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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-06-13

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Albanian has offered stability in the region during Kosove conflict; Majko
  • [02] Press Review
  • [03] Socialist Party celebrates its 8th anniversary
  • [04] NATO takes Prishtine under control
  • [05] Majko: Norwegy and its government have supported and have been in our side
  • [06] I exclude a political conflict between Russian and NATO forces; Milo
  • [07] Clinton thanks again the Albanian people for its courage in affording the crises
  • [08] Deployment of NATO troops in Kosova raises hope for quick return of Kosovars to their lands
  • [09] Wave of Kosova illegal emigrants to Italy abates
  • [10] UNHCR ready to enter Kosova to resume humanitarian operations

  • [01] Albanian has offered stability in the region during Kosove conflict; Majko

    -Albanian Premier met the president of European Institution-

    TIRANE, June 12 (ATA) - Albanian Premier, Pandeli Majko, held a meeting on Saturday with the President of European Institution, Jacqueline Grapin. During the meeting he explained the attempts of Albanian government and Albanian people to cope with the situation created due to the influx of displaced Kosove war refugees, the spokesman of Prime Minister, told ATA on Sunday.

    The first phase of Kosove conflict is over, and the second phase of peace settlement in Kosove which should be followed by the construction of democratic institutions there, has just begun, said Majko

    Albania Premier pointed out that the cooperation between the regional countries is of primarily importance and highlighted that Albania has offered stability in the region and helped in maintenance of stability even in its neighboring countries during the conflict in Kosove.

    Afterwards the Albanian Premier mentioned the measures adopted by the Albanian government on the economic reform and for the place occupied in this reform by the attraction of foreign investments. "We are orientating the construction of priority project unit in which we aim to centralize and to exercise control on the funds to be invested in Albania", said Albanian Premier Pandeli Majko. /s.sh/A.A/

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    [02] Press Review

    TIRANE, June 13 (ATA) - By Urim Bajrami: Follow some of the main headlines of Albanian most important dailies:

    KOHA JONE, independent daily

    -"Majko: We bless the chains of NATO tanks which will unchain the robbery if 1/2 of Albanians". Albanian Premier, Pandeli Majko, thanked in the name of Albanian people all NATO countries on Saturday. -"The socialists feasted divided". The Socialist Party members celebrated on Saturday the 8th anniversary of Socialist Party foundation, but Fatos Nano, Fino, Malaj, Koçi and others did not take part in the celebration. -"An English plane crashed in Kukes". A plane of English forces, crashed on Friday midnight, while it was flying in a low altitude.

    "GAZETA SHQIPTARE", independent daily

    -"Olbright annulled her visit in Albania". Madelain Albright annuls immediately her visit in Tirane. -"The conflict is not closed". Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani, met the Vice-Premier of Kosove Interim Government, Mehmet Hajziri, and two ministers of this government. -"Germany and Kukes in Kosove". The first 1200 German soldiers of KFOR arrived in Kukes on Saturday. They are to enter Kosove today.

    "SHEKULLI", independent daily

    -"Serbs blew up the violation camps". A senior KLA officer declared that the Serbs blew up the violation camps during their withdrawal. -"Patience and attention. The Serbs are crafty persons". Interview with the director of defence policy in the Foreign Ministry, Zilja Lagji. -"Majko, "chairman" in the 8th anniversary of Socialist Party". Socialist Party celebrated on Saturday the 8th anniversary of Socialist Party foundation.

    "RILINDJA", independent daily

    -"NATO forces welcomed by Kosove people" -"Serb forces continue to burn and rob Peja" -"NATO brought the peace in Balkans"

    "ALBANIA", independent daily

    -"Taxes on solidarity fails" -"NATO in free Kosove"

    "EKONOMIA", daily of the Albanian Agency for Economic Development.

