Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nishani: We need justice reform

Nishani: We need justice reform
Through a strong debate for the corruption of the judiciary, the Albanian President, Bujar Nishani, admitted in an interview for the Voice of America that Albania needs a Justice Reform.

Regardless of the problematic, Nishani defended the HCJ that he leads as an institution that has worked well and that has reached standards. Nishani also declared that there are no conflicts with the Rama government.“I have had no conflict. I have always preserved the symbolic and constitutional integrity of the President, although the political war has tried to get me involved. It is important for the Albanian institutions to build their relations based on the mutual institutional respect”, Nishani declared.When asked about the reformation of the HCJ, the President declared: “The justice system and the judiciary need a reform to become more transparent and efficient. However, the HCJ has reached high standards and has been valued by the European Union, especially by the European Commission. The interventions of politics to the justice system will be unacceptable and I am convinced that they will fail”, Nishani declared.

Greece "wholeheartedly" supports Serbia's EU bid

ATHENS -- Greece, which will starting January 1 hold the EU presidency, will "wholeheartedly support Serbia's EU integration," says Serbian Prime Minister Dačić.
He made the statement after a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Samaras in Athens.
Dačić is also scheduled to meet with President Karolos Papoulias.

He told reporters that the first intergovernmental conference in the negotiations between Serbia and EU could take place in Athens in January.

"The Greek prime minister said that Greece would wholeheartedly support Serbia in European integrations. Which means that, if a decision is made in accordance with the recommendations of the European Council, an intergovernmental conference could take place in January in Greece," Dačić said.

Dačić said that he agreed with Samaras that the governments of Serbia and Greece should meet in the second half of 2014, and that such meetings should become regular.

"The talks with Greek PM Samaras was very important because Greece, like all other countries that have not recognized Kosovo, has been under pressure to change its position," Dačić said.

He noted that the bilateral economic cooperation was good, and the volume of trade over USD 300 million per year.

"More than 25,000 people are employed by Greek companies in Serbia, and we want to further strengthen this cooperation," Dačić said.



Greece: Far-Right Golden Dawn Boss Arrested

The arrests of several party members came a day after Golden Dawn threatened to quit the Greek parliament.

Nikos Michaloliakos (R) next to his party's spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris
Nikos Michaloliakos and Ilias Kassidiairis, left, were among those arrested
The leader of Greece's Golden Dawn party has been arrested in a crackdown on the group launched after the murder of a leftist musician.
Nikos Michaloliakos, 56, was arrested along with Golden Dawn MP and spokesman Ilias Kassidiairis and two other party members on charges of founding to a "criminal organisation".
It is the first time since 1974 that sitting members of Parliament have been arrested.
Authorities also said they arrested a local Golden Dawn leader in an Athens suburb, as well as nine other unnamed party members.
Two police officials said an operation by the counterterrorism unit is still ongoing, with a total of about 35 arrest warrants for Golden Dawn members issued. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
The arrests come 11 days after the killing of left-wing activist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by an alleged Golden Dawn member.
Though the party has vehemently denied any role in the killing, it has appeared to dent its appeal among Greeks and the government has worked to crackdown on the party.
Golden Dawn expressed outrage at the arrests in a text message to journalists.
"We call upon everyone to support our moral and just struggle against the corrupt system! Everyone come to our offices!," it said.
Mr Mihaloliakos warned on Friday that the party may pull its 18 lawmakers from parliament if the crackdown does not stop.
The move would prompt by-elections that could hurt the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, which has a slim majority of 155 MPs in the 300-seat parliament.
A formerly marginal organisation, Golden Dawn entered the Greek Parliament for the first time in May 2012, capitalising on Greece's deep financial crisis, rising crime and anti-immigrant sentiment, polling just under 7%. It has 18 deputies.
A government spokesman refused to comment on the details of the operation.
"Democracy can protect itself. Justice will do its job," Simos Kedikoglou told reporters.
In addition to Mr Michaloliakos and Mr Kassidiris, Golden Dawn deputy, Ilias Panayiotaros, gave himself up at police headquarters, telling police they were looking for him at a wrong address.
Another lawmaker, Yannis Lagos, has also been arrested.

