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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-01-10

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] Local commissions set up for the homeless who lost money in pyramid schemes
  • [02] Number of adoptions increases
  • [03] Public investments in Tirana villages
  • [04] Some 1 500 files not examined yet
  • [05] Vlora town hall prepares local map to help foreign investors
  • [06] Trade deficit worth 62 billion leks
  • [07] Crime be fought in its hotbeds - official
  • [08] Interior Ministry proposes changes - official
  • [09] Greek government offers 1000 telephone numbers to Himara
  • [10] La Pergola visits Constitutional Court
  • [11] ASF Disciplinary Commission to halt violence in stadiums
  • [12] All medicines must be registered - Minister
  • [13] Local currency gains some points
  • [14] Hunger strikers demand independence of judiciary
  • [15] Soccer - Albania's Cup
  • [16] Berisha on pyramid investment schemes
  • [17] Tirane-Durres road, most preferred for constructions
  • [18] Ruci and Hajdaraga, new SP presidency members
  • [19] I have "violated" a law of the Party of Labour Politburo - Brojka
  • [20] It is Nano's and Meidani's turn to speak of Brojka - Fino
  • [21] Soon Rinas airport with new terminal
  • [22] Participation in parliament to be decided on Thursday - DP Presidency

  • [01] Local commissions set up for the homeless who lost money in pyramid schemes

    VLORE, Jan. 10 (ATA) - By H. Koci: Local commissions are working in Vlore to register homeless people, who lost the money of their homes in pyramid investment schemes.

    The mayor of Vlore, David Tushe, told ATA that "for this purpose, based on the government decision, the citizens have handed over the necessary documentation, which is being examined in the respective commissions."

    Tushe stressed that long-term credits of over 20 years will be given to them. The credits will be offered by the World Bank and other financial institutions.

    According to him, more than 1500 cases of homeless people, who lost their homes in pyramid schemes like "Gjallica," have been pointed out. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Number of adoptions increases

    TIRANA, Jan 10 (ATA) - By Manjola Hodo: The number of adoptions of Albanian children has increasingly risen over the last years.

    During a four-year period, since its creation on 1993, the Committee on Adoption under the motto "A family for a child" has managed to help 334 children to be adopted.

    For 1997 the committee has carried out 101 adoptions, 61 of which by Albanian couples living in Albania and 40 to Albanian couples living in and out of state borders. kei/ak/sh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Public investments in Tirana villages

    TIRANA, Jan 10 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Numerous investments are planned to construct, rehabilitate water pipe lines, sewages for 1998 in the district of Tirana financed both by the state budget and district council.

    Among the important investments is that of systemizing sewages in the Kamza commune and Valias, an investment estimated at 300 million Leks, Kosta Burdullushi, chief of the public service sector said on Friday.

    A channel of some 300 linear metres to help dispose of sewages and protect environment was dug up in Valias area.

    The district council has financed investments in Berxull village, a commune in which the inhabitants are concerned about sewages.

    Investments worth over 1 million leks will be carried out in Koder Berxull village. Some 1,3 million Lek will be allocated for investments in Gjobaj village, Vora municipality, while 4,6 million Leks are allocated for Varosh village, Peza commune to construct underground channel for sewages. kled/ak/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Some 1 500 files not examined yet

    TIRANA, Jan 10 (ATA) - By V. Çarcani: Some 1 500 files for different penal cases are waiting to be examined by the judges of the Tirana court.

    As the chairman of this court, Pajtim Hoxha, reported to ATA, "the new law is to be blamed for such delays, because it does not envisage any deadline for the duration of a juridical process."

    "Three months in jail are nothing compared with the stress caused by coming six times in the court's room, and the court decided to set me free only after an odyssey of several months," said the citizen S. Avniu.

    With regard to this problem, judges and attorneys of this court share the opinion that it is necessary that laws be revised. According to them, drafting of the new legislation is the demand of the time. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Vlora town hall prepares local map to help foreign investors

    VLORE, Jan 10 (ATA) - By H. Koçi: The municipality of Vlora, Southern Albania, is preparing a zonal map to stimulate attraction of foreign investments in the city.

    "This map will provide the site belonging to individuals and state," David Tushe, co-chairman of the Town hall said to ATA.

    He added that this will help proceed with foreign investors offering them state and municipality owned sites for projects they will present.

    A working group has begun its operation including known specialists of the Vlora city.