    -"Traders: the selling of humanitarian aids is leading us to failure. -"FMN Chief to visit Tirane" -"The request for $US increased in the exchange market"

    "ZERI I POPULIIT", daily of the Albanian Socialist Party

    -"Majko: the bad dream of the second world war is not over yet" -"Germany yesterday in Kukes, today in Prizeren" -"Kosova refugees' return to their soil is a victory"

    "RILINDJA DEMOKRATIKE", daily of the Albanian Democratic Party

    -"NATO starts Kosove liberation" -"Berisha says he will go to USA" -"A NATO plane crashed and expoloded in Kukes"

    "REPUBLIKA", daily of the Albanian Republican Party

    -"INTERPOLI searches 12 traffickers". -"Prosecutor's office investigates Custom House Mafia" /A.A/

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    [03] Socialist Party celebrates its 8th anniversary

    TIRANE, June 12 (ATA) - By A.Gjakova: Albanian Socialist Party celebrated on Saturday its 8th anniversary.

    Participating in the ceremony held on this occasion were the President of the Republic, Rexhep Meidani, Premier, Pandeli Majko, government members, and different members of diplomatic corps accredited to Albania, and others.

    Albanian Premier, who is at the same time the Secretary General of SP estimated as very important the entrance of NATO troops in Kosove. He said that it is a very important event for the Albanian socialist members and for all Albanian people.

    President Meidani told ATA that he hoped Socialist Party anniversary has a positive effect in the political life.

    Albanian Socialist Party was established in June 12, 19991, when the Albanian Labor Party declared in its 10th Congress that its mission was over, paving the way to the creation of a new party. SP won the elections of June 1997, and is actually one of the most important political forces in Albania. /pas/A.A/

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    [04] NATO takes Prishtine under control

    PRISHTINE, June 13 - ATA correspondent, Behlul Jashari informs: NATO took control of Prishtine2 while tanks and troops of Atlantic Alliance, are seen every moment in the roads of Kosove capital.

    Saturday night was very tensed as many gon shots were heard, while the situation today seems calm. /P.Ta/A.A/

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    [05] Majko: Norwegy and its government have supported and have been in our side

    - From the meeting Majko-Bondevik -

    TIRANA, June 13 /ATSH- E. Nepravishta/ - The Norwegian military troops will be also present in Prishtina, said on Sunday in the airport of Rinas, the Norwegian prime minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik, upon his arrival for a one day official visit in Tirana.

    After a meeting with the prime minister, Pandeli Majko, in the airport of Rinas, Bondevik underlined that Norwegy will be present in Kosovo through the delivering of humanitarian aid as well. "Since Norwegy has the rotating presidency of OSCE, we will also be present in the Pact for the Region's Stabilization", said Bondevik.

    Meanwhile, Majko underlined that Norwegy and its government have backed Albania during all the period of crises in the region by demonstrating a real friendship for the Albanian people.

    Paskal Milo, the Albanian foreign minister and the minister of Information, Musa Ulqini were also present in the meeting.

    The Norwegian prime minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik is visiting Albania for the first time. After a meeting with Majko he will meet with other Albanian high officials. Bondevik will pay a visit into the refugees camp of Mullet.

    The prime minister, Pandeli Majko after a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart, departed for a two days official visit to Denmark, invited by the Danish prime minister, Poul Nyruo Rasmussen. He is accompanied by the Albanian foreign minister, Paskal Milo in this visit. /pas/MY/

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    [06] I exclude a political conflict between Russian and NATO forces; Milo

    TIRANE, June 12 (ATA) - By A.Gjakova: Albanian Foreign Minister, Paskal Milo, told ATA on Saturday that he excluded the possibility of a political conflict between Russian forces dislocated in the northern border of Kosove, and NATO forces.

    I hope that NATO forces have undertaken such a control more for internal effects in Russia, than for a challenge to NATO troops, said Milo.

    He said also that we have now a resolution of the UN Security Council which has precised the authority to cover all the international engagement for the region.

    "No special Russian area will exist in Kosove", said Milo.

    He added that Russian diplomacy has contributed a lot in the achieving of the Resolution drafted by the Security Council, and now it is hightime for Russia to express its maturity, which is a necessity for respecting the documents approved together.

    Milo said that if the agreement starts with such violations, Kosove will have a bad future, and this chance will be not only for Kosove, but for the whole region. Russinas behavior was not reasonable, and I hope that it was caused by inner political motives and not by other aims out of the resolution of UN Security Council, and the agreements achieved with other NATO countries, said Minister Milo. /pas/A.A/

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    [07] Clinton thanks again the Albanian people for its courage in affording the crises

    - Telephone conversation between the US president and his Albanian counterpart -

    TIRANA, June 13 /ATSH/- The president of USA, Bill Clinton, called, Saturday evening, the Albanian president, Rexhep Meidani and he again expressed his thanks to the Albanian people for its courage in affording the crises.

