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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-01-15

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  • [01] Kiosks be removed in Vlora
  • [02] Culture ministry to prevent trading of cultural objects
  • [03] Seaside monitoring on molluscs to start soon
  • [04] Mak-Albania invests in agroindustrial park
  • [05] Serb forces attack Shtimje areas
  • [06] Two Albanians killed in Prizren
  • [07] Students' living standards improved
  • [08] Tirana currency rate
  • [09] Statement of Albanian Foreign Ministry
  • [11] Fighting bars Shtimje-Suhareke road
  • [12] Rugova urges deployment of NATO forces to calm situation
  • [13] Teachers in one day strike
  • [14] Religious service of Orthodox Church in Jail 313 in Tirane
  • [15] Theft in Protestant Church headquarters in Tirane
  • [16] ADF finances torrent systemizing project
  • [17] Criminal police control "hot" sectors in Tirane
  • [18] Institute of Monuments to protect Saint Maria Church
  • [19] Gjançi hydropower station set to work
  • [20] HNO forum observes health situation
  • [21] Opposition parties to re-take part in district council in Korce after a year period of time
  • [22] Albanian Parliament Speaker meets with Elio Germano
  • [23] German government accords 15 tons of medical aid for displaced Kosovars
  • [24] National Judicial Conference elects 5 new members to Justice Council of Justice
  • [25] Committee for Tourism Development searching partners for restructuring of hotels in Albania
  • [26] Kiosks in front of Bank of Albania being removed
  • [27] Governor of Greek Bank to come to Tirane on Sunday
  • [28] Undertaking "For a clean Tirane" continues
  • [29] Chiefs in some police commissariats in districts of Albania replaced
  • [30] Police chiefs of Gjirokaster and Ioanina discuss measures against crime

  • [01] Kiosks be removed in Vlora

    VLORE, Jan 15 (ATA) - By H. Koci: Removal of kiosks will also start in the center of the city of Vlora, sources from the construction police said.

    Petrit Dervishi, head of the local construction police, said to ATA that the operation would be run by town hall structures in cooperation with construction police and order forces.

    Dervishi said that they had decided the areas where the illegal constructions would be removed according to a territory adjustment plan.

    There are some 6 000 illegal constructions in Vlora a considerable part of them are kiosks. These constructions have damaged some 50 000 square meters of parks. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Culture ministry to prevent trading of cultural objects

    TIRANA, Jan 15 (ATA) - By Ornela Kadaifciu: Directorate of Cultural Heritage in the Ministry of Culture will submit for approval to the Albanian government a second convention of the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) on how to prevent illegal import, export and transfer of cultural objects.

    The directorate is cooperating with the UNESCO national commission based at the Albanian Foreign Ministry to adhere to the convention. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Seaside monitoring on molluscs to start soon

    DURRES, Jan 14 (ATA) - By G. Kabashi: Research and scientific institutes will start soon monitoring the Albanian seaside to enable fishing of molluscs which was interrupted five years ago due to a break out of cholera.

    The Institute of Veterinary Research and that of Fishing Research have worked out a project aiming at creating conditions not only for fishing but also for trading different kinds of molluscs abroad.

    Director of the Institute of Fishing Research Roland Kristo said to ATA that a fund from the Council of Europe would enable bacteriological, physic-chemical and biotoxine analysis.

    Kristo said that the lack of fishing for five years in succession had enabled the repopulation of the Albanian seaside with molluscs and the resumption of controlled fishing would be a profitable business.

    Introduction in European markets with such a preferred item would create conditions for the creation of processing industry in Albania. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Mak-Albania invests in agroindustrial park

    TIRANA, Jan 14 (ATA) - M. Pupa: Mak-Albania Company will invest a fund worth $5 million for the construction of an agroindustrial complex in the Durres district.

    The Council for the territory adjustment has given permission for 54 hectares of site for the complex which will produce considerable foodstuff.

    The construction of the complex will last two years. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Serb forces attack Shtimje areas

    PRISHTINE, Jan 15 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that Serb police and army forces had started early on Friday an offensive against Recak village, Shtimje area.

    Sources of the Council for the Human Rights said that heavy artillery was bombing the village while Serb infantry was attacking Albanian villages.

