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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-06-24

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] 60 million drachmas medical aid for Albania by Salonica hospital
  • [02] Albania police block Kurds trying to go to Italy
  • [03] 4.2 million ECU from European Union for prison of Shen Koll
  • [04] Retail sale prices increase again this week
  • [05] Lezha pupils exchange cartridges with textbooks, notebooks
  • [06] Uninterrupted attacks of Serb forces in Decan of Kosove
  • [07] Holbrooke visits war regions in Kosova
  • [08] Albanian Minister of Education to attend meeting of his European counterparts
  • [09] 70% of existing law on banking system expected to change
  • [10] 70th anniversary of Guard of Republic commemorated
  • [11] Fighting in Kosova extended more than 100 km from west to east
  • [12] CEC proposes institutionalization of election commission

  • [01] 60 million drachmas medical aid for Albania by Salonica hospital

    TIRANE, June 23 (ata) - By R Xhuvani: The hospital of Salonia has donated to Albanian hospitals a medical aid worth 60 million drachmas consisting of medical equipment and medicaments.

    "The assistance delivered in the context of an agreement signed in May 1998 with the Greek Minister of Health amounts to 60 million drachmas and consists of medicaments and equipment for heart surgery," Albanian Minister of Health, Leonard Solis, told ATA.

    He added that the contingent is for the University Hospital Centre in Tirane and for some hospitals in districts. /s.s/mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Albania police block Kurds trying to go to Italy

    TIRANA, June 24 (ATA) - Police forces of the Gjirokaster city, south of Albania, blocked on Tuesday 20 Kurds, who entered Albania via Greece aiming Italian shores.

    A spokesman of the Public Order Ministry said to ATA on Wednesday that police blocked the Kurds at 09.30. a.m. in the Jergucat village aboard a Ford vehicle.

    "Following negotiations with the Greek authorities in the Kakavija border crossing, it was agreed that they be returned to Greece," the spokesman said.

    The Albanian police arrested the Albanian driver Artur Muça, 45, accusing him of cooperation in illegal trafficking.

    The police of Gjirokastra have increased controls recently to stop Kurds coming to Albania via Greece with the aim of going to Italy. s.s/mima/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] 4.2 million ECU from European Union for prison of Shen Koll

    TIRANE, June 23 (ata) - The prison of Shen Koll in the district of Lezhe with a capacity for 800 prisoners is being reconstructed with a 4.2 million ECU fund by the European Union.

    The spokesman of the Ministry of Justice reports of a recent visit to that prison by the deputy minister of Justice Artan Hajdari and the general director of Prisons, Gramoz Xhaferaj. They took interest in the rates of work for the reconstruction of the jail, expected to be completed in September this year.

    According to the spokesman, Mr Hajdari has demanded the acceleration of the procedures for the reconstruction of other prisons such as that of Bence (Tepelene), of the prisons in Vaqarr, Peqin and the prison for minors in Tirane with a capacity of 200-300 prisoners.

    The Ministry of Justice aims with its strategy to rehabilitate not only the infrastructure of the prisons but also to ensure the humanitarian treatment of the prisoners, for their integration in the society and the strict observation of the law by the staff of the prisoners. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Retail sale prices increase again this week

    TIRANE, June 23 (ata) - By V Mehilli: The average retail sale prices this week as compared with the previous week have had a slight increase.

    In the group of vegetables, the prices have increased differently from what the specialists of agriculture expected, because now their production is in the highest peak. The average price of tomatoes increased from 68.8 to 99.6 lek over the last week, processed olives are sold at 158.4 lek against 153.7 lek, eggplants are sold at 153.3 lek a kilogram from 157.1 lek last week.

    A price increase is also registered for the dairy products. White cheese is sold at 318.3 lek a kilogram from 315.0 lek last week, yellow cheese is priced 564.7 lek a kilogram from 572.0 lek in the past week.

    This week has registered a price rise in the group of fruits as well. The average price of apples is 112.2 lek per kilogram as compared with 106.6 lek the previous week, oranges are being sold at 106.3 lek per kilogram from 100.9 a week before.

