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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-03-01

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  • [01] Albanian senior officials visit Italy
  • [02] Political groupings agree on a round table for Kosova
  • [03] Perpetrators of illegal traffic of emigrants detained
  • [04] Amnesty International opens office in Elbasan
  • [05] New hospital of Durres, a quick reality
  • [06] Foreign schools offer more scholarships
  • [07] Mostly sold music albums in Tirane for the past week
  • [08] Most preferred video films of the week
  • [09] Serbs, Albanians fight in some regions of Kosova
  • [10] Tirana currency rate on Monday
  • [11] Economic reasons force pupils to abandon school
  • [12] Kosova discusses Rambouillet paper
  • [13] The 555th anniversary of Lezhe League be celebrated on Tuesday
  • [14] Doctors urges use of antibiotics
  • [15] Ministry says 17 percent of teachers without proper education
  • [16] Work done in Durresi-Gdansk shipyard
  • [17] Bonus value 8.8 billion lek
  • [18] Best sellers for the past week in Tirane
  • [19] Businessmen interested in investment trade
  • [20] Albanian Premier leaves for a two-day visit in Turkey
  • [21] Political accord on Kosova might become worthless without NATO support - Dokle
  • [22] Lorry with smuggling wheels blocked
  • [23] Meidani condoles with family of Kleanthi Koci
  • [24] Ships sequestered for contraband not yet sold
  • [25] Pyramidal schemes'assets: Catalogues of coming auction on sale
  • [26] Commercial and productive subjects equipped with license
  • [27] Shkoder: $10 million investments in the construction industry
  • [28] Increase excises'income in January
  • [29] Albania-Croatia: Commercial exchanges for 1999 mark $6 000
  • [30] March 1, International Day against mines
  • [31] Tax income in two first months - 98%
  • [32] A defect in air tower blocks work in mine of Memaliaj
  • [33] Message of U.S. President to Albanian President
  • [34] Albanian President highlights consolidation of Albania-Croatia relations in economic and political fields

  • [01] Albanian senior officials visit Italy

    TIRANA, Feb. 28 (ATA) - By Y. Pata: Albania Prime Minister Pandeli Majko, Parliament Speaker Skender Gjinushi and Foreign Minister Paskal Milo left Sunday for Italy where they will take part in the Congress of the European Socialist Party, which opens the proceedings on Monday in the city of Milan.

    Sources from the Socialist Party told ATA that Majko, Gjinushi and Milo have been invited by the organizer of the ESP Congress, which is the Party of the Left Democrats of Italy, headed by the Italian Prime Minister, Massimo D'Alema.

    Along with the participation in Congress, the Prime Minister, Parliament Speaker and Foreign Minister will hold meetings with leaders of European states, which are headed by left governments. Attending this activity will be the German chancellor, Gerard Schroeder, the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, the British Premier, Lionel Jospin, the Austrian Chancellor, Victor Klima and others.

    The Albanian Socialist Party, which leads the government and the Social Democratic Party, member of the government coalition, are integrated in the structures of the European and international left. /dast/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Political groupings agree on a round table for Kosova

    TIRANA, Feb 28 (ATA) - By G. Dilaveri: Political groupings of Unity for Democracy and the Albanian United Right asked on Sunday to contact with the Alliance for the State grouping and discuss a round table of all political and parliamentary forces for Kosova.

    Sali Berisha, Democratic leader, told a news conference on Sunday that a round table was a necessity to adopt a common attitude for the solution of the Kosova issue.

    The second phase of the Rambouillet conference on Kosova, in France, is expected to begin on March 15 with the aim of reaching a final agreement. /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Perpetrators of illegal traffic of emigrants detained

    SARANDE, March 1 (ATA) - By Sh. Hajno: The police of Sarande detained Sunday two Albanian citizens, who have organized the illegal traffic of emigrants through the sea, sources from the district police commissariat told ATA.

    According to the police chief "both citizens were caught in the act while transporting the emigrants to the speedboats."

    According to him, some 12 other citizens were also seized, who had paid an amount of 25 000 Greek drachmas to move from Sarande to Corfu.

