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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-08-06

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Press review
  • [02] Angjeli and Cea inspect customs in Durres and Rinas
  • [03] New water factory inaugurated in Vlore
  • [04] Nuri officially resigns as president of Tirana Sports Club
  • [05] Albanian cultural heritage on Internet
  • [06] $US bought at 132,5 leks
  • [07] National Liberation War back to National Museum
  • [08] WB accords 21.6 million Leks for reconstruction of two public objects in Gjirokaster
  • [09] Damages in woods reduced, but fines not payed
  • [10] AFOR 2 to support KFOR mission - Ericksen
  • [11] Some 53 children from Sarande orphanage go for holidays in Athens
  • [12] Picturesque Borsh overran by Albanian vacationists
  • [13] "Kosova, a dream, a reality", project to document cultural heritage
  • [14] Influx of Kosovars returning to their soils reduced
  • [15] Albanian President hails appointment of Robertson to post of NATO Secretary General
  • [16] Four aqueducts financed by Austrian Government to be rehabilitated in Shkoder
  • [17] Anti-contraband found out falsified bills used by merchants
  • [18] Supplemental funds to be used on roads, public services and housing
  • [19] Increasing of cooperation in agricultural field
  • [20] Repsi striking miners stopped the strike
  • [21] "Albkrom" to solve the problem of delayed salaries
  • [22] Bank of Albania has not intervened in currency market after consolidation of Lek
  • [23] Efforts to consolidate work in police commissariat of Tropoje underway
  • [24] Albanian Prime Minister Majko meets with his Italian counterpart D'Alema

  • [01] Press review

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)-By U. Bajrami, Follow several of the headlines of Friday's press:

    Koha Jone, independent daily,

    "Berisha withdraws from unauthorised rallies". After the latest events in Tropoje, Roskovec and Burrel, democrat leader Sali Berisha declares he will do everything by permission of Poci's police.

    "Tropoje buries the killed in massacre". One day after the events in the north, the Public Order Ministry special forces have taken control of the situation, while the victims of the massacre were buried on the same day.

    "Small parties: We will block elections". The small parties yesterday issued the ultimatum: unless our demands are met on the law and CEC, we will block the elections.

    "Pellumb Shehaj, second arrest ready in Germany". Shehaj, former boss of loan-taking company "Silva", was released in Dusseldorf of Germany, after delays of documentation from Albania.

    "Corrupt police, list at Presidency and Prime Minister's office". Justice said to have disclosed all names of corrupt police .....

    Gazeta Shqiptare, independent daily,

    "SP, how will compromises be played". Vote of the independent at the Third Congress of this party will determine the destiny of PS chairman.

    "Round table of small parties fails". Twelve parties called yesterday by the HRUP chairman, Vasil Melo, launched 12 various opinions regarding disputable issues.

    "The Tropoje drama started in 1997". DAP leader comments events taking place in Tropoje two days ago.

    "Fear of Tropoje towards Vlore". Police continue to be on the alert after events in Tropoje.

    Shekulli, independent daily,

    "Germany releases Pellumb Shehaj". Former boss of "Sliva" released after Albanian state's negligence to extradite him.

    "The proposal of DP chief: Let me appoint and discharge secretaries". Berisha launches new idea for staff with no political functions.

    "Tropoje, punishment operation". Dozens of special forces urgently sent from Tirane have taken full control of roads and state and political institutions.

    Albania, independent daily,

    "This is the gang that killed Azem" "Majko:prosecutor's office does not arrest Azem's killers" "Prosecutor's office: We expect Poci to liberate Tropoje".

    Ekonomia, daily of the Albanian Agency for Economic Development.

    "Specialists: Majko should reduce number of ministries".

    "Customs realise 82% of plan.

    Zeri i Popullit, daily of the Socialist Party of Albania, "Bullets on gunmen".

    "Commando troops put Duress port under control"

    Rilindja Demokratike, daily of the Democratic Party of Albania, "Bajram Curri again under gangs' control".

