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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-06-15

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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] Greek Red Cross helps in drinking water purification in Durres
  • [03] 1500 Kosovars have left Kukes through Morini
  • [04] Kosova children will be treated by Albanian and Belgian psychologists
  • [05] Kosovars move toward Kukės enter Kosova
  • [06] President Meidani demands Albania's quicker integration into Europe
  • [07] Some 350 wounded treated medically in hospital of Bajram Curri over past two months
  • [08] Hungarian Foreign Minister to visit Albania on Wednesday
  • [09] Any division of military command in Kosova is unacceptable - Gjinushi
  • [10] NGO-s present the winter program for displaced Kosovars
  • [11] Some 6000 displaced Kosovars pass the border of Morine for Kosove
  • [12] Three Kosovars wounded due to a mine blast
  • [13] Release of Greek hostage requested
  • [14] Children are afraid of returning to Kosova
  • [15] Wim Kok stresses intensification of partnership between Holland and Albania
  • [16] Majko says Kosovar politicians have to go to Kosova
  • [17] Majko says Albania aims to be mechanism for Kosova reconstruction
  • [18] OSCE Presence closes Field Office in Bajram Curri

  • [01] Press Review

    TIRANE, June 15 (ata) - By U Bajrami: Follow some of the main headlines of the dailies on Tuesday:

    KOHA JONE, independent daily.

    - "Minister Poci: Plenty of criminals around." Public Order Minister Spartak Poci told Albanian police leaders yesterday that he wanted from them a detailed report on the number and the motives of the murders made recently. - "Albania, in autumn first exam for association in EU." Albania to discuss in autumn this year with the European Union the signing of the Stability and Association agreement with this organization. - "Moderates, the pro-parliamentary romantics." The group of moderators in DP, initiators of participation in the Parliament make a step backwards, they will wait to go to the Parliament with all the group.

    GAZETA SHQIPTARE, independent daily.

    - "Majko compromise with Meta for SP." The latest compromise in SP is that between Prime Minister Pandeli Majko and his deputy Ilir Meta with regard to the party chief. - "Here is how the lost can be found." The biblical exodus of Kosovars is treated in a book which will be put at their disposal with the only aim: to find one another. - "Vlora trafficker detained in Rinas." The 36 year old Alfred Lepenica was arrested yesterday at Rinas airport while he was coming from New Jersey. He is suspected to be a member of an international network of narcotic plants.

    SHEKULLI, independent daily

    - "Kosova is not liberated." Interview with Kosova academician Rexhep Qosja. - "UNHCR: Three weeks for counter-exodus." According to UNHCR, three weeks needed until efforts for the organization of the return of Kosovars to their homes will be made. - "Majko will be SP chairman." Socialist Secretary for Public Relations Ilir Zela states his preference for the coming party chairman.

    RILINDJA, independent information daily.

    - "Returning to their homes." - "Neither sector not special command for Russian forces." - "Moscow wants to keep conflicts in the Balkans going."

    ALBANIA, independent daily.

    - "I will disarm KLA- Meidani." - "UNHCR to Kosovars: Be patient for some more time." - "End of biblical march and beginning of freedom march."

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

    - "Customs standing with game of figures." - "Currencies weakened 7 billion unspent lek." - "Alpha Credit rises level of business crediting."

    ZERI I POPULLIT, daily of the Socialist Party of Albania -

    - "Schroeder-Meidani: Provocations, strong counter-response." President of Albania Rexhep Meidani continues his visit to Germany. - "Albania, no dependent Russian command in Kosove." - "Traders draw money and....blood."

    RILINDJA DEMOKRATIKE, daily paper of the Democratic Party of Albania.

    - "Nano: SP has died." - "Kosova is turning to itself."

    REPUBLIKA, daily of the Republican Party of Albania.

    - "Kidnappers hide behind deputies." - "Berisha: Open the way, we're coming to power." /y.pa/xh/

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    [02] Greek Red Cross helps in drinking water purification in Durres

    DURRES, 15 June (ata) - By S.Gjordeni - The Greek Red Cross will help in drinking water purification for the whole Durrės prefecture.

    According to the project that the Greek Red Cross representative George Jorgandas presented to the directors of water supply facilities of Durrės and Kruje districts, Greece will bring free of charge the amounts of chlorite needed for the purification of water.

