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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-03-27

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  • [01] Deputies of People's Assembly of Albania visit border line in Malesi e Madhe district
  • [02] Serb army opens artillery fire in Kamenice village, Tropoje district
  • [03] Voluntary action of blood donating goes on
  • [04] Albanian Prime Minister writes a letter U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • [05] Albanian senior state leaders go to north of Albania
  • [06] Pandeli Majko sends letter to British Prime Minister
  • [07] Food aid given by Albanian government for displaced Kosovars
  • [08] Albanian President meets with senior state leaders
  • [09] Situation in Diber Prefecture is quiet
  • [10] Border forces control situation in Kukes
  • [11] Prefecture of Lezhe on alert due to situation created
  • [12] Priority tasks in Kukes: controlling situation and securing Kosova refugees
  • [13] Prefecture of Berat adopts necessary measures for new situation
  • [14] Meidani and Majko in Kukes
  • [15] National contests in mathematics and physics
  • [16] Hotel service branch to open in "Antony Athanas" school
  • [17] Two narcotic plants smugglers arrested
  • [18] RP: NATO attacks, only means to make Milosevic stop repression in Kosova
  • [19] Lesser Bairam celebrated in Gjirokaster
  • [20] Moslem worshippers celebrate Lesser Bairam in Tirana
  • [21] More than 100 Kosova refugees arrived Saturday in Kukes
  • [22] Nearly 82% of qualitative fish to be sold abroad
  • [23] Nearly 6000 blood units given for Kukes hospital
  • [24] Albania PM meets Greek Ambassador to Tirana, Mallais
  • [25] Tense situation in region increase dollar value
  • [26] AEPC: We have taken all measures to face tense situation
  • [27] Employers and employees' contributions mark 49.7%
  • [28] Albanian government urges stop to Serb barbarous chauvinist hand
  • [29] Power station in center of Tirana to end soon
  • [30] UNESCO accords US$50 thousand for Butrint
  • [31] Blood Conservation Center calls on citizens to donate blood
  • [32] Meidani says local officials to have all state support
  • [33] Government considers strategy after accountants left
  • [34] Fresh influx from Kosova expected
  • [35] Dramatic situation in border, thousands of Kosovars arriving

  • [01] Deputies of People's Assembly of Albania visit border line in Malesi e Madhe district

    SHKODER, March 26 (ata) - By M Malja: A group of deputies of the People's Assembly had Friday a meeting with the defence staff of the Prefecture of Shkoder, where they were reported of the measures of that prefecture to overcome the difficult situations that may be created in that region as a result of the fighting in Yugoslavia.

    Then the group of deputies of the People's Assembly saw closely the situation on the border in Malesi e Madhe.

    After returning from Vermosh, deputy Leke Cukaj said that "border police in all the border posts we visited was on high alert. All border points had the necessary material and logistic base to enable continuous contacts with the centre."

    Mobilization of new recruits started today in the three districts of the Prefecture of Shkoder. Officials of this Prefecture told a day before that the plan for the mobilisation of recruits was realised 100 per cent.

    No incident was registered today on the border line with Montenegro and the situation of law and order has been normal. /lh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Serb army opens artillery fire in Kamenice village, Tropoje district

    KUKES, march 27 (ata) - By Riza Hoxha: Serb army hit with artillery on Friday midnight in the direction of the Albanian territory in the district of Tropoje.

    The spokesman of the prefecture of Kukes told ATA on Saturday that last midnight Serbian military forces opened fire with artillery pieces for one hour in the direction of Kamenice, Tropoje district.

    The spokesman said that about 30 artillery shells fell in the Albanian territory causing no casualties because the people are evacuated deep in the country.

    The spokesman of the police commissariat of Has district said also that Serb heavy artillery bombed at 10.20 p.m. some Kosove villages. Border forces have seen a city quarter in Gjakove in flames.

