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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 99-06-18

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] No incident against the President at Rinas
  • [02] Exchange rates of Lek with foreign currencies
  • [03] Majko, Georgievski: Our cooperation successfully faced challenge
  • [04] Albania and Macedonia will influence on Balkan stability
  • [05] Majko favours long-term NATO presence in the region
  • [06] IMF Executive Director Michel Camdessus arrives in Tirane
  • [07] It is high time to consolidate role of Albanian factor in the Balkans - Majko
  • [08] Albania's PM hails 5th anniversary of Albanian Atlantic Association
  • [09] Majko: NATO's long-term presence, first condition for peace in the region
  • [10] Former Public Order Minister Perikli Teta arrested
  • [11] Italian forces of NATO open the border point of Qafe Prushe
  • [12] Former Public Order Minister Perikli Teta arrested
  • [13]
  • [14] AUA to resume the direct flights Vjene-Tirane soon
  • [15] Four dead and 20 injured by mine explosions on northeastern border of Albania
  • [16] Customs verify false import bills
  • [17] Some 25 reconstructed military ships back from Italy
  • [18] Greek authorities return home Albanians without documents
  • [19] Railway network damaged due to heavy hail
  • [20] Albanian Parliament Speaker meets with IMF Executive Director
  • [21] Minister of Finances Anastas Angjeli met Executive Director of IMF, Michel Camdessus
  • [22] Hail harms sown fields in 550 hectares in Miras, Devoll
  • [23] Albanian Prime Minister met Executive Director of IMF
  • [24] Camdessus inaugurated Priority Projects Unit
  • [25] Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani, meets Berat local government leaders
  • [26] Construction police ready to undertake anti-kiosks operation
  • [27] Greek authorities repatriate Albanian refugees without documents
  • [28] Albanian President visits town of oilmen, Kucove
  • [29] American General, Shelton, due to Tirane on Saturday
  • [30] President of Albania visits German military force in Kucove
  • [31] 50 000 Kosovars have returned to Kosova in past three days
  • [32] Camdessus congratulates Albanian Government on achievements in economic field

  • [01] No incident against the President at Rinas

    TIRANE, June 17 (ATA)-By Th. Thanasi, U. Bajrami, K.Risto, There has been no incident at Rinas against the President of the Republic, Public Order Ministry spokesman told ATA.

    One of the daily newspapers on Thursday carried an article according to which President of the Republic Rexhep Meidani had been threatened with a knife by a Kosovar at Rinas airport while he was leaving for Germany.

    It is not at all true that such an act has been undertaken against the President of the Republic, less so at Rinas airport, the spokesman underlined.

    According to all the information available at the Public Order Ministry, the article is simply a "journalistic imagination", the spokesman concluded. /y.pa/lm/

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    [02] Exchange rates of Lek with foreign currencies

    TIRANE, 18 Jun, (ATA) by D.Koça. - In the foreign currency market, on friday morning, the american dollar gains ground compared with Lek in the previous day.

    Follow the exchange rates

    Kinds of Currency Bought Sold

    USD 138 138.2

    DM 73 73,5

    LIT(1000) 74 74,3

    GRD(100) 43,9 44,2

    /Na/

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    [03] Majko, Georgievski: Our cooperation successfully faced challenge

    TIRANE, June 17 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Albania and Macedonia successfully coped with the crisis situation in the region. This was the conclusion drawn by Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko and his Macedonian counterpart, Lubco Georgievski, who met in Skopje on Thursday.

    According to the spokesman of the Prime Minister, Majko and Georgievski shared their views on the steps Albania and Macedonia should undertake in the future, the aid they will offer in rebuilding Kosova and its new self-governing institutions.

    They also expressed their opinions on the creation of an economic space which, besides Albania, Kosova and Macedonia would also include Montenegro, which they considered distanced from the Belgrade regime.

    The two Prime Ministers evaluated the great American impact created after the role played by the U.S. in the region, the impact of Great Britain, France and the countries which helped cope with and resolve the conflict in Kosova and expressed themselves in favour of a long-term NATO presence in the region.