    "DP: Tropoja's gang, state's terrorists". /lm/

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    [02] Angjeli and Cea inspect customs in Durres and Rinas

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)-By Eltom Metaj, Albanian Finance Minister Anastas Angjeli and the chief of the CAM-Albania mission, Natalia Cea, inspected the customs of Durres and Rinas on Thursday and Friday.

    Minister Angjeli, referring to the fight against contraband, stressed that cameras will soon be installed at these points, to enable a more effective control of the customs' territory.

    Angjeli drew the attention on several cases of golden items contraband.

    Meanwhile, Cea stressed that the cooperation between the Albanian respective bodies and the Mission has been increasing. Cea stressed the effectiveness of the new Customs' Code, which has helped increase incomes for the state budget.

    "Our efforts for the modernisation of the Albanian customs administration, in cooperation with the Albanian state, will continue," said Cea.

    At Rinas, Angjeli and Cea visited the first "Duty Free Shop", which will be followed by others soon. /lm/

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    [03] New water factory inaugurated in Vlore

    VLORE, August 6 (ATA)-By H. Koci, A new factory for the production of processed water, code-named "Vlora", has became active in Vlore.

    It has been built by Vlore firm l.t.d. "Mustafaraj". This factory will utilise the natural resources of Uji i Ftohte and the water will be put into 0.5, 1.5 and 2 liter bottles.

    Mineral water "Vlora", obtained from this city's resources, will be served to clients as gassy and natural, containing all the necessary parameters conform the provisions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

    With the processed water of the Uji i Ftohte resources "Mustafaraj" will compete on the domestic market with the other Albanian well-known companies and its owners also hope to have access to foreign market.

    The factory, turning out 5000 bottles per hour, is the first of this kind in Vlore city. /s.s/lm/

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    [04] Nuri officially resigns as president of Tirana Sports Club

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)-By B. Meta, Lutfi Nuri officially resigns as president of the Tirana Sports Club.

    His resignation was presented Thursday to the leading officials of Tirane city-hall and the leading staff of the Tirana Club.

    Tirana Sports Club, the double winner of the past football season in Albania has remained without president, although Nuri's resignation had long since been planned by him, himself, It is yet unknown who will replace Nuri, who only for this season has spent nearly 15 million leks.

    Meanwhile, to the list of the football players recently quitting "Tirana" is also added the defender Saimir Malko, besides Merkoci, Muka and Zeqo. /y.pa/lm/

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    [05] Albanian cultural heritage on Internet

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)-By K. Shehu, The National Assets Inventory Centre aims to display Albanian cultural heritage on the international information network, Internet.

    The initiative to open a new page on the Internet has been presented for approval to the cultural heritage department at the Ministry of Culture.

    Sources from the cultural heritage department told ATA that "the project will be financially supported as it will enable the presentation of Albanian assets all over the world".

    Icons, Illyrian and medieval castles, rare cult monuments found in Albania as well as ethnographic assets will be displayed on the new page of the Internet. /f.n/lm/

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    [06] $US bought at 132,5 leks

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)-By D. Koca, $US gained points against the Lek on the Tirane foreign currency market on Friday morning.

    Today, US$ 1 was bought by money changers at 132 leks and sold at 132.5 leks.

    Foreign currency exchange rate

    currency buying selling

    $US1 132 132,5

    DM 71,6 72

    ITL(1000) 71,7 72,1

    GRD(100) 43 43,4

    /lm/

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    [07] National Liberation War back to National Museum

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)- By K. Shehu, The Antifascist National Liberation War pavilion will return to the spaces of the National Museum of History in Tirane, but this time far from politicisations and ideologies.

    Closed eight years ago, the pavilion is scheduled to be inaugurated by the end of November, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Albania's liberation.

    "To this end a new historical-scientific platform will be drafted and the idea of the history of this war will be given through real and original objects and facts in the possession of the museum," the director of the National Museum of History, Majkom Zeqo, told ATA.

    The platform, which will realistically portray the Albanian people's antifascist resistance from 1939 to 1944, is reported to be prepared by a group of historians at academician level.

