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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-02-27

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Albanian Telegraphic Agency


  • [01] Nano says government in efficiency in 1998
  • [02] Chairman urges more seriousness from commission's members
  • [03] SP participation in round table is formality - says secretary
  • [04] New police chiefs appointed in Shkoder
  • [05] Holy Seat interested in Albania's constitution
  • [06] Military Prosecutor's Office investigates involvement of three guards in jail breakout
  • [07] Democrat deputies do not appear before military inquirers
  • [08] Johnson asks DP participation in parliament and constitution commission
  • [09] Bruner says constitution has become national demand
  • [10] Europe Day to be held in Tirane in May
  • [11] Gjinushi says boycott of parliament is part of DP destabilisation strategy
  • [12] Gjinushi says Constitutional Court not suspended by Parliament
  • [13] Meidani-Bruner: Constitution indispensable to Albania

  • [01] Nano says government in efficiency in 1998

    TIRANA, Feb 26 (ATA) - Albanian prime minister told a cabinet meeting on Thursday that the government has approved and carried out a number of draft projects and decisions since the beginning of the year, which aims at lifting the Albanian economy to a new level and increasing the number of the employed, guaranteeing foreign investments, reinforcing order and security of citizens and controlling customs house.

    Nano said that "an increase of tax collecting will enable the state rehabilitate kindergartens, schools, hospitals, roads and all other services, for which the citizens claim."

    Speaking of packages approved recently on order, status of civil employee, privatisation of some vital sectors of economy and others, Nano said "they aimed at legally and later practically regulating the life and the Albanian economy, finances and security of its citizens."

    "These legal initiatives are part not only of the contract we have reached with the Albanian people, but also of the contract with the international community," Nano said.

    He added that tight measures in the fiscal system, order, farewell to pyramid investment schemes "are all obligatory actions not only for the coalition government but also for the future of Albania."

    Prime minister Nano said that the Albanian government is determined to keep the promises to the people. He recalled some of them such as the people's prosperity, wage increase, inflation decrease, balanced budget, transparency on pyramid schemes, roads' asphalting, opening of borders with neighbours.

    Nano added that the government has fulfilled or is fulfilling most of these promises.

    "At the same time Berisha-like opposition is keeping part of the promises," Nano said, adding that they have promised to fight freeze Albanians' smile, urged disorder all over Albania, non-collection of weapons, rallies and bombs in public investments and enterprises and recently the release of criminals and killers from prisons."

    He said that now "we should get rid of old etiquettes of appeal to the DP honest members to distance themselves from the aggressive, destructive and incriminated party leadership."

    Nano said that the Democratic party has thrown away the political make-up referring to an open protection to 35 detainees accused of killings in Shkodra police detention rooms, and those who freed these criminals and torched and raided some $one million of the public assets and banks.

    "In his public statements Berisha considered this contingent of crime a devoted membership of the Democratic Party. In fact, we have never doubted that the DP has served as maternity ward of crime, smuggling, corruption and stabs in the back during the last seven months," said Nano, who as chairman of the majority and coalition government, made several questions to the Democratic Party regarding recent events in Albania.

    "If those who torched and raided Shkoder are the DP members, as the DP, itself, pretends, then who has to pay an invoice worth $ one million for the damages caused to Shkoder. Surely, not the citizens of Shkoder," he added.

    "Does the Democratic Party know that those $1 million, needed now to reconstruct the courthouse, police commissariat, Bridge of Bahcallek and the old library "Marin Barleti, would have beeen used to employ at least some 1000 people in Shkodra, or put into operation the logistics and administration of the customs house of Han i Hotit, on which the government is intensively working in a diplomatic way to reopen it within a few months?", asked Premier Nano.

    He added that it is high time for the politics in Albania to bear the responsibility for the damages caused to its people.

    "The recent events, their invoice, tension, lack of tranquility, fear from crime, attack on police, are also reflected in daily life of any Albanian, despite party affiliation," Nano pointed out, stressing that "We, who are and remain the majority, will not allow the thieves, criminals, killers and fundamentalists, failing to find peace in their sick heads, try to destroy our lives."

    "The public opinion, filled with indignation and exhausted by the strategy of tension followed by the Albanian policy, should be sure that order will be maintained, it will not be infringed and those who have violated the law will not be tolerated," PM Fatos Nano said. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] Chairman urges more seriousness from commission's members

    TIRANA, Feb 27 (ATA) - By A. Simoni: Co-chairman of the parliamentary commission on constitution Sabri Godo called on Friday on its members "to be seriously engaged in work."

