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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-01-05

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] PORT OF DURRES IN FULL OPERATION
  • [02] TV-SHIJAK REPERTOIRE STOLEN
  • [03] MORE THAN 21.3 MILLIARD LEKS FROM CUSTOMS DURING 1997
  • [04] FRENCH COMPANY TO INVEST $1 MILLION FOR SUPERPHOSPHATE PLANT
  • [05] US DOLLAR QUOTES AT 150.15 LEK
  • [06] TWO PEOPLE WOUNDED IN VLORE
  • [07] BRITISH JUDICIARY READY TO ASSIST ALBANIAN JUDICIARY
  • [08] ALBANIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEMANDS ANOTHER ELECTORAL LAW
  • [09] 1998 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE CONSTITUTION - Godo
  • [10] A POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN PATOS
  • [11] ELECTORAL LAW TO BE DRAFTED ALONG WITH THE CONSTITUTION
  • [12] CHIEF OF POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BERAT PRESENTED
  • [13] DEPOSITS IN STATE BANKS ARE SAFE
  • [14] AROUND $20 MLN TO HELP POOR PEOPLE
  • [15] "PEUGEOT" TO INCLUDE ALBANIA IN ITS INVESTMENT LIST
  • [16] A POLICE OFFICER KILLED AND FIVE OTHER PEOPLE WOUNDED IN PATOS
  • [17] POLICE COMMISSARIAT OF DELVINE IS NOT RIOTED - Chief of police

  • [01] PORT OF DURRES IN FULL OPERATION

    TIRANA, JAN. 5 (ATA) - By S. Spahiu: Scores of ferryboats, loaded with vehicles and travellers, have reached the port of Durres during the first days of this year.

    The ferryboat "Palladio" of the company "Adriatica Navigacione" arrived on January 1 from Bari, on January 2 arrived from Ancona the ferryboat "Sansovino," as well as "La Vikinga" from Bari.

    On January 3, as sources from the port of Durres reported, five ferryboats arrived in Durres, two of which came from Bari, one from Trieste and the other from Brindizi.

    Five other ferryboats also arrived on January 4.

    The ferryboats have brought every day from Italy hundreds of travellers. But the largest flux of people is towards Italy. According to the same sources, some 1000 passengers travel to Italy everyday. /pas/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] TV-SHIJAK REPERTOIRE STOLEN

    TIRANE, JAN.5 (ATA)-Bu Th. Thanasi, The TV-Shijak repertoire on the Dajti mountain, east of Tirane, was stolen on January 4 at dawn, sources of Tirane Police Department told ATA.

    This brought about the interruption of the TV-SHijak signal which the Dajti repertoire helped be received not only in the capital but also in an area extending from Fier, south, to Lezhe, north.

    TV-Shijak sources says that the repertoire erected nearly six months ago has cost 15 million lira. s.sh/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] MORE THAN 21.3 MILLIARD LEKS FROM CUSTOMS DURING 1997

    TIRANA, JAN. 5 (ATA) - By A. Gjata: The operative data regarding the incomes from customs during 1997, although characterized as a difficult year, reached the amount of 21.3 milliard leks, the Department of Statistics in the General Customs-House reported to ATA.

    The customs incomes have increased with more than 4.3 milliard leks compared with 1996. Some 13.3 milliard leks were deposited in the state budget only during the last four months, after the customs houses were put into efficience. Some 24 million dollars have been provided from the clearance of goods in every month in the recent period, as opposed to an average of 2 700 000 dollars during the months of crisis of last year. /pas/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] FRENCH COMPANY TO INVEST $1 MILLION FOR SUPERPHOSPHATE PLANT

    TIRANE, JA. 5 (ATA)-By N.Mano,

    French company "Ever Trade" will invest around $1 million this year in the superphosphate plant in Lac, Northwestern Albania.

    This was confirmed to ATA today by the deputy chairman of the A.D.E.F.A (France-Albania Economic Development Association) Bujar Lybesha.

    The investment will address the renovation of the plant's technology and procurement of the raw materials for the production of superphosphate fertilizers.

    "Ever Trade" is today the biggest customer of Albanian superphosphate. In the first days of January the representatives of this company will renew contract for this year. pas/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] US DOLLAR QUOTES AT 150.15 LEK

    TIRANA, JAN. 5 (ATA) - By L. Thanasi: In the informal market on Monday the average exchange rate was $1 = 150.15 lek.

    The German currency DM was traded for 83.74 lek, ITL (1000) were traded for 84.09 lek, GDR (100) were traded for 52.75 lek and one SFR with 102.14 lek. /pas/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] TWO PEOPLE WOUNDED IN VLORE

    VLORE, JAN 5 (ATA) - By Harilla Koci: Today at about 11 a.m. two people were wounded in a fire exchange which lasted 10 minutes, in the boulevard Vlore-Skele in the city of Vlor, eye witnesses told ATA.