    Eight tons of hypochlorite, worth 2 million lek, have reached Korca city, and another amount has been sent to Durrės prefecture. /led/Na/xh/

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    [03] 1500 Kosovars have left Kukes through Morini

    KUKES, June 15 (ata) - By R Hoxha: Hundreds of Kosovars sheltered in Kukes have left through the border post of Morini towards their homes, two days after NATO forces started deployment in Kosove, without minding the danger of mines laid on the roads or the presence of Serb paramilitaries.

    Some 1 500 Kosovars, mainly inhabitants close to the border and the commune of Prizren and Opoje, have left only in the past two days, said to ATA the chief of the police commissariat of Kukes, Ylber Duraku.

    According to him, the movement of some deportees of Kosova has been made also with the approval of NATO military structures, which have taken under their control the commune of Prizren.

    The Albanian Government voiced its concern on Monday for the impatience of the Kosovars to return to their homes. /led/xh/

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    [04] Kosova children will be treated by Albanian and Belgian psychologists

    DURRES, June 15 (ata) - By S Gjordeni: Belgian and Albanian psychologists will treat the depressed and traumatized Kosova children who have been sheltered in Durres.

    The chairman of the Belgian association "Handikap International" Frederick Fettweis told ATA that they have adopted all measures to set up a camp in Katund I Ri, in which 600 children from Kosova with psycho-physical problems and with traumas from the atrocities of war, will be treated.

    According to the chairman of the Association of the Psychologists of Albania, Edmond Dragoti, the psychologists and the social workers from Belgium who have already arrived in Albania, and their colleagues in the University of Tirane, will work in that camp.

    After the first contingent of 600 people, other children from Kosova with grave spiritual and psychical problems will also be treated in the camp in different terms of time. The aim is that through an intensive treatment the children be first relieved from their pains until they will finally be completely rehabilitated. /xh/

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    [05] Kosovars move toward Kukės enter Kosova

    KUKES, 15 Jun,(ATA) - By R.Hoxha: The direction of the evacuation of Kosovars housed in Albania has now been changing. They are not evacuating from Kukės to other towns but are coming from diffrent districts of Albania to Kukės, with the aim of returning to their homes.

    According to the Kukės prefecture spokesman, the number of the arrivals in Kukes from other districts of Albania has amounted to 1 938 and who have reached there through 233 vehicles in the past two days.

    The Kosovars going to Kukes are mainly from Tirana. Only on Monday, the total of the arrivals registered was 412 out of a total of 523 Kosovars coming from Tirane so far.

    Such a thing is motivated with their great will to turn back to their homes, despite the present danger of a disorganized process of their return. /led/Na/xh/

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    [06] President Meidani demands Albania's quicker integration into Europe

    TIRANE, June 15 (ata) - By A Haxhiu: Albania-Germany parliamentary cooperation in the light of the events in Kosove and the perspective of the European integration of the region were in the focus of the meeting that President Meidani had on Tuesday, during his visit to Germany, with the chief of the foreign policy of the parliamentary group of the Socialdemocratic (SPD) party, Christoph Zepel, and other members of the Foreign Commission of the German Bundestag.

    The President's press and information office stressed the special geo- strategic position of Albania, adding that "a quicker integration of Albania, without observing the membership criteria, would have a positive impact on all the region. Delays would increase the differences in development between the regional countries and those of the EU," said Albanian President.

    The Albanian deputy Parliament Speaker, Namik Dokle, thanked the representatives of the Bundestag for the important decisions they have adopted in favour of the Kosova issue. During the meeting, they also treated questions of the parliamentary cooperation and general questions for the two countries. /led/xh/

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    [07] Some 350 wounded treated medically in hospital of Bajram Curri over past two months

    TROPOJE, June 15 (ata) - By R Hoxha: Some 350 wounded mainly with fire weapon have been treated medically in the civil hospital of Bajram Curri in the last two months, confirmed to ATA surgeon Rasim Madani. Considered as a front line hospital, Madani said that they had treated up to 20 wounded people a day coming mainly through border zones.

    The surgery ward with 25 beds has born the bulk, and in this direction they have also had the assistance of the Swiss Red Cross and the Ministry of Health of Albania, especially to airlift the gravely wounded, said Madani.