    They stressed the importance of permanent contacts between the two countries, in conformity with the ideas of the Stability Pact on Southeastern Europe. /pas/lm/

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    [04] Albania and Macedonia will influence on Balkan stability

    -Majko and Georgievski pronounce themselves for the press- TIRANE, June 17 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Albania and Macedonia will help rebuild Kosova, its self-governing institutions. This has been the approach of Prime Minister Pandeli Majko and his Macedonian counterpart Georgievski, at a joint press release following the official meetings.

    "I would like to stress that where there are Albanians, we are interested in cooperation. This is an open offer for the whole region," said Majko.

    He stressed the determination of the Albanian government to continue to preserve the positive impact created with NATO, the U.S. administration and coordinated with the EU nations' initiatives, the spokesman of the prime minister told ATA.

    Majko said that it is significant and of mutual interest to find a common language in the regional projects, including the two countries, Albania and Macedonia, projects which will help strengthen stability throughout the region.

    The two Prime Ministers stressed their support for the Interim Government of Prime Minister Thaci and reaffirmed support for the government of Milo Djukanovic in Montenegro, to help it cope with the pressures imposed on it by Milosevic's regime.

    "We spoke very little of the past. We concentrated ourselves on the present and future relations between Albania and Macedonia," said Prime Minister Georgievski, who underlined the primary importance of strengthening stability, security and the safe return of the Kosova war refugees to their homes.

    He stressed that the visit of Prime Minister Majko to Macedonia is considered a meaningful signal that the two countries are working together for the construction of a new spirit of relations in the new Balkans. /pas/lm/

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    [05] Majko favours long-term NATO presence in the region

    TIRANE, June 17 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, The post-conflict period offers a chance for the further integration of Albania and Macedonia into Europe. This was the view shared by Prime Minister Pandeli Majko and Macedonian President Kiro Gligorov at a meeting held in Skopje on Thursday.

    According to the spokesman of the Prime Minister, Majko expressed the view of the Albanian government for a long-term NATO presence in the region, considering this a guarantee for peace and stability in the Balkans.

    "It is high time for the Balkan nations to generate more common interests than history," said Majko.

    Gligorov, analysing the situation in Serbia, said that the population's reaction to Milosevic's regime is not yet apparent and that the Serb opposition is still weak to face it.

    "But now Milosevic belongs to history, to that part of history which will disgrace the Serb generations tomorrow," said Gligorov. /pas/lm/

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    [06] IMF Executive Director Michel Camdessus arrives in Tirane

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA)-By D. Koca, The Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Michel Camdessus, arrived at Rinas airport in Tirane on Friday for a one-day visit to Albania.

    Camdessus will conduct the first meeting with Finance Minister Anastas Angjeli by midday. Later he will meet with Speaker of Parliament Skender Gjinushi, Prime Minister Majko, President Meidani, representatives of religion and UNHCR.

    Camdessus is also expected to visit the Kosova war refugee camps and hold a news conference at the Prime Minister's office.

    Albania became member of IMF on October 15, 1991 and from the moment of its membership it was provided with a fund of US$ 56,47 million. /lm/

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    [07] It is high time to consolidate role of Albanian factor in the Balkans - Majko

    TIRANE, June 17 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Albania became a significant factor which caused the failure of the projects of Milosevic. This was the opinion the Albanian political activitists of Macedonia expressed to Prime Minister Pandeli Majko at a meeting at the Tetove commune on Thursday.

    In his address Majko said that it is high time to consolidate the role of the Albanian factor in the Balkans.

    "To the West we can testify that we are ready to cooperate and cohabitate with all those who respect our rights and interests," said Prime Minister Majko, who reiterated the support of the Albanian government for the Thaci Government.

    The Prime Minister of the Kosova Interim Government, Hashim Thaci, hailed the aid provided by the whole Albanian factor in the Balkans for the solution of the conflict in Kosova.

    The chairman of Macedonia's Democratic Party, Arber Xhaferri, said that during this period the Albanian factor tested its positive energies, choosing the correct way of ranking itself on the same line with NATO.

    Hundreds of inhabitants of Tetove had come out to welcome Majko.

    At the Tetove commune Majko had a tete-a-tete talk with the Prime Minister of the Kosova Interim Government, Hashim Thaci.