    The head of the elders' council of village Kosharisht, Kukes district, said that in some Kosove villages near the border the fire was burning in some houses at dawn today as a result of the Serb attacks. /s.s./xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Voluntary action of blood donating goes on

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA) - By R.Xhuvani: The action of blood donating has entered its third day. According to a graphic scheduled by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the Center of Blood Conservation in Tirane, the clerks of state institutions has been the first to give their example. This initiative was undertaken by the Justice Faculty, and it was supported by other institutions. Some halls of the University Hospital Center (UHC) "Mother Theresa", the Blood Conservation Center with its affiliations close to the UHC, Military Central Hospital as well as Tirane maternity are placed in disposition of the action.

    Employees of different state sectors are ready to face every emergent situation that may occur due to the tense situation in Kosove.

    The employees of the Ministry of Health started Thursday to donate 400 ml blood per person by becoming thus initiator of this important campaign.

    Albanian Health Ministry appealed to all state institutions and their employees to donate blood in the name of life. /s.s/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Albanian Prime Minister writes a letter U.S. President Bill Clinton

    TIRANE, March 26 (ata0 - Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko addressed a letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton on Thursday. PM Majko writes among others in his letter: "Allow me to express to you through this letter my personal and my government's full support for your latest activity and stands following the NATO air strikes against military targets in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Your decisions and acts and those of the administration you are leading, in the most difficult hours that our tense peninsula is passing, have been essential in the course of the difficult process to impose peace on a regime, which, unfortunately, understands only the language of strength.

    The Albanian Government and me are completely aware that the decision of the Atlantic Alliance for military raids on Yugoslavia has been difficult and delicate to be taken. But we are conscious that the unilateral blocking of the peace process by Milosevic left no space for political compromises in the spirit of the Rambouillet talks. The present approach of Belgrade towards the developments on the ground is nothing but a reconfirmation that Milosevic is not at all ready to accept peace as an alternative towards war. We have a strong belief that only a resolute and coordinated military action of the democratic world towards the Belgrade regime will bring about the desired wayout tof the peace process in Kosove, avoiding the blodshed of innocent people and the humanitarian tragedy which is now occurring in front of our eyes.

    Allow me Mr President, to express to you the faith and profound respect that the Albanian people have today for the duty you are carrying out towards the U.S. Congress for the decision that it took, towards the U.S. people for the values they defend and above all towards those American boys who, in these days, are risking their lives to guarantee that other lives will not be lost.

    The Albanian Government reconfirms its unflinching confidence that Your commitment and that of the U.S. factor to the development of the crisis of Kosove is a major guarantee for the Albanians and their hopes for the establishment of peace, prosperity and cooperation in the Balkans," ends the letter of Premier Pandeli Majko, addressed to U.S. President Bill Clinton. /f.n./xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Albanian senior state leaders go to north of Albania

    TIRANE, March 26 (ata) - By K Shehu: Albanian Information Minister Musa Ulqini confirmed in an interview with private tv station TVA that "the Albanian Government is totally engaged with the situation in north of Albania."

    He said that "on Saturday a group of the Albanian government members led by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Kadri Rapi will go to the northern part of Albania while senior state leaders will go to the prefecture of Kukes," to see closely the situation there and to have contacts with the Kosovars coming to the region of Has."

    Ulqini added that also a group of doctors and specialists of the Ministry of Health will go on Saturday to the prefecture of Kukes to send there an amount of blood gathered in the country and some medicaments. /f.fn./xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Pandeli Majko sends letter to British Prime Minister

    TIRANE, March 26 (ATA)-Albania's Prime Minister Pandeli Majko on Thursday sent a letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain Tony Blair stressing that under these difficult moments for Kosova, Albania and the whole region of the Balkans, I feel the obligation to express my sympathy and gratitude to You and Your government for your determination to cope with one of the gravest crises post war Europe has ever experienced."

    "Convinced of the support of the international community, of the United Kingdom and your support, the Albanian government has often tried, also restraining reasonable emotions, to maintain a mature and constructive stand, always serving a peaceful solution to Kosova," the letter says.

