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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-07-05

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

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] CEC has not yet declared outcome of partial local polls
  • [02] An Albanian killed in fighting in outskirts of Suhareka
  • [03] Great damage in forests from the high temperatures in Albania
  • [04] Catholic mission in Mamuras also with projects for economy
  • [05] In August 600 l/sec from Bovilla Reservoir for the city of Tirane
  • [06] "ANSDELL CONSULTING LIMITED" at the disposal of the Monitoring Group for administration of former pyramid schemes in Albania
  • [07] Compulsory education with five days a week in the next academic year in Albania
  • [08] Holbrooke and Afanasjevski meet Rugova and other Albanian leaders in Prishtine
  • [09] Serbs throw bombs in homes of Albanians in Fushe-Kosove
  • [10] Chief of OSCE Regional Office in Gjirokaster ends mandate

  • [01] CEC has not yet declared outcome of partial local polls

    TIRANE, July 4 (ata) - By Y Pata: The Central Elections Commission could not approve on July 3 the final report for the outcome of the partial local polls in Albania held on June 21 and 28.

    Last Friday was the deadline for the Central Election Commission, according to the law on CEC, to make public the final outcome of the elections and a supplementary report how the polls were conducted.

    Nevertheless, according to the chairman of the Central Election Commission, Daver Cano, although the supplementary report was not issued by the CEC, the outcome of the elections according to the results of the election commissions in seven town-halls and in nine communes remains in force.

    But the deputy chairman of the CEC, representative of the Union for Democracy, Pellumb Cela is not of this opinion. Cela stressed that the representatives Union for Democracy in CEC have officially demanded from the President of the Republic to mediate in solving the situation.

    According to the protocols signed at the end of the elections by the election commissions in the precincts, the grouping Alliance for the State (consisting of the government coalition parties) won in five town-halls and in seven communes, while the Union for Democracy (consisting of five opposition parties) won in two town-halls and in three communes. /a.ke/das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] An Albanian killed in fighting in outskirts of Suhareka

    PRISHTINE, July 4 (ata) - Albanian youngster, Kadri Kokollari, 30, was killed last night in the attacks of Serb forces in Krushice of the commune of Suhareka (about 20 km northeast of Prizren,) sources of the Council for Defence of Human Rights in Suhareke report.

    According to sources, Serb forces have set on fire and ruined 27 houses of the Albanians last night.

    In the mean time, Serb military and police forces together with armed civilians continue to attack with heavy artillery pieces the villages Krushice and Muhlan, sources of the Council for Defence of Human Rights in Suhareke report. /b.j.sara/das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] Great damage in forests from the high temperatures in Albania

    TIRANE, July 4 (ata) - By V Mehilli: High temperatures in the recent days have caused many fires in forests and pastures in Albania. There are more than 500 hectares of forests and pastures which have been on fire in the recent months, but these days fire has extended further by ruining completely nearly 90 hectares, the director of the Forestry Department Kol Malaj told ATA.

    The high temperatures and the lack of control have caused about 180 cases of fire with a damage estimated at 20 million lek.

    In order to face with this danger which may assume extraordinary proportions in this hot summer period, according to Malaj, they have demanded from the Government an emergency fund of 20 million lek, of which only 4 million has been delivered so far.

    During 1997, over 2 200 hectares of forests and about 3 000 hectares of pastures were damaged. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Catholic mission in Mamuras also with projects for economy

    MAMURAS, July 4 (ata) - By Zef Pergega: The Catholic Mission in the town of Mamuras, directed by Father Carmelo, is making a valuable contribution to the field of spiritual revival, accompanying it with concrete projects in the field of economy in that region.

    According to Father Carmelo, the mission has financed 2.5. million lek for the construction of the out patient clinic in the village Zheje, with free of charge visits and medicaments twice a week for the local people, while with a fund of 3.7 million lek from the mission was made possible the rehabilitation of 2.5. km of road in that village.

    About 300 youngsters from Mamuras and nearby villages have finished 2- 3 month courses in different trades organized by the Catholic mission.

    A special contribution by the mission has been that in the field of education as well. /s.s/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] In August 600 l/sec from Bovilla Reservoir for the city of Tirane

    TIRANE, July 3 (ata) - By M Pupa: Only 25 linear meters of tubes have remained to be installed to link the Reservoir of Boville (near Tirane) with the water cleaning system, the press office of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport told ATA.

    According to specialists, in August this year, Tirana will be supplied with 600 l/sec of water from the Reservoir of Boville.

    The project started in April 1996, but the work for its construction was interrupted on March 3, 1997 with only 25 per cent of the project realised until then, and which marked the first stage of the project.