    "I am happy to confirm that tomorrow Prime Minister Thaci will travel to Prishtine," Majko told reporters at the end of the meeting.

    In this visit, Majko was also accompanied by Foreign Minister Paskal Milo and Minister for Information Musa Ulqini.

    Today he ended his one-day formal visit to Macedonia. /pas/lm/

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    [08] Albania's PM hails 5th anniversary of Albanian Atlantic Association

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko on Friday said that Albania, during the while crisis period in Kosova, has unfolded values so far unknown to the international community and has acted as a NATO partner country.

    Speaking at a conference held on Friday by the Albanian Atlantic Association (AAA), on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of its creation, Majko, who is also member of the leading board of this association, said that the events in Kosova brought to the fore the urgent need to start the process of necessary changes in the international relations.

    "Institutions and not individuals should finally lead the world. Sovereignty imposed through violence can not and should not serve any more as a pretext to hinder globalization," stressed Majko. /pas/lm/

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    [09] Majko: NATO's long-term presence, first condition for peace in the region

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA)-By E. Nepravishta, Final stabilisation of the Southeastern European region will be a long process which requires the engagement of many political, economic and military factors.

    This is what Prime Minister Pandeli Majko said on Friday in his address on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Albanian Atlantic Association.

    "Albania expresses the conviction that NATO's long-term presence is the first condition indispensable for stability and peace in the region," said Majko. /pas/lm/

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    [10] Former Public Order Minister Perikli Teta arrested

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA)-By K. Risto, Former Public Order Minister Perikli Teta on Friday was arrested at the court hall as he refused to provide testimony at the legal proceeding against 13 citizens accused of participation in the armed uprising of September 14, 1998. /lm/

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    [11] Italian forces of NATO open the border point of Qafe Prushe

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA) - By U.Bajrami: The Italian forces of NATO contingent, opened on Thursday the crossing border point of Qafe Prush, Has district.

    Sources from the press office close to the Public Order Ministry, told ATA that the Kosovar flows begun to move towards the city of Gjakove.

    The same source reported that the number of Kosovars leaving Albania on Thursday by 19.30 p.m is estimated to be 500. /A.KE/A.A/

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    [12] Former Public Order Minister Perikli Teta arrested

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA)-By K. Risto, Former Public Order Minister Perikli Teta on Friday was arrested at the court hall as he refused to provide testimony at the legal proceeding against 13 citizens accused of participation in the armed uprising of September 14, 1998.

    Teta, who did not appear in the first court sessions, came to the court on Friday to testify for the event of Sept.14, 1998, when armed crowds of people attacked state institutions in Tirane.

    Right after taking the oath, without waiting for questions to be made to him, Teta asked that "the jury must apply the law by wearing the black gowns."

    After debates with the judge of the case, Sokol Pasho and after warned by the prosecutor that he would face measures in case he keeps refusing to witness, Perikli Teta replied that he was in the hall to provide testimony, but he demanded that "the jury must not be in sportswear or as if being in a circus, but with the black gowns."

    The polemics between Teta, the judge and the prosecutor continued for a long time forcing prosecutor Naci to ask the team of policemen to arrest Teta.

    The form of custody for Teta is expected to be considered tomorrow.

    According to the evidence gathered by the investigator's office, Eqerem Spahia, Antoneta Malja, Frrok Gjini, Shemsi Premci, Alfons Zeneli, Ilir Zhilla, Sali Shehu, Edmond Ymeraj, Syl Lusha, Agron Kosumi, Luan Kamberi, Dritan Zgjeci and Elvis Kamberi have carried out the penal act of "participating in uprising." Eight of them are being judged while in detention and the rest five are being tried while being free. /pas/xh/

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    [14] AUA to resume the direct flights Vjene-Tirane soon

    TIRANE, June 17 (ATA) - By A.Gjakova: The Austrian Airlines Association (AUA), informed that it will resume its direct flights from Vienna to Tirane beginning from June 21.

    The flight network will function regularly three times a week, on Monday, on Wednesday, and on Friday, AVA chairmanship in Vienna informed.

