People's Assembly.

    Two new members of the Supreme Court were Natashs Sheshi and Bashkim Caka.

    The parliament did not approve a proposal of deputies Arben Imami (DAP) and Sabri Godo (RP) for an amendment to the draft law "On an amendment to the law 7597 dated August 31, 1992. 'On the State Control Service.'"

    In today's session of the parliament the parliamentary group "Centre Right Wing" was formed with 6 members and the chairman Guro Durollari of the Movement of Legality Party.

    In the name of some deputies representing some southern district of Albania, Bilal Draci read a declaration through which an intensified work was demanded to restore law and order, and to help function local government and leading staffs in those districts. kei/xh/k


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