Top military officials from Southeast Europe meet in Albania

TIRANA, Sept. 12 – Albania collected for three days senior military officials from southeastern European countries Sept. 12-14 to discuss Balkan military ties, security issues and participation in international military missions. There were military officials from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece,

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Murder in Vlora

VLORA, Sept. 10 – Krenar Grabova, 38, was publicly shot Sunday and murdered, according to police. Another person, Kreshnik Rakipi was also murdered but Grabova seems to have been the main target. There were many alternatives on the reasons why

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High State Control finds abused money

TIRANA, Sept. 14 – The State High Control (SHC) announced Thursday the results of its research saying that much public money was abused by different officials around the country. The SHC said the Sukth town hall had abused some 3,7

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Parliament to investigate property transparency

TIRANA, Sept. 11 – A group of 35 parliamentarians asked the parliament’s presidency to create an investigative parliamentary commission to check properties of senior officials in top public posts during the 1998-2006 period. That would also include the properties of

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Ammunition traffic to Greece stopped

KORCA, Sept. 12 – Police arrested a 21 year old man who was trying to transport some 20,000 rounds of ammunition allegedly to Greece. Kreshnik Agolli, resident of Vashtni village in Korca district, was arrested Monday. He was driving a

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Police reform to fire 1,500 officers

TIRANA, Sept. 12 – Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi has undertaken a reform of the police structure which will fire 1,500 policemen. The reform is to end until Oct. 10 when its ranks will be cut by 15 percent. At the

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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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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 12 - Albania collected for three days senior military officials from southeastern European countries Sept. 12-14 to discuss Balkan military ties, security issues and participation in international military missions. There were military officials from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.S. and NATO. During the three days of talks they focused talks on a series of issues on security in the Balkan region and wider. They also would discuss a planned meeting of their defense ministers and those from NATO member countries on Sept. 27 in Tirana. Most countries attending the Tirana conference are members of the South East European Brigade, or SEEBRIG, created in 1998 to coordinate military and security efforts among countries that at the time were not NATO members. Albania heads since last year and for another year the Secretariat of the organization. "Armed conflicts during the last decade in the region asked not only for the presence of international peacekeeping forces, but also made necessary the creation of a sustainable mechanism of cooperation among the regional countries," said a statement. The officials would also prepare a meeting of their defense ministers with NATO member countries Sept. 27 in Tirana, when U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to come as well.
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                    [post_content] => VLORA, Sept. 10 - Krenar Grabova, 38, was publicly shot Sunday and murdered, according to police. Another person, Kreshnik Rakipi was also murdered but Grabova seems to have been the main target. There were many alternatives on the reasons why Grabova was murdered. One could have been his links with the Gaxhai band, while the other could have been for political reasons as Grabova was openly known as a supporter and strong fan of the governing Democratic party. Grabova worked at the taxation office in Vlora. Grabova has been under the police attention since 1998 as a member of the Gaxhai band. It has been suspected for kidnapping a person and also collaborating in some other crimes in the city. Rakipi, on his side, seems to have been clear of such links and may have been accidentally found at the wrong place and the wrong time.
On Sunday at 21.20 local time Grabova and Rakipi went out of a Euroloto kiosk when they were confronted with a masked man. The masked man had a Tomson 9-mm Luger automatic rifle that failed to shoot. Then the masked man immediately put out a model 54 pistol and shot both men who tried to run away with it. The masked man left on foot to the 29 Nentori quarter and along the way he also stopped some cars showing them the pistol. He made that to block the traffic and not let police reach him easily, something which he did achieve. Both victims were sent to the hospital but they died soon. Police found six bullets shots against the victims, together with a black cap. Police checked the city during the whole night but in vain. They interrogated many persons, including two other clients at the Euroloto kiosk. It is believed that the killer was about 25 years old.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 14 - The State High Control (SHC) announced Thursday the results of its research saying that much public money was abused by different officials around the country. The SHC said the Sukth town hall had abused some 3,7 million leks during 2004-2005, according to spokesman Edvin Morava. That was an abuse with the licenses to use areas for construction without proper documents.
Other abuse was found in Vlora at a total of 564 million leks, mainly not declaring income and nonpayment of social insurance.
The Ministry of Public Affairs had also abused some 123 million leks in 2004-2005 in the use of the public funding in direct procurement.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 11 - A group of 35 parliamentarians asked the parliament's presidency to create an investigative parliamentary commission to check properties of senior officials in top public posts during the 1998-2006 period. That would also include the properties of the president, prime minister, deputy prime ministers and government ministers, the High Council of Justice, Supreme Court and others. The investigation is also to include checking the properties of the family members of these officials as well.  Such an initiative was undertaken a few days ago from the head of the ruling Democratic Party head of the parliamentary group Bamir Topi.
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                    [post_content] => KORCA, Sept. 12 - Police arrested a 21 year old man who was trying to transport some 20,000 rounds of ammunition allegedly to Greece. Kreshnik Agolli, resident of Vashtni village in Korca district, was arrested Monday. He was driving a Fiat car and did not stop to police checks. Because of the night two other persons found in the car left. Agolli remained there and was arrested. Police found some 8,000 bullets in the car. Some 12,000 other rounds were found at his house. Investigation showed that the ammunition was destined for Greece. "It is a network of traffickers who trafficked ammunition to Greece," said police.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 12 - Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi has undertaken a reform of the police structure which will fire 1,500 policemen. The reform is to end until Oct. 10 when its ranks will be cut by 15 percent. At the same time there is also a reform on their ranks. One hundred of them have preferred not to sign a request to leave their grades, unlike 700 others who agreed with the move. The refusal means an automatic fire from the police ranks. If they agreed with the reform they would be paid for two years if fired, something they do not profit now.
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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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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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                    [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. 12 - Albania collected for three days senior military officials from southeastern European countries Sept. 12-14 to discuss Balkan military ties, security issues and participation in international military missions. There were military officials from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.S. and NATO. During the three days of talks they focused talks on a series of issues on security in the Balkan region and wider. They also would discuss a planned meeting of their defense ministers and those from NATO member countries on Sept. 27 in Tirana. Most countries attending the Tirana conference are members of the South East European Brigade, or SEEBRIG, created in 1998 to coordinate military and security efforts among countries that at the time were not NATO members. Albania heads since last year and for another year the Secretariat of the organization. "Armed conflicts during the last decade in the region asked not only for the presence of international peacekeeping forces, but also made necessary the creation of a sustainable mechanism of cooperation among the regional countries," said a statement. The officials would also prepare a meeting of their defense ministers with NATO member countries Sept. 27 in Tirana, when U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to come as well.
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