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20 Nov 1997 description

PRISHTINE, NOV 20 (ATA) - The Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) in Gjakova (near Albania border) issued a
communique on Wednesday expressing its concern about the increasing raids of armed gangs against the province of
Gjakova, the LDK said on Thursday. These gangs, armed with automatic rifles and explosive devices, often masked,
communicate, particularly, in Albanian language, but some time insult in Serbian language. One cannot clearly
understand whether they are Albanians from Kosova or from the other side of the border (Albania), the communique

18 Nov 1997 description

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

04 Nov 1997 description

TIRANA, NOV 4 (ATA) - The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) ended its food emergency aid and
medical assistance for the needy Albanian population, the ICRC press office said. This program started at the
beginning of March '97 in cooperation with the Albanian Red Cross. Some 63 medical institutions and those of social
assistance received a total of 50 tons of medical supplies and 187 tons of foodstuffs, which were distributed to 10
percent of the population in the first phase. The food packages and sanitary articles were distributed to some 210 000

15 Oct 1997 description

TIRANE, OCT. 15 (ATA) - By Aurel Simoni: "I received guarantees from Prime Minister Simitis that the Greek
Government will find an appropriate solution to the legalization of Albanian emigrants in Greece," Namik Dokle,
deputy Parliament Speaker declared Wednesday following a meeting with the Greek Prime Minister, Costas Simitis.
Dokle said that he appreciated in the meeting a decision of the Greek Government adopted on September 5, 1997 for

15 Oct 1997 description

BERAT, OCT. 15 (ATA) - By I Manka: Collecting weapons and removing people from state buildings, forcefully
occupied during the unrest, were in the focus of the administration council meeting of the Berat prefecture, organised
on Tuesday. After the report of the prefect of Berat, Ndue Gega, regarding the work done in these directions, the
participants in the meeting addressed questions to the Interior Minister, Neritan Ceka, State Secretary in the
Interior Ministry Ndre Legisi and to the State Secretary for Local Government, Lush Perpali, present in the meeting.

14 Oct 1997 description

SHKODER, OCT 14 (ATA) - By M. Malja: Special forces of the Interior Ministry have put the Shkodra-Velipoja road
axis under control on Tuesday, a road segment from which the contraband was carried out onwards to Montenegro.
The Velipoja beach, some 30 km from the city, was used as a transit place for illegal passing to Italy and cigarette
smuggling during the March unrest. It has also been a center for cigarettes smuggled into Albania through Greece
and sent to Montenegro through Shkodra lake. To stop this phenomenon, the Interior Ministry has built three check

14 Oct 1997 description

PRISHTINE, OCT. 14 (ATA) - Many forces of the Serbian police, reinforced by helicopters and armoured vehicles,
imposed curfew on the villages of Bardhaniq, Zhabel and Jabllanice, in the triangle Gjakove, Peje, Kline, early on
Tuesday in Kosova. The Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) has not given so far any explanation for the causes of
this police action. Meanwhile, the Serbian police reported that an armed attack against the police station in Qollopek
in the commune of Peje was undertaken during the night by 01:30. Unidentified persons attacked the police station