Ceremony on 9/11 5th anniversary

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – The United States embassy in Tirana held a ceremony Monday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that caused some 3,000 victims there. Following is a speech by the U.S. Ambassador Marcie B.

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Police arrests in September

TIRANA, Sept. 12 – Police said they had arrested 42 wanted persons during the first 11 days this month, considering it a success. They were wanted for different crimes like murders, illegal traffic, economic crimes and others. Police said that

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Aleksander Moisiu University with the first 1,200 students

DURRES, Sept. 11 – The new Aleksander Moisiu University in the port city of Durres is launched this school year with some 1,200 students, or double what it had projected. The new university will apply an American methodology and the

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Police school reopened after U.S. and international restructuring support

TIRANA, Sept. 9 – The Arben Zylyftari police academy reopened after an international funding helped its restructuring. A ceremony held last Friday was attended not only from the Albanian top officials, Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi and police chief Bajram Ibraj,

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A British-Albanian couple arrested for car traffic

VLORA, Sept. 12 – Police in the southwestern port town of Vlora said they had arrested Hafir Qejvanaj, born in Presevo, Serbia but with British citizenship, and his Albanian wife Esmeralda for trafficking stolen cars. They were found selling two

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New school year at universities, police security at schools

TIRANA, Sept. 13 – The Ministry of Education and Universities are making the last steps of the procedure of evaluation of the tests and putting out the names of the new students based on their marks and the exams results.

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Property legalization initial process extended by two months

TIRANA, Sept 11 – Shaban Memia, who heads the government agency on the property legalization, said Monday that the timing for the volunteer registration of the illegal property and buildings which expired Sept. 15 would be extended by two more

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Cannabis cut in Tepelena

TEPELENA, Sept. 12 – Police said Tuesday they had arrested two persons and cut some 250 cannabis plants in the village of Krahe, Tepelena district. Police have been involved in a nationwide operation against cannabis plants though few people have

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Berisha makes a much-wanted visit to neighboring Greece

TIRANA, Albania (AP) _ Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha started Tuesday a two-day visit to neighboring Greece in an effort to boost political and economic ties and get the country’s southern neighbor’s support for integration efforts into the European Union

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Olldashi and Rama in Brussels

TIRANA, Sept. 13 _ Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi and Socialist leader Edi Rama went both to Brussels this week to meet with European Union officials. Olldashi met with European Commission vice president of freedom, internal affairs and justice Franco Fratini,

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 11 - The United States embassy in Tirana held a ceremony Monday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that caused some 3,000 victims there. Following is a speech by the U.S. Ambassador Marcie B. Ries at the ceremony, during which a magnolia tree was also planted as a symbol.

