Albanian PM says Serbia must be realistic about Kosova independence

STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 3 – Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha took part Tuesday and spoke at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Albanian premier made a favorable expose of the country’s situation, paying special attention to the

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USAID pledges further support to Albania’s agriculture

TIRANA, Oct. 2 – Agriculture Minister Jemin Gjana met Monday with the new head of the USAID office in Albania Edward Landau. Gjana introduced to the new U.S. official the government program and strategy on agriculture and priorities. Gjana also

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Heroin found with two Albanian Macedonian citizens

TIRANA, Oct. 4 – Police said Wednesday they arrested three Macedonians of Albanian origin found with six kilograms of heroin. The drugs were found in a Toyota car owned by Blerim Fejzullahu and Habib Rexhepi. It appeared that the vehicle

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Moisiu attacks corruption in judiciary, tells politics not to interfere in justice

TIRANA, Oct. 4 – Albanian President Alfred Moisiu on Wednesday told a conference of judges that the consolidation of the judiciary is vital for strengthening the country’s democracy. “After 16 years of transition Albania has already won the necessary human

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JIP protests Greek statements on Cams

TIRANA, Oct. 2 – The Justice and Integration Party and the Institute for Studies on Cameria protested against a statement of the Greek ambassador to Albania saying that the Cam population, which has once been of Greek citizenship, had collaborated

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Greek policeman’s killer arrested in Albania

DURRES, Oct. 2 – Monday police arrested Erid Hoxha and Hektor Lani who were sentenced for killing a Greek officer and assaulting an Albanian civilian. Hoxha had killed a Greek officer and was declared at large and Lani was sentenced

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OSCE launches project on access to information in Albania

TIRANA, Oct. 3 – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe launched Tuesday a project aimed at helping Albanians be more aware of their rights to access information. The project, funded by the OSCE and the French government, was

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Draftlaw on family violence passed in parliamentary commission

TIRANA, Oct. 2 – The Albanian parliamentary commission debated and passed a draft law on family violence, an initiative of the Citizens Advocacy Office (CAO. It mainly aims at protecting women and children from violence of men in the family.

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Ten persons arrested for drug trafficking

TIRANA, Oct. 4 – Police reported Wednesday they had arrested ten persons in an operation nicknamed Karaburun 2006 and found 93 kilograms of marijuana. First police arrested Blerim Shehaj, 25, in Vranisht village in Vlora and then the other persons

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UNDP and Netherlands support Integrated Planning System in Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 28 – United Nations Development Program and the government of Netherlands signed an agreement to support the implementation from the Albanian government of an Integrated Planning System in the country. That it a broad planning and monitoring framework