    There are no reports on the consequences of the attack but the population is fleeing the area. /pta/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Two Albanians killed in Prizren

    PRISHTINE, Jan 15 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that two Albanians were shot and killed with fire arms on Thursday night in a bar at the center of Prizren.

    The circumstances for both killings are not clear.

    Sources on the ground said that Serb police rushed immediately to the scene followed by OSCE verifiers from the regional office in Prizren. /pta/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Students' living standards improved

    TIRANA, Jan 15 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Albanian government has accorded a special fund worth 6 million leks to help improve living standards in the campus of the Agricultural University in Kamza.

    Director of the campus Gjin Shalsi said to ATA that the fund was used to replace the old furniture in rooms and supply them with heaters, as well as install electro pumps for running water.

    Students said that improvements had been done in the campus but there were still problems such as running water and power as well as the presence of some families which had forced their way in years ago.

    Sources of the Ministry of Education and Science said to ATA that a special department on charge of campus all over Albania would be created to resolve those problems concerning the students. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Tirana currency rate

    TIRANA, Jan 15 (ATA) - By L. Thanasi: There is no change in currency rate at the opening of the exchange market early on Friday. Following are the buying and selling rates of foreign currencies against the Lek in the Savings Bank in Tirana:
    Currency		Buy	Sell
    US $1.00		138.8	141.2
    German mark		 82.4	 84.8
    Italian lira (1000)	 83.23	 85.65
    Drachmas (100)		 49	 50.80
    EURO			161.16	165.854
    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Statement of Albanian Foreign Ministry

    TIRANA, Jan 14 (ATA) - Albanian Foreign Ministry responded on Thursday to a statement made in Madrid by the Foreign minister of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) Zivadin Jovanovic who said that "Albania is a shelter of international terrorism particularly Islamic and a spring- board for infiltration in Yugoslavia and that the Yugoslav army has the right and task to fight in defence of its borders."

    The Albanian government said, in its statement, that the statement of the Yugoslav Foreign minister was a follow-up of an intensive slandering campaign undertaken recently by Belgrade against Albania and its policy towards Kosova. It was another evidence that the Serb official policy continued to be loyal to old cliches of the wellknown anti Albanian platform of grand Serb chauvinism.

    The Albanian government strongly rejected these charges and old slanders of Belgrade, which aimed at attracting the attention from its intensive preparation to present Albania as a factor which wanted instability in the region, to hide deployment of new Serb military and police forces in Kosova, to extend the conflict in Kosova, to set the Balkans on fire and sabotage the efforts of the international community in finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.

    Such warmongering statements were made at a time when the Kosova Liberation Army released the Serb hostages, an action hailed by the international community. The lack of good will by Belgrade to cooperate with the international community in finding peaceful ways to resolve the conflict was made evident by the OSCE chairman-in-office Knut Vollebaek, who criticized Belgrade of sabotaging cooperation with international verifiers in Kosova.

    The Albanian government reiterated that there were neither terrorists nor terrorist bases in Albania but innocent Albanians to whom the Serb special police and army had burnt houses and lands. Terrorism, in its highest and most organised form, had been sheltered and manifested in Belgrade. Thousands barbarously massacred Albanians by the Serb military and police, macabre views and massive graves which the international opinion was informed about, showed clearly the politics and practices of criminal and genocide-type of the Yugoslav authorities.

    "The Albanian government which is loyal to its peaceful policy and aware of the fact that the only way for a solution to the conflict in Kosova is the peaceful one, will never give up efforts in uniting its forces with those of Albanians in Kosova and the international community to reach a solution to the crisis through dialogue what should guarantee peace and stability not only in the region but also broader. Such a policy is highly regarded and strongly backed by the international community," the statement said. /edk/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency


    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

    We are meeting each other after a whole year of work, not only to draw a certain balance sheet and look towards new horizons of collaboration, but also to greet each other at the outset of this year which is of special calendaric values.

    I believe I do not exagerate it to say that the year we just left behind with the events characterized by their directions, was a year laden with contrasts, but at the same time very important as to the creation and consolidation of the institutions of the Albanian State. Above all, Albania finally had its own Constitution. On the Other hand the life of the institutions, the traumas and the achievements serve as a capital for the current year and the future in general. Their work, the human exchanges, the social activity of the old and new subjects of the civic society are a living testimony of the reality that the Albanian people, among others, are setting up selfcorrecting mechanisms of their life. This is the greatest garantee with which the Albanianas can face the challenges of progress and unequal level of development with other peoples. The value of this transformation is great if one takes into consideration the regional context laden with wars, which extends these challenges to a vaster realm.