    The same sources said that one of them also opened fire at police which arrived immediately in the spot and fired bullets in the air to stop the fighting between the two men, who left the spot, while police forces pursued them.

    The wounded are Sokol Kerri, 25, and Neim Nazaj, 40 years.

    Hospital sources say that the health of Kerri is somewhat good after a surgical operation he underwent, while Nazaj, who had taken a bullet in his head, is till in a grave situation.

    It is the second event in three days which causes bloodshed in the city of Vlore. On Friday, as a result of a fighting, Alket Muco and Ilirjan Xhelita were killed and three people were injured, among whom the criminal police chief of the Commissariat No 2 of Vlore, Piro Ymeri. ssh/kei/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] BRITISH JUDICIARY READY TO ASSIST ALBANIAN JUDICIARY

    TIRANE, JAN 5 (ATA) - Cooperation between Albania and Great Britain in the field of judiciary and in particular the qualification of Albanian jurists conformed to contemporary standards were the topics discussed on Monday in a meeting that the Albanian Minister of Law, Thimio Kondi, had with a British delegation led by the chairman of the Britain-Albanian Legal Association, David Kiting.

    Kiting expressed the readiness of the British Department of Law to assist the Albanian judiciaries. ssh/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] ALBANIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY DEMANDS ANOTHER ELECTORAL LAW

    TIRANE, JAN 5 (ATA) - By Aurel Simoni: The Albanian Democratic Party is preparing a new draft law on elections, the chairman of DP, Sali Berisha told a news conference on Monday.

    Berisha spoke of an intensive work of the departments formed after DP became an opposition party, adding that the draft law on elections is one of the main directions of this work.

    Berisha said that the draft law will be based on the majority system, but he gave no details, but added that he would present the law to the press another time.

    In their last discussion on the electoral law before June 29, 1997 elections, the democrats insisted in the majority character of the law, opposing all other parties which favoured a mixed or pure proportional system.

    In the May 26, 1996 polls, DP prepared an electoral law, exploiting its parliamentary majority and by breaching, according to other participating parties, the agreement reached in the round table of 13 political forces held at the beginning of 1996.

    At the end of the last year, the Albanian Parliament Speaker, Skender Gjinushi, spoke of an amendment to the electoral law, but he gave not details on the issue. kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] 1998 WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE CONSTITUTION - Godo

    TIRANE, JAN 5 (ATA) - By Aurel Simoni: 1998 must be the year when the Constitution of Albania will be approved, said on Monday the co-chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for the preparation of the Constitution, Sabri Godo.

    "This country cannot continue any longer without a constitution," said Godo. "I don't understand the stance of some parties, there is no reason for the Constitution not be be made."

    He added that "the Constitution is for all, we cannot say that it can be made when we come to power," said Godo referring to the stand of the parties of the Union for Democracy, which have boycotted the constitution commission.

    The leader of the Democratic Party, Sali Berisha, said on Monday that he would discuss the issue of the constitution only in a round table talk of the parties.

    "We have been for this table," said Godo, "not as an institution which would replace the Parliament, or other state institutions, but as an aid for them."

    "Actually, the table discussion has been prevented by the Socialist Party," said Godo, "because it has not observed one of the points of the agreement of the parties in the latest meeting of the round table regarding the control on the Television and the Democratic Party is sticking to this point." ssh/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] A POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN PATOS

    TIRANE, JAN 5 (ATA) - One police officer was killed and two policemen were wounded in a clash with a criminal group in Patos on Monday.

    The police station of Patos has already arrested the terrorists.

    More details come later. xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] ELECTORAL LAW TO BE DRAFTED ALONG WITH THE CONSTITUTION

    - Co-chairmen of Constitution Commission

    TIRANE, JAN 5 (ATA) - By Aurel Simoni: The two co-chairmen of the Parliamentary Commission for the preparation of the Constitution, Arben Imami and Sabri Godo expressed on Monday their opinion that the new electoral law will be compiled along with the Constitution.

    "The new electoral law is an integral part of the Constitution," said on Monday Arben Imami, who is also Minister of the Institutional Reform and Relations with the Parliament, "it will be prepared along with the fundamental law of the state."

    The Parliament Speaker Skender Gjinushi said some weeks ago that the parties in power were drafting some amendments to the electoral law.

    "We are not preparing any such law, as a Ministry," said Imami.

    While the DP leader, Sali Berisha, said on Monday that this party is preparing the draft of the electoral law.

    "DP should take part in the parliament to make draft laws,' commented the stand Imami.