    After a better cooperation with the Greek border police, the police of Sarande have intensified recently the work for the patrolling of the sea space with the aim to fight even the trafficking of cigarettes and fuels. /dast/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Amnesty International opens office in Elbasan

    ELBASAN, Feb 28 (ATA) - By M. Lulja: London-based Amnesty International, a non-government organisation, which operates in 200 countries in the world opens late on Saturday an office for Albania in the Elbasan city.

    The aim of the organization is to create possibilities to Albanians to consider the violation of human rights and a wider participation in democratizing the life in Albania.

    Jean Jansen, the Dutch official, who covers former Yugoslavia and Albania, said to ATA that the first signals from Albania were received in London in mid of 1991. This organisation wants to extend its activity in Vlore, Shkoder and Tirana, he said.

    Pellumb Kllogjeni, intellectual, was elected head of the local office. /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] New hospital of Durres, a quick reality

    DURRES, Feb. 28 (ATA) - By S. Gjordeni: The construction of the new hospital of Durres will start soon, because all the problems, created previously regarding a project, which surpassed the accorded funds, have been finally solved.

    "Now, the town-hall of Durres must prepare the new square," the major, Arqile Gorreja, told ATA. He added that a meeting was organized with the town businessmen, who donated funds for the destruction of the old building of the existing hospital. The building occupies a considerable surface, which must be completely free until spring so that the construction of the new hospital starts.

    Some 9.5 million dollars have been accorded by OPEC and the Islamic Bank, as well as the funds from the state budget. /dast/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Foreign schools offer more scholarships

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: Although there are no exact reports, the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science says that the number of Albanian students and pupils who study in foreign schools has increased over the last decade.

    Actually, according to the Foreign Relation Director in the Ministry of Education, Artan Canaj, some 25 university scholarships and 4 postgraduate ones have been accorded from Turkey.

    Some 225 Albanian students and pupils study in the Russian Federation. Meanwhile, the Russian party offers 10 university scholarships for the academic year 1999-2000, along with 5 post-graduate ones.

    Also, Rumania accorded 5 university scholarships, Hungary 4, Poland 10, Italy 5 scholarships and others.

    A large number of scholarships have been also accorded by Greece, Egypt, Bulgaria, Japan, India, Israel, the United States and others, added the senior official of the Albanian Ministry of Education and Science. /dast/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Mostly sold music albums in Tirane for the past week

    TIRANE, March 1 (ATA) - By Enkelejda Riza: The collection "Hit- Mania Dance '99" with the mostly danced hits since the beginning 1999, continues for a month now to hold the first place in the classification of the ten mostly sold music albums in the capital.

    Follow the classification of ten mostly sold albums:

    	10 - Jennifer Page Crush
    	 9 - Venga Boys Open down the party album
    	 8- 'N Sync The winter album
    	 7- Five Five
    	 6- East 17 Resurrection
    	 5- Cher Believe
    	 4- Metallica Garage Inc
    	 3- Offspring Americana
    	 2- ATB 9 p.m.
    	 1- Hit Mania Dance '99
    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Most preferred video films of the week

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By E. Riza: The most preferred video tapes offered to the Albanian public this week is the film "Double team," a film which is at the cinemas of the United States, meanwhile that it has not arrived in Europe yet.

    The well-known actors Van Damme, Mickey Rourke and Denis Rodman, convey through the film hard scenes of action and murders beyond the limits.

    "Jackie Brown" an action film, produced by Quentin Tarantino with Robert de Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keuton and others.

    "Surviving Picasso" is a film which is dedicated to the life and work of the Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. The cast Anthony Hopkins and Natasha McEllone.

    "Godzilla" with Jean Reno is also a preferred film.

    "Un topo sotto sfrato" - A very successful comedy with real cast considered by the critics "an unbelievable entertainment both for the adults and children. /dast/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Serbs, Albanians fight in some regions of Kosova

    PRISHTINE, March 1 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that fighting had engulfed the southern, western and northern parts of Kosova while the Serb forces have attacked the city of Gjakova.