    Reflecting on the road ahead of us, I would think that inspite of all the positive signals at the end of last year which cropped up bringing about the reduction of political tension, the governing will face more serious challenges. If these signals are transformed into tendency, the governing will have to better face the real problems of the country, having more time at its disposal and less justifications. The institutional and economical reform, the reform of the financial system in general and the bank system in particular should be carried on aiming at its effective privatization. The main target of these trends, along with the setting up and the improvemenet of infrastructure, should be the promotion of the domestic production through an increase of the investments by activising the domestic capital and better exploiting the support of the international partners, Promotion of this production calls for a new mentality of the human resources; it also calls for a dexterous structures and organization of the association of the Albanian businessmen, of the Commerce and Industrial chambers etj. It calls above all for their normal comprehension in legal trends of development passing from a trade capital into a productive one as well as finding legal and administrative spaces to back up the domestic production in conformity with the international committments. An old Albanian saying goes:"The owner of the house knows where the roof leaks". Therefore put in another way, it means that we first should work hard to build our own house then expect others to help us or normally cooperate with us.

    I also believe that the economic reform as one side of the medal of the development, cannot be successful without the reverse side, which is the human development or the development around the man. Education and culture, the social society and freedom independence and diversity of the civilizing media, constitute in this development the best enciting environment and a guarantee for the economic success. With regard to this we should cultivate integrating concepts for the sake of the good and margine the separating diversities, this is the way to ensure that positive stimuli of development in general will come up and get materialized.

    The institutional framework of these forthcoming developments in the realm of the material, but also of the governing mentality particularly of a more extended social governing, should change as well. With the new Constitution, the further deepening of the institutional and legislative reforms to approach the standards of our European and American partners, is indispensable. The pivots of the modern state of the rule of law in the land of our ancestors, at the threshhold of the new millenium, configure new relations among the correlating and cooperating institutions on the one hand, and between these institutions and the citizens on the other.

    Referring to a typical Albanian illness, that is the steering of the institutions, I would like to emphasise my conviction that the irrevocable replacement of protagonism of the individual with the generalizing protagonism, the institutional and legal one is the best way to resist to the temptations of the power, to its accumulation in one hand. This is a neccessity to set up real and democratic institutions, to strengthen the authority of the state far from the individual autocracy.

    Presenting these viewpoints briefly with reference to the tendencies of the Albanian development, allow me to devote some attention to the cooperation between Albania and her friends. Albania is open and her State is shaping its pragmatic and integrating policy with dexterity. None of the developments I mentioned above can be imagined without the role of the international partners through the bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The year we just left behind, with the initiation of the American President, Mr. Klinton brought about the gathering of brought together the friends of Albania in the spirit of the liberal ideas and the international solidarity of his predecessor in the first decades of the current century. We are grateful to the initiators of the "Groups of Friends" and hope that the projects drafted during the contacts with the Albanian institutions right after its foundation and in the various conferences of the Europian donating countries and institutions will be translated into reality. The new qualities of the cooperations of Albania with the international community should have their own quantitative, visible and tangible effects, so that our citizens become more conscious of their benefits from these projects. In this way they will feel themselves citizens of Europe and of the worldwide democratic civilized society.

    Speaking further of this cooperation and its qualities, I would like to reiterate that on our road to progress the criteria of democracy should not and cannot be built up on individual spontaneous and casual interpretations or on local parameters. They should be built upon analytic and universal principles not only on typically national principles but also on typically international ones. I believe I do not exagerate it to say that realizing unbalanced "Equilibriums" will bear its consequences in the future if we dare affect this important core of democracy, to their independence as well as to the principles embodied in the International Charters. This core in its own essence is permeated by the principle of freedom for all i.e. "everyone's freedom ends where somebody else's freedom is affected". Neither the Albanians living in Albania nor the Albanians in Kosova or other countries, no people in the world, can be excluded from these great generalizations of mankind. On the other hand a mechanical borrowing of models from other countries which are not compatible with the domestic models not based on concrete political and social, economic and psycological factors or by abstracting them can not be inevitably realistic even more fruitful. So the main criteria should be kept unaffected. Likewise the necessary space to nuances which accelerate the progress help the domestic and regional stability and normality is required.

