N E W S – Februar 1999


Chief of the police replaced

The chief of the police commissariat of Malesi e Madhe (Northern Albania) has been replaced by an order of the Public Order Minister last Saturday. The newly appointed chief is Isa Bragaxhai, who until now was chief of police commissariat of another district. The former police chief in Malesi e Madhe, Kujtim Kraja, is appointed inspector in the police department of the prefecture of Shkoder. On the same day, new chiefs were also appointed in the sector of road traffic and border sector close to that commissariat.

New secretary Sport Club Vllaznia named

The football club of Vllaznia will now be directed by the newly-appointed secretary Mehdi Milla. Milla, 53, was named last night by the Municipal Council of the city in the post of the secretary of the Sport Club Vllaznia, replacing the Merited Master of Sport, Sabah Bizi. Milla, a former football player of the local team in 60-70s, has been inspector in the town-hall for the questions of sport, and lately teacher of physical training. Since 1918, 12 teams of football from 8-18 years, has been operating in this club. The team of first category of Vllaznia has been declared champion 7 times and winner of Albania’s Cup in football 5 times.

Presented young judges of Shkodra Court

Shkodra, Feb.10 (ATA)
The Minister of Law Thimjo Kondi introduced on Wednesday the young judges of the Fact Court in Shkodra District. Already the head of this court will be Omir Thanxha, 28, who has been judge at this court. While vice chairman was nominated Ramiz Gjetja, 55, who was head the of this court. After the presentation the heads of this court, the minister of law Kondi said that profesionalism and the responsibility in the work must be the guiding principles of all judges in general. During the truobles in March 1997 and February 1998 almost the whole building of this court is damaged and ruined. Its reconstruction finished in June 1998 by a fond of 9,7 million leks accorded by the state budget.

Roads blocked in remote zones of Shkoder

SHKODER, Feb. 12 (ATA)
The snow that fell recently blocked Friday the roads which connect Shkoder with the remote zones of this district. The spokesman of the prefecture told ATA that the roads which connect the town with the commune of Shllak and Shosh have been blocked, as well as the rural roads of this area.
The thickness of the snow in these zones is more than 25 cm. The ice created from the low temperatures until -10 grade Celsius has blocked the movement of vehicles. According to the spokesman, the department for the maintenance of roads has sent its vehicles to unblock the roads that connect these zones with Shkoder. Actually, inthese zones there is no lack of food stuff, because the winter reserves were sent there before.

CE representatives meets with leaders of local government in Shkoder

The representative of the Council of Europe in Tirane, Andreas Papakonstantinou, in a meeting Friday with local government leaders in Shkoder, took interest in the situation of the public order and the development of investments in that prefecture. Prefect of Shkoder, Jetmir Shpuza, briefed Papakonstantinou of the work going on for the reestablishment of public order in this prefecture. Speaking for the cooperation between local government structures, Prefect Shpuza said that this cooperation is present at all levels of the government and despite their political convictions, the advisers are united by the interest of the city. During this year, said Shpuza, the construction of three important works will be constructed such as the Hydro power station in Bushat, the cement plant in the village Mes by a German firm and the hew hospital complex by a Greek firm. Shpuza said that soon a conference will be held in Shkoder with foreign donors, in which priorities of the investments in this region will be presented. The Council of Europe representative Papakonstantinuo voiced his satisfaction for the fruitful cooperation between the local government structures, adding that a meeting will be held in Vienna of the Friends of Albania Group to discuss the investments in Albania. “I will present in that meeting also some projects for your city,” said Papakonstantinou.

Rally in Shkoder to back Kosove question

SHKODER, Feb. 19 (ATA)
Inhabitants of the city of Shkoder gathered Friday in front of the prefecture offices in a rally in support of the question of Kosove. The rally was held by political parties and non-governmental organizations operating in Shkoder. The speakers in the rally condemned fiercely the crimes of the Serb military-police forces against innocent people of Kosove, forcing the latter to move from their territories. They demanded from the international community a correct solution to the question of Kosove and the denunciation of those who organized the inhuman massacres against women, children and aged people of Kosove. Participants in the rally voiced the belief that the people of Kosove will never kneel down until they will win their freedom. They also addressed a message to the Contact Group demanding among others that just decisions be adopted in the Rambouillet meeting for the status of Kosove.

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