(en) Albania Report - 03/21

Wed, 2 Apr 1997 22.42 GMT

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*I-AFD Group Hamburg I* (i-afd_2@anarch.free.de) ALBANIA REPORT from April the 01., 1997

Today Prime minister Fino for the first time had talks with the insurgent population in the southern town of Gjirokaster during which he was said to have appreciated the work of the councils in the south. On the other hand he also pointed out that all parties now had to co-operate to bring back law and order, and he also announced that elections in June will only take place if law and order were restored by then. Fino said that secret service Shik was dissolved as from yesterday and a follow-up organization was to be founded. BBC World stated that Fino got a warm welcome by "armed leaders" in Gjirokaster, whereas Berisha's Democratic Party condemned these contacts with rebels.

Another demo took place in Vlore, but it was not quite clear what the demo was on about, since some stations said it was again to mourn the people drowned last week, and others said these protests were against the OSCE military mission to Albania.

Menawhile France has offered another 1,000 soldiers and armoured cars to join the force of 5,000 OSCE decided to send to Albania. An Italian has been appointed commander of these forces.

Italy still rejects responsibility for the average of the Albanian boat and denies evidence by those rescued that the warship rammed the vessel on purpose. Instead, Italian authorities claimed, the Italian captain had approached the Albanian from astern and only very slowly as he was aware that people on the Albanian vessel lacked seamanship. As the Albanian refused to answer radio messages, the warship approached from astern to take up communication by megaphone, authorities claimed. It was mentioned again that the persons rescued blamed Italian authorities for being very slow about rescue operations and said more persons would have been saved if boats and helicopters had arrived much sooner. Italian authorities apparently also deny delays in rescue operations.

Late-late news yesterday also reported that 80 Albanian soldiers returned after a military training which they received in Germany. They were taken down in a German plane and accompanied by German soldiers. It was pointed out that the soldiers were going to stay in the army and help to protect humanitarian aid shipments. ## CrossPoint v3.11 ##

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