    Thanking you for the attention and convinced that we share the same hope and trust for the present and the future of my country, allow me in the name of the Albanian people to express to you the deep gratefulness and wish you and through you, to the countries or institutions you represent new successes for even more human, peaceful and democratic future in the current year which coincides with the threshhold of the century and the new millenium.


    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Fighting bars Shtimje-Suhareke road

    PRISHTINE, Jan 15 (ATA) - Today's offensive of the Serb forces have barred the Shtimje-Suhareke road, sources on the ground said on Friday.

    Sources of the Council for Human Rights in Shtimje said that Serbian forces had attacked early on Thursday the villages of Recek, Molopolc and Petrove.

    Kosovapress news agency said that "fighting is continuing with intensity after a response of the Kosova Liberation Army forces," which are "defending their positions." /pta/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Rugova urges deployment of NATO forces to calm situation

    PRISHTINE, Jan 15 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that President of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova told a news conference on Friday that the situation in Kosova was worse, dangerous and tragic and deployment of NATO troops would calm it.

    Rugova condemned the attempted assassination of the chief of the Kosova Information Office Enver Maloku calling it an attempt against the independent institutions of Kosova. He added that a "new climate of violence with unclear killings" was created in Kosova.

    He called "dramatic" the presence of the Serbian army in Prishtina and blocking of access to Prishtina by Serb armed groups.

    Rugova hailed the intervention of the OSCE chairman -in-office Knut Vollebaek and chief of the OSCE mission there William Walker and his staff in calming the worse situation created during the week.

    But "the deployment of NATO troops in Kosova will calm the situation and guarantee safety for citizens and that part of Europe and world," Rugova said. /pta/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Teachers in one day strike

    TIRANE, Jan. 15 (ATA) - The majority part of the pre-university teachers in the capital, responded to the appeal made by the Albanian Education Federation for holding one-day strike on Friday.

    "We are totally convinced for our economic request, and we are to use all the democratic forms of protest, according to the actual legislation," the chairman of the Education Trade-Union, Xhaferr Dobrusha said.

    In the meeting held on Thursday between the the Minister Ruka and the representatives of this syndicate, they requested an increase of 20% of the wages, 10% more than the government decision. Another request was the decrease of the tax on solidarity with the police forces, the approval of the teachers status and others.

    Kujtim Kapllani, Director of the Tirane Education Directory, said that "Emin Duraku", "Edith Durham" and others, were some of the schools that were on strike on Friday, while the sports masters school, "Luigj Gurakuqi" school, the institution of the deaf and dumb children, some teachers of the high middle school "Petro Nini Luarasi" as well as all kindergartens functioned normally.

    Out of 76 schools that the Durres district has got, the teaching process was not organized today only in 40 schools. /pas/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] Religious service of Orthodox Church in Jail 313 in Tirane

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By Enkeleida Riza: Once a month, the priest of the Cathedral of Evangelism Father Sotiri accompanied by scores of women believers of the Albanian Autochephalous Orthodox Church will organize a religious service in Jail 313 of Tirane, sources of this Church told ATA.

    The aim of these visits is to inform the detainees, the most deprived part of the security, with the word of the God, which "will help them to know deeply their guiltiness, to understand what they have made, and thus they will have it easier to adjust to the society."

    In the talks the authorities of the Orthodox Church had with authorities of Jail 313 some time ago, they agreed that a religious corner be formed in that reeducation camp, with icons and religious books for the prisoners.

    The first experience of this drive started with the last Christmas and Holy Water celebrations, when priest Father Sotiri and the group of Orthodox women were welcomed warmly and with interest by the prisoners and the jail staff in Tirane.

    Sources from the Albanian Autochephalous Orthodox Church reported that on occasion of the visit, they distributed aid for every prisoner. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] Theft in Protestant Church headquarters in Tirane

    TIRANE, jan. 15 (ata) - By Th Thanasi: Unidentified people robbed last Thursday various equipment in the headquarters of the Protestant Church in Tirane.