    AUA resumed its regular flights for Skopje a week ago. All the lines of Austrian Airlines Association function actually, except Belgrade. /y.pa/A.A/

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    [15] Four dead and 20 injured by mine explosions on northeastern border of Albania

    KUKES, June 18 (ata) - By R Hoxha: Four people were killed and 20 others were wounded in the recent days from the explosion of the mines planted by Serbs on the border in Northeastern zone of Albania, sources of police of the prefecture of Kukes report.

    According to sources of the prefecture, specialized structures have adopted measures to clean the minefields. In addition to this, the local government has called for restraint on the part of the locals and the displaced Kosovars who continue to stay in Kukes. /pas/xh/

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    [16] Customs verify false import bills

    Tirana, June 18 (ATA) - By E.Metaj - The General Custom Directorate in close cooperation with the custom authorities of the neighbor countries has observed many subjects that performed import activity in Albania, after the entry in power of the New Custom Code, told ATA the General Custom Directorate Ardian Maci.

    Based upon the observations in some subjects, such as "Royal & Company", "Apolonia" Ltd, "Alde" Ltd, "Erpa", presented at the Albanian customs offices bills with lower value than the real one by avoiding the payment of considerable value of custom duties.

    While the subjects "Albimpeks", "Fani" Progradec and "Albaton" Prrenjas presented in the Albanian customs false bills for the items imported from Macedonia.

    "The General Custom Directorate will send all the swindle subjects to the respective authorities", stated Maci. /led/linda/

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    [17] Some 25 reconstructed military ships back from Italy

    DURRES, June 18 (ATA) - By Gezim Kabashi: The reconstruction process of a group of military ships of Albanian army, which are used in March 1997 by refugees to pass to he other side of the Adriatic sea, was over three weeks ago.

    Sources from the Italian Delegation of Experts, told ATA that according to an agreement signed between the Albanian and Italian government, more than 80% of the ships were totally repaired.

    Some 25 repaired military ships have come back to Albania within 18 months, and they have normally started their naval activity.

    The same sources said that five other ships, totally damaged, were not reconstructed. /pas/A.A/

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    [18] Greek authorities return home Albanians without documents

    TIRANE, June 18 (ata) - By U Bajrami: Greek police returned 100 Albanian emigrants who had no documents, from the border crossing of Kapshtice, Devoll district.

    Sources from the Public Order Ministry told ATA on the same day that Greek authorities have turned back 110 Albanian refugees, all without papers.

    The two groups of the emigrants who were brought home through Kapshtice and Kakavije, said they were not maltreated by Greek police. /led/xh/

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    [19] Railway network damaged due to heavy hail

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA) - By U.Bajrami: There have been damages in the railway network on Thursday in Librazh district, due to the heavy hail.

    Sources from the Ministry of Public Order, told ATA that 60 meters of railway network are flooded in the 129th kilometer, near Qafe Thane.

    Floods of crops are also damaged as a result of the heavy hail. /led/A.A/

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    [20] Albanian Parliament Speaker meets with IMF Executive Director

    TIRANE, June 18 (ata) - By A Gjakova: The Albanian Parliament Speaker Skender Gjinushi, in a meeting on Friday with the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, Michel Camdessus said that the economic reform cannot make progress without the institutional reform.

    Considering the approval of the Constitution as a great achievement of the Albanian democracy, Gjinushi dwelt in particular on the work of the legislative for the approval of a number of important laws.

    In reply to the interest of Mr Camdessus about the recent developments in Kosova and the region, Gjinushi said that now the peace plan will function on the basis of the economic support. All hopes are pinned on the Plan for the Development and Stability of the Region.

    Mr Camdessus highlighted the extraordinary work made in the past two years for the elimination of the consequences of the former pyramid investment schemes, which, he said, assumed the proportions of a financial catastrophe for Albania.

    "We are here, he said, to prove our support for you, we are resolute to assist your country to overcome the cost of the crisis in Kosove and to accelerate the democratic reforms. We will support your efforts in the financial reform, the administration and customs, the consolidation of the judiciary and police. /led/xh/

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    [21] Minister of Finances Anastas Angjeli met Executive Director of IMF, Michel Camdessus

    Tirana, June 18 (ATA) - By D.Koca - " The Fund of 200 million dollars given to Albania by the Donors Conference in Brussels, will be used with transparence through a special program in cooperation with EU and World Bank", said the Executive Director of International Monetary Fund Michel Camdessus to the Minister of Finances Anastas Angjeli during a meeting on Friday midday at the Ministry of Finances.