    Majko, on behalf of the government he heads as well as in the name of the entire Albanian people expresses the conviction that "Great Britain, like so far, will continue to stay close to Albania and the Albanians in these difficult moments, when the Serb aggression is threatening not only their borders but also the stability in the whole region." /f.n/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Food aid given by Albanian government for displaced Kosovars

    TIRANE, March 26 (ATA) - By E.Nepravishta: The Albanian government has sent Friday in Has (mountainous area in northeastern Albania) 30 tons of flour, 1 ton of oil as well as considerable amounts of sugar, rice and other food productions for the Kosovar refugees arriving in Albania during the last days.

    The Agricultural and Food Minister, Lufter Xhuveli, said for the private TV channel "Klan" that "the Albanian government has approved the order for delivering of this food aid on late Thursday".

    Xhuveli added that "according to a decision taken recently by the Albanian government, the displaced Kosovars won't stay for a long time in this region". The Kosovars settled in Has will be displaced in other Albanian regions where better living conditions will be secured for them.

    The amount of flour said in this area is enough for 2500 persons for a month period, Xhuveli added. /f.n/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Albanian President meets with senior state leaders

    TIRANE, March 27 (ata) - Albanian President Rexhep Meidani had on Friday a meeting with the Prime Minister Pandeli Majko, the Defence Minister, Luan Hajdaraga, the Minister of Public Order, Petro Koci and the Chief of the Army General Staff, General Aleks Andoni, sources from the Ministry of Information told ATA.

    Those present informed the President of the latest developments and the situation in Kosove, of the people coming from Kosove and their accommodation.

    The sources added that they discussed in the meeting the measures to be adopted for the perfection of the military preparedness, organization of the structures of the army and the government to face any situation. A special attention was devoted to the creation of the conditions for the refugees coming from Kosove.

    Taking part in the meeting was also the President's adviser for national defence and security, Sabit Brokaj. /f.n./xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Situation in Diber Prefecture is quiet

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA) - The situation in the three districts of Diber Prefecture (Diber, Bulqize and Mat) is calm and the people carry on their tasks normally, the Albanian Information Ministry told ATA Friday midnight.

    The staffs set up for facing of the situation continue their activities. Local mediae broadcast time and again announcements from the town-hall, districts or prefecture on the way of population organization, alarm signals, bomb shelters of each quarter and others.

    The round the clock service continues normally in different institutions and enterprises, and the objects of special importance are under the protection and control of the police forces, the above mentioned source stressed. /f.n/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Border forces control situation in Kukes

    TIRANE, March 27 (ata) - The prefect of Kukes, Qemal Elezi visited on Friday the refugees from Kosove in the zone of Has, the Albanian Ministry of Information told ATA.

    Prefect Elezi had meetings with the Emergency Staff and the local government structures demanding from them a detailed information for the measures adopted and the conditions created for the refugees and their accommodation in the town of Krume.

    The Kosove refugees are worried of the situation in Kosove. The sources said that "the reports coming from the border post of Morine, powerful explosions are being heard in Vernice and Zhur, near the border, while the Albanian border forces have the whole situation under their control." /f.n./xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Prefecture of Lezhe on alert due to situation created

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA) - The Prefecture of Lezhe is intensively working to make ready the bomb shelters for every casualty that may occur, and to check out the food reserves in the region, Albanian Information Ministry told ATA on Saturday.

    About 85% of the bomb shelters in Mirdita Manucipality are ready. Normal conditions are created for welcoming refugees from Kosova, the same source reports. /f.n/A.A/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Priority tasks in Kukes: controlling situation and securing Kosova refugees

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA)-The Kukes prefect, Qemal Elezi, at a meeting on Friday evening with the emergency situation commission of the Has district and with the Director of the Prefecture Police, analysed the daily situation and performance to prepare shelters in the event of an evacuation of the population, the Albanian Ministry of Information told ATA.