    The city of Vlora is extending almost to Jonufre in the last years. s.s/kled/ak/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Trade deficit worth 62 billion leks

    The trade deficit for the 11 months of 1997 was estimated at 62 billion leks, compared to 66 billion leks for the same period a year ago.

    Import this year are four times higher than exports, but in the recent months as a result of resumption of work in many enterprises, exports have seen a slight increase, by easing so the trade deficit.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Crime be fought in its hotbeds - official

    TIRANA, Jan 10 (ATA) - By Th. Thanasi: The work of the Albanian police is entering a new phase with professionalism as a priority. The phase of emergency is over and the situation all over Albania is under control, an Albanian official said on Saturday.

    "The main task for the Albanian police is the fight against crime in its hotbeds," Ndre Legisi, Secretary of State at the Interior Ministry said to ATA.

    The new phase facing the police today is asking for changes, Legisi said, adding that "decentralization" is thought to be carried out during police restructuring.

    So far, there were six chiefs of directorates at the ministry and others were chiefs of commissariats, while the restructuring process provides 12 directorates on each prefecture.

    Legisi said that the new organisation is carried out in close cooperation with MAPE under their experience experimented even in Albania. s.s/kled/ak/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Interior Ministry proposes changes - official

    TIRANA, Jan. (ATA) - By Th. Thanasi: The Council of Ministers has not made any appointments or changes of posts in the Interior Ministry without the proposal of this ministry," the State Secretary in the Interior Ministry, Ndre Legisi, reported to ATA.

    The Interior Ministry made its proposals to the Council of Ministers about a month ago, based on the restructuring of the Albanian police, dictated by the time and the situation the Albanian police are facing today, said Legisi.

    The claims of several officials of not being informed of their removal from the posts "is simply a mentality inherited by the past," of "an implementation of the line of masses." /s.s/kled/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Greek government offers 1000 telephone numbers to Himara

    HIMARA, Jan. (ATA) - By H. Koci: Some 1000 telephone numbers will be given to the region of Himara in the district of Vlore. The telephone central is gift of the Greek government for this town hall, the Mayor of Himara, Anesti Dhimojani, told ATA.

    It is a system of radio-relays, a technology very suitable for the relief of Himara.

    With the end of this project, the geography of the Telecom infrastructure in Vlore will boost. Some 4000 new numbers are planned for the town of Vlore, which will be distributed over the last six months of the year. /s.s/kled/mt/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] La Pergola visits Constitutional Court

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA) - A Haxhiu: The role of the Constitutional Court as a specialized body to defend constitutionality was the main topic of today's meeting of the chairman of this Court, Rustem Gjata with the Chairman of the Venice Commission, La Pergola and the delegation accompanying him.

    "The chairman Gjata briefed Mr La Pergola of the work of the institution he directs and the difficulties being encountered time and again," spokesman of this court told ATA. He added that La Pergola laid the stress on the indispensability of the activity of the Constitutional Court and the need of maintaining its competence, as a condition to guarantee the democracy and the defence of fundamental human rights. pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] ASF Disciplinary Commission to halt violence in stadiums

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA)- By A. Keko, During the first stage of the 59th National Soccer Championship of the 1997-1998 season, which ended a few days ago, the Disciplinary Commission of the Albanian Soccer Federation (ASF) has met several times to "attack" violence manifested in Albanian stadiums.

    Expressions of this violence are indecent behaviour on the part of fans of certain teams, anti-sport acts of the players, which create tension on the green field, by opposing, insulting and even striking the referees.

    There are teams which are "gripped" by fear to play in fields of Lushnje, Berat or some others.

    The Disciplinary Commission has taken a series of measures against the authors of these acts and crackdowns continue by the situation is not yet calm in sports halls.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] All medicines must be registered - Minister

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA) - K Shehu: Albanian Minister of Health and Environment Leonard Solis has ordered that "all medicaments circulating in the Republic of Albania must be registered."

    According to official sources of the Pharmaceutical Department in the Ministry of Health and Environment, about 50 per cent of the medicaments in Albanian pharmacies are sold without import permission. At the end of December 1997, the book "Registered medicaments in the Republic of Albania" was published with information on the medicaments on sale in Albania.

    With regard to the mode of registration of medicaments, Minister Solis said that "administrative information on the company that processes them, the name and address of the importer, the distributor, information on authorized medicaments, etc are needed."

    Solis added that the pharmaceutical, biological and pharmacy- toxicological documentation are also necessary. A.Ke/s.s/pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Local currency gains some points

    Saturday's average exchange rate in the informal market of Albanian currency "lek" against foreign currencies like USD, DM, SFR, ITL was in favour of these last.

