Saturday, July 28, 2007

Azerbaijan to send a note to Albania for illegally selling of weapons to Armenia, Elmar Mammadyarov says

[ 27 Jul 2007 16:26 ]

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry will send a note to Albania for illegally selling weapons to Armenia, APA reports quoting Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov as briefing journalists. According to the UN resolution, no country might sell weapons to the countries at war.

Turkish authorities have refused transit to a sizeable consignment of Albanian weapons and ammunition bound for Armenia. They forced the Albanian ship to sail back with its cargo.
Director of MEIKO Company engaged in trade of Pinari weapons, stated that Albania is not interfering in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Albanian Defense Ministry had appointed the MEIKO Company to fill the Armenian order, since it had some experience in this business selling Pinari armament. The Armenian side would pay for the consignment of armament./APA/

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

"The European Moviment Socialist Party of Albania"....Fatos Nano to compose the new politic Moviment.

Photo: Ex Mayer of Athens Dora Bakogianis, actualy Foreign Minister of Greece, to honore the ex Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano.

By Stavros Markos*

After faled to electe albanian president, Fatos Nano begins to change his politicaly profil inside Socialist Party of albania. A group of Socialist Party in Parliament, voted to elect a high represent of Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bamir Topi, under the influence of ex socialist leader Fatos Nano. Annyway if the efforts of Nano to take the head of SP would be faled until Octobber 2007, for the left political of albania will begin the separation proces.
According to annalysis of RIEAS in Athens some months ago, Fatos Nano shold be the future leader to compose a new party suported from albanians emigrant in Greece including Northern Epiriotes contigent with about 700 thousand people. The new Politic Party will nominate "The European Moviment Socialist Party of Albania" a similar of PASOK the Pan Socialist Moviment of Greece, of leader George Papandreu (The President of International Socialist of the World).
The leaders of Greek Minority (Northern Epirus) in Albanian Parliament (HURP) have been the only supporters of Fatos Nano to be cantidat elected for President, but anny efforts faled because Albania (with total influence from diaspora and Kosovo) needed for a President a moderator cantidat from musulman religion, indicted from new developments in Southern Balkan Region, particularly for albanian unification future proces.
So, the new start of Fatos Nano assegns a strategic plain about new politic electinos in albania in 2008, under the total influence of Athens and suporter from northern epiriotean electorate to win the elections.

Decision of Fatos Nano to compose a New Political Party in Albania (RIEAS, Editorials 2007 & Analysis)

The ex Socialist Premier Fatos Nano, declared recently an proposal to VOA Albanian Section, in order to compose a new Politic Party in Albania, after the last Socialist Party Congress held in Tirana and with a negative political result. Nano accuses Edi Rama, the SP President, as a dictator and a fundamentalist that by his actions will ultimately disintegrate the influential Party of SP that since its foundation in 1991 plays an integral role in the Albanian political scene.
According to the Albanian Press sources, Fatos Nano could win politically in the future and become again a Prime Minister of Albania with a more European orientation, if he will include in his Party, a large representation of Northern Eipiriotes electorate, which historically live in Southern Albania, known as Northern Epirus Region. The electorate is almost exclusively composed by Albanian emigrants and Northern Eipiriotes, most of them holding Greek identity cards and citizenship documents
According to information from sources in Athens, the leader of Socialist Party in Greece, has requested by Edi Rama before local elections of 20 February, to have a large percentage of candidates from Northern Eipiriotes, mustering thousand of votes from immigrants in Greece, but Edi Rama was against this proposal.
On a domestic party level, Fatos Nano could take from Parliamentary Socialist Group (45 in total) the majority members, so as to gain political supremacy. Also he could easily control party politics in most parts of Southern Albania (Northern Epirus) whilst Edi Rama is mostly supported by the business world, the clans and the media.
It seems that Fatos Nano political future lies more in aligning with the Greek minority members and with the Albanian populous having strong ties with Greece, because in most respects this is going to be his vital electorate basis for the future developments in his party.
Regarding Hellenic diplomacy during and after 1997 period (Civil War in Albania) Fatos Nano has been supported through aid and finance from Athens and assisted in the expansion of Greek investments in Albania. On the other hand he was not overtly confident so as create more space for the Greek Minority rights... Fatos Nano in order to rise into the politic stratum once again needs support from the Greek-oriented electorate and the media and foreign diplomacy support particularly from Athens.
It seems quite probable that over the coming months the political significance of Greek minority members in Albania will going to upgrade to the influential role they could play in relation to domestic Albanian politics, especially those of the Socialist Party and in particular of Fatos Nano political ascendancy.

Stavros Markos*
(Journalist and Member of the World Security Network Foundation at Athens & Southeastern Europe Office, RIEAS Athens).


Monday, July 23, 2007

Rice Warns Kosovo Against Independence Monday, July 23, 2007 11:27 AM

AP, Associated Press
WASHINGTON-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is warning Kosovo officials not to declare independence unilaterally and to continue with diplomatic efforts, the State Department said Monday.
The meeting between Rice and officials from the breakaway province comes days after the U.N. Security Council set aside a resolution that Russia called a hidden route to independence.
As the talks began, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that Rice planned to "underline the fact that nobody gains by trying to short-circuit the diplomatic process that is under way."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seen here 19 July 2007, was urging patience on Kosovo leaders Monday, after the United States and European allies shelved a UN bid to secure independence for the Serbian province. Photo: AFP
The United States and the European Union said Friday they would move the forum for deciding Kosovo's status from the Security Council to the Contact Group on Kosovo, which includes representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Russia.
The U.N. Security Council resolution on Kosovo's future was set aside Friday in the face of a possible Russian veto.
The Washington talks follow a comment by Kosovo's prime minister, Agim Ceku, suggesting that the province's parliament should adopt its own resolution setting Nov. 28 as a possible date for declaring independence.
Ceku will be among a group of officials and politicians from the province, including its president and the speaker of its assembly, who were to meet Monday with Rice and other U.S. officials, including national security adviser Stephen Hadley.
In April, the U.N.'s special envoy on Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, recommended Kosovo be granted internationally supervised independence but his plan was defeated at the UN Security Council.
The latest version of the resolution calls for four months of intensive negotiations between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian independence-seeking majority and the province's Serb minority, which wants to remain as part of Serbia.
It drops an automatic route to independence if talks fail. But it would hand the administration of Kosovo from the United Nations to the European Union after 120 days, which means the EU would be the key decision-maker in the province.
Kosovo Albanians will likely tell Rice and Hadley that patience among Musli mAlbanians in Kosovo is running thin and that further delays could inflame public opinion. Moderate forces in Kosovo represented by the delegation are under pressure from more radical parties and the public to show that they will deliver independence.
U.S. officials have said that despite the delay, the Bush administration fully supports independence.
Serbia's foreign minister, Vuk Jeremic, is also scheduled to meet with Rice in Washington Thursday.