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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-02-14

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From: The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at <http://www.telpress.it/ata>

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Albania president meets CoE political director
  • [02] Albania Rumania to boost bilateral relations
  • [03] Education lacks proper infrastructure
  • [04] Worshippers of annunciation church help people in need
  • [05] Forum of Tirane brought intelligence and responsibility of local political forces
  • [06] Cooperation in field of public order to be extended between Albania and Hungary - agreement
  • [07] Investments worth 332 million lek from National Environmental Agency (AKM) for 1999
  • [08] Saint Valentine 1999 brings first carnivals in Tirane
  • [09] Albanian community in Turkey backs question of Kosova people
  • [10] Irrigation associations regrouped in zonal federations in Durres

  • [01] Albania president meets CoE political director

    TIRANA, Feb 13 (ATA) - President of Albania Rexhep Meidani held talks on Saturday with the political director of the Council of Europe (CoE) Mr. Fyrer to discuss intensification and promotion of cooperation.

    Mr Fyrer conveyed the greetings of CoE Secretary General Russell Johnston and briefed Meidani on the special session of the parliamentary Assembly for Albania scheduled for April where Albanian president was expected to be invited.

    Speaking about the strengthening of democratic institutions and the division of powers as well as an increased participation of both the public opinion and civil society in governing Albania, president Meidani and Mr. Fyrer discussed further steps in cooperation between Albania and CoE to that end. dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Albania Rumania to boost bilateral relations

    TIRANA, Feb 13 (ATA) - Albania foreign minister Paskal Milo met late on Saturday with the visiting Rumanian Defence Minister Viktor Babuic to express the will for the promotion of bilateral relations.

    Minister Milo referring to the Kosova issue said that the conclusions of the international community on this issue were clear and if the diplomatic efforts failed the use of force should be enacted.

    "Belgrade wants to maintain the so-called status quo in Kosova which cannot be considered other than a repressive colonial regime," Milo said.

    He added: "This regime should cease to exist and Kosova win its status through self-rule of Albanians."

    Later, the Albanian minister Milo said "we want more than any other the success in Rambouillet talks and give our backing to them."

    The Rumanian defence minister Babuic, stressing that Rumania backed a peaceful solution to the conflict, said that Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, as a communist product who was interested more in his carrier than the fate of his country, was responsible for the situation in Kosova.

    Later Babuic said that his country wished the talks in Rambouillet be a success otherwise there was a possibility of military confrontation with unprecedented consequences.

    "We are for a compromise solution through negotiations in order to give the Albanian people of Kosova a possibility to decide for their fate by themselves," he said.

    He added: "Rumania is close to the Albanian people and we accept every solution presented by the international community and NATO on Kosova." /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Education lacks proper infrastructure

    TIRANA, Feb 14 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Education infrastructure of Tirana was in a difficult state recently with only 3 500 teachers and some 6 000 others waiting for new jobs.

    Kujtim Kapllani, education director, said to ATA that 78 eight-year and high schools functioned in Tirana with 50 000 pupils and students.

    Regarding the difficult situation in education, Kapllani said that the lessons were held in three shifts in some pre-university schools and the classes in high schools numbered some 50 students.

    The education infrastructure of Tirana was built to meet the needs of 25 000 inhabitants while the capital numbered over 700 000 inhabitants, most of them belonged to school age-group. /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Worshippers of annunciation church help people in need

    DURRES, Feb 13 (ATA) - By G. Kabashi: Worshippers of the Annunciation church in Durres have helped recently those people who are really in need.

    The pastor of the church Gezim Spahiu said to ATA that 50 worshippers had donated blood to meet the needs of the surgery hospital and had provided wheel chairs to the association of disabled people.

    Some 700 packages of clothing and food have facilitated in some way the difficulties of Kosova orphans in Arapaj area. Some 500 packages have also been given to children who live near the church. /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Forum of Tirane brought intelligence and responsibility of local political forces

    TIRANE, Feb.14 (ata) - By E Nepravishta: The Forum of Tirane on the Consolidation of the Democratic Dialogue in Albania held its last session on Sunday.