    The Executive Director of IMF Michel Camdessus hailed the way of managing the Kosova emergent situation by the Albanian Government.

    "It is difficult to think what might have happened in Albania during this time if this situation would not be managed well", said Mr.Camdessus.

    Executive Director of IMF Camdessus talked about further effective measures to combat the corruption in Albania, and stressed out the need of training the tax administration staff.

    "We will be content to ensure you a supplemental support to fulfill this aim", ended the Executive Director of International Monetary Fund. /led/linda/

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    [22] Hail harms sown fields in 550 hectares in Miras, Devoll

    BILISHT, June 18 (ata) - By B Fejzullaj: Some 550 hectares of sown land in the commune of Miras, Devoll district (southeastern Albania) were harmed a lot by the hail fall last Thursday afternoon.

    Jetnor Hysolli, chief of agriculture for the district of Devoll, confirmed to ATA this, adding that the wheat planted in an area of 350 hectares and the vegetables in about 200 hectares have been totally ruined. These areas belong to five villages of this commune, Miras, Menkulas, Suli, Poncara and Koshnica.

    The sown plants were not insured by the farmers. /pas/xh/

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    [23] Albanian Prime Minister met Executive Director of IMF

    Tirana, June 18 (ATA) - Elton Metaj - Albanian Government thinks that a new economic space is creating in Balkan, which includes Albania, Kosova, Macedonia and Montenegro, said on Friday the Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko during his meeting with the Executive Director of International Monetary Fund Michel Camdessus.

    Prime Minister Majko presented a tableau of the measures taken by the Albanian Government in managing the crisis arising from the coming of Kosova war refugees in Albania.

    "After the passing the emergent period we are concentrated in constructing cooperation and fruitful future based upon the principles of the Stability Pact", said PM Majko.

    Executive Director of IMF Michel Camdessus hailed the Albanian Government for the extraordinary role played during the conflict period, by stressing out that you walked determined in your economic programs and marked great achievements in the economy.

    " I want to show you the full involvement of International Monetary Fund and the determination to support in you way toad economic development", said Mr.Camdessus. /led/linda/

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    [24] Camdessus inaugurated Priority Projects Unit

    Tirana, June 18 (ATA) - By Elton Metaj - Executive Director of International Monetary Fund Michel Camdessus inaugurated on Friday in Tirana the Priority Projects Unit, established right now at building of Albanian Government.

    After the meeting PM Majko and Mr. Camdessus visited the Emergency Management Group.

    "We asked and have done the maximal efforts to provide a total and general transparence for all the aid, which the Albanian Government received by the International Community for the Kosova war refugees, by engaging governmental structures in making public this transparence", said Prime Minister Majko. /lh/linda/

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    [25] Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani, meets Berat local government leaders

    BERAT, June 18 (ATA) - By Ilir Manka: Albanian President, Rexhep Meidani, held a meeting on Friday with the representatives of local government of Berat district. Meidani was accompanied by Berati district deputies, and by the Minister of Local government, Arben Demeti. Participating in the meeting was also the German ambassador accredited to Albania, Hans Peter Disdorn.

    Meidani pointed out that we are now passing an intensive period which will affect our future.

    Analyzing the events of the recent times regarding Kosove crisis, President Meidani said that NATO victory was proceeded by the aid Albania gave in coping with the humanitarian crisis. Meidani highlighted that Albania carried the dominant burden of the crisis. The international community should pay a very special attention to help us pass this crisis, said Meidani. /led/A.A/

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    [26] Construction police ready to undertake anti-kiosks operation

    Vlora, June 18 (ATA) - By Harilla Koci - The construction police of Vlora town is ready to undertake the anti-kiosks operations, like the ones performed in Tirana, Durresi towns. This is confirmed today for ATA by the Head of Construction Police of this district Petrit Dervishi.

    The construction without license cover 14,5% of the green area of Vlora town.

    According to Dervishi more than 6 000 constructions without licenses in this town destroyed 41 thousand meter square of the green area. Many areas are transformed in construction sites and places of gathering the rubbish.

