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Question of Albanian refugees - part of investment programs of Italy

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TIRANE, NOV 18 (ATA) - By Eva Allushi: Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano said on Tuesday in a meeting with
Italian foreign undersecretary, Piero Fassino that the question of Albanian refugees must be solved in the context of
the programs that Italy has started in Albania. "All the emigrants that will return home as a result of the Re-admission and Seasonal employment Agreement must be assisted by the Italian state," Nano asked from the Italian foreign undersecretary, Piero Fassino. Albanian Prime Minister added that Italy must attach priority to all projects for the creation of jobs in Albania, because, according to him, the practice to provide money in cash have proved inefficient. Mr Fassino said that the Italian Government will continue all programs to assist Albanian police, army, judiciary and diplomacy. Mr Fassino added that his government is encouraging Italian investors to come to Albania, while PM Nano assured him that the Albanian Government will create facilities for the investors. Upon a request of PM Nano, Mr Fassino promised in the name of the Italian Government that the investigation into the Otranto event will be completed soon and confirmed the assistance of his government for the families of the victims. The Italian foreign undersecretary highlighted the efforts of the Albanian Government for the normalization of the relations in the Balkans, which, he said, will influence in the democratization of the countries of this region.

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