    The protagonists of the Antifascist National-Liberation War and all political organisations taking part in this war are also reported to be included in this pavilion. /f.n/lm/

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    [08] WB accords 21.6 million Leks for reconstruction of two public objects in Gjirokaster

    GJIROKASTER, August 6 (ATA) - By Hysni Cani: World Bank (WB) has accorded 21,6 million Leks on reconstruction of two objects belonging to local administration in the city of Gjirokaster.

    The construction Company "Vjosa", from Tepelene city, is carrying out the work for reconstruction of the building of regional directory of social insurances.

    The reconstruction of this building is expected to be over within the second six-month period of this year.

    In the meantime the work is being carried out with a fund accorded by Wb, worth 9.6million Leks, on reconstruction of the of town-hall building, after the ruining of a part of it caused by a explosion in 1997. /s.s/A.A/

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    [09] Damages in woods reduced, but fines not payed

    BERAT, August 6 (ATA) - By Ilir Manka: The wood damages in Berat district during the last two years, are reduced almost by 100% as compared with 1997. This is made possible due to a more serious engagement of wood police employees, who operate in 15 areas of this district, Sokrat Kėrri, director of this service, told ATA on Friday.

    Attempts are made during this year on liquidation of fines gathered since 1997, but however the liquidation of fines is in very low levels. No one help us, neither the local government in communes nor the legal bodies, says Kėrri. Some 5 million leks are lost due to non-coordination of work.

    With the fund accorded by World Bank, worth 1 million $, are carrying out investments in Tėrpani and Karkanjozi wood sectors and intervention will be made afterwards in the natural park of Tomorri.

    According to Kėrri, if the work with the local governemnt in communes would be better coordinated the possibility of increase of communal wood fund exists. Some 120 hectares are proclaimed private woods, while 25 000 other hectares belong to state sectors. /A.A/

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    [10] AFOR 2 to support KFOR mission - Ericksen

    TIRANE, August 6 (ATA)-By E. Koraqi, The NATO Mission, AFOR 2, to be deployed in Albania soon, will be support the troops installed in Kosova, KFOR, Helge Ericksen, chief of information at the AFOR headquarters in Tirane, told ATA on Friday.

    The main tasks of the AFOR 2 unit will be to secure communication with the KFOR troops from Durres to Kosova as well as to support these troops with logistic means.

    What has so far been confirmed is that the country to lead the AFOR 2 units will be Italy. While the exact number and the countries participating in this unit is expected to be decided in the coming days, he said.

    Asked about the continuation of the projects started by AFOR in Albania, Ericksen said that all the contracts signed with the Albanians will be continued and be completed by AFOR 2.

    The AFOR troops will begin leaving Albania on September 1. This will be a gradual process, in order not to create vacuum and they will be replaced by AFOR 2, said Ericksen.

    The NATO humanitarian mission, AFOR, started its activity last April, to cope with the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Kosova. /s.s/lm/

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    [11] Some 53 children from Sarande orphanage go for holidays in Athens

    SARANDE, August 6 (ATA) - By Sh.Hajno: Some 53 children from the Sarande orphanage will go for a fortnight holiday in one of the international holiday centers in Athens.

    According to the director of this institution, Panajot Zhupa, this thing was made possible under the auspicious of Athens' city-hall and its chairman, Dhimitris Avramopullos.

    This is the second year that children from this orphanage go for summer holidays to Athens.

    During the last three years, the Sarande orphanage is visited two times by the Athens mayor, once in 1996, and the other time in 1997. Considerable material aid, such as clothes, toys for children, and the like, is brought during his two visits. This aid is worth 6 million Drachmas. /s.s/A.A/

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    [12] Picturesque Borsh overran by Albanian vacationists

    SARANDE, August 6 (ATA) - By Sh.Hajno: The picturesque village of Borsh, situated 30 kilometers away from Sarande, continues to attract vacationists from all over Albania, as well as foreigners.

    According to Sihat Allushi, one of investors in tourist field, more than 300 families from Tirane, Durres, Korēe, Gjirokaster, Fier, Elbasan and from other cities rest actually in this village.