Greece's Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos held

Protesters in Athens, 25 Sept The killing of a musician has sparked fierce anti-fascist protests across Greece

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Greek police have arrested the leader of the far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, on charges of forming a criminal organisation.
Four more Golden Dawn MPs, a leader in an Athens suburb and nine other party members have also been arrested.
The arrests come amid anger over the murder on 18 September of anti-racist musician, Pavlos Fyssas.
A man held for the stabbing told police he was a Golden Dawn supporter, though the party strongly denies any link.
One of the MPs arrested on Saturday was party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris.
Golden Dawn has called on its supporters to rally outside the police headquarters in Athens and has vowed to fight back.
'Bodyguard' held The killing of Pavlos Fyssas, 34 - whose stage name was Killah P - has sparked protests in Athens and across Greece.
George Roupakias, 45, who said he was a supporter of Golden Dawn, was arrested. He was charged with voluntary manslaughter and illegal possession of a weapon.
George Roupakias arrested, 21 Sept George Roupakias was arrested over the murder of Pavlos Fyssas
The government launched a crackdown, including raids on Golden Dawn premises.
Two senior police officials resigned for "personal reasons" after the killing and another two were suspended. Seven other police officers were suspended.
Greek police also arrested one of their own colleagues who was reportedly working as a bodyguard for the party, during a raid on its offices in the western town of Agrinio on Tuesday.
The government also began an inquiry into the activities of Golden Dawn, which won nearly 7% of the vote in 2012 elections.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has vowed not to let the party "undermine" democracy, and government officials say it must now be treated as a "criminal organisation".
Pavlos Fyssas, file pic Pavlos Fyssas, or Killah P, rapped against racism
Golden Dawn, Greece's third most popular party, has accused the government of carrying out a witch hunt over the Fyssas killing.
Mr Michaloliakos, 56, said last week: "Everyone is talking about us without asking us. They are throwing dirt from morning to evening, and these great Democrats are not giving us an inch to respond."
On Friday, Golden Dawn threatened to pull its 18 MPs out of the 300-strong Hellenic Parliament.
The ensuing by-elections could threaten Mr Samaras's fragile coalition, which has 155 seats.
In recent months, Golden Dawn has been accused of perpetrating attacks on migrants and political opponents - including an attack on Communist Party members earlier this month which is said to have left nine people in hospital.
Golden Dawn officially denies being a neo-Nazi movement, though its badge resembles a swastika, some senior members have praised Adolf Hitler, and its members wear black T-shirts and combat trousers at anti-immigrant demonstrations.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Besides the EYP responsible research on ASE because he disagreed with monitoring legal party


Sacked on Friday morning from the EYP
officer responsible for investigating the action of "Golden Dawn" by aiding and monitoring system phones.
According to SKY s the head of the Third Division of EYP, relieved of his duties suddenly. This is the address the competence of telephone interceptions and naturally manages the famous "suitcase" with the "super bug."

The reasons for its replacement have not been officially known, but reports indicate that "disagreed with the monitoring of the activities of legal staff party without a court order. Meanwhile, the Deputy Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court has significant elements drawn from extensive lifting of telephone secrecy executives the ASE, but also hundreds of transcripts of talks the party cadres sent to Deputy Prosecutor of the Court Antotat EYP. In these talks were recorded before his assassination Fysses, and it made ​​for reasons of national security. # ixzz2g6FFwxQx
  • Discarded Golden Dawn fliers: public support has plunged after the killing (Photo: Anonymous_Shadow)

Golden Dawn threatens to destabilise Greek government

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BRUSSELS - Greece’s neo-fascist Golden Dawn threatens to spark snap elections by pulling all 18 of its members from the 300-seat parliament.
If Golden Dawn members walk out, then special elections would have to take place in every district they represent in order to replace them.
Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos on Thursday (26 September) said some polls indicate the opposition would win, which could undermine the ruling coalition, reports Reuters.
"Golden Dawn holds a weapon in its hands to cause a political earthquake. Those in charge should bear that well in mind," he said.
He said no final decision has been made yet to quit the assembly.
Interior Minister Yannis Mihelakis told Skai TV on Thursday that the snap elections would antagonise an already fragile government.
"The whole affair has already damaged the country enough. A general election would just make things worse," he said, referring to the recent murder of a left-wing rapper by a man with alleged Golden Dawn links.
Other leaders dismissed the threat and welcomed the group to leave the parliament.
"It's not a threat. It's a great opportunity," deputy prime minister Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters on Wednesday.
A poll by Rass for the Eleftheros Typos newspaper earlier this week found that support for the neo-fascist group plummeted by 2.5 percentage points to 5.8 percent following the fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas.
Fyssas’ murder sparked protests against the group, when a self-proclaimed Golden Dawn member admitted to plunging a knife into the 34-year-old’s chest.
The party had seen a rise in popularity over the past year but has been accused by human rights groups of committing violent acts against immigrants and Greeks who oppose it.
Golden Dawn members, in some cases, posted YouTube videos of themselves destroying market stands run by immigrants.
Some 10,000 took to the streets in Athens last week in an anti-fascist demonstration organised by unions and activists.
Meanwhile, police made a handful of arrests of Golden Dawn members found illegally carrying or owning firearms. Officers also raided three police stations on Tuesday but only after the government replaced seven senior police officials to ensure “absolute objectivity”.
The government wants to dissolve the group.
But instead of an outright ban, senior officials have opted to find evidence that would label the party as a criminal organisation in a wider effort to undermine it.
A senior court official told reporters on Wednesday that Greek prosecutors investigating the group have already found evidence linking it to criminal activities.
Authorities are also investigating a statement posted overnight on Wednesday on the website of the Hellenic Special Forces Reserve Union.
The statement, allegedly posted by the special forces reservists, calls for the people to unite with the army to overthrow the governing coalition.
It said Greece should withdraw from its bailout obligations and that special courts should be set up to prosecute people responsible for Greece’s financial crisis.