    So $1 = 151,90 lek, lossing 0,30 points compared with yesterday's 152, 20 lek. The DM was traded for 84,30 lek lossing 0,50 points compared with yesterday's 84,80 lek and ITL (1000) traded for 84,58 lek lossing 0.32 points compared with yeasterday's 84,90 and so on.

                  Saturday exchange rate
    Currency                        Average exchange rate
    USD                               151,90 lek
    DM                                 84,30 lek
    ITL (1000)                         84,58 lek
    GRD (100)                          52,74 lek
    SFR                               102,43 lek
    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] Hunger strikers demand independence of judiciary

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA)-By V.Ç.

    Eight judges, appointed to their jobs after attending a six-month legal education course in Durres in 1993, and who have been staging a hunger strike since January 5, considered "politicised" the already approved law on the courts.

    "Our strike intends the fulfilment of the demand for the independence of courts and judiciary, restraining the revanche of the executive," the chairman of the Jurists' Association "Dura lex set lex", Luan Hamiti, told a news conference at the private house their are fasting, today.

    Hamiti, who at the same time heads the judge's hunger strike, is also one of the judges affected by the new law.

    The striking judges, protest against what they call "violence against us, exercised by order of Justice Minister Thimio Kondi". They demand the resignation of minister Kondi and the member of the High Council of Justice, Perparim Sanxhaku.

    The fasting judges have received their diplomas after a six month course organised in Durres. The approval of the law, which invalidates their diplomas, dismisses them from the justice bodies. pas/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] Soccer - Albania's Cup

    -Results of the first matches of the second tournament of the 46th Cup of Albania-

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA)-By A. Keko, The first matches of the second tournament of the 46th Cup of Albania in football were played this afternoon.

          Teuta       - Partizani    1-1 (1-0)
          Shqiponja   - Lushnja      1-0 (1-0)
          Elbasani    - Shkumbini    2-0 (1-0)
          Tomori      - Lazi         1-2 (0-0)
          Olimpik     - Apolonia     0-2 (0-1)
          Bylis       - Vllaznia     1-2 (0-1)
          Skenderbeu  - Flamurtari   4-1 (2-1)
          Besa        - Tirana       2-3 (1-1)
    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] Berisha on pyramid investment schemes

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA) - By Manjola Hodo: One year after his promise in the DP National Council meeting in January 19, 1997 that "We shall return the creditors the money they have invested in pyramid investment schemes to the last pence," ex-president of Albania, now chairman of the largest opposition party, has attached PM Nano for breaking the promise that the money will be returned to creditors.

    "As for the question of pyramid investment schemes, the Democratic Party and the Union for Democracy has neither kept silence nor has agreed to be silent in front of the 'mega-deceit' by Prime Minister Nano in the electoral rally of the Socialist Party in the city of Vlore," Mr Sali Berisha told in a news conference today.

    The Democrat leader said that "failure to return to the creditors the money they have invested in the pyramid investment schemes, failure to keep all the main promises and to make the transparence of these firms are, according to the Democratic Party and the Union for Democracy, the main arguments of their request for the resignation of the government or for accepting that fresh elections be held." He did not refer to his declaration a year ago, but focused on the words that Nano said in Vlore before June 29, 1997 elections.

    "For six months, PM Nano is replacing the transparence with the trafficking that the members of his cabinet are making." Asked whether he had concrete information about government members who were involved in smuggling, Berisha did not specify any case and did not mention any name of the members of the cabinet.

    In his today's news conference, Berisha mentioned the most important political events in the country. He sided with the strike of the jurists trained in six-month courses in law and demanded that incriminated people in police structures be dismissed. xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] Tirane-Durres road, most preferred for constructions

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA) - By P Shuteriqi: The Tirane-Durres highway continues to attract the attention of local and foreign investors with the advantages for greater investments during 1998 in the production sectors, those of public service and business, reports from the Tirane District Council say.

    In his first meeting for 1998, the Council of Territorial Adjustment, KRRT, examined 18 requests by construction firms and powerful investors, as well as by individual owners for construction permits and adoption of sites.

    KRRT approved the construction of a flour factory by an Albanian- Greek joint venture, estimated at 7 million dollars and a factory for cosmetics. Since the flour factory covers an area of over 25 000 square meters, the construction permit must be also adopted by the national KRRT. Among the requests which have been adopted is that for the construction of a tapestry factory in the town of Kamza, for storehouses for duralumin material in the village Mezes, a garment factory in the commune of Vaqarr, etc.