    Momentarily in this village rest even six English and German couples. Allushi raises even a problem regarding the halting of foreign tourists' influx in this village of Jon riviera. The port duty of $ 57 is too high for an English tourist and it does not favor the coming of tens, or perhaps hundreds of foreign tourists, who have come in Curfew and prefer to come on vacations even in Borsh for 10 or 20 days, says Allushi. /s.s/A.A/

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    [13] "Kosova, a dream, a reality", project to document cultural heritage

    TIRANA,August 6(ATA)-By Klodi Shehu, All the monuments of culture found in Kosova, damaged or not, are foreseen to be documented based on a project of the cultural heritage department at the Ministry of Culture.

    "Kosova, a dream,a reality", is the title of the project, which is conceived in two phases and financially supported by the European Council.

    Sources from the cultural heritage department told ATA that "the project will be crowned with an international meeting with the participation of the Balkan ministers of culture".

    The first phase, expected to start by the end of August, deals with the architectural cultural inheritance of this area, which according to specialists, is inseparably linked with Albania's cultural heritage. culture inheritance.

    The second phase, described as the most important besides the documentation of important cultural monuments, archives and libraries, will make evident the damages caused to this part of Albanian cultural heritage.

    In order to accomplish this initiative, which also marks the first step in the unification of the albanian cultural heritage, the Cultural Heritage Department will also cooperate also Albanian researchers from Kosova.

    During the war in Kosova, the cultural inheritance, mostly that of architecture and town-planning of this area, was almost destroyed.

    Here we can mention the destructions of several ancient towns, markets, mosks, architectural compunds and antique bridges, historical sites, archives and other monuments. /E.Luli/lm/

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    [14] Influx of Kosovars returning to their soils reduced

    KUKES, August 6 (ATA) - By R.Hoxha: The number of Kosovars returning to their Motherland through Morini border pass, Kukes district, is reduced in a considerable number.

    About 109 Kosovars passed Morine border in the early hours of Friday, after having passed a night in the city of Kukes, Xhemail Shahu, UNHCR coordinator, told ATA on Friday.

    According to Shahu, UNHCR will observe even for some days the removal of Kosovars remained in Albania. A private hotel in the center of Kukes city is functioning as a transitory center replacing in this way Kukes makeshift camp 1, closed down some days ago.

    The total number of Kosovars repatriated through the Morini crossing point is estimated to be 439 500. /A.A/

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    [15] Albanian President hails appointment of Robertson to post of NATO Secretary General

    TIRANE, August 6 (ata) - Albania's membership in the North Atlantic Association is the only road to security, peace and stability in the region, said Albanian President Rexhep Meidani in a message of congratulations to Mr George Robertson on occasion of his appointment to the post of the NATO Secretary General.

    "We believe that under your leadership, the Alliance will consolidate its commitment to security of Southeast Europe and will further step up the efforts to assist in the way that new members find their place in the space of the Euro-Atlantic security," writes Albanian President.

    "The crisis we passed," continued Meidani, "was an excellent example to unwavering, unique and unlimited support by the Albanian public and political opinion for the NATO operations in the region. For us, a strong partnership and membership to the Alliance are the only road towards security, peace and stability."

    President Meidani expressed his full conviction to the commitment of Mr Robertson to assist Albania on its way to become a NATO member. /s.s./xh/

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    [16] Four aqueducts financed by Austrian Government to be rehabilitated in Shkoder

    SHKODER, August 6 (ata) - By M Malja: The Austrian Government has accorded 4 million schillings for the rehabilitation of four aqueducts of some villages of the district of Shkoder, said to ATA the chief of public services in the prefecture of Shkoder, Sadedin Limani.

    Limani said that the aqueducts to be rehabilitated are those in villages Renze, Bushat, Ana-Malit and Barbullush. The complete rehabilitation is expected to be finished within this year.