    The work for the construction of Boville water supplying station resumed on September 3, 1997 and until now 85 per cent of the total work has been made. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] "ANSDELL CONSULTING LIMITED" at the disposal of the Monitoring Group for administration of former pyramid schemes in Albania

    TIRANE, July 4 (ata) - By Lolita Thanasi: The Albanian Government has appointed an international firm for the communication with media with regard to the administration of the former pyramid schemes in Albania. "Ansdell Consulting," a firm with its headquarters in London and with affiliates in Moscow and Washington will provide in the future information for the media about the administration of the former pyramid schemes. The local consultant of the firm, David Masters from Australia will work closely with the Albanian Government and the administrators (D&T and C&L) to keep local media abreast of the developments in the administration of the pyramid investment schemes.

    Mr Masters said that ANSDELL will soon appoint a local stringer to ensure its permanent presence in Tirane.

    ANSDELL will assist the Monitoring Group in organizing news conferences and in improvement of the relations with media with the aim of realising a full and accurate coverage of the process of the transparence for the former pyramid schemes in Albania. /xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Compulsory education with five days a week in the next academic year in Albania

    TIRANE, July 5 (ata) - By P Shuteriqi: The coming school year starts with the five-day week system also in the compulsory education, Et'hem Ruka, Minister of Education and Science told ATA.

    As for the teachers' staff and pupils in vocational schools, said Ruka "the five-day week is still undecided for the very specific nature of this kind of education." /a.ke/pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Holbrooke and Afanasjevski meet Rugova and other Albanian leaders in Prishtine

    Prishtine,July 5 (ATA) - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports: U.S. and Russian diplomats together went to Kosove today in the course of the international efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Kosove and to reach an armistice there.

    The special envoy of President Clinton, U.S.Ambassador in the U.N., Richard Holbrooke and the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Nikolai Afanasijevski today met in Prishtine with the President of Kosove, Ibrahim Rugova and had closed-door talks together.

    Holbrooke, who was in Prishtine yesterday and went to Belgrade in the evening to meet with Yugoslav President Milosevic, returned to Prishtine today in the morning and met in the U.S. Office with the chairman of the Albanian Democratic Movement, academician Rexhep Qosja.

    Also the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Afanasijevski met with Milosevic in Belgrade yesterday.

    American and Russian diplomats will have today intensive meetings also with leaders of Albanian political parties and the Negotiating Group of Kosove. The International Community has demanded from the leaders of the Albanians of Kosove "to be in unison" and to find a consensus among them for the resolution of the grave crisis in Kosove. To this end, during the past 24 hours, Albanian political leaders of Kosove have had mutual contacts but still there are disagreements between them.

    Also the president of the Republic of Kosove, Rugova had a meeting yesterday with the German Ambassador in Belgrade, Gruber with the political director of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Giuseppe Baldoci and the political director of the Swedish Foreign Ministry, Ulf Hjertonson who are in Kosove.

    During the coming week, diplomats of the Contact Group countries, accredited in Belgrade, will go to Kosove as well. /mp/pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Serbs throw bombs in homes of Albanians in Fushe-Kosove

    PRISHTINE, July 5 (ata) - ATA correspondent, Behlul Jashari reports: Last night Serbs blasted bombs on the houses of Albanians in the city of Fushe- Kosove, 5 km west of Prishtine. As a result, a shop was set on fire and some houses were destroyed. Another Albanian house was looted by an armed gang.

    Fushe-Kosove continues to be encircled by Serb police and military forces and by Serb armed civilians. Albanian children and women have fled the city of Fushe-Kosove while men are defending their hearths. /mp/pas/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Chief of OSCE Regional Office in Gjirokaster ends mandate

    GJIROKASTER, july 5 (ata) - By H Cani: On July 5, the chief of the OSCE Regional Office in Gjirokaster (Southern Albania) Norwegian Tobia Svenningsen, ended his one year mission in Albania.

    Mr Svenningsen said that during his mandate in the south of Albania he had noticed progress towards democracy, but, he added, local government needed more competence.

    Albanian speaking Svenningsen believes that the Albanians he has contacted with, although poor, have been very hospitable. He told ATA that "it is not the political will for attraction of foreign investment lacking, but the infrastructure (banking system, laws on the land ownership etc,) which have caused hesitation among foreign investors.

    After his mission to Albania, Svenningsen will work in the Foreign Ministry of Norway.

    The Swiss Tomas Bolinger will replace Mr Svenningsen in the OSCE office in Gjirokaster, after a similar mission he has had in the former Soviet Republic of Kazakistan. /a.ke/pas/xh/


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


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