    "Part of the members do not devote the appropriate importance to the work in the commission," Godo told the meeting in which most of the 11- member commission were absent.

    Godo proposed some ways of informing members and broadcasting chronicles in the Albanian television and said that those, who do not come to a debate have not the right to reconsider the issue later.

    Friday's meeting defined the fundamental issues of constitution which will be an object of debate in the coming days. The commission decided by consensus that the Albanian constitution should be "detailed" and not "synthetic".

    The next meeting will be held on March 13 when the parties will present in writing and verbally their view points on constitution and later the commission will discuss on its first chapter. s.s/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] SP participation in round table is formality - says secretary

    TIRANA, Feb. 27 (ATA) - By A. Simoni: The representation of the Socialist Party in the round table of the coalition on Saturday by the chairman or the secretary general is a formality, Pandeli Majko, Secretary General of this party, reported to ATA on Friday.

    "The meeting will be held, declared Majko, right after the meeting of the Constitution Commission in the hall of the Palace of Congresses, and it is a normal meeting, without any problem."

    The Secretary General of the Democratic Alliance Party (the party which has initiated the table), Prec Zogaj, said several days ago that this table will be attended only by the chairmen of five coalition parties.

    "I have not seen any invitation to write "only for chairmen," replied Majko. "In fact, I have not seen the invitation, and read the report for the round table at Koha Jone newspaper."

    Prec Zogaj said two days ago that the invitations have already reached the headquarters of all parties and the other three parties of the coalition, the Social Democratic Party, Human Rights Union Party and the Agrarian Party, answered positively. It is expected only the response of the Socialist Party, which, according to Zogaj, is "decisive." /s.s/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] New police chiefs appointed in Shkoder

    TIRANA, Feb 27 (ATA) - New chiefs were appointed at the police directorate of Shkodra which was attacked and torched on February 22 by a criminal armed group, sources of the Interior Ministry said to ATA on Friday.

    Colonel Pjerin Ndreu will replace Mithat Havari, who was chief of the directorate of Shkodra district and was suspended and appointed Director General of prisons.

    Lieutenant colonel Vehbi Bushati will be Ndreu's assistant and lieutenant colonels Paulin Rajta and Albert Bilo will be chiefs of commissariat 1 and 2, respectively.

    Colonel Ndreu has graduated the Order Academy in 1987 and has been a commissariat chief in Mirdita and Lezha.

    Ten days ago he was appointed chief of the police commissariat 1 in Tirana. s.s/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Holy Seat interested in Albania's constitution

    TIRANA, Feb 27 (ATA) - By A. Simoni: The Holy Seat has sent a letter recently to the parliamentary commission on constitution expressing its interest on the process of constitution in Albania, Sabri Godo, chairman, told on Friday the commission's members.

    In the letter handed over to the commission by the Vatican representative to Albania, the Holy Seat proposed two other articles concerning the relations between state and religion.

    The commission decided on Friday to discuss rapports of the religion with state as fundamental issues, religious education in public schools, religious prays in public institutions.

    It considered important on what level should the autocephalia of the Albanian church be recognised.

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] Military Prosecutor's Office investigates involvement of three guards in jail breakout

    TIRANA, Feb. 27 (ATA) - By P. Shuteriqi: The military prosecutor's office of Tirana is investigating into the possibility of involvement in Tirana jail breakout late on Wednesday of three policemen and an officer, who were on duty that night, sources from this prosecutor's office report.

    "It is noticed violation to the inner regulation of service in the premises of the cells of detainees pending trial, and from the current investigation it comes out that the revolt has started in the upper floor of the tight security building," the same sources stated.

    Further investigations will confess "whether there has been a collaboration between the guards and the detainees pending trial," ended the above sources. /s.s/mima/mt/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Democrat deputies do not appear before military inquirers

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-By P. Shuteriqi, None of the three DP deputies have responded to summons to testify to the tense events taking place in Shkoder several weeks ago when armed men took the then prefect hostage for several hours and attacked the police commissariat.

    Sources of the military prosecutor's office of Tirane told ATA that deputies Jozefina Topalli, Mark Kroqi and Ferit Hoti, did not appear in this office on Friday at 10.00 to speak of the evolution of the situation of the armed attack against police station in Shkoder.

    Ten persons have so far been accused of active participation in this event. Two of them are detained, the others are being hunted down by police. /das/lm/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Johnson asks DP participation in parliament and constitution commission

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, U.S. representative to OSCE David Johnson has declared they share the same views with the European Union (EU) on the Albanian issue, according to the spokesman of the Albanian Foreign Ministry.