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                    [post_content] => STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 3 - Albania's Prime Minister Sali Berisha took part Tuesday and spoke at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Albanian premier made a favorable expose of the country's situation, paying special attention to the government's successes in establishing the rule of law by arresting many criminal groups and by stopping former monopolies. Berisha also presented his idea of Albania, 1 euro trying to attract the support of the European parliamentarians and investors from their countries. Berisha thanked the Council of Europe for helping to reform the former "totalitarian and kleptocratic" regime in Albania. With help from the Council of Europe, Albania has "embarked on meaningful reforms in the field of decentralization, education and other sectors, such as property reform and information technology," Berisha said. He also reported reduced corruption, a "zero tolerance" for organized crime, and a significant reduction in drug trafficking during the past year. Berisha encouraged ratification by national parliaments of the Stabilization and Association Agreement which was signed last June with the European Union.
Berisha paid special attention to an independent Kosova that, he said, would contribute to Serbia's stability adding that Belgrade's opposition to independence for the breakaway province was unrealistic. "Despite all the changes that have occurred in Belgrade since the fall of Slobodan Milosevic's regime, still the ghost of greater Serbia persists ... and a lack of realism still dominates Belgrade's stance toward Kosova," said Berisha. Albania has been the biggest supporter of Kosova's independence, leading to frosty relations with Serbia. Tirana has, however, always said it has no territorial claims and does not intend to change its border. "Rest assured, in Pristina they all hope to join Brussels. I have not found a single person there who wants to join Albania," Berisha said, alluding to the capital of Kosova and the seat of the European Union. "The only thing we can do is to abide by the will of these people who want to have an independent state integrated into Europe."
Ethnic Albanians insist they should not be under Belgrade's authority. Serbia, as well as the Serb minority in Kosova, say Kosova is the heart of Serbia's ancient homeland and should remain within its borders. The United Nations hopes to resolve Kosova's status by the end of the year, but talks have stalled with both sides unwilling to compromise on their demands. "I believe that the independence of Kosova would contribute to the stability of Serbia and marginalize its radical forces," Berisha said. "Due to the absence of realism ... the agreement between Pristina and Belgrade is elusive."
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 2 - Agriculture Minister Jemin Gjana met Monday with the new head of the USAID office in Albania Edward Landau. Gjana introduced to the new U.S. official the government program and strategy on agriculture and priorities. Gjana also asked Landau for increased U.S. support for the country's agriculture. Landau said that his country was following several projects on agriculture in Albania and pledged more contacts to identify other spheres of interest in the country.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 4 - Albanian President Alfred Moisiu on Wednesday told a conference of judges that the consolidation of the judiciary is vital for strengthening the country's democracy. "After 16 years of transition Albania has already won the necessary human resources and the legal basis for a sustainable and independent court system," he said. Moisiu said that politics have played a negative effect on the judiciary with its influence, reminiscent of the past, as he called them. He appealed to politics to keep hands away from the judiciary system and not collectivity blame that system, which Moisiu called "a negative effort to our democratic system." He appealed to the judges to take a look back and try to repair the mistakes or shortcomings noted in the system which is fundamental for the country's development. "The court system should not identify with special judges who abuse the law and constitutional status," he said. A sound judicial system is a key element that the country should try to improve along its integration efforts into the international institutions.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 2 - The Justice and Integration Party and the Institute for Studies on Cameria protested against a statement of the Greek ambassador to Albania saying that the Cam population, which has once been of Greek citizenship, had collaborated with the fascist occupiers back during World War II.  He added that because of that the population had left the country on their own will. The party said that such a stand shows that Athens and Tirana have should have an identical stand, and such a mistake of a statement would not help keep strong relations between the two countries. The party and the institute both denounced the statement saying that is not true. The party repeated that it will follow the same legal procedure to win back their rights in Greece. The Cam community claims Greek citizenship to be returned to them and rewin their properties in Greece.
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                    [post_content] => DURRES, Oct. 2 - Monday police arrested Erid Hoxha and Hektor Lani who were sentenced for killing a Greek officer and assaulting an Albanian civilian. Hoxha had killed a Greek officer and was declared at large and Lani was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for trying to kill an Albanian.