    The participants at the meeting asked that the situation be under control and the Has and Tropoje commissariats urgently implement the Decision of the Council of Ministers, no. 125, dated 24.03.1999 "On providing border police in the system of Public Order Ministry with paid soldiers".

    Elezi asked at this meeting that "the leading officials of the refugee office in Kukes and the office of the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) keep in touch with the Kosova refugees in the district of Has as well as with the local government bodies to see closely to their situation, housing and supply with food.

    Meanwhile new influx of refugees is expected from Kosova's flashpoints and measures are taken to host and house them and the local government bodies are ordered to establish a 24 hour service. /f.n/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Prefecture of Berat adopts necessary measures for new situation

    TIRANE, March 27 (ata) - The tense situation in Kosove and the situation in northeastern border of Albania has activated the permanent commission for cases of emergency in the prefecture of Berat, said to ATA the Albanian Ministry of Information.

    In a meeting on Friday this commission defined as a priority task the adoption of the necessary measures by the local government, military units, the police department and state institutions to face the new situation.

    In the mean time, work is going on in the town-halls of Berat Prefecture to prepare the bomb shelters for the people withing a short period of time, the same source said.

    The Military Units Commands have taken measures for the military readiness, to safeguard the special important institutions and to organize the warning system.

    Hospitals and medical care centres are also ready to serve in any situation. /f.n./xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] Meidani and Majko in Kukes

    KUKES, March 27 (ATA)-By R. Hoxha, President of the Republic Rexhep Meidani and Prime Minister Pandeli Majko, accompanied by ministers Hajdaraga, Koci and Demeti, arrived in Kukes town on Saturday to closely get familiarised with the adopted measures to cope with emergency situations in the northeastern countries.

    Also attending the meeting underway in Kukes prefecture are local government leaders of Kukes and Has districts.

    The Kukes governor, Qemal Elezi, familiarised the top state and government officials with the measures taken to cope with the situations created and stressed that full measures are also taken to cope with any emerging situation.

    He guaranteed the President of the Republic that the population of this zone will defend the state borders at any cost.

    Responding to the interest shown by Meidani and Prime Minister Majko in the issue of the Kosova refugees, Elezi said that 174 Kosovars, sheltered in Has families, have arrived over the last two days.

    The chairman of the district council of Kukes, Shefqet Bruka, demanded from the government to ensure telephone connection of the border communes, because three of them have problems in this direction. He raised the problem of the tendency for a price rise for food items by the traders.

    In respond to the interest of the President for the possibilities of Kukes and Has to accommodate the people coming from Kosove, prefect Elezi said that these districts can accommodate up to 3000 people each. He voiced the opinion that these two districts are serving as transit centres for the displaced from Kosove.

    President Meidani and Premier Majko asked from the local government leaders to activate the units of civil defence and the siren systems in case of bombardments.

    The meeting is continuing without the presence of reporters. /pas/lm/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] National contests in mathematics and physics

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA)-By P. Shuteriqi, The second phase of the national contest in mathematics for eight-year level was held at the districts' education departments on Saturday.

    On the same day, 35 best secondary school students competed at the Faculty of Sciences of the Tirane University for the third and final phase in the subject of physics.

    The five winning students in today's competition will form the Albanian team to take part in the international contest of physics, due in Padova of Italy in July. /pas/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] Hotel service branch to open in "Antony Athanas" school

    SARANDE, March 27 (ATA)-By Sh. Hajno, The middle economy- business school "Antoni Athanas" in Sarande will also include the hotel service branch next academic year.

    According to its director Perparin Musai, the future of the school is linked with perspective of the district, that is tourism, and the training of the middle cadre to respond to the needs of this sector.

    "The opening of this branch is being backed up by an Austrian foundation," Musai told ATA.

    In 1988 the first 53 secondary school students graduated from the economy-business school of Sarande and 39 of them attend higher schools studies at home and abroad. /pas/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] Two narcotic plants smugglers arrested

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA)-By Th. Thanasi, Two citizens, caught in the act of transporting narcotic plants, were arrested by the Devoll police forces on Friday.