Today we are here to remember the 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. In ceremonies like this across America and all over the world, we are recalling this tragedy and extend our sympathies to the family and friends they left behind. Today we are also here to thank the men and women in public service who demonstrated such courage and determination on that day and in the days and weeks afterwards. We remember the heroic efforts of the firemen, security agents, military, police, and citizens on September 11, 2001.  Remembering their efforts, and their losses, we are reminded what the phrase "service to your country" really means. 
We are honored to have members of the U.S. armed forces, Diplomatic Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who gave then - and continue to give - service to their country - join me here today.  In the days after the attack, Sue Ostrobinski and Daniel Garrabrant worked around the clock for days and weeks coordinating with all levels of law enforcement to begin tracking those who attacked the U.S. They are here, in Albanian, to pass on their expertise through the State Department's Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, to your fellow countrymen, represented today by the five Albanian State Police Officers standing with us. 
It is equally important to fight for values and principles that are universal.  Across all borders, we share a common humanity. While the color of our skin, the language we speak, or the way we worship may be different, people everywhere aspire to speak their minds, participate freely in their society, pursue opportunities for their families, and live in peace and security. That is why we are working together to defeat the ideology of hate and foster a climate of hope and opportunity for all the world's peoples. Americans and Albanians are working together to secure not only the borders of this country, but also to promote democracy and prosperity to the citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. So as we look back on September 11, we honor those who have taken the oath to serve their fellow man with strength, unity, and allegiance and the conviction that all people everywhere are equal and equally deserving of justice, respect, opportunity, and dignity. So I commend all of you and the others whom you represent, for your service and for your commitment - and yes, courage - in dedicating yourselves to protecting your fellow man and the values in which we all believe. Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember those who have fallen and honor those who will continue to serve and protect all of us.
Thank you.  I would like to ask Bajram Ibraj, Director General of the Albanian State Police, to help me plant this magnolia tree not only as a symbol for those heroes who are no longer with us, but for those who will follow their example.
The plaque next to the tree carries a quote from Maya Angelou:
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but if faced with courage,
need not be lived again"
Albanian parliament held a minute of silence for the day. Both President Alfred Moisiu and Prime Minister Sali Berisha hailed the determination of the United States to fight terrorism worldwide and repeated Albania's support to the process.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 12 - Police said they had arrested 42 wanted persons during the first 11 days this month, considering it a success. They were wanted for different crimes like murders, illegal traffic, economic crimes and others. Police said that arresting wanted persons remains one of the main duties.
During one month, Tirana police have blocked 16 grams of heroin and five kilograms of cannabis. They had arrested 18 persons and investigated free four others.
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                    [post_content] => DURRES, Sept. 11 - The new Aleksander Moisiu University in the port city of Durres is launched this school year with some 1,200 students, or double what it had projected. The new university will apply an American methodology and the Bologna Card system, according to its rector Agim Kukeli. The University has at the moment 25 full time staff of professors. An investment from the Ministry of Education helped it increase the space and working conditions.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 9 - The Arben Zylyftari police academy reopened after an international funding helped its restructuring. A ceremony held last Friday was attended not only from the Albanian top officials, Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi and police chief Bajram Ibraj, but also the U.S. Ambassador to Tirana Marcie B. Ries, and international missions' representatives. U.S. was one of the funders of the restructuring together with ICITAP (International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program), PAMECA and other international missions. 
"This inaugural class is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration and hard work.   It is also just the first step in the ambitious effort to make the Albanian National Police a modern, professional and effective force," said Ries. Ambassador Ries said that they and their communities would be the direct beneficiaries of this training, concluding, "We want you to be proud of yourselves and Albanians to be proud of their national police."
The inauguration represents a significant milestone in ICITAP's assistance to reform police training and professionalize the police force.  ICITAP has helped shape the reorganization of the Police Academy Training Program by combining the former three-year academies and the one-year institute into a new curriculum that will also include both substantive classroom learning and field training. ICITAP advisers have also worked on the development of the promotion system, recruitment policy and the formation of a Training Division in the Personnel Directorate of the Albanian Police. 
The training will enable a more comprehensive response to routine and emergency calls, the conduct of preliminary criminal investigations, enforcement and investigation of traffic incidents, implementation of an array of law enforcement strategies, and progress in the creation of community-based partnerships.   The improved curriculum and management processes are expected to greatly aid the preparation of a new more efficient, professional and modern Albanian police force. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 13 - The Ministry of Education and Universities are making the last steps of the procedure of evaluation of the tests and putting out the names of the new students based on their marks and the exams results. Mistakes and delay of results have put in great anxiety thousands of high school graduates. Police were undertaking a serious of steps on the security at schools with the opening of the new school year next week. Top policeman Bajram Ibraj sent a letter to asking them to have patrols and keep a close eye on the schools and other educational institutions. Police officers have also met with officials of the educational system in every town in order to intensify their collaboration, according to a police statement.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept 11 - Shaban Memia, who heads the government agency on the property legalization, said Monday that the timing for the volunteer registration of the illegal property and buildings which expired Sept. 15 would be extended by two more months due to the great number still expected to enter that. All those who do not self-declare their illegal property until Nov. 15 there will be a symbolic fine after that period, according to Memia. For two months in the process there have been some 160,000 statements of illegal property nationwide, whose owners have asked to get legalized. Authorities think there is a greater number and giving time to that would help the process. (Tirana Times Staff)
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                    [post_content] => TEPELENA, Sept. 12 - Police said Tuesday they had arrested two persons and cut some 250 cannabis plants in the village of Krahe, Tepelena district. Police have been involved in a nationwide operation against cannabis plants though few people have been arrested. Very often police find the drug planted in a no-man's-land and they find it hard to find the persons to blame.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Albania (AP) _ Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha started Tuesday a two-day visit to neighboring Greece in an effort to boost political and economic ties and get the country's southern neighbor's support for integration efforts into the European Union and NATO.  Berisha said before going there that during his visit to Greece Sept. 12-13 he would talk with host Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, other top officials and businessmen "to intensify the already very good ties in all the spheres." Relations between the two neighbors often become tense because of perceptions of racism and xenophobia against Albanians living in Greece.