    The spokesman of the Police Department of the Tirane Prefecture said to ATA Friday that according to staff of the Protestant Church, 2 armed and masked people had robbed last night 3 computers, an electric generator, a photocopying machine, 2 radio-receivers and some electric house-appliances.

    The robbers, still not identified by police, had at first tied the guard and then had proceeded with the robbery of the church. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] ADF finances torrent systemizing project

    POGRADEC, Jan. 15 (ATA) - By B.Fejzullai: The Albanian Development Fund (ADF) is financing a project for systemizing the torrent waters which pass through the city of Pogradec.

    The regional inspector of this Fund, Stavri Çollaku, told ATA on Friday, that the work for systemizing the Çaprazi torrent waters begun to be carried out after the tender was over. The project foresees the systemizing of the torrent in two tubes with a diameter of 1 000 millimeters, and a length of 3 kilometers, which will enable the pouring of its clear water in the river.

    "KREK" company, winner of the tender, based on the project is to carry supplementary work for building up some ambushes.

    ADF has foreseen to finance two other projects, the implementation of which aimed at systemizing the waters of the two other secondary torrents, which pass through this city. /pas/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] Criminal police control "hot" sectors in Tirane

    TIRAME. Jan.15 (ata) - By Th Thanasi: Criminal police of police commissariat No.1 in Tirane, assisted by forces of commissariats 2,3, and 4, made controls last night in "hot" sectors of the capital.

    Object of control were spots and bars mostly preferred by ill-doers and homes of different convicts declared wanted by police, the chief of the Police Department of the Prefecture of Tirane told ATA.

    From 5 p.m. of Thursday, up to 1 a.m. on Friday, police checked 650 people, two of whol were carrying TT pistols and a grenade without permission and were filed for penal prosecution.

    Police controlled ten houses in search of people declared wanted for grave crimes, but, according to the spokesman, none of them was caught at home. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] Institute of Monuments to protect Saint Maria Church

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By Ornela Kadaifciu: Sources from the Institute of Monuments told ATA Friday that they had adopted preliminary protection measures for what has remained from the Church of Saint Maria in village Shermi, near Linza, east of Tirane.

    Protection of this church, which will be declared "Monument of Culture" soon, is part of the plan of the Institute of Monuments.

    From preliminary studies for the church, it is presumed to have been built in the 6th-7th centuries. Its walls are of the Normanl style and this shows that the church has been constructed in the period of this invasion in the Albanian territory.

    The Saint Maria Church has been registered in a document on ancient churches in Albania. The document has been prepared by Ipen, Austrian- Hungarian consul who has been in Albania in the first decade of this century.

    The present name of village Shermi is also based on the name of the church.

    The present remaining part from the Saint Maria Church is only a 7 meter tall wall with Norman decorations. The only part representing the former glory of the church is the middle portico. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [19] Gjançi hydropower station set to work

    KORÇE, Jan. 15 (ATA) - By B.Fejzullai: The Gjançi hydropower station in the district of Korçe, set to work on Friday.

    The director of Korça district energetic affiliation, Gaqo Blushi, said that actually the hydropower station is delivering to the energetic system 1500 watts electric energy a day, but it will afterwards work with a full capacity by producing 3 000 watts per hour.

    The hydropower station receives the water from Gjançi water supply, with a capacity of 20 million cubic meters. With this huge irrigation and energetic project, which finished in 1989, the irrigation system functioned for some years, while the hydropower station was damaged.

    The water supplying channel, 3 kilometers long, as well as the turbine were repaired with an investment of 60 million leks.

    The hydropower station is planned to work only during the irrigation season, but because of the sufficient water reserves and the large necessities for electric energy, the Albanian Energetic Corporation set the hydropower station to work now and it is to pay 0.2 lek for each water cubic meter.

    The director Blushi said that the cost of the electric energy produced by this hydropower station is rather low. In case of a break down in the energetic system, this work supplies the pomp station with potable water, and sets to work the termopower station, which is actually in readiness. /pas/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [20] HNO forum observes health situation

    TIRANE, Jan. 15 (ATA) - By Rudina Xhuvani: The role of the Health Non- governmental Organizations (HNO), implementing the World Bank Program in service of the increase of prior health level in Albanian, was the main object of the meeting that HNO representatives had with Dereck Reynolds, representative of the Institution for Health Sector Development, with its headquarter in London.