Golden Dawn wire tapped as Greece reels from violent protests

The Greek intelligence service have placed wire taps inside the communications of Golden Dawn - the far-Right political party suspected of having links to the murder of a Left wing rapper, it has been claimed.

Golden Dawn wire tapped as Greece reels from violent protests
A police officer runs away from a Molotov cocktail as clashes continue in Athens Wednesday night Photo: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP
In a turbulent 24 hours for Greece, anti-fascist protests became violent, an army website demanded the resignation of the government, and an official admitted they planted wire taps in the communications of a neo-Nazi political party.
The intelligence service official told the AFP news agency that the wire taps on Golden Dawn were authorised to prove alleged complicity in crimes following the murder of an anti-fascist rapper. Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old hip hop artist, was fatally stabbed in an Athens commuter town on September 17 in an apparent ambush. The group has denied it had anything to do with the killing, but he was stabbed to death by a self-proclaimed supporter.
“The intelligence service has the authority to conduct wiretaps for reasons of national safety, provided there is judicial approval,” the source said. “Both random and targeted wiretaps have been carried out for quite some time.”
The murder of Mr Fyssas caused outrage across Greece.
On Wednesday at least 10,000 people demonstrated in Athens in an anti-fascist protest organised by unions and political parties.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Any attempt by Golden Dawn to force elections could backfire, Venizelos says

Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party would damage itself if it tries to force elections by walking out of parliament in a pique over a government crackdown, the country's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.
Evangelos Venizelos, who is also foreign minister in a coalition government, was responding to Greek media reports that Golden Dawn, which denies a neo-Nazi label, was considering pulling its 18 deputies from the 300-seat parliament, hoping to force political change.
"This is a kind of political suicide for them," Venizelos predicted in an interview with the top editors at Reuters in New York. "It's not a threat. It's a great opportunity."
The party did not confirm any plans for a walkout on its website and did not immediately respond to calls from Reuters.
Golden Dawn entered parliament for the first time last year, capitalizing on discontent over a financial crisis that has seen incomes plummet and unemployment rise to nearly 28 percent. A fringe party until recently, it has become Greece's third most popular political force in opinion polls.
But its support dropped by a third this month after an anti-racism rapper was stabbed to death by a self-proclaimed supporter. Golden Dawn denied it had anything to do with the killing.
Greeks staged protests and the government ordered a crack-down on the party, including an investigation of any possible link to the murder. Athens fired senior police officers suspected of protecting Golden Dawn members.
Human rights groups have long linked Golden Dawn supporters, who dress in black and are often seen giving Nazi-style salutes, to violent attacks on immigrants, something the party denies.
Venizelos said the government was taking all possible legal measures against Golden Dawn, including sending police and prosecutors to investigate other possible criminal activities such as illegal fundraising and links to the underworld.
Greek media reported that Golden Dawn was considering pulling its deputies from parliament in reaction to the crackdown, hoping to force new elections, at least in some constituencies if not nationally, in order to show their standing is strong and to shake the political establishment.
Venizelos said opinion polls showed their standing had quickly declined after the killing, which had unified mainstream political parties against Golden Dawn.
A survey by the ALCO pollsters in the days after the stabbing found support for the party fell by 4 percentage points to 6.8 percent. Nearly 80 percent of Greeks said such violent acts were a threat to democracy.
Venizelos said if the far-right deputies pulled out, elections would take place in only 15 constituencies and give an opportunity for parties to present a united front.
"It's a great opportunity for the so called constitutional spectrum to organizes a unified reaction against Golden Dawn," he said. [Reuters]

Golden Dawn’s Parliamentary Group out