    Work has already started for four other aqueducts in that district such as in Mes, Vau i Dejes, etc., for which 8.5. million lek from the state budget have been earmarked. /lh/xh/

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    [17] Anti-contraband found out falsified bills used by merchants

    Tirana, August 6 (ata) - By D.Koca - The first false bills used by the Albanian merchants are caught by the customs. According to the sources from Anti-Contraband Directorate, there are some 30 bills of the goods' prices, which are falsified by the merchants.

    This falsified bills are caught at Tirana, Pogradeci and Kakavija custom points. Meanwhile, according to the same sources, every suspected bill is kept for verification by the customs There are some 1161 bills of goods'prices to be verified, and a guarantee marking a value of some 311,7 million lek is kept to 575 of them. If the bill is a correct one, then he takes the guarantee's value back. While 586 others are kept for further verifications, without taking any guarantee to the merchants.

    The swindle with low prices in the bills is new phenomena in Albanian customs, which came into existence at the same time with the New Custom Code in May 1 and abolishing of floor prices. But, according to the above mentioned sources, the number of these cases is falling.

    Problematic remain the custom points of Tirana, Durresi and Qafe- Thana, where the entrance with every kind of bill is so often by the part of the merchants.

    Meanwhile, the greater number of falsified bills is recorded by the merchants that import goods from Turkey, Bulgaria and China. /linda/

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    [18] Supplemental funds to be used on roads, public services and housing

    Tirana, August 6 (ata) - By M.Pupa- The greatest part of the supplement's funds accorded for the Ministry of Public Affairs and Transport by the Government will be offered to the General Road Directorate, Public Services and Housing.

    During the annual meeting to analyze the work of this Ministry the Budget Directorate reported that it is preparing the budget this Ministry will profit by the financial grant accorded by the Albanian Government.

    Minister Shuli ordered the heads of the Directorates to follow the realization of the funds and the way of their proxy.

    Minister Shuli asked the Construction Police to pay great attention and control within Tirana town, and in particular in the green areas, such as Great Park of Tirana.

    Albanian Government passed on Wednesday the giving of the supplemental fund marking the sum of 1 billion lek to the Ministry of Public Affairs and Transport. This supplemental fund will be used for the programs on public investments for 1999. /lh/linda/

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    [19] Increasing of cooperation in agricultural field

    Tirana, August 6 (ata) - By E.Xhajanka - The increasing of the cooperation between France and Albania in agriculture field and the spreading of the French project from Korca to Diber aiming at improving the animal breed, was the aim of the meeting held on Friday between the Albanian Minister of Food and Agriculture Lufter Xhuveli and a group of French experts of the France Ministry of Agriculture.

    In the framework of making concrete the assistance, the French Ministry of Agriculture will donate in October 15 Taranteze caws, 10 of them will be sent in Korca and five in Diber, and will donates 55 sheep Ele de France and 45 Alps' goats. It is going to donate machineries and equipment needed for lab tests.

    23 training for Albanian specialists of agriculture will be provided this year by the French Ministry of Agriculture. /lh/linda/

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    [20] Repsi striking miners stopped the strike

    Tirana, August 6 (ata) - A team of the Ministry of Public Economy and Privatization, consisting of General Director of Albbaker, the Deputy of the area Mr. Ndre Legisi and specialists of the cooper industry met Repsi striking miner, that started their strike since several days ago, told ATA the spokesman of this ministry.

    The striking miners presented their requests on economic plan, where the most important was the payment of the delayed salaries, giving of the pre-matures pensions, and wanted security about the future of the mines.

    The three requests are discussed today between the team of the Ministry of Public Economy and Privatization and the miners. The team of the Ministry fulfilled at once the first requests of the strikers and made the necessary explanation concerning the pre-mature pensions of the miners, for which the ministry id performing a study.

    As far the third point is concerned the team of the ministry told to miners that in concession offering of the miners, they will have their shares.

    After the explanations the miners gave up their strike. /lh/linda/

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    [21] "Albkrom" to solve the problem of delayed salaries

    Tirana, August 6 (ATA) - By Elton Metaj - The Vice Minister of Public Economy and Privatization Viktor Doda met on Friday representatives of the Trade Union of Miners, Geology, and Enrichment Federate of Bulqiza to discussed about the points of the petition presented by this Trade Union.