    The American president, expressed his full engagement in turning back the maximum security to all the forceful deportees from Kosovo, in turning their life to normalization and in promoting the American-Albanian cooperation, according to a report of the press office of the President of the Republic made available to ATA.

    Expressing his estimation for the great contribution that USA and the president Clinton personally gave concerning the solution of the crises and the future of the whole region, the Albanian leader, Meidani, expressed on behalf of the Albanian people and the whole nation, his highest gratitude and consideration for this priceless contribution that will be written in the history of our country with golden letters.

    President Meidani underlined the Albanians ardent desire to have among them, even for a short time, the American president, Clinton and the First Lady./s.sh/ MY/

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    [08] Deployment of NATO troops in Kosova raises hope for quick return of Kosovars to their lands

    SHKODER, June 13 (ATA)-By M. Malja, The news on the deployment of the first NATO troops in Kosova has been received with joy by all the Kosova refugees in Shkoder and has raised the hope for a quick return to their lands.

    In all the camps set up in this district which house around 37 000 refugees, this event has been received with special joy, with chanting for NATO and KLA.

    At the reception center of the former tobacco-cigarette factory, where 4 000 Kosova refugees are accommodated, the deployment of the NATO forces in Kosova is the subject of their talks.

    Xhavit Lulja, aged 40, from Peje says: "Now the day of our return is very near. Although they have burnt my house, I, along with 13 members of my family, will go to Peje.

    Labinot Hasaj, 18, from Decan, whose house has been razed to the ground by the Serb military and police forces says: "We will go to our homeland and build Decan once again". He adds that the NATO forces are a great support for the civilian population to return to Kosova soon.

    A 63 year-old woman from Drenice, Farije Krasniqi, recalling how her housed had been burnt, said she was optimistic she would build a new house, just as her son, KLA fighter killed by the Serbs, had wished.

    The wish of the Kosovars settled in this center is to return to their Kosova as soon as possible. /s.s/lm/

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    [09] Wave of Kosova illegal emigrants to Italy abates

    VLORE, June 13 (ATA)-By H. Koci,

    The flood of the Kosova illegal emigrants starting from the Vlore bay for Italy has abated, the spokesman of the Vlore prefecture police department told ATA.

    He explained that the number of Kosova refugees, who try to cross to the Italian shores by speedboats or ships had substantially decreased as a result of the tight measures undertaken by the local police to prevent this traffic.

    The port is now brought under the control of the special police forces, while, in cooperation with Guardia Di Finanza, the whole seashore and space within the Vlore bay is being patrolled.

    The Kosova illegal emigrants traffic to Italy assumed large proportions especially in the last weeks. Three weeks ago this phenomenon reached very high figures, around 1 000 illegal emigrants in 24 hours.

    A special network, many of whose members fell in the hands of the police, helped realise this smuggling.

    Two other speedboats, one of which of a dinghy type, were sequestered in successful police operations, also backed by Guardia di Finanza means. /lh/lm/

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    [10] UNHCR ready to enter Kosova to resume humanitarian operations

    TIRANE, June 13 (ATA)-By G. Dilaveri, The U.N. High Commissariat for Refugees (UNHCR) is ready to return to Kosova and begin humanitarian operations there, as soon as NATO signals that the route to Prishtine is safe, according to sources from the UNHCR office in Tirane.

    Initially UNHCR as well as other agencies are preparing to introduce humanitarian aid into Kosova for hundreds upon thousands of displaced people there and later for the refugees that will return, according to the same sources.

    UNHCR and other aid agencies are sending convoys which are expected to enter Kosova beginning with Monday (June 14), at the best moment. The first convoy of UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF and NGO will send daily humanitarian aid consisting in food, water, tents and other items.

    Around 500 000-600 000 people are thought to be under desperate conditions inside Kosova. According to the same source there has been no possibility to help them since March 26 of this year. /s.sh/lm/

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