    The Public Order Ministry press office told ATA that Artan Mauli, 20, and Besim Muslia, 27, the two inhabitants of Lac, were arrested on Friday on charges of narcotic plants trafficking.

    The arrested were caught on the Progri bridge in Devoll, while transporting eight kg of cannabis sativa, the sources from the Public Order Ministry explained. /s.s/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] RP: NATO attacks, only means to make Milosevic stop repression in Kosova

    TIRANE, March 27 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, The Republican Party (RP) on Saturday expressed its concern over the very dangerous situation in Kosova.

    "The Serb military and police forces are retaliating against the NATO air strikes by massacring innocent Albanian citizens, women, old people and children," said chairman of the RP, Fatmir Mediu.

    The RP expressed the conviction that the NATO air attacks are more efficient methods to force Miloshevic into signing the peace agreement on Kosova.

    Hailing the determined acts of the NATO members, led by the U.S., in relation to the Kosova issue, Mediu regarded Yugoslavia's severing diplomatic relations with the U.S., Great Britain, France and Germany as an abnormal act.

    Mediu condemned the expulsion of the international media from Serbia and the repressions against the free Albanian press in Kosova. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [19] Lesser Bairam celebrated in Gjirokaster

    GJIROKASTER, March 27(ATA)-By H. Cani, Numerous Moslem worshippers in Gjirokaster on Saturday carried out the services of Greater Bairam.

    "I wish better and peaceful days come for the people and especially for the enslaved people of Kosova," a Moslem worshiper from the Mashkullore village told ATA.

    Lesser Bairam is also being celebrated in other districts of the Gjirokaster prefecture, especially in the district of Tepelene, whose population is almost Moslem. /pas/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [20] Moslem worshippers celebrate Lesser Bairam in Tirana

    TIRANA, March 27 (ATA) - By E. Riza: The celebration of Lesser Bairam started early on Saturday in the capital, when thousands of Moslem believers convened in the mosque of Ethem Beu to hear His Holiness Haxhi Hafiz Sabri Koçi.

    Later on, the celebrations continued in the headquarters of the Moslem Community.

    "In this great day of Lesser Bairam, I wish the Albanian people goodness, property and strong unity, while to the martyrs of Kosova a quick liberation," said His Holiness Sabri Koçi.

    The diplomatic representative of Kosova, Iliaz Ramalji, the Mayor of Tirana, Albert Brojka, the U.S. Ambassador to Tirana, Marisa Lino, other representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Tirana, as well as representatives of political parties came to wish Lesser Bairam in the headquarters of the Moslem Community.

    Sources from the Moslem community reported that scores of Albanian believers left a week ago for the Saudi Arabia to take part in the great celebrations to be held there on the occasion of Lesser Bairam.

    Lesser Bairam was celebrated Saturday in other cities of Albania like in Shkoder, Gjirokaster and others. /pas/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [21] More than 100 Kosova refugees arrived Saturday in Kukes

    KUKES, March 27 (ATA) - By R. Hoxha: More than 100 Kosovars managed to cross the Albanian border on Saturday noon by entering the district of Kukes.

    The border police of Morina reported on Saturday by 13:30 for a flux of people in vicinity of the customs house of Morina.

    Sources from the district border police reported to ATA that more than 100 persons entered the Albanian territory until 14:00, but their exact number is still not confirmed.

    Meanwhile, police forces went to the spot to help the newcomers.

    The refugees declared that they were wandering over the mountains, being frightened by the massacres of the Serb army, and later on they headed for the Albanian border.

    According to the border police, most of the newcomers are elders, women and children.

    This is the first case of such a big flux of Kosova refugees since fighting began ther a year ago. /mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [22] Nearly 82% of qualitative fish to be sold abroad

    Tirana, March 26 (ATA) - By E.Xhajanka - Sources from the Fishing Directory in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture inform that nearly of 82% of the qualitative fish is sold abroad.