Greece will support Albania' Euro Atlantic agenda
Host Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis pledged support Wednesday for Albania's efforts to join the EU and NATO, following talks with his visiting Albanian counterpart. Karamanlis said Athens "attributes great significance" to its northern neighbor's bids to join the organizations. Greece is already a member of both. "We are ready to help (Albania) with its efforts to implement the necessary reforms and commitments it has undertaken to the European Union," Karamanlis said. The small Balkan country took its first step toward possible EU membership in June, signing the Stabilization and Association Agreement, and also hopes to be invited to become a full NATO member by 2008.
Karamanlis and Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha also discussed ways of boosting economic and political ties, as well as police and military cooperation. Berisha said discussions included the rights of the ethnic Greek minority in southern Albania, and of the estimated 600,000 Albanian immigrants living in Greece. He said his government would "seriously discuss" a Greek proposal to establish a rail link between the two countries.
Earlier Wednesday, the two countries' energy ministers signed a deal on bilateral energy cooperation. 

In his second day of visit Berisha also met with Greek President Karolos Papoulias both considering their countries' ties as 'excellent.' "We have been and will remain the strongest and consequent supporters of Albania's integration into NATO and EU," said Papoulias. Berisha thanked Papoulias for his personal contribution in the promotion of relations between the two countries. Papoulias cut short a visit to Albania last year not meeting with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu in Saranda for security issues. A group of Cams was protesting in Saranda for their rights in Greece. Papoulias went back to Greece from Gjirokastra where he stopped.
Berisha also made honorary ceremonies to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Athens.

On Tuesday Berisha met with Greek parliament Speaker Anna Benaki - Psarouda both highly considering the level of relations and pledging further strengthening. Benaki-Psarouda said Greece would strongly support Albania's integration efforts. The Greek Speaker evaluated the fact that the Albanian government had as a minister a member of the Greek minority in the country. "That is one of the indicators that Albania respects the international standards on minorities," she said. "I am a witness of the support of the greek democratic forces to the albanian democratic forces since the start of political pluralism in Albania. I am also witness of the assistance that the Greek people and parliament have given to Albanians in their efforts of development and integration into Europe," said Berisha.

Strengthening economy cooperation
Berisha had also a visit to the Greek Chamber of Industry meeting Greek investors and businessmen. Berisha presented to them his 'Albania, 1 euro' idea explaining what facilities they would have if they put their money in Albania. Greece has already some 430 million euro of investment in the country. Berisha pledged to the Greek businessmen that the government would strongly fight corruption that has plagued his country. "The major goal of my government is to make Albania the freest country for foreign investment," he said. 
Topics of discussion sure were more than 600,000 Albanian immigrants living in Greece, other joint interest topics, including asking for Greece's support in the tiny Balkan country's integration efforts into the European Union after signing the Stabilization and Association Agreement in June, the first step toward membership. Albania is also expecting to be invited to become a full NATO member by 2008.
Greece is Albania's second trading partner after Italy.
Political agenda

The issue of the Greek cemeteries in southern Albania was also not mentioned during the trip, though it is clear it could have been a topic in the talks. Albania was surprised some months ago to learn that allegedly a priest there had paid money to certain individuals for taking out of land bones of other Albanian dead persons and use them for Greek soldiers killed during the Second World War here when Italy attacked Greece from the Albanian land. Investigation until now has shown only many bones did not belong to Greeks but it has not accused the priest or anyone else for that. Greece wants to have three cemeteries in southern Albania for the soldiers.
During the two-day visit there was not mentioned at all in the news releases anything on the Cam issue, who claim reparation, though Greece insists that it had closed 60 years ago. Albanians have for years demanded that Greece pay compensation for property they lost. The Party for Justice and Integration, that supports the Cam issue, publicly appealed to Berisha to mention their case during the trip.