    The HNO forum has assumed an initiative to study the health actual situation in Albania, and to appoint the main points which need investment in order to improve the situation created.

    According to the observing results of this forum, the sector which needs more investments is that of the systemizing of the prior health sector and health insurance. /lh/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [21] Opposition parties to re-take part in district council in Korce after a year period of time

    KORCE, Jan.15 (ata) - By B Fejzullai: The group of advisers of the Democratic Party returned Friday in the district council of Korce after one year absence.

    The opposition party chairman Sulejman Kadiu in a statement in the name of his group, read in the regular meeting of the council, declared their decision to return to the council an act which he related with the new conditions in the country and the impact of the PM Majko-Berisha meeting in easing the political situation in the country.

    The group of DP advisers left the council a year ago in sign of disapproval for the discharge of the former chairman of the district council, Vladimir Babo, which, according to democrats, was manipulated by the socialists.

    The district council has 35 members of whom 14 are from SP, 15 from DP and others represent the Human Right Union Party, Republican Party, Social-Democratic Party and the Balli Kombetar Party.

    In the Friday meeting, the district council of Korce analysed its activity during the past year. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [22] Albanian Parliament Speaker meets with Elio Germano

    TIRANE, Jan 15 (ata) - By I Luto: The chairman of the People's Assembly of Albania, Skender Gjinushi met Friday with the chief of the Delegation of the European Commission, Elio Germano, on occasion of the termination of his mandate in Albania, the press office in the People's Assembly told ATA.

    Gjinushi highlighted the contribution of the Delegation of the European Commission to the democratic processes in Albania and stressed the active role and assistance by Mr Germano in the activity of this Delegation in various fields of life in Albania.

    Mr Germano has come to Albania in 1992 as representative of the EU Commission. During this period, the European Union accorded great amounts of aid for a number of sectors of the Albanian economy. lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [23] German government accords 15 tons of medical aid for displaced Kosovars

    TIRANE, Jan. 15 (ATA) - By Rudina Xhuvani: The German government has allocated 15 tons of medical aid for the Red Cross.

    The handing over of this aid, worth 85 000 GRD, was made on Friday in the Red Cross wharehouses, in the presence of the German ambassador to Albania, Peter Disdorn.

    The German ambassador, while handing over this aid, said that their main destination was for the displaced Kosovars. He said that this is a part of the aid that has started to be delivered since Summer 1998, and our appropriate partner was the Albanian Red Cross.

    The president of the Albanian Red Cross, Prof. Dr Shyqyri Subashi, stressed that these aids come in the framework of the collaboration between the Red Cross with different associations all over the world, in the help of the people coming from Kosova. These aids are to be dilivered in the Tirane, Kukes, Lezha and other hospitals. /lh/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [24] National Judicial Conference elects 5 new members to Justice Council of Justice

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By Enkeleida Koraqi: The National Judicial Conference which convened on Friday, elected 5 new members for the High Council of Justice, KLD, Agim Neza, spokesman of the Albanian Ministry of Justice, told ATA.

    The conference, held under the direction of the Chairman of the Supreme Court, Avni Shehu and with the participation of the Minister of Justice, Thimio Kondi, treated various present problems of the Albanian judiciary.

    After discussions and debates on the procedure of the election of 5 judges in the High Council of Justice, by majority of votes, those present determined the procedure for the voting of the KLD members.

    The commission elected by the representatives of all local judiciaries after the secret voting, elected members of the High Council of Justice the following judges: Muharrem Kushe, Pajtim Hoxha, who is also Chairman of the District Court of Tirane, Dalip Bushi, Vangjush Kallco and Musa Halili. /lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [25] Committee for Tourism Development searching partners for restructuring of hotels in Albania

    TIRANE, Jan.14 (ata) - By A Lila: The Albanian Committee of Development and Tourism has presented today the strategy for the restructuring of hotels administered by the Albturist state-run enterprise. Albturist is searching partners to transform the level of its nine hotels into hotels with two and three stars.

    The partners who will be interested to take part in the restructuring of these hotels must present a draft-idea on the way they think to realise this job, the value of the investment and the sources of ensuring it, the way and the level of management.

    Albturist will be a partner mainly in the value of the existing structures and the value of the site.

    A part of the Albturist hotels in different districts of Albania, have been ruined during March 1997 and do not function any more. Only their restructuring can make them again profitable.