    This fish quantity has as its destination Italian market. Meanwhile the Albanian market is supplied every day by thousand quintals fish imported from Greece and kept in food refrigerators, which means that its quality is not that expected to be.

    According to the specialists of Fishing Directory the reason for fish exporting is the high demands of the markets of the neighbor countries and the high prices as well, which is not acceptable for the Albanian clients.

    The increase of fish price is due to the high fuel's price for the fishing boats, which covers nearly 70% of the cost. This price is twice higher than the one in the foreign markets.

    Actually in Albania there are nearly 30 fish companies licensed for fish export, placed mainly in Durres, Lezha and Vlora. Last years the Italian businessmen increase their interest in fish elaboration in Albania, because they benefit by low export tax./pas/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [23] Nearly 6000 blood units given for Kukes hospital

    KUKES, March 27 (ATA) - By R. Hoxha: Nearly 600 blood units with 400 ml each were sent Saturday in the hospital of Kukes from the Albanian Ministry of Health for the emergency cases, the director of the civil hospital, Bajram Cena, told ATA.

    A group of experts from the Ministry of Health went to Kukes to help in coping with the emergent situations.

    Actually, the patients suffering serious diseases have been hospitalized in the civil hospital of Kukes, while some 100 beds are ready to face any situation. /pas/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [24] Albania PM meets Greek Ambassador to Tirana, Mallais

    TIRANA, March 27 (ATA) - Albania Prime Minister Pandeli Majko met Saturday with the Greek Ambassador to Tirana, Alexandros P. Mallais, upon the request of the later, sources from the Council of Ministers reported to ATA.

    Ambassador Mallais informed PM Majko that "the Greek government is ready to offer humanitarian aid to the Albanian government to cope with the difficulties created due to the flux of Kosova refugees."

    "The kind of aid and the quantity will be defined after the official order of Albania," it is reported to have been said in this meeting.

    Premier Majko thanked the Greek Government through ambassador Mallais for the readiness shown in facing this problem and the assistance offered.

    Also, Majko stressed that "this fact shows that in these moments, a special and positive chapter is being written for the future of relations between Albania and Greece." /f.n/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [25] Tense situation in region increase dollar value

    Tirana, March 27 (ATA) - By Dorian Koça - This week is closed with the fall of Albanian currency LEK against the other foreign currencies.

    In the beginning of this week on Tuesday the dollar value against LEK was 143.20, but the next day the Albanian currency beginning to win and a dollar value that day marked 142.70 lek.

    On Wednesday the beginning of NATO air strike in Jugoslavia increase the value of foreign currencies and falling of Albanian one. The dollar value on Wednesday was 143,90 lek that is to say nearly 1,20 lek more than the value marked the previous day.

    The LEK fall continues even in Friday, when a dollar value was 144 lek.

    The weaking of Albanian currency is predicted to continue in the coming days, but it will be a slight fall. This slow fall of the native currency is observed attentively day after day by the experts of the Albanian Bank, which is planing the strategy to protect the native currency.

    The dollar exchange rate during this week

    Currency  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
    USD	  140.4    142.70     143.9     144.5
    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [26] AEPC: We have taken all measures to face tense situation

    Tirana, March 27 (ATA) - By Elton Metaj - The Albanian Electro-Power Cooperation (AEPC) took all the measures to stand up the situations of any kind in electro-power system after the tense situation created in Kosova.

    "Among the main measures to be taken is the work discipline and the readiness of everyone to face the duties and the protection of the system's objects, as well", stated the General Director of AEPC Alfred Paloka.

    AEPC make possible the collection of the information about the technical situation of the main objects such as aggregates, main keys and power stations, and operative directories as well.

    According to the General Director of AEPC "it is strengthened the guard services, especially of the main objects of electro-power system by better work coordination between private guards and the public order police". Ready are AEPC fire-engines, if needed./pas/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [27] Employers and employees' contributions mark 49.7%

    Tirana, March 27 (ATA) - By M.Pupa - The contribution of employers and employees for the social contribution cover nearly 49.7% of their salary, inform sources from the Work Inspectorate at the Ministry of Work and Social Affairs.