    The topics of the petition addressed to Albkrom Directorate and Ministry have to do with the employee's salaries, the law about the premature pensions, social insurance, privatization of the chrome industry, etc.

    After the discussions Vice Minister Doda stated that in August 11 a meeting between Albkrom Corporate, Directorate of Bulqiza Mine and this Trade Union will be held.

    As far as the law on premature pensions are concerned a final answer will be given after the completion of the study on this issue, while about the privatization of chrome industry the legal privatization process will start in the last three months of the year, said Mr. Doda.

    Vice Minister Doda said after the meeting with that the problem of delayed salaries will be solved soon. The liquidation of this salary will be solved by Albkrom association.

    Speaking about the social insurance and other duties, Vice Minister Doda said that Albkrom will draft the scheme of their payment, based upon the financial possibilities. /linda/

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    [22] Bank of Albania has not intervened in currency market after consolidation of Lek

    TIRANE, August 6 (ata) - By Elton Metaj: The Bank of Albania (BA) has not intervened in the currency market and has not considered of concern the exchange rate of the Albanian money, Lek with foreign currencies in the recent days. The consolidation of Lek is explained mostly with the seasonal effect.

    According to sources in the Albanian Central Bank, the strengthening of Lek, which on Thursday was in the quota USD1= 132 lek in Tirana market, has resulted from the increase of the offer for foreign currency due to the arrival in Albania of a considerable number of Albanian emigrants for vacations. In addition to this, the sources explain that the consolidation of Albanian money has also resulted from a lower intensity in the business activity.

    By mid July, Bank of Albania Governor Shkelqim Cani said that "the exchange rates of Lek have continued on the right way and this is not a paradox."

    Actually, the foreign currency reserves of the Bank of Albania are 440 million dollars, while the limit is 375 million dollars.

    The ESAF 2 program for 1999 envisaged that the exchange rate should be USD1 with 147 lek. But in the recent months, the dollar-lek exchange rate has been under the level predicted by IMF and the Albanian Government.

    According to specialists, "the higher value of lek prevents exports and encourages imports, prevents investments and has a negative impact on tourism, transport, etc." /lh/xh/

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    [23] Efforts to consolidate work in police commissariat of Tropoje underway

    TIRANE, August 6 (ata) - By Urim Bajrami: The Public Order Ministry of Albania, following the two tragic events on Wednesday in the town of Bajram Curri, is making efforts to put in full efficiency the police commissariat in the district of Tropoje.

    Sources of this Ministry told ATA that the police forces of the Tropoje district commissariat are for two days now under the command of the senior officers of the Public Order Ministry, thus creating a temporary division of this commissariat from the police department of the Prefecture of Kukes.

    This process will continue until law and order is restored in the town of Bajram Curri and its suburbs and until the police commissariat of that district is in full swing, the same sources explain.

    The police forces together with some commando troops of Zall-Herr, dispatched urgently in the district of Tropoje, have put the situation under their control.

    On Wednesday, two tragic events shocked the town of Bajram Curri, with four people killed and several others wounded. /lh/xh/

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    [24] Albanian Prime Minister Majko meets with his Italian counterpart D'Alema

    TIRANE, August 6 (ata) - By E Nepravishta: Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko who is in Italy on a two-day visit, had talks with his Italian counterpart, Massimo D'Alema and a number of senior officials of the Italian Government, the Ministry of Information told ATA on Friday.

    According to the above source, the talks focused on the identification of new spaces for cooperation created after the importance transformations in the region and the new dimension of the role of the Albanian factor in the Balkans, as well as the exchange of ideas and viewpoints for the latest developments in the region.

    The PM is expected also to have a separate meeting with representatives of the Italian volunteers who worked in Albania during the crisis created with the arrival in Albania of about half a million Kosova refugees, to whom PM Majko wants to voice his own and his Government's profound gratitude for their precious contribution. /lh/xh/

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