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 3 - The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe launched Tuesday a project aimed at helping Albanians be more aware of their rights to access information. The project, funded by the OSCE and the French government, was launched together with the People's Advocate (Ombudsman). Under the "Know Your Rights" project excerpts from or summaries of Albanian legislation will be displayed on state institution buildings and other visible places throughout the country. So far, over 150 billboards have been posted in the regions of Shkodra, Lezha, Durr쳬 Tirana, Kuk쳬 Fier, Kor衬 Vlora and Gjirokastra. They inform the public about their rights to obtain official documents and information on environmental matters, as well as of the rights of a detained person. In addition, booklets containing longer excerpts or full texts of relevant laws have been produced. "The 'Know Your Rights' project aims at increasing the transparency of state institutions and fostering the implementation of the laws in force," said Ambassador Pavel Vacek, Head of the OSCE Presence. "It further aims at raising the individual citizens' awareness of their rights to seek information and improving their ability to obtain it." According to the People's Advocate, Ermir Dobjani, informing citizens on their right to access official documents remains one of the main priorities of his office, as part of his endeavors to promote rule of law and good governance in Albania. "This is why this project has been initiated under the aegis of the People's Advocate," he said. The project is being carried out in co-operation with the Ministries of Interior, of Justice, of Environment, as well as the Ministries of Public Works, Transport and Telecommunications, the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Health. Additional supporting partners were the Office of the Prosecutor General, the High Council of Justice and regional councils and municipalities. The OSCE also said it was ready to provide further assistance to the Albanian institutions to further the implementation of the current legislation on access to information.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 2 - The Albanian parliamentary commission debated and passed a draft law on family violence, an initiative of the Citizens Advocacy Office (CAO. It mainly aims at protecting women and children from violence of men in the family. The CAO held a petition and after thousands of signatures it presented the draft to the parliament.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 4 - Police reported Wednesday they had arrested ten persons in an operation nicknamed Karaburun 2006 and found 93 kilograms of marijuana. First police arrested Blerim Shehaj, 25, in Vranisht village in Vlora and then the other persons named as Edmond Beqiri, 30, and Kujtim Drazhi, 41, in Tirana, and Bernard Ali, 33, Frederik Ali,  45,  Mustafa  Zahaj, 44, Arben Maskaj, 35, Genci Arapi, 43, Spartak Myslimi, 24, and Admir Hoxha, 31, in Vlora. Police had been investigating for three months. In five other previous cases police had arrested other persons and blocked a considerable amount of marijuana.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 28 - United Nations Development Program and the government of Netherlands signed an agreement to support the implementation from the Albanian government of an Integrated Planning System in the country. That it a broad planning and monitoring framework to assure that Government core policies and financial processes function in a coherent, efficient and integrated manner. The Integrated Planning System is a set of operating principles and supporting structures, which will assure that government planning and monitoring take place in an efficient and harmonized way. The Integrated Planning System will end the fragmentation and duplication between government core policies and financial planning processes, respectively through the development of the National Strategy for Development and Integration, and the Medium-Term Budget Program. 
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            [post_content] => STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 3 - Albania's Prime Minister Sali Berisha took part Tuesday and spoke at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The Albanian premier made a favorable expose of the country's situation, paying special attention to the government's successes in establishing the rule of law by arresting many criminal groups and by stopping former monopolies. Berisha also presented his idea of Albania, 1 euro trying to attract the support of the European parliamentarians and investors from their countries. Berisha thanked the Council of Europe for helping to reform the former "totalitarian and kleptocratic" regime in Albania. With help from the Council of Europe, Albania has "embarked on meaningful reforms in the field of decentralization, education and other sectors, such as property reform and information technology," Berisha said. He also reported reduced corruption, a "zero tolerance" for organized crime, and a significant reduction in drug trafficking during the past year. Berisha encouraged ratification by national parliaments of the Stabilization and Association Agreement which was signed last June with the European Union.
Berisha paid special attention to an independent Kosova that, he said, would contribute to Serbia's stability adding that Belgrade's opposition to independence for the breakaway province was unrealistic. "Despite all the changes that have occurred in Belgrade since the fall of Slobodan Milosevic's regime, still the ghost of greater Serbia persists ... and a lack of realism still dominates Belgrade's stance toward Kosova," said Berisha. Albania has been the biggest supporter of Kosova's independence, leading to frosty relations with Serbia. Tirana has, however, always said it has no territorial claims and does not intend to change its border. "Rest assured, in Pristina they all hope to join Brussels. I have not found a single person there who wants to join Albania," Berisha said, alluding to the capital of Kosova and the seat of the European Union. "The only thing we can do is to abide by the will of these people who want to have an independent state integrated into Europe."
Ethnic Albanians insist they should not be under Belgrade's authority. Serbia, as well as the Serb minority in Kosova, say Kosova is the heart of Serbia's ancient homeland and should remain within its borders. The United Nations hopes to resolve Kosova's status by the end of the year, but talks have stalled with both sides unwilling to compromise on their demands. "I believe that the independence of Kosova would contribute to the stability of Serbia and marginalize its radical forces," Berisha said. "Due to the absence of realism ... the agreement between Pristina and Belgrade is elusive."
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