    Sources from the construction police inform that the constructions without licenses cover 15% of the green area in Vlora town. /A.KE/linda/

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    [27] Greek authorities repatriate Albanian refugees without documents

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA) - By U.Bajrami: Greek police forces repatriated 100 Albanian refugees not equipped with regular documents on Thursday in the crossing border point of Kapshtice, Devolli district.

    Sources from the Ministry of Public Order, told ATA that in the same day, that the Greek authorities have repatriated 110 refugees in Kakavije border point, Gjirokaster district.

    No case of maltreating is encountered in both groups of refugees repatriated in Albania. /led/A.A/

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    [28] Albanian President visits town of oilmen, Kucove

    KUCOVE, June 18 (ata) - By Ilir Manka: In the course of his visits to the prefecture of Berat, Albanian President Rexhep Meidani went on Friday to the town of oilmen in Kucove, where he was briefed of the numerous difficulties that the district was passing.

    The mayor Artur Kurti said to Mr Meidani that the Kucova people have been willing to have the Kucove-Elbasan road, 32 km long, opened. It would link the whole zone with Corridor 8 and would be a good benefit for the entire southern part of Albania.

    Corridor 8, said Meidani, is one of our fundamental priorities which would be realised in the two-three coming years as well as one of the most important gates to integrate Albania into Europe, EU and NATO.

    Present in the meeting was also the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Albania, Hanspeter Disdorn. /led/xh/

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    [29] American General, Shelton, due to Tirane on Saturday

    TIRANE, June 18 (ATA) - By Enkelejda Koraqi: The Chairman of Chiefs of UN Headquarter, General Henry Shelton, will come to Albania on Saturday, the spokesman of Defence Ministry, Albert Mullai, told ATA on Friday.

    General Shelton is expected to meet the Albanian Defence Minister, Luan Hajdaraga, and the Albanian Premier, Pandeli Majko. After the meeting with the Albanian premier, the American General will give a press conference. /lh/A.A/

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    [30] President of Albania visits German military force in Kucove

    KUCOVE, June 18 (ata) - By Ilir Manka: The President of Albania, Rexhep Meidani, accompanied by the Local Government Minister, Arben Demeti and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Albania, Hans Peter Disdorn, visited on Friday the German military force deployed several kilometers from the military airfield of Kucove, in the context of the NATO Mission "Allied Harbour."

    Mr Meidani and the authorities accompanying him saw closely the work of German militaries in the context of the NATO forces to assist Kosova deportees and learned of their commitment in the projects that the local government has offered in the prefecture. The camp has 415 soldiers and officers.

    Later, president Meidani visited the premises of the camp. /lh/xh/

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    [31] 50 000 Kosovars have returned to Kosova in past three days

    TIRANE, June 18 (ata) - By G Dilaveri: Over 50 000 Kosova refugees have returned home from Albania and Macedonia in the last three days, while others are on their way to Kosova, UNHCR office in Tirane told ATA.

    This organization called on all craftsmen and professional workers who are outside Kosova to return and assist for the reconstruction of the infrastructure damaged by the war.

    About 14 000 refugees crossed Morini Pass in Kukes on Thursday, carrying to 37 000 the number of the Kosova displaced people returning home in the past three days. More than 7 000 refugees crossed the border post of Blace in Macedonia and made for Kosova with their own vehicles.

    After the latest repatriations, the number of the Kosovars in Albania has fallen to 407 600 people. /led/xh/

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    [32] Camdessus congratulates Albanian Government on achievements in economic field

    TIRANE, June 18 (ata) - By D Koca: "We are impressed of the fact how the Albanian Government, with the advice of the IMF, has overcome the challenges of the recent years," stated the Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund, Michel Camdessus in a joint news conference with Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko.

    Mr Majko highlighted the visit of the IMF chief and said that "this visit is linked with the near and perspective development of Albania in the region."

    Mr Camdessus presented some of the achievements of the Albanian Government in the economic and financial fields, stressing that these reforms will continue, because a strong and stable Albania is a factor for stability in the Balkan region. But there are still pending problems, especially in the fight against contraband, corruption and crime. "With our financial aid, we will make all what we can to support you," said Camdessus. /led/xh/

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