    The work of the forum will continue and to this end the Committee of the Forum of Tirane was formed with 16 members representing different political forces.

    The forum was considered a success with the participants contributing to the consolidation of the democratic dialogue which would influence in the improvement of the political climate in the country. a.ke/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Cooperation in field of public order to be extended between Albania and Hungary - agreement

    TIRANE, Feb. 14 (ata) - By Urim Bajrami: An agreement was signed last Friday between the Government of the Republic of Hungary and the Government of the Republic of Albania for cooperation in the fight against terrorism, drug-trafficking and organized crime.

    For the Albanian party the agreement was signed by the Minister of Public Order Petro Koci and for the Hungarian party by the Interior Minister, Sandor Pinter.

    The agreement in the present conditions, said Albanian Minister Koci, takes a special importance because now organized crime has assumed international proportions. So our task is to make more perfect the cooperation in the fight against crime. Albania, like Hungary, are transitory countries not only of the positive values of mankind but also of organized crime which cannot be fought alone, therefore the signed agreement is very indispensable.

    The Hungarian Minister stressed that they are ready to offer professional and technical assistance for Albanian police in all the fields. The creation of joint structures will improve further the cooperation and will yield its fruits soon. /a.ke/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Investments worth 332 million lek from National Environmental Agency (AKM) for 1999

    TIRANE, Feb.14 (ata) - By R Xhuvani: 332 million lek is the fund of investments from the National Environmental Agency (AKM) for 1999. About 84 per cent of it is ensured from various donations and 16 per cent from the state budget.

    The fund from the state is, according to AKM leaders, 60 per cent higher than 1998.

    The local contribution of the government for paying the customs taxes and various levies for set zones is 10 million lek.

    In the mean time, during the current year, the number of projects to be realised with foreign donations will increase along with the greater participation of AKM in different international conventions. /a.ke/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Saint Valentine 1999 brings first carnivals in Tirane

    TIRANE, Feb,14 (ata) - By K Shehu: Numerous activities on the Saint Valentine Day in Tirane were added Sunday a special event, the carnivals, reappearing in the Albanian metropolis after many years.

    About 100 people amidst Brazilian music tunes paraded wearing different and special clothes along the boulevard Deshmoret e Kombit up to Mother Teresa Square in Tirane.

    It was the Greek firm Albfoam which, in cooperation with the Municipality of Tirane, made possible the celebration of Carnivals in the Albanian capital.

    The convoy of people left from the Memorial of Scanderbeg and continued walking along the main boulevard up to Mother Teresa Square accompanied by a two-horse carriage and two big lorries in which it was written "Happy Saint Valentine." /f.n/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Albanian community in Turkey backs question of Kosova people

    TIRANE, Feb.14 (ata) - The Committee of Solidarity with Kosove, set up in Istanbul, and which deals with the coordination of the activities on Kosove of the Albanian community in Turkey and with the arrangement of assistance for the displaced from Kosove, has issued a declaration recently, the press and information department of the Foreign Ministry of Albania told ATA today.

    "We support the delegation consisting of political and military forces of the republic of Kosove, which is manifesting full unanimity in Rambouillet conference," writes the declaration. "We are convinced that this delegation will defend the will of the people of Kosove for independence, voiced in the referendum held in 1991," stresses the declaration of the Committee of Solidarity with Kosove. /lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Irrigation associations regrouped in zonal federations in Durres

    DURRES, Feb.14 (ata) - By Gezim Kabashi: Regrouping of the irrigation associations in zonal federations in the district of Durres aims at increasing the efficiency of the exploitation of irrigation works, with these federations having the status of micro-enterprises of waters.

    According to the president of the newly-formed federation in the zone of Hardhishte, Skender Byku, since 1994 in the district of Durres there have been functioning 19 associations of irrigation whose activity has been low and the number of the contracts of the farmers with these associations is presently only 2 850.

    The new federation and two others to be established soon in the coastal city of Durres will administer with qualified specialists and on the basis of World Bank projects some 31 reservoirs, 4 pumping stations, 23 km of irrigation channels and some hundreds of secondary irrigation and drainage channels. /a.ke/xh/


    From the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at http://www.telpress.it/ata


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