    Among the most damaged hotels during 1997 unrest in Albania, are the following:

    Hotel Adriatic, in Durres, built in 1957. It needs a whole restructuring which will make it a three start hotel, by maintaining the facade and the premises it presently has.

    Hotel Durres and Hotel Apollonia, in Durres, built in 1960. They need complete restructuring and turned into two-star hotels.

    Hotel Enkelana, in Pogradec, built in 1975. The full restructuring for this hotel will transform it into a three-star hotel.

    Hotel Butrinti, in Sarande, built in 1973. The restructuring work for this hotel will change it into a three-star hotel. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [26] Kiosks in front of Bank of Albania being removed

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By M Pupa: The undertaking to remove kiosks installed and functioning without permit, following those set up almost around the National Museum of History in Tirane, started Friday morning in front of the Bank of Albania, as was forecast according to a plan of the Construction Police.

    There are 46 kiosks in all the park in front of the Bank the majority of which was removed Friday morning.

    The director of Construction Police, Proletar Roshi, said to ATA that the work to remove the kiosks without permit will continue gradually, after the centre of Tirane, in all the parts of the capital up covering its outskirts as well. He added that this campaign will be extended in all district of Albania. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [27] Governor of Greek Bank to come to Tirane on Sunday

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By L Thanasi: Sources from the Bank of Albania reported on Friday that a delegation of the Bank of Greece, led by its Governor Lucas Papademos, will pay a working visit to Albania from January 17-20, 1998. The delegation of the Greek Bank will attend the workshop due on January 18, 1998 on questions of the European Monetary Union and the Euro. The Governor of the Greek Bank Lucas Papademos and the Governor of the Bank of Albania, Shkelqim Cani are expected to give a press conference in Hotel Europa Park in Tirane.

    Actually, there are several Greek hotels operating in Albania, including the National Bank of Greece. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [28] Undertaking "For a clean Tirane" continues

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By E Xhajanka: In the context of the undertaking "For a clean Tirane" sources from the Prefecture of Tirane report that 548 tons of garbage have been removed on Friday from Tirane spots, 86 gutters and 413 defects in aqueducts have been fixed along with 43 defects in the city illumination.

    The above work has been carried out in the squares near school 10 Korriku, cafe Vienna, Taxation Institute and near the National Museum of History in Tirana centre. /lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [29] Chiefs in some police commissariats in districts of Albania replaced

    TIRANE, Jan.15 (ata) - By Urim Bajrami: Chiefs of some police commissariats in various prefectures are being replaced.

    The spokesman of the Public Order Ministry told ATA on Friday that on Jan.15, 1999, by an order of the Public Order Minister, Petro Koci, some police chiefs were replaced.

    Hence, chief of the police commissariat No.1 of the prefecture of Durres was named Major Moisi Gjika, specialist of police, while chief of the police commissariat of the prefecture of Diber was appointed Major Rasim Cupi, criminal police specialist.

    In addition, some chiefs of public order and criminal police in the police commissariats of the prefectures of Diber, Durres, Vlore, Pogradec, etc., have also been replaced, ends the report of the spokesman of the Ministry of Public Order. /lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [30] Police chiefs of Gjirokaster and Ioanina discuss measures against crime

    GJIROKASTER, Jan.15 (ata) - By H Cani: Directors of regional cross- border police of Gjirokaster and Ioanina (Greece) discussed Friday in Gjirokaster the coming strategies for the fight against organized crime, illegal emigration, drug-trafficking, etc.

    The chief of regional police of Gjirokater, lieutenant-colonel Shkelqim Berberi said in the meeting that "Albanian police have always responded signals by Greek border police for convicts and illegal acts, because only in this way the bilateral relations will continue normally."

    Berberi highlighted the contribution of the regional police of Ioanina to provide various equipment and to train experts of Albanian criminal police.

    His Greek counterpart, Colonel Ilias Kroqidhis, expressing the pleasure for the spirit of understanding established between the two police, laid the stress on the maximal efforts that both sides must make to hit drug-traffickers, who recently, have sophisticated their forms of work.

    Attending the meeting also were the chiefs of the police commissariats of Permet and Tepelene and the Greek consul in Gjirokaster, Kaqusis. /lh/xh/

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