    There is a tendency toward contributions'fall and this si due to the gradual increase of the employees included in the scheme of Social Insurance. The contribution in cash will cover the total number of the pensions.

    According to the Work Inspectorate this process must be stabled through the increase of the number of the private employees in the scheme of the Social Insurance.

    To fulfill this process the involvement of supervising institutions is needed in order to cover in short period of time nearly 100 000 employees that actually do "black jobs" and together to contribute with 2-3 billion lek in public budget./pas/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [28] Albanian government urges stop to Serb barbarous chauvinist hand

    TIRANA, March 27 (ATA) - By Ilir Paço: The Albanian government condemned on Saturday the regime of Milosevic (Yugoslav president Slobodan) who, "is showing all its barbarism," and expressed concern over the enigmatic disappearance of many intellectuals and politicians of Kosova.

    Milosevic's regime is applying the policy of "burnt land" in Kosova, the government said in a statement issued on Saturday noon.

    "In the cities of Kosova and especially in Prishtina, the Serb police and paramilitaries are applying the "black lists" by arresting and eliminating Albanian known personalities. The case of the well-known lawyer Bajram Kelmendi and his children who have been barbarously executed seemed to be followed by others," the statement said.

    It said that "there are no reports on the fate of many intellectuals and representatives of the Albanian political forces in Kosova, including even the members of the Albanian delegation in peace talks in France."

    "Deeply shocked by such actions, which aimed at exterminating Albanians of Kosova, the Albanian government incarnating also the feelings of the whole Albanian people called on the international community and its bodies to intervene without delay to stop the Serb barbarous chauvinist hand," the statement ended.

    Meanwhile, reporters from the North of Albania continue to inform on horrible events and massacres told by refugees arriving from Kosova villages.

    Some 100 Kosova people arrived on Saturday midday in the Kukes region, according to correspondents while 200 others arrived on Thursday. /lh/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [29] Power station in center of Tirana to end soon

    Tirana, March 27 (ata) - By Elton Metaj - Soon will be in use the power station in the center of Tirana (behind "Tirana International" Hotel).

    The new power station of 110/20 kW in the center of Tirana will be in use very soon together with 110 kW connection line with the main power station of 220kw and urban lines of 20 kW, confirmed the General Director of Albanian Electro- Power Corporation (AEPC) Alfred Paloka.

    The project for the construction for this electro-power corporation is included in a project of 7 billion lirets financed by the Italian Government, aiming at improving the power provision in Tirana and Durresi regions.

    In the frame work of this project few weeks ago is put in use Sharra power station in Tirana. This power station, having the transmission capacity 100 MVA, will increase by 30-35% the power provision. This power station, constructed by the strong Italian company ENEL in cooperation with AEPC, is supplied by Koman-Elbasan line of 220 kW.

    Concerning the problem of lines 110 kW in the citizens health the specialists of AEPC stated that these lines do not effect people health at all, because the electric and magnetic fields of these lines are completely neglected.

    Although the line is a provisional one the project and its fulfilment will be according to the rules and standards of line's construction, promised AEPC./pas/linda/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [30] UNESCO accords US$50 thousand for Butrint

    SARANDA, March 27 (ATA) - By Sh. Hajno: UNESCO has accorded a fund worth US$50 thousand to help rehabilitate the antique town of Butrint, chief of the culture atelier in Saranda Telemak Llahanaj said to ATA.

    Llahanaj said that the fund would be used for the illumination network, surrounding walls for monuments in this antique area and the entrance.

    Sources of the atelier and monuments said that the above projects have been carried out by specialists of the Institute of Monuments.

    Previous illumination network was financed by UNESCO but was destroyed or stolen during the unrest '97. The damage was estimated at US$10 thousand.