    Also meat price rose this week. Mutton price increased 519.5 lek a kilogram from 513.1 lek last week, veal is sold at 623.0 lek a kilogram from 619.4 lek in the previous week.

    The group of sugar, rice, macaroni and cooking oil has registered no changes in the average price. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Lezha pupils exchange cartridges with textbooks, notebooks

    TIRANA, June 24 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Some 50 thousand cartridges, 20 thousand cartridge casings and a considerable amount of hand bombs and TNT were handed in within a few days by the pupils of eighth year schools of the Blinisht area, Lezha district, exchanging them with notebooks and textbooks donated by the Italian missionary Dom Antonio Sharra, Veli Brahimi, official at the regional education directorate said to ATA on Wednesday.

    Last year, Albania experienced one of the most difficult periods in its history when, due to unrest caused by the collapse of the investment schemes many military depots were raided and destroyed by irresponsible persons.

    The initiative of Blinishti pupils was also hailed by the president of Albania Rexhep Meidani during his recent visit in the village.

    Missionary Sharra, who has been operating in Baqel of Lezha for five years, has contributed to school's reconstruction equipping it with 300 benches, road maintenance and others through an Italian humanitarian association besides the initiative "To keep the village tidy of bullets" under which he donated notebooks and textbooks to 3,000 pupils. s.s/mima/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Uninterrupted attacks of Serb forces in Decan of Kosove

    PRISHTINE, June 24 (ata) - Serb forces and forces of Albanian self-defence had fierce fighting in the past two days, the Centre for Information of Kosove reports.

    62 grenades exploded only in Baballoq yesterday night while Serb forces also attacked the villages Isniq, Prejlep, Strellc i Eperm and Strellc i Ulet, and the village Shaptej continues to be the aim of Serb raids.

    The chairman of the council for information of the DLK branch in Decan, Osman Cacaj said that the villages of the zones Voksh and Junik continue to be closed for Albanian and international mediae.

    "But," he added, "despite continuous raids by Serb forces, Albanian people of Decan commune are returning to their homes." /p.ta/mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Holbrooke visits war regions in Kosova

    PRISHTINE, June 24 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy for the Balkans, was in Kosova on Wednesday to visit the war regions, Center for Information in Kosova said.

    Holbrooke arrived early on Wednesday from Belgrade to Prishtine, Kosova capital, at the head of a U.S. senior delegation, which was accompanied by representatives of the Kosova Albanians and a number of journalists.

    In Monday's meeting in Skopje with Ibrahim Rugova, the president of the Kosova Republic, the ambassador Holbrooke said that the international community will use pressure to stop conflict and ease tension to pave the way for necessary preliminaries for a solution to the Kosova issue through negotiations, the same sources said.

    Holbrooke kick-started talks between Albanians and Serbs which were boycotted by the Albanian side due to the escalation of the Serb violence against the villages of Kosova, where 90 percent of population are Albanians, bordering Albania.

    The leader of Albanians Rugova and the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA) urged the independence of Kosova from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the former through peaceful means the latter through war. pta/mima/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Albanian Minister of Education to attend meeting of his European counterparts

    TIRANE, June 24 (ata) - By P Shuteriqi: The Albanian Minister of Education and Science, E'them Ruka will take part in the meeting of the ministers of Education of Europe to be held in Prague from June 25-27, Vaso Qano, cabinet chief of the Ministry told ATA.

    The aim of the meeting, Mr Qano said, is "the creation of a joint European home of high education, establishment of an inter-university cooperation network and application of new projects such as "Sokrates" and Leonardo" in which Albania takes part actively through the Phare/Tempus program." /s.s.mima/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] 70% of existing law on banking system expected to change

    TIRANA, June 24 (ATA) - By D. Koca: The draft-law on Banks in the Republic of Albania has reached the Albanian Parliament, and according to experts, it is of the European standards and improves some 70 per cent of the existing law "On the banking system in Albania."

