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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-01-25

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  • [02] Can Berisha be punished?Investigation commission on events of 1997 debates about constitutional provisions -
  • [03] Aqueduct of Fushe-Kuqe declared object of special importance
  • [04] Chairman of Legality Movement Party against Europe


    TIRANA, Jan. 25 (ATA) - Today's dailies report on the news conference held by Albania's Premier Fatos Nano. "Secret plans against the state," is the main title published on the first page by Koha Jone newspaper, which stresses that Nano told the news conference that other terrorist attacks are being prepared. "We will attack any kind of terrorism, ordinary, political or Islamic one," the paper quotes Nano as saying. Koha Jone also focuses on other problems put forward by Premier Nano in this news conference, declaring that "The constitution will be approved within the year."

    "The rule of law, the only alternative to put an end to crisis," writes Zeri i Popullit regarding the news conference of PM Nano. Zeri i Popullit widely reports on the news conference of Premier Nano, as well as his responses given to the answers made. Thus, Nano declared yesterday that "The success of the European troika is contribution of all," that "we welcome the initiatives which promote dialogue," that "we will stop everything that instigates destability," that "Shkoder stays far from the policy of the street politicians," that "some 271 million dollars of financing have been disbursed so far," and others.

    Gazeta Shqiptare, focusing on the news conference of PM Nano, reports that "Premier Nano shows up before journalists after the guarantees taken by Fischer." "Nano: Criminals to face trial," writes this paper regarding the statements of Nano on the Shkoder events, stressing that "investigations are being carried out to find the responsible people."

    Also, the papers write on the news conference of PM Nano. Dita reports that "Nano is indifferent towards DP: The actors and factors which destroyed Albania should not destabilize the country." Shekulli paper reports that Nano asked the punishment of those who conceived the destructions of 1997. "The prosecutor's office: Berisha is officially guilty," is the main title published on the first page by Republika newspaper.

    Rilindja Demokratike writes on the first page "Tirana with the hunger strikers," while Albania reports "Nano: Let the strikers die." The dailies on Sunday also write on the letter of U.S. President, Clinton, addressed to the U.S. Congress to accelerate the procedures for Albania to get preferential treatment. Koha Jone reports "Clinton favours Albania."

    Zeri i Popullit writes "Albania in full compliance with the standards of USA," "Clinton: Albania, our favourite." ZP also publishes the statement of State Department Spokesman on the visit of the European troika in Albania.

    Other newspapers also write on the request of President Clinton addressed to the U.S. Congress. Dita - "Clinton: Albania complies with standards of USA"; Gazeta Shqiptare - "Clinton to the Senate: Accelerate the procedures"; Shekulli - "Albania, priority of USA."

    Koha Jone and Zeri i Popullit report that Brussel is pleased with the current results of the Albanian government. "EU, new dialogue with Albania, " writes Koha Jone and "Albania has overcome the crisis, according to the European Union." Zeri i Popullit reports that the new political dialogue between Albania and the European Union will be officially signed." "Berisha says 'no' to Europe," writes Gazeta Shqiptare, pointing out that "Protests are back to the Scanderbeg square in Tirana." "Again request for elections, " declared Berisha on Friday, stresses the paper. "A day after the departure of Fischer, technocrat government is urged."

    Zeri i Popullit writes "Anti-European rally of DP in the Scanderbeg square," "Troika against elections, DP against Troika."

    "DP against the European troika," is another title published by Koha Jone. "The opposition leaders asked Saturday the establishment of a technocrat government and conduct of early polls." In the note "Aggravation, the 'ace' of Berisha," this paper writes that "the stand of the European troika during the visit in Albania, was perhaps the most open support for the political line, followed so far by the ruling coalition."

    Also, other newspapers focus on the meeting of the Democratic Party in the capital. "Berisha against the troika," reports Dita on the first page. "DP head diobedient towards the international factor," writes this paper. Shekulli reports that "To Berisha, the solution is not dialogue, drafting of the country's constitution, but early polls, not accepted by the international community."

    Republika writes "A day after Europe rejects the idea of new elections, the democrats of Tirana: We want technocrat government and elections." /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Can Berisha be punished?Investigation commission on events of 1997 debates about constitutional provisions -

    TIRANA, Jan. 25 (ATA) - By Keida Kostreci: The accusation for the President of the Republic is brought by one fourth of the deputies, it is decided by two-thirds of parliament and then it is examined by the Constitutional Court, the chairman of the parliamentary investigation commission dealing with January-March unrest 1997, Spartak Ngjela, reported to ATA on Sunday.

    Referring to the article 21 of the Albanian Constitution, Ngjela explained that the Prosecutor's Office has nothing to do with the accusation for the President.

    It is a matter of responsibilities of former president Sali Berisha in the events of 1997.

    Ngjela said that the commission has not examined yet the documentation gathered for this period, which will be discussed in a meeting of the commission on Wednesday.

    Ngjela refuses conflicts inside the commission regarding this issue, as the Albanian press has reported.

    Referring to the case of former Albanian president Ramiz Alia, whose request to be excluded from the penal responsibility as former president was turned down by the Constitutional Court, the deputy chairman of the commission, Spartak Braho, told the Albanian press that "the presidents cannot be defended with the provisions of the constitutional law."

    He explains that the constitutional provisions do not cover and envisage the penalization of the President. /kled/mt/sh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Aqueduct of Fushe-Kuqe declared object of special importance

    LAC, Jan 25 (ATA) - By Zef Pergega: The aqueduct of Fushe-Kuqe in the district of Kurbin, which supply with potable water the towns of Durres, Kavaje and Rogozhine, was declared object of special importance.

    Local police sources reported to ATA that for the observation of this decision, a police station with 12 policemen, who will protect this aqueduct, has been set up in the commune of Fushe-Kuqe.

    The chairman of this commune, Marash Vata, said that with these measures it is put an end to the disagreements between the land owners, where the aqueduct has been constructed, and the aqueduct enterprise in Durres. Some 21 persons from the families of former land owners will be employed in this pumping station, based on professional criteria.

    The towns of Durres and Kavaje have been without water, due to an explosion in the main water pipe of this aqueduct. /s.s/kled/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Chairman of Legality Movement Party against Europe

    TIRANA, Jan. 25 (ATA) - By A. Haxhiu: The chairman of the Legality Movement Party, Guri Durollari, voiced his stand against the European engagement in Albania during a news conference on Sunday.

    "We will not allow anyone to poke his nose into Albania's affair. The solutions of our domestic problems, as well as our national issue, (taking into consideration Kosova) cannot be left on the hands of Europe. Their solutions belong to us, Albanians," declared the chairman of the Legality Party, Guri Durollari, regarding the suggestions of the European troika, during the two-visit in Albania.

    Also the Democratic Party, ally of the Legality Movement Party, although it formally greeted the suggestions and advices of the European troika during a rally held in Tirana yesterday, repeated the demands for early elections and a technocrat government.

    The consequent aggravation of the situation in Kosova, the Serbian terror on the unprotected Albanian population were on the focus of the conference of this party. "Belgrade and the clique of Milosevic have not changed anything from their policy against the Albanians. This policy is being escalated, despite their meetings in the Crete summit or the official statements of the ruling party."

    The issue of the constitution was another problem discussed by Durollari. "We favour drafting of the constitution, but we should first define the form of regime, which is a matter that is not solved yet," he stated. "Our party will ask a new referendum to solve this problem," added Durollari.

    The Albanian people said no to the claims of legalists on monarchy during the June 29 polls, last year. /s.s/kled/mt/

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