    The antique city of Butrint was declared world cultural heritage in '96. /pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [31] Blood Conservation Center calls on citizens to donate blood

    TIRANA, March 27 (ATA) - By R. Xhuvani: The Blood Conservation Center in the capital has called on all citizens to help those who will need blood.

    The Minister of Agriculture and Food, Lufter Xhuveli, went Saturday to this center to donate blood. Along with this, many employees of this ministry have expressed the readiness to donate blood. According to the graphic defined by the Ministry of Health, the employees of this ministry will donate blood on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, many volunteers have donated blood in the Blood Conservation Center, says the director, Tatjana Nurka. This center and its other three branches in the Tirana University Center stay open 24 hours. The blood donated recently has been sent to Kukes. /lh/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [32] Meidani says local officials to have all state support

    HAS, March 27 (ATA) - By Riza Hoxha: Albania president Rexhep Meidani accompanied by prime minister Pandeli Majko and ministers visited on Saturday the military units of the Kukes division and Has following a meeting in Kukes prefecture.

    In Has, president Meidani inspected a battery and tank artillery and met people arriving from Kosova.

    Later they organised a meeting with major officials of the local government of Has district. Head of the district council Hysni Alia informed the state senior officials on the measures adopted to face the emergency situation, alarm system and preparation for a possible influx from Kosova.

    President Meidani assessed the work of the state structures in facing the situation in northeastern zones and said to them that they would have the support of the state. /lh/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [33] Government considers strategy after accountants left

    TIRANA, March 27 (ATA) - By I. Luto: A working group dealing with transparencies in pyramid investment schemes convened on Saturday to discuss the strategy to be followed after the accountants Deloitte and Touche and Private House Coopers, whose contracts expired by the end of March, left.

    They also discussed the structure and group of local administrators to be charged with the selling of remaining assets of the money-lending companies.

    The meeting, which was presided by the vice prime minister Ilir Meta, who is also the head of the working group, decided to review the material on basis of remarks and options presented during the meeting.

    Ministry of Information said in a press statement that "this material will be submitted to Committee on Economic Policies and later to the Council of Ministers." /lh/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [34] Fresh influx from Kosova expected

    KUKES, March 27 (ATA) - By Riza Hoxha: A fresh influx of people from Kosova is expected to arrive in the coming hours, police border sources in Morina said adding that hundreds of people continued to cross the Albanian border.

    There are a number of cars waiting in the road linking customs house of Morina with the border village of Vernica, some 400 to 5 00 meters from the border.

    Meanwhile, the newcomers, only women and children, from the village of Gjanaj commune of Prizren said to ATA that the men of the village were bound for border village of Zyme thinking that it would be easier to cross from there.

    The inhabitants of the city of Kukes are expressing their solidarity with the Kosova refugees. The local office of the U.N. High Commissariat of Refugees (UNHCR) is registering the newcomers while the Kukesi people are welcoming them in their houses.

    The newcomers did not confirm a report by a foreign news agency on a massacre, which claimed the lives of 10.000 persons. One of them said to ATA that they came under Serb attack on their way killing three and wounding one. /lh/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [35] Dramatic situation in border, thousands of Kosovars arriving

    KUKES, March 27 (ATA) - By Riza Hoxha: The situation in the city of Kukes is becoming increasingly dramatic with thousands of people arriving from Kosova fleeing the pressure and violence of the Serb chauvinists.

    Jonuz Kola, coordinator of the office of refugees in the city of Kukes said that over two thousand people were expected to cross the border at the customs house of Morina.

    A newcomer from Kosova said to ATA that a long column of vehicles was seen coming from Zuri some 7 km from the Morina customs house. The inhabitants of Rrafsh i Prizren and Rahovec are fleeing the war.

    It was thought that some 20 to 30 thousand of people from Kosova were expected to cross the border within hours.

    Structures of the local government are engaged in facing the new situation while the inhabitants of the city of Kukes are heading for the Palace of Culture where the people of Kosova get off the cars in order to welcome them in their houses. /lh/ak/

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