    "It is good to work since now for a draft electoral law," said the other chairman of the Constitutional Commission, Sabri Godo, "but it must not be an annex to the Constitution."

    Berisha spoke on Monday about the majority system of the law, while Godo opposed it saying that in the real conditions of Albania, an electoral law based on the proportional system would be a good thing. ssh/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] CHIEF OF POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BERAT PRESENTED

    BERAT, JAN 5 (ATA) - The Secretary of State in the Interior Ministry of Albania, Ndre Legisi, presented on Monday the director of the police department of this district, Vasfi Cama, the 27th in this post during the past seven years.

    He replaces Mitat Havari who is appointed to the same post in Shkoder.

    Cama comes from the police commissariat of Skrapar.

    Mr Legisi said that the government will support police in the future and that a new package of laws on the fight against crime will be adopted soon. ssh/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] DEPOSITS IN STATE BANKS ARE SAFE

    TIRANA, JAN 5 (ATA) The Association of Albanian consumer has advised the citizens, who possess money and want to save them at interest rate to deposit them in state banks.

    "Their money will be safe and guaranteed there and at favourable interest rates," Dr. Islam Cani, head of the Association of the Albanian consumer said recently.

    He responded to concerns of many citizens about the recent rumours on a "crisis in state banking system."

    The citizens are concerned about the fact that "should they deposit their savings in state banking institutions or even those are like pyramid schemes, which collapsed last year."

    Last year before the collapse of pyramid schemes, the association had warned the Albanian consumers to be attentive and refrained from depositing their money to money lending or foundations.

    On April and December 1996, the association distributed some 5,000 leaflets to sensitize the populace against money lending.

    The association is expected to open four regional counseling centers to meet better the demands of consumers. It has proposed a grouping of centers in four regions as following Tirane, Elbasan, Fier and Laç, which cover three areas North - South and Central Albania, while the Tirana center will run the work of all the association.

    This association has been operating in Albania since last year and numbers 2 600 members and 37 units.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] AROUND $20 MLN TO HELP POOR PEOPLE

    TIRANA, JAN 5 (ATA) This year the ministry of Labour and Welfare will apply a new rehabilitation credit worth $20 million.

    In the social assistance field priority will have the treating of poor families with assistance and looking on possibilities of to promote the economic support for these families.

    These were the goals of the talks between officials of the ministry and international bodies, mainly the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which brought about the rehabilitation credit.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] "PEUGEOT" TO INCLUDE ALBANIA IN ITS INVESTMENT LIST

    TIRANA, JAN 5 (ATA) The French car maker "Peugeot" is studying the possibility of setting up a plant to manufacture cars in Albania, the deputy chairman of the Albanian-French Association for Economic Development told ATA, Monday.

    Besides companies like "Ever Trade", "Monais de Paris", which have started their economic activity in Albania, other potential French companies are becoming more keen in investing in Albania. So the French company "C.I.C.H." known in Europe for installing central heating systems in houses has its project ready to implement in Albania.

    According to Association's deputy chairman, French's companies interest in Albania is related with plans of massive privatization in strategic sectors of economy like Telecom, Energy, Mechanic Industry etc. Year 1998 will be an economic exchange year with France, which in its part is more interested in Albania," the deputy chairman said.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] A POLICE OFFICER KILLED AND FIVE OTHER PEOPLE WOUNDED IN PATOS

    TIRANE, JAN 5 (ATA) - A police officer lost his life on Monday in the town of Patos, while to policemen and three other people were wounded in a mere quarrel which ended with the use of arms, spokesman of the Interior Ministry of Albania told ATA.

    The cause of the conflict has nothing to do with the task of police.

    After a quarrel with words between Agron Pasha, resident of Patos and the police officer Agur Tafa, commander of the alert unit in the police commissariat 1 of the town of Patos, the brother of Agron, Bernard Pasha, shot dead with a pistol Tafa and wounded Shpetim Nuredini.

    Two patrol policemen who went to the spot, Agron Pasha and another person who was there by chance, were wounded by fire weapons, while Bernard Pasha escaped the scene. ssh/kei/xh/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] POLICE COMMISSARIAT OF DELVINE IS NOT RIOTED - Chief of police

    DELVINE, JAN 5 (ATA) - By Shkelqim Hajno: The chief of the police commissariat of the district of Delvine, Southern Albania, refuted on Monday reports of some foreign medias according to which the police commissariat of the district of Delvine was stormed by groups of people, after they had exploded the building before.

    "The reports of some Greek private TV stations are groundless and absurd," the police chief Bedri Mecaj told ATA.

    "The only incident, if I could consider it so," he explained," was a firework launched in the window of a room in the first floor of the building of police commissariat on January 3, and which broke one of the window glasses." ake/kei/xh/k


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


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