    Over the past two months, fierce fighting has been waged between the KLA forces and those of the Serb army, especially in the zone of Koshare. The the injured from the KLA which took this zone under control at the beginning of April, have received the first medical aid in the civil hospital of Bajram Curri. /led/xh/

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    [08] Hungarian Foreign Minister to visit Albania on Wednesday

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA) - By U.Bajrami: The Hungarian Foreign Minister, Janosh Martonji, will come to Albania on an official two-day visit on Wednesday.

    The press and information director in the Albanian Foreign Minister, told ATA that during the first day of his visit in Albania, Martonji will meet the Albanian Premier, Padeli Majko and other ministers of his government.

    In he second day of his visit, the Hungarian Defence Minister will meet the President of the Republic, Rexhep Meidani, and the Parliament's Speaker, Skender Gjinushi. /lh/A.A/

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    [09] Any division of military command in Kosova is unacceptable - Gjinushi

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA)- By A. Gjakova, Speaker of Parliament Skender Gjinushi on Tuesday met with Austrian candidate for the position of CE Secretary General, Dr. Walter Schwimmer, with whom he discussed the latest developments in Kosova.

    Gjinushi stressed the stand of the Albanian factor in support of NATO and respect of its Unified Command around the military presence on the ground.

    "Any division of the military command is unacceptable because fundamental problems would emerge which would lead to Kosova's partition," said Gjinushi.

    Referring to the KLA mission as a form of the people's existence and resistance Gjinushi said that with NATO's military presence on the ground, the KLA will obey to NATO's authority. /dast/lm/

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    [10] NGO-s present the winter program for displaced Kosovars

    ELBASAN, June 15 (ATA) - By M.Lulja: The Prefect of Elbasan, Durim Hushi, held a meeting on Tuesday with the NGO-s representatives, who manage the main makeshift camps of this prefecture, where the winter program for displace Kosovars is discussed.

    Hushi told ATA that NGO-s presented the main points of the program where are presented all the measures to accommodate the refugees during winter.

    Hushi asked the representatives of NGO that the project will be handed over within June 29, because it will be placed in the disposition of foreign donors.

    The total number of Kosove deportees sheltered in Elbasan prefecture is estimated to be approximately 28 800 refugees. /dast/A.A/

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    [11] Some 6000 displaced Kosovars pass the border of Morine for Kosove

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA) - By Enkelejda Koraqi: Some 6000 persons have passed the border from the Morine border point towards Kosove from 06.00 a.m till 16.30 on Tuesday, the OSCE press office spokesman, Xhuni Myftari, told ATA on Tuesday.

    OSCE officials told that the German forces dislocated in the Morine border point let these persons continue their way. According to her, KLA members in this area are registering all the persons entering Kosove.

    The number of Kosovars passing through the Morine border point is estimated to be 1500 persons. /dast/A.A/

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    [12] Three Kosovars wounded due to a mine blast

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA) - By Th.Thanasi: Three persons were wounded on early Tuesday as a result as a mine explouded in a village of Zhur, Kosove, situated 5 kilometers away from the Albanian border, OSCE press department spokesman, Xhuni Myftari, told ATA on Tuesday.

    After the withdrawal of Serb forces and entrance of KFOR in Kosove, many Kosovars are passing Morine border without taking into consideration the risks.

    Another Kosovar was wounded near the border on Tuesday, while three others were wounded on late Monday as they were passing the border. /dast/A.A/

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    [13] Release of Greek hostage requested

    DELVINE, June 15 (ATA)- By Sh. Hajno, Some 230 women from Delvine, employed in Albanian-Greek firms "Delvina Export-Import" and "Padel", on Tuesday had a peaceful protest in front of the town-hall and the city's main square.

    According to Ramize Bibos, head of these firms' Trade Unions, the protest is linked with the indignation at the abduction of the son of Greek owner Kristo Laliotis, as well as the concerns over the closure of the firms after this event.

    On the same day, on behalf of the trade unions of the two firms, a petition has been addressed to the state senior officials, local authorities and the Delvine district police commissariat.