    Free Kosova radio reported that a soldier of the Kosova Liberation Army was wounded in a skirmish with Serb forces on Sunday in the region of Hani i Elezit, Pustenik village. An Albanian was wounded in the village of Rixheve, Kline, the same source said.

    Some 4 000 people from the Albanian villages of the Hani i Elezit escaped attacks and shelling by fleeing to Macedonia but were stopped at the border by the Yugoslav army forces.

    On Sunday noon, the Serb forces launched another attack against the KLA strongholds and the civil population in the Gajre village of Kaçanik in which the ground forces were engaged, too. So far there are no reports on consequences. Sources from Prizren inform of movement and reinforcement of troops in the border with Albania. A day earlier the Serb forces have attacked the border village of Ranobrave while heavy fighting was launched in Pirane village.

    Sources of the Human Rights Council reported on fighting between Albanian fighters and Serb forces during the last 48 hours in the region of Vushtrie, east of Qyqavica mountain and Drenica.

    The Serb heavy artillery has attacked the villages of Okrashtice, Pantine, Oshlan, Dobovc, Galice, Lubovec and others. A group of Serb civilians attacked the city of Vushtri a night before.

    Serb forces shelled the KLA positions and villages of Godishnjak, Burice and Majac last night. An Albanian was found dead near the lake of Batllava. /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Tirana currency rate on Monday

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By L. Thanasi: Following are the buying and selling rates of the lek against foreign currencies in the Tirana exchange market.
    Currency		The exchange rates
    US$1.00			141.50
    German mark		 80.20
    Italian lire (1000)	 80.60
    Greek Drachmas (100)	 48.40
    Euro			155.20
    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Economic reasons force pupils to abandon school

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By E. Nepravishta: Economic reasons force a number of children to abandon school.

    A research conducted recently by the Center for children Rights said that over 17.3 percent of children in Albania work for many hours to keep their families.

    45.6 percent out of 1 066 students, who have abandoned school, say that they have quitted classes to work.

    Quitting lessons lead to other problems such as criminality, among children, exploitation of children's work, and begging, besides other problems facing the Albanian society in transition.

    In order to protect children and dominate over such phenomena Albania needs the creation of a complex legislation to handle all problems concerning children.

    The center for the protection of children rights has worked out a draft law aiming at putting an end to the work of children as a means to stop children from abandoning school. /dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Kosova discusses Rambouillet paper

    PRISHTINE, March 1 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that the temporary agreement on peace and self-rule in Kosova reached in the conference of Rambouillet, France, was published by the Albanian dailies in Prishtina.

    The document was being discussed by political and military forces as well as intellectuals and people of Kosova.

    The British ambassador to Belgrade Brian Donelly, met on Sunday the members of the General Staff of the Kosova Liberation Army who was asked by the latter to help explain the people and fighters the content of the document.

    "The great difficulty was the presence of Serb forces, who hindered the direct contact with the people," Jakup Krasniqi, the KLA spokesman and member of the Albanian delegation in Rambouillet said following the meeting with the British ambassador.

    A recent extended meeting of the KLA General Staff said that "the Rambouillet conference backed the idea that the final document be assessed by experts and intellectuals but also by other strata of the population."

    In an interview with the daily Koha Ditore, Fehmi Agani, member of the Albanian delegation in Rambouillet, praised the professional support of foreign and Albanian experts.

    "We have cooperated with and being supported by Albania's officials, who have sent their remarks and proposals. In the most difficult moments, the president of Albania and prime minister sent us a telegram in the sign of support while the foreign minister of Albania was in Rambouillet to express his support. Kadare (Albanian writer) sent us a very impressive letter expressing his extraordinary support," Fehmi Agani said. dast/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] The 555th anniversary of Lezhe League be celebrated on Tuesday

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By K. Shehu: The 555-th anniversary of the Lezha League will be celebrated on 2 March in the town of Lezhe (Northwestern Albania) and on 3 March in Tirana.

    As an important historical event, the celebration of this day has engaged the Presidency, the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Culture, the Academy of Science and the Local Government of Lezhe. The working group for the organization of the activities will be headed by the Minister of Culture, Edi Rama.