Berisha also met with the former Greek president Constantinos Stephanopoulos who visited Albania before he left the post.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 13 _ Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi and Socialist leader Edi Rama went both to Brussels this week to meet with European Union officials.
Olldashi met with European Commission vice president of freedom, internal affairs and justice Franco Fratini, who hailed the government for the fight against corruption. Fratini also said that he had asked the EU to facilitate Schenghen visa procedure for Albania citizens. Fratini said that Albanian authorities should pay special attention on reforms in police, security of documents and training of police forces that would ensure efficient fight against organized crime. Olldashi informed Fratini on the government's successes in the crackdown against a number of criminal organizations this year.
Olldashi also went to the Netherlands where he met with the Europol head Max Peter Ratzel. Albania will sign a membership agreement in 2007.
On the same day Rama went to the EU headquarters to meet with Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn. He presented to Rehn all the complaints from the opposition against the government. As Rama said after the meeting the EU asks Albania to go ahead. The EU has also always told to any opposition not to boycott parliament or elections or the democratic processes.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 11 - The United States embassy in Tirana held a ceremony Monday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that caused some 3,000 victims there. Following is a speech by the U.S. Ambassador Marcie B. Ries at the ceremony, during which a magnolia tree was also planted as a symbol.

Today we are here to remember the 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. In ceremonies like this across America and all over the world, we are recalling this tragedy and extend our sympathies to the family and friends they left behind. Today we are also here to thank the men and women in public service who demonstrated such courage and determination on that day and in the days and weeks afterwards. We remember the heroic efforts of the firemen, security agents, military, police, and citizens on September 11, 2001.  Remembering their efforts, and their losses, we are reminded what the phrase "service to your country" really means. 
We are honored to have members of the U.S. armed forces, Diplomatic Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who gave then - and continue to give - service to their country - join me here today.  In the days after the attack, Sue Ostrobinski and Daniel Garrabrant worked around the clock for days and weeks coordinating with all levels of law enforcement to begin tracking those who attacked the U.S. They are here, in Albanian, to pass on their expertise through the State Department's Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, to your fellow countrymen, represented today by the five Albanian State Police Officers standing with us. 
It is equally important to fight for values and principles that are universal.  Across all borders, we share a common humanity. While the color of our skin, the language we speak, or the way we worship may be different, people everywhere aspire to speak their minds, participate freely in their society, pursue opportunities for their families, and live in peace and security. That is why we are working together to defeat the ideology of hate and foster a climate of hope and opportunity for all the world's peoples. Americans and Albanians are working together to secure not only the borders of this country, but also to promote democracy and prosperity to the citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. So as we look back on September 11, we honor those who have taken the oath to serve their fellow man with strength, unity, and allegiance and the conviction that all people everywhere are equal and equally deserving of justice, respect, opportunity, and dignity. So I commend all of you and the others whom you represent, for your service and for your commitment - and yes, courage - in dedicating yourselves to protecting your fellow man and the values in which we all believe. Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember those who have fallen and honor those who will continue to serve and protect all of us.
Thank you.  I would like to ask Bajram Ibraj, Director General of the Albanian State Police, to help me plant this magnolia tree not only as a symbol for those heroes who are no longer with us, but for those who will follow their example.
The plaque next to the tree carries a quote from Maya Angelou:
"History, despite its wrenching pain,
cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage,
need not be lived again"
Albanian parliament held a minute of silence for the day. Both President Alfred Moisiu and Prime Minister Sali Berisha hailed the determination of the United States to fight terrorism worldwide and repeated Albania's support to the process.
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