    The aim of these changes, which have been made by the Bank of Albania in cooperation with the IMF, exactly defines the definitions "bank" and "banking operations," prevention and respective sanctions for the subjects which carry out banking operations or gather deposits from the public without license, the rules of banking supervision.

    The revised part of the legislation combines on one side with the freedom to carry out banking activity and on the other with strengthening of the supervising authority of Albania's Bank.

    The main aim of the revision and improvement of the existing provisions is the consolidation of the current banking system focusing on key issues.

    The banking system in Albania has been one of the weakest links to precede the developments of the market economy and the changes, expected to be approved by Parliament, give banks more scopes for self-operation. /mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] 70th anniversary of Guard of Republic commemorated

    TIRANA, June 24 (ATA) - By F. Nikolla: The Guard of the Republic commemorated the 70th anniversary of its establishment.

    Attending the ceremony, organized on this occasion, was also President Rexhep Meidani, the deputy PM and Minister for Government Coordination, Kastriot Islami, Minister of Order Perikli Teta, as well as soldiers, officers, non-commissioned officers, who have worked for many years in this unit.

    The President of the Republic, Rexhep Meidani, in the opening address, said that "despite the forms of organizations of the Albanian state, the Guard has been always characterized by patriotism."

    Appreciating its role, Meidani considered "the Guard and the state, the Guard and the Republic, a binomial with strong relations between them."

    On this occasion, the President of the Republic handed over to the effective of the Guard of the Republic the Golden Medal of Eagle for patriotism and high responsibility in accomplishing the tasks. /s.s/das/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Fighting in Kosova extended more than 100 km from west to east

    PRISHTINA, June 24 (ATA) - By B. Jashari: Fighting in Kosova has been extended in more than 100 km from West (border line with Albania) towards East and other zones closer to Prishtina and town of Mitrovice.

    Serbian aircraft carried out flights over Prishtina and other zones of Kosova today.

    Movements of the Serbian forces towards west of Prishtina were reported today. While from those zones it is reported that the Kosova Liberation Army (UÇK) has extended the areas under control in many villages in the communes of Fushe-Kosove, Obiliq. The Serbs set ablaze an Albanian house last night in Bernic village, West-east of Prishtina.

    Only three km south of Mitrovice, in Frasher village, the last houses of Albanians were torched today.

    Armed Serbian forces and civilians have driven Albanians away from their homes and have set up barricades in Frasher village and around it and shoot on any Albanian who moved.

    Also, the Serbian forces shelled today the suburbs of Shtimje, Recak, Belince and Gryke e Carraleve in the road Prishtine-Prizeren.

    The attacks of the Serbian forces have continued since early in the morning with great intensity in the border line with Albania in the suburbs of Gjakova, in villages of Nec, Smolice, Morine, Berjah and other villages in vicinity of Junik and other suburbs of Decan.

    The UÇK and the Albanian population are strongly resisting against these attacks. Even today, groups of Serbian soldiers have deserted the ranks of the Yugoslav army.

    The military operations have continued in the regions of Drenice, central Kosova. The Albanian forces have faced the attacks of the Serbian forces who have shot towards the villages of Vukovic, Komaran, Korretice e Siperme in the commune of Gllogoc and Gryke e Llapushnik in the axe of the road Prishtina-Peje. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] CEC proposes institutionalization of election commission

    TIRANA, June 24 (ATA) - By K. Shehu: The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has proposed to the Constitution Drafting Commission to include in the draft constitution an article for the institutionalization of the Central Electoral Commission and a universal code for all the elections and referendums.

    Daver Çano, chairman of the CEC for the partial local elections, considers this proposal very important because, according to him, "such a chapter in the constitution will depoliticize the Central Electoral Commission, and will also confirm that its function is independent."

    The deputy chairman of CEC, Pellumb Çela, shares the same opinion with Çano and adds that "a permanent institution will be really technical and will fairly observe the electoral law."

    All the members of the Central Electoral Commission for the partial local elections have agreed with this proposal; nine of them have been also members of the previous election commissions. /s.s/das/mt/

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