    The 27 year-old citizen, Jorgos Laliotis, was kidnapped on June 7, 7 km from Sarande by three gunmen with masks. Two days ago, an anonymous call on his mobile phone asked owner Laliotis 500 million drachmas for the release of his son. /lh/lm/

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    [14] Children are afraid of returning to Kosova

    BERAT, June 15 (ATA)-By I. Manka, The Kosovar children, traumatised by the war horrors, are afraid of returning to Kosova.

    A survey organised by the Non-Governmental Organisations active in Berat prefecture shows that from 1044 children questioned whether they liked to return to Kosova, 976 responded that they were afraid of returning to their homes.

    The district neur.-psychologist doctors, proceeding from this phenomenon, are cooperating with the teachers and educators to conduct educational topics, games of impulsive character to free the children from stress and awaken the belief for a better life.

    The Dutch foundation, "International Plan", has projected US$ 35 000 for activities for the Kosovar children in the Berat prefecture. /lh/lm/

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    [15] Wim Kok stresses intensification of partnership between Holland and Albania

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA)-By A. Gjakova, Albanian President Rexhep Meidani on Tuesday has received a letter from Prime Minster of the Netherlands Wim Kok, who confirms the support of his country to overcome the crisis and develop Albania further.

    "It is necessary to intensify the political and economic partnership between our countries at bilateral and multilateral level", the letter stresses.

    The Dutch Prime Minister highly evaluated his meeting with President Meidani and the exchange of views on the political and humanitarian situation, due to the conflict in Kosova.

    He expresses his belief in a near return of refugees to Kosova. /dast/lm/

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    [16] Majko says Kosovar politicians have to go to Kosova

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Time has come for the Kosovar politicians to return to Kosova and work for the construction of democratic institutions and encourage the political processes there, said Prime Minister Pandeli Majko at his meeting in Denmark with Danish Prime Minister Poul Rasmunssen, on Sunday.

    According to the spokesman of the Prime Minister, Majko said: "We have worked a great deal to put an end to the narrowly personal problems among the political factors in Kosova and are encouraging the concept of cohabitation with the Serb minority in Kosova".

    Referring to the relations with Denmark, Majko stressed that "we consider significant the Danish presence in the Albanian economy and holding permanent contacts with you".

    Rasmunssen evaluated Albania's role in the conflict in Kosova and in the process of establishing peace there.

    He said that Denmark would offer full support for Albania's membership with the international organisations and for its association agreement with the EU.

    "There will be no any kind of substantial assistance for Serbia for as long as Milosevic is in power. Denmark has provided its assistance for the peace process and will install in Kosova a contingent of Danish troops, " said Rasmunssen. /dast/lm/

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    [17] Majko says Albania aims to be mechanism for Kosova reconstruction

    TIRANE, June 5 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, After peace is established in Kosova, Albania will continue to play its role to help keep unified the Kosovar political factors and rebuild Kosova, Prime Minister Pandeli Majko told Danish Foreign Minister Niels Helveg Petersen on Monday.

    Majko said that "Albania aims to be a mechanism in rebuilding Kosova and creating possibilities for the economic development of the countries of the region so that they avoid causes which bring about conflicts," the spokesman told ATA.

    Danish Foreign Minister expressed the evaluation of the Danish government and people for the way Albania has coped with the situation created with the arrival of the Kosova refugees and assured Majko of the Danish support for Albania also in the future.

    "We intend to uplift the economic level between our two countries at the level of political relations," said Majko, who shared with Minister Petersen the need of holding contacts between the two countries. /dast/lm/

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    [18] OSCE Presence closes Field Office in Bajram Curri

    TIRANE, June 15 (ATA)-In the light of the recent tragic incident in which an OSCE staff member and locally engaged contractor were killed, the OSCE Presence in Albania has decided to close until further notice its Field Office in Bajram Curri, and withdraw its international staff from the area.

    The decision to close the Field Office has been taken with considerable regret, given the valuable border monitoring function it has performed since its establishment in March 1998, and the additional work it has been carrying out with the local Community, most recently during the refugee emergency, as the only permanent international presence in this part of Northeast of Albania.

    Much as the OSCE would have wished to see the Field Office continue performing these roles, the security of its staff members, both local and international, must be its paramount concern. The latest incident, coming in the wake of numerous others in which the personnel and property of OSCE and other international organisations have been directly targeted, demonstrates that the situation is no longer tenable. /dast/lm/

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