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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-01-11

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] Berisha aggravates situation - HRUP leader
  • [02] RP committed to giving Albania a constitution - leader
  • [03] Press Review
  • [04] Albanian Minister of Education and Science leaves for Greece
  • [05] Police units in Korce accidentally open fire against each other
  • [06] Eighty-fifth anniversary of Albanian police founding commemorated

  • [01] Berisha aggravates situation - HRUP leader

    BERAT, Jan 11 (ATA)-By I. Manka,

    The Human Rights Unions Party (HRUP) branch in Berat held its conference on Saturday which focused on the balance-sheet and working directions of this branch.

    The leader of HRUP, Vasil Melo, asked that the government coalition and the round table in the centre has a broader extension to the grassroots "for a more fruitful performance".

    Responding to the interest shown by delegates in the political actions and options of Sali Berisha, Melo said that "he is precisely the one who incites and destabilises the situation".

    Melo referred to the killings and violent acts against the police and state as "the black hand". They are incited by Berisha, he said, also making him responsible for the failure of the constitution, which was turned down by the people.

    "That constitution, except 4-5 regressive articles, which were powerfully defended by Berisha and which should be removed, is good," said Melo.

    Melo was categoric as regards approval of the constitution this year.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] RP committed to giving Albania a constitution - leader

    TIRANE, Jan 11 (ATA)-By S. Sharrexhi, The Republican party is committed to giving Albania a constitution," the leader of the republicans, Fatmir Mediu, said yesterday evening at a reception on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the creation of the RPA.

    Mediu also said that the RPA is committed to fighting organised crime and disarmament without compromise, to continuing round tables with parliamentary political forces, to resolving the most difficult problems the country is undergoing and other issues.

    Also attending the reception held at the Palace of Congresses in Tirane were representatives of other political parties, heads of diplomatic corps accredited to Albania and other guests.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Press Review

    TIRANE, Jan 11 (ATA)-Today's newspaper, as usual, runs various domestic issues. The main topics include the meeting of the SP Leadership, meetings in Tirane by the chairman of the Venice Commission, La Pergola, the news conference of the "Union for democracy", the conference of Tirane mayor Albert Brojka, and issues on usuries on the economic page.

    To the meeting of the SP leadership, Socialist Party's Zeri i Popullit devotes the article:"Determination And Maximum Commitment To The Road Of The Initiated Reforms".

    The democratic coalition government will not fall prey to party or political provocations and pressure, it will not fall prey to customs methods, the paper cites SP leader Fatos Nano as saying.

    The independent Koha Jone devotes to this topic the editorial entitled:"Solutions, No elections." Political tension of the year's start seemed to dominate the meeting of the SP leadership yesterday, says the paper's editorial.

    The paper covers this topic also on the third page under the title:"Gramoz Ruci, At The Lead Of SP". The paper also reports of Hajdaraga's return to SP leadership. The article: "No Local Government Elections", says that socialist leaders will speak no more of the possibility of holding general local elections. Such a proposal was rejected by chairman Fatos Nano who considered this idea unacceptable, the paper explains.

    The Democratic Party's Rilindja Demokratike reports regarding the meeting of the SP Leadership that there will be no more voting in the SP. Nano establishes the iron heel: Former State Security minister Gramoz Ruci, coopted on to the leadership.

    The independent "Shekulli" devotes to this topic the article entitled:"Changes To Take Place Inside The SP Soon". The paper reports on the creation of the coordination sector.

    Albania says that the Socialists begin changes which strengthen Nano's positions. Ruci and Hajdaraga return to leadership.

    Gazeta Shqiptare says that the SP promotes Hajdaraga and Ruci.

    Independent Dita carries the article:"Iron Hand Back To The SP".

    Koha Jone reports today on a scandal at the Secret Service safes where the compromising materials have been eliminated. Dark about the March events, spies flee along with secret files, the paper underlines.

    Republika of the Republican Party devotes its editorial to the meeting of the Republican deputy and co-chairman of the Constitution Commission, Sabri Godo, with La Pergola, head of the Venice Commission, under the title: "Europe to investigate distribution of properties in Albania". "We will bring a group of judges to carry out investigations," the paper cites La Pergola as saying. The paper also reports on the celebration yesterday of the 7th anniversary of the creation of this party.

    Koha Jone covers the conference of the "Union for democracy" under the title:"Berisha: Strikes Throughout The Country", while RD under the title:"Return Of The Money, Absolute Obligation Of The SP" and Republika "DP: We Do Not Return Loans".

    Shekulli covers conference of the Tirane mayor under the title:"Brojka, Challenge To The Law". There will be no dismissal of the Tirane Mayor from his post, the paper cites Prime Minister Nano as saying under the title :"Nano, Elections For The Local Government".

    Zeri i Popullit also covers the topic of corruption in customs under the title:"Storm in customs offices". Penal prosecution for the involved in theft and corruption, the paper says.

    Albania carries an interview with the president of the VEFA company, Vehbi Alimucaj, under the title:"VEFA: The Money, Within 1998". kled/lm

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Albanian Minister of Education and Science leaves for Greece

    TIRANE, Jan 11 (ATA)-A delegation of the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science, headed by minister Prof. Dr. Et'hem Ruka, left today for a two-day working visit to Greece, at the invitation of Greek Minister of Education and Religion, Arsenis.

    In Greece meetings will be held at the highest levels of Education and Sciences, including that with the education counterpart, with the Secretary General of Scientific and Technology Researches, with senior political authorities at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Economy.

    The delegation will also hold talks and working meetings at Universities, Education and Science Centers and at the Greek Parliament, with the aim to promote cooperation in Education and Scientific Research. s.s/kled/lm/k

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Police units in Korce accidentally open fire against each other

    POGRADEC, Jan 11 (ATA)-By B. Fejzullai, The police units which have been patrolling the Pogradec-Korce road axis since two months ago accidentally opened fire against each other at the two districts' junction today at 02:30, sources of Pogradec district police commissariat told ATA.

    Sources of the Korce district Police Department say that a Korce police van, patrolling during the night, unexpectedly came under the fire of two cars coming from Pogradec. The Korce police responded to the fire, but later the two police units recognised each other. There were no casualties on either side.

    The police departments of the two districts make responsible both police units.

    The Interior Ministry has been informed of the incident and is expected to carry out the respective investigations.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Eighty-fifth anniversary of Albanian police founding commemorated

    TIRANE, Jan 11 (ATA)-By A. Keko, Activities in commemoration of the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Albanian Police, organised by the Interior Ministry began Sunday at the "Selman Stermasi" sports hall in the capital.

    Attending were Interior Minister Neritan Ceka, Secretary of State Ndre Legisi, the Minister of State close to the Prime Minister, Kastriot Islami, and others.

    Forces of various police structures in the capital, manifested through physical exercises that the police will continue to be close to the people, through training after contemporary methods and also with the support by international organisations.

    The history of the Albanian police dates back to November 28, 1912, when after the proclamation of independence, Ismail Qemali announced the country's prefectures and municipalities to ensure the country's peace and public order. On January 13, 1913, the government headed by Qemali, decide to create the forces of safeguarding the country.

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