    The Council of Ministers has accorded a special fund for this purpose.

    Some 555 years ago, in the Cathedral of Shen Kolli Church in the town of Lezhe, where the memorial of Scanderbej is placed today, the League of Lezhe was held, one of the most important events in the history of the Albanian people during the medieval age.

    It was 2 March 1444, when Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu convened in an assembly all the Albanian princes to unite against the Ottoman occupation.

    The well-known princes of Albania, who took part in the Lezhe League, were Gjergj Arianiti, Nikollë Pal Dukagjini, Gjergj Stres Balsha, Andrea Topia, Theodor Korona Muzaka, Lekë Zaharia, Pjetër Spani and Lekë Dushmani. Attending was also the ruler of Montenegro, Stefan Cernojeviçi.

    The general commander of the League was appointed Skenderbeg, by thus recognizing his political and military authority. After this union, the Albanian legendary leader led the battle of his people against the Ottoman invader for 25 successive years. /pas/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] Doctors urges use of antibiotics

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By R. Xhuvani: Pathologists and specialists asked the Ministry of Health recently to import antibiotics produced recently because they are the only medicaments, which can help treat different contagious diseases.

    Doctors concerning with contagious diseases at the University Hospital Center "Mother Teresa" and representatives of licensed pharmaceutical firms organised a meeting to discuss the issue and ask the state to subsidize the medicaments, a spokesman of the Ministry of Health said to ATA on Monday.

    Specialists say that Zinacen and Fortun are the most efficacious antibiotics.

    Serious pharmaceutical firms in cooperation with doctors specialized in contagious diseases in the hospital have enabled the distribution of these medicaments to hospitals, nurseries, pediatric hospital, intensive care units and surgery. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] Ministry says 17 percent of teachers without proper education

    TIRANA, March 1 (ATA) - By P Shuteriqi: Ministry of Education and Science of Albania said that 17 percent of teachers lacked proper education.

    The inspector of the staff department at the ministry Ylber Shehu said that the eight-year education numbered 5 121 teachers without proper education out of 26 680 employed.

    362 teachers of high, general or professional schools nationwide do not teach in their profession. 8 percent of non-qualified teachers among 4 315 are employed in high schools, he said.

    The elementary schools number 43 to 22 percent of non-qualified teachers particularly in Mallakastra, Bulqize, Tepelene, Puke and Kukes.

    Shehu said that lack of proper training was obvious among teachers of mathematics, physics and foreign languages. Some 25 percent of the teachers, who teach the English language as well as 14 percent of teachers teaching French have not graduated the faculty of foreign languages.

    In subjects such as history, biochemic, language and literature, mathematics the average percentage is 7 to 5.

    Given the situation, the Ministry is increasing the wages in order to attract qualified teachers. Reopening of high pedagogical schools in Peshkopi and Gjirokaster will help increase the number of teachers with proper education and the number of students in the pedagogical school of Elbasan. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] Work done in Durresi-Gdansk shipyard

    Durresi, Mar.1 (ATA) - By S.Gjordeni - The Albanian's ship "Pirro" and "Thana" and the two fishing boats were the first to be repaired in the begining of this year in Durresi-Gdansk shipyard.

    But actually the shipyard started its work in mid January, at the time when "TARETI" ship, 130 meters long came to be repaired. Its repairement ended in February.

    The marketing specialist of this shipyard Eda Çaushi told for ATA that according to the contracts filfilled this month it is expecting the coming of 4 Albanian ships and two foreign ones. One of them was from Syria 112 meters long and the other from Greece one 105 meters long.

    In this way added Çaushi this shipyard open the way toward the greater work volumes, which provides considerable incomes.

    Last year in this shipyard are repairing nearly 66 ships, 16 of which were Albanian, 35 fishing boats and 16 foreign ones, among them "MIOBE " and "Europe"./linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] Bonus value 8.8 billion lek

    Tirana, Mar.1 (ATA) - By Lolita Thanasi - The Albanian Bank announced the results of the last auction of the Bonus hold in February 25.