    A EU statement expresses concern at the outbreak of violence in Shkoder and asks DP's participation in parliament and its contribution to the country's reconstruction.

    Johnson, speaking at a recent OSCE's plenary session, which also discussed the latest events in Albania, called on the political forces in Albania to find a way of dialogue to resolve differences and asked the international community to provide more aid, especially for the police.

    He praised the good performance of this organisation in Albania and referred to several aid programmes the U.S. Justice Department has earmarked for Albania. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Bruner says constitution has become national demand

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-By A. Haxhiu, The need to quicken performance of the constitution commission was at the centre of Premier Fatos Nano's talk with Georg Bruner, renowned German specialist in constitution, today, according to the information office of the Council of Ministers.

    "For years in succession, the constitutional drafting issue has been politicized. Now it is time to give the people a constitution, which they have been looking forward to," said Nano.

    "I have carefully followed the work of the commission and appreciate the devotion of its members," said Bruner, who is also director of the East Institute in Germany.

    "Albania is currently the only country in Europe which has not a complete constitution. I am impressed of the fact that the people show prominent interest in the constitution, which has already become a national demand. This makes the politicians responsible to encourage this process," he said.

    Attending the meeting were Minister for Institutional Reform Arben Imami as well as German ambassador in Tirane Hans Peter Disdorn. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Europe Day to be held in Tirane in May

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-President of the Republic, Rexhep Meidani, today, met with the Secretary General of the French Language Journalists and Press Union, Georg Gross, and exchanged views on increasing cultural, language exchanges also as regards journalism between Albania and the League of the Franco-phone countries.

    Gross also reported on holding in May this year of Europe's Day in Tirane, according to the press and information office close to the president. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Gjinushi says boycott of parliament is part of DP destabilisation strategy

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-By K. Kostreci, Albanian Parliamentary speaker Skender Gjinushi said that boycott of parliament is part of the Democratic Party's (DP) strategy of destabilisation.

    "DP will always seek justifications not to return to parliament," Gjinushi told ATA today.

    In recent days, international organisations and authorities, among who former mediator for the Albanian crisis, Franz Vranitzky, have expressed concern at DP's not keeping promise to return to parliament.

    Gjinushi said that the recent acts of destruction in Shkoder and other districts are in unison with the DP political line not to return to parliament.

    He held that if the DP is being helped from abroad with these acts, "its collaborators are those who in Albania lost the paradise with the collapse of the pyramid schemes: the drug and prostitution traffickers and other mafia circles." /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Gjinushi says Constitutional Court not suspended by Parliament

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-By K. Kostreci, Speaker of Parliament Skender Gjinushi said the Constitutional Court is not suspended by parliament, but it is self-suspended because of not carrying out rotation based on the constitutional law.

    "Parliament only has reminded in its session that as long as rotation is not carried out the decision of this court will be illegal," Gjinushi told ATA on Friday.

    On Tuesday the deputies in parliament discussed the Constitutional Court issue and Gjinushi explained that it is not about a conflict between parliament and this court, but about a problem of this court with the law.

    He added that parliament will no more deal with the Court's issue.

    The article 1 of law 8257, dated November 19,1997, says "Failure to carry out rotation suspends Constitutional Court's functions".

    The chairman of this Court, Rustem Gjata, declared last week that three of its nine members will quit office on March 31 of this year, considering this decision as an achievement of compromise on the Parliament - Constitutional Court conflict.

    Meanwhile Gjinushi said that besides the two members of the court changed, three others do not take part in its performance.

    According to him, the court's institution has an inner conflict and calls itself in question with its acts.

    Meanwhile, next week parliament is expected to examine the request of the Figure's Scrutiny Commission regarding the discharge of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court, Rustem Gjata. /

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Meidani-Bruner: Constitution indispensable to Albania

    TIRANE, Feb 27 (ATA)-President of Albania Rexhep Meidani on Friday met Dr. Georg Bruner, director of Study Institute for Eastern countries' constitutions.

    Medani stressed that the constitution makes up the indispensable juridical basis for improving the whole Albanian legislation after the European standards, according to the President's press and information office.

    Bruner evaluated the integration of all political forces in drafting the constitution and stressed that although a minority does not respond to the country's need and majority's demand to integrated in this process, work should continue.

    Also attending the meeting was German ambassador Hans Peter Disdorn. /

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