    A request by Muca firm for a quarry in the village Tufine, northeast of Tirane, to cover an area of 25 000 square meters was not adopted by the Council because it harms the afforested zone, the pastures and perspective of this zone. s.s/pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] Ruci and Hajdaraga, new SP presidency members

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA)-By A. Simoni, Gramoz Ruci, Interior Minister at the beginning of 1991 and secretary general of the Socialist Party until 1996, and Luan Hajdaraga, former SP deputy chairman, currently chairman of the parliamentary Order and NIS commission, will be the two new members of the leadership of the largest party in power.

    This was decided at a meeting of the Socialist Party leadership on Saturday.

    "The leadership decided to propose the General Steering Committee (GSC), which will meet by January 17, to include in the leadership Hajdaraga and Ruci, after the supplements provided for the GSC at the national conference," Musa Ulqini, secretary for SP public relations, said after the meeting.

    "The leadership also decided to create a new structure, called sector of Coordination, which will also have a secretary. This sector will coordinate the work of parliament, government and party," Ulqini said.

    "The party's executive board, to be composed of its secretaries, will also be set up, to deal with various problems of the party and country," Ulqini said.

    "In contrast of what the press has said, there will be no changes regarding the names of the SP secretaries," he added.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [19] I have "violated" a law of the Party of Labour Politburo - Brojka

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA) - By Aurel Simoni: "The regulation I have violated is that of 1964, adopted by the Political Bureau of the Party of Labour of Albania," the Mayor of Tirane, Albert Brojka told reporters on Saturday.

    Brojka was attacked the previous day by Deputy Premier Bashkim Fino, who said that the Tirane Mayor had violated the Constitution by flowing half-mast the flag of the town hall on January 8, which was not a national day of mourning.

    "The flag was flown half-mast to honour the death of three nationals, one of whom was a police staff member, citizen of Tirane and I have declared neither a national nor a local day of mourning," said on Saturday Brojka, member of the Presidency of the opposition Democratic Party. "Moreover, with the crimes occurring in Albania every day, the flag must be daily half-masted."

    Also on Saturday, Brojka reiterated that he would resign "if the government chairman proposes the President of the Republic his discharge for violation of the constitution."

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [20] It is Nano's and Meidani's turn to speak of Brojka - Fino

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA)-By A. Simoni, Deputy Prime Minister Bashkim Fino said on Saturday that now it is the turn of the Prime Minister and President of the Republic to speak of Tirana's mayor, Albert Brojka.

    Fino attacked Brojka on Friday for half-masting the flag of the city- hall on an undeclared mourning day (declared as such only by the chairman of the Democratic Party, Sali Berisha), saying that "Brojka has violated the constitution".

    Therefore, he said, the prime minister should propose the President of the Republic his dismissal.

    Brojka on Saturday replied that he had "violated" only a "regulation of the former Political Bureau of the Party of Labour".

    On Saturday the deputy prime minister said:"I aired my opinion once. Now it is the turn of the Prime Minister and President of the Republic to express their view". s.s/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [21] Soon Rinas airport with new terminal

    The total value of the new Rinas airport terminal, 25 km far from the capital, is estimated at $35 million.

    The terminal area at Rinas Airport will suit the needs of a passengers' flux of 700-800 thousand annually. At present the existing terminal faces 350 passengers daily, while the new one will render services to 600-700 passengers daily.

    The companies interested to construct the new terminal are Simens and Lufthansa. They want to build the terminal through a concession system of B.O.T. type. The terminal will have the shape of a plane wing. The duration of terminal construction will be one year and a half.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [22] Participation in parliament to be decided on Thursday - DP Presidency

    TIRANE, Jan 10 (ATA) - By Aurel Simoni: Participation in the Parliament of the Democratic Party deputies will be discussed on Thursday, the presidency of this party decided in its Saturday meeting.

    Sources from the Presidency said that DP leaders decided to hold on January 15 the meeting of the party National Council, in which the participation in the parliament will be discussed.

    DP leader Sali Berisha said that it was the Council which decided on the DP deputies' boycott of the Parliament, so this Council must again decide on their participation; the suggestions by many DP "friends," will, according to Berisha, make democrat deputies take part in the Parliament.

    The same sources reported that the Thursday meeting will also examine the questions of "the strategy of the protests of the Democratic Party to the Government and its alternatives for different problems." /s.s/xh/

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