    According to the sources from this bank the value of the bonus on sale is 8.8 billion lek. The bonuses were of three, six and 12 months maturity.

    The total sum of the bonus of three months maturity sold in the auction is 2 billion 200 million lek. The minimal accepted interest is 18%, the maximal one 19% and the averaged one 18.99%.

    The total value of the sum of bonus of six months maturity is 2 billion 200 million lek. The minimal accepted interest marks the value of 20%, the maximal one 20.5% and the averaged one is 20.49%.

    For bonus of twelve months maturity the total sum cashed in the auction is 4 billion 400 million lek. The minimal accepted interest is 21.4%, the maximal one is 21.5% and the averaged one 21.5%./linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] Best sellers for the past week in Tirane

    TIRANE, March 1 (ata) - By Ornela Kadaifciu: The past week has registered changes in the order of the best sellers.

    According to a poll in some of the capital bookshops, Albanian literature has started to compete foreign literature, which is liked more by Albanian reader in the past years.

    The poetical collection by Lasgush Poradeci, which has just been put on sale, is attracting the local readers. The book is a re-edition of the poetical work of the myth of Albanian literature, the poet of the love and nature. It contains over 100 poetry and poems most of which not published before. The publication is accompanied by a study of the great leader of Albanian literature, Ismail Kadare, who will also prepare for publication the whole work of Poradeci.

    Second ranks the novel "Nostradamus" authored by Juri Kasawhore, published by the Publishing House O.M.S.C.A.

    "My Death Comes from Such Eyes" (re-edition of Toena Publishing House,) by academician from Kosova Rexhep Qosja, continues to be ranked among the best sellers.

    The novel has been qualified as one of the best works of Qose and is written with an alternated style between the modern and classical.

    Another book which has attracted the attention of the reader is the novel "The Guests" by French writers Claude Simon, winner of Nobel Prize for 1985, published by Onufri Publishing House.

    Translated by Edmond Tupja, the novel is the first with which Simon is presented to the Albanian reader.

    "A Night Before Apocalypses" by author Kasem Trebeshina is another new book of the week. It is a triplet published by Phoenix Publishing House. /pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [19] Businessmen interested in investment trade

    Tirana, Mar.1 (ATA)- By A.Gjata - The Albanian Businessmen seem to be interested in the direct investment in the productive sectors.

    After the nine years marathon, where the businessmen started their race to import as much as possible to fulfill the Albanian empty markets, a number of them already invest their capitals in the productive industry.

    Although it is early to talk about the effects of these investments in the future, the imports of the machineries and mechanical equipment are already increasing comparing with food imports, which dominate till now in the foreign commercial exchanges.

    In January the imported machineries and mechanical equipment's marked the highest value of 1 billion 291 million lek, being so in the toplist of the total imports.

    The imported value of this equipment in December is the highest and it is nearly 1 billion 936 million lek.

    Machineries and the imported equipment are mainly about the food production, aggro industrial elaboration and constructive materials.

    The opening of the factories affects considerably in the increase of the exports, which in January reached the value of 3 billion lek from 1,6 bilion lek of the value of January 1998./dast/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [20] Albanian Premier leaves for a two-day visit in Turkey

    TIRANE, March 1 (ATA) - By Enkelejda Koraqi: An Albanian senior governmental delegation, headed by Albanian Prime Minister, Pandelim Majko, will hold a two-day visit in Turkey from March 2-4, the press and information directory close to Albanian Foreign Ministry, told ATA on Monday.

    Members of the Albanian senior governmental delegation are the Foreign Minister, Paskal Milo, Defence Minister, Luan Hajdaraga, Finance Minister, Anastas Angjeli, and others. The Albanian Prime Minister and ministers accompanying him to Ankara have scheduled to hold several meetings, including also meetings with senior authorities of Turkish government.

    The boosting of existing bilateral cooperation, solutions of Kosova crises, as well as the situation created in the region are to be in the focus if the meetings scheduled to be hold. /lh/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [21] Political accord on Kosova might become worthless without NATO support - Dokle

    -Parliament's deputy speaker meets with Croat parliamentary delegation-

    TIRANE, March 1 (ATA)-By I. Luto, Parliament's deputy spokesman Namik Dokle on Monday regarded the visit of a Croat parliamentary delegation, which has been visiting Albania since Sunday, as a further step in strengthening inter-parliamentary relations and creating new spaces in the interstate cooperation.

    The Parliament's Press Office reports that the Kosova issue was highlighted at a meeting between Dokle and the Croat delegation headed by Dr. Zarko Domljan.

    Dokle expressed the already known stand of the Albanian parliament on Albanians' right to self-rule. He said that "this would be made possible by a political accord from the international community and the NATO forces."

    Dokle evaluated the peace process of Rambuje as a real effort serving the aspirations of the Kosova Albanians and highlighted the role played by NATO in respecting the accord.

    "The political accord might become worthless without NATO's intervention," he said.

    Domljan hailed the unity of the Albanian stands on the Kosova issue and stressed that this stand should be reflected also in the parliamentary life.

    "Parliamentary boycott is not the right way to democracy," he said.

    This afternoon, the delegation of the Croat National Parliament will also be received by the President of the Republic, Rexhep Meidani./pas/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [22] Lorry with smuggling wheels blocked

    KORÇE, March 1 (ATA) - By F.Fejzullai: Korçe police forces blocked a lorry charged with smuggling wheels, which entered Albania through Gorica custom house on Sunday.

    The lorry belonging to Sotir Stojani, from Liqenas region, Korçe, was blocked in the road axis between Gorica custom house and Gafa e Zvezda, situated about 12 kilometers away from Korçe, the spokesman of police prefecture directory, told ATA.

    He explains that the origin of these used wheels was Macedonia, and added that they were not registered in the Gorice custom house. According to law issued by the Albanian government, the used wheels are not allowed to enter Albania.

    Police blocked the lorry and Stojani is proclaimed a wanted person because he abandoned his vehicle before reaching the police post block. /lh/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [23] Meidani condoles with family of Kleanthi Koci

    TIRANE, March 1 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, President of the Republic of Albania, Rexhep Meidani, on Monday sent a letter of condolence to the family of outstanding judge Kleanthi Koci, who died last Friday.

    Meidani expresses his sorrow on the death of lawyer Koci, who, according to Meidani, was an example of correctness, respect for the law and humanism.

    Koci was shot and wounded on February 21 evening by still unidentified persons and on February 26, at about 18.30, died while he was being transported by air towards Italy, after a heart failure.

    Kleanthi Koci, is one of the best Albanian law experts. He worked for several years as deputy chairman of the Supreme Court and later as its chairman, during 1990-91.

    For several years he worked as a teacher at the Juridical Science Faculty and chairman of several commissions for testing lawyers. Lately he was Chairman of the National Chamber of Albania's lawyers. /lj/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [24] Ships sequestered for contraband not yet sold

    TIRANE, March 1 (ata) - By Th Thanasi: Although all legal procedure has been completed for five ships sequestered for contraband, according to the law, still there is not auction for their selling, the spokesman of the Attorney General's Office told ATA.

    According to him, the ships Stefano, Demmon, Lucky Mar, Blue Eye and Alsadi, caught and sequestered for smuggling in the Albanian territorial waters, are actually waiting for sale. The delay for the sale, besides economic damage, has also lowered the capacity of the port of Durres where they have been anchored, he said.

    Referring to the work to prevent smuggling through ships, one of the prosecutors in the Attorney General's Office told ATA that it is necessary that they have the respective contemporary logistics and computer system in all the sea customs and offices for taxes.

    The spokesman criticized the work of captain's offices of Albanian sea ports for the lack of control for the nominal documentation of the ships, entering and leaving Albanian ports.

    The Attorney General's Office is investigating into 27 ships, which have transported smuggled goods through paying a high customs fee. The inquiry into the systematic contraband of the 27 ships started on October 23, 1998, on the basis of articles 172 and 27 of the Penal Code of the Republic of Albania. /lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [25] Pyramidal schemes'assets: Catalogues of coming auction on sale

    Tirana, March 1(ATA) - By Lolita Thanasi - In the auction center pyramidal schemes assets are ready for sale the new catalogues of the coming auction. The assets of the pyramidal schemes on sale are presented in details in the new catalogues about the next auction, which is going to be hold soon.

    The assets on sale belong to the five pyramidal schemes "Vefa", "Silva", "Cenaj", "Kamberi" and "Leka" and are found in different Albanian towns such as Tirana, Fier, Mat, Puke, Leskovik, Shkoder and Vlora. The most important sales of the auction are the bitium mine and the dolomite's mine in Vlora.

    Two sites, the pig breeding enterprise, the hens breeding one, a supermarket, and a warehouse are on sale in Tirana.

    In Fier is on sale a building, a hen breeding complex, a soft drink's factory, a textile factory, milk factory and a sauce factory. While in Lushnje is on sale a turkey's breeding complex and a refrigerator. In Mati is on sale a bar and a Bar-Restaurant.

    In Vlora beside the two mines on sale are also eight flats and the electromotors'repairment division./linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [26] Commercial and productive subjects equipped with license

    Tirana, Mar.1(ATA) - By E.Metaj - On Monday was the deadline of the process of taking the license by the commercial and productive subjects.

    Sources from the General Tax Directory inform that till Friday nearly 50% of these subjects had taken their licenses.

    According to the law the deadline to be equipped with the nessecery documents to carry on the trade is February 28. The Albanians' organizations and the foreign ones consider the law "On income tax" as a modern one, but asked not to be used immedialetely.

    The head of the Ministry of Finance stated some remarks and suggestions concerning special regulation of the articles of this law.

    The law "On income tax" is approved by the Albanian Parliament in December 28, 1998, together with the fiscal pocket and the law "On 1999 budget"./Ih/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [27] Shkoder: $10 million investments in the construction industry

    Shkoder, Mar.1(ATA) - By M.Malja - The industry of constructive materials dominates in Shkodra district, where the number of the private native and foreign companies is above 20.

    According to the specialist of the constructive directory near this district Zenel Kastrati this industry increases its production by 20% in year 1998. It increases due to the great number of the demads for different constructions.

    Five km far from Shkodra a cement factory is going to be constructed by a German company, which will produce nearly one million tons cement per year.

    Another predicted project is the construction of a brick factory 4 km far from Shkodra, in Guri i Zi (Black Stone). This factory will supply all the northern regions with this constructive material.

    Actually in these companies the number of the employees is approximately 1 000 persons.

    According to the specialists in the recent years in this branch of the industry are invested nearly 10 million dollars by both native and foreign businessmen./Ih /linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [28] Increase excises'income in January

    Tirana, Mar.1 (ATA) - By E.Metaj - The incomes from the excises in Albania increased by 44% in January 1999 compared with the one of the previous year January 1998, informs the General Custom Directory.

    This increase of the excises'income is due to the increase of the fuels' import by 29%.

    The incomes from excises in January 1999 are fulfilled 130% of the monthly plan. While in January it was planned to be cashed 195,68 million lek, but 254,59 million lek are cashed, that is to say 58,9 million lek more than the expected sum.

    The most successful in its work has been Durresi Custom, which cashed nearly more than the half of the total national excises' income. In this custom are cashed 138,5 million lek or 160% of the monthly month. In Gjirokastra Custom are cashed nearly 40,2 million lek or 141% of the plan, in Lezha 29,3 million or 102% of the plan and in Vlora Custom 13,33 million lek or 144$ of the monthly plan.

    Tirana Custom, Kapshtica, Fier, and Saranda one remain under the planned value. They cashed respectively 49%, 91%, 67% and 77%./Ih/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [29] Albania-Croatia: Commercial exchanges for 1999 mark $6 000

    Tirana, Mar.1 (ATA) - By E.Metaj - The Minister of Economic Corporation and Trade Ermelinda Meksi met on Monday the delegation of the croat parliament. They discussed about the enlarging the bilateral relationships in different economic and commercial fields.

    During 1998 the commercial exchanges between the two countries reached the value of 6 million dollars. Albania exported chromium, mechanical equipment, etc and imported food, as wheat and flour, and industrial products, as well./Ih/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [30] March 1, International Day against mines

    TIRANE, March 1(ATA)-By E. Koraqi, March 1 is known in the world as the day of war against mines.

    This day also marks the entering into force of the Ottawa treaty, which is called the day against anti-personnel landmines. This treaty bans the use of landmines by various governments as well as their production and sale. This treaty which was ratified unanimously and rapidly by many countries of the world, is otherwise called "The treaty of all the peoples of the world".

    Albania signed this treaty in September last year, on the first anniversary of Mother Teresa. On the day the treaty entered into force, the Anti-personal Fandmine Friends Committee in Albania appeals for a civil society free from violence, weapons and munitions.

    The ratification by the Albanian Parliament of this treaty will be a challenge against the actions of Serbia, which not only continues to produce mines but also to cover the Kosova land with anti-personnel landmines.

    The U.S., China, Russia and some other countries do not adhere to the Ottawa treaty. /lh/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [31] Tax income in two first months - 98%

    Tirana, Mar.1 (ATA) - The tax income plan for January and February 1999 it is realized by 98% told for ATA the spokesman of the Ministry of Finance, inform sources from the General Tax Directory.

    In February Shkodra branch realized the plan by 152.8%, Berati one 140.9%, Gjirokastra one 131%, while Tirana branch, in which is concentrated the greater number of the subjects, realized the plan by 110.2%.

    During the last two months are sequestrated 10 748 packets of cigarettes, 3 005 liters of different drinks and the value of the fees mark the value of 736 000 lek.

    According to the spokesman the plan fulfilment of the incomes would be very high if the great public enterprises had fulfilled the plan. Albpetroli, AEC, Albchromium, Albcooper do didn't pay the tax, because of the financial difficulties.

    The General Tax Directory takes all the measures all the enterprises to be paid within March 1999./linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [32] A defect in air tower blocks work in mine of Memaliaj

    MEMALIAJ, March 1 (ata) - By H Cani: The sliding of a large piece of earth has damaged the air tower in sector 4, in wells 8 and 2 of Memaliaj mine a week ago.

    The director of the mine, Ndricim Hajnaj, told ATA that 90 per cent of the work is blocked until the defect is repaired.

    According to him, at least ten more days will be needed to fix the air tower defect. The damage of the equipment in the air cleaning and enrichment with a capacity of 180 cubic meters of airing per minute, has caused a great material damage to the mine. In addition, this has made at least 350 workers remain jobless until the problem in the air tower is fixed. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [33] Message of U.S. President to Albanian President

    TIRANE, March 1 (ATA)-U.S. president Bill Clinton, through U.S. ambassador in Tirane Marisa Lino,

    has addressed a message to Albanian President Rexhep Meidani which follows: "I would like to thank dear Mr. President for the good supporting and encouraging words during the last months. Your unshakable friendship has been a source of strength for me personally and for this I am grateful to you. I welcome the continuity of our close relations while working on important issues ahead. I hope we will meet soon." /lh/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [34] Albanian President highlights consolidation of Albania-Croatia relations in economic and political fields

    TIRANE, March 1 (ata) - By A Haxhiu: In a meeting with a Croatian parliamentary group who is on a two-day visit to Albania, President of Albanian Rexhep Meidani highlighted the importance of the consolidation of the bilateral relations in the economic and political aspects.

    President Meidani appreciated the stance of the Croatian delegation for the indispensable presence of NATO in Kosove, to give life to the transitory accord expected to be signed soon in France. I this context, President Meidani added that he has faith that all the legitimate representatives of the people of Kosove will support the signing of the agreement as an important step for a perspective solution of the question of Kosove.

    Croatian parliamentarians considered the KLA as the most positive development of the past year which led to this high level of internationalization of the question of Kosove.

    President Meidani underlined, together with the Croatian parliamentarians, the need for a greater regional cooperation in the context of a number of international initiatives in this direction. "Perhaps it is high time," said Meidani, "to consider the perspective of a Marshal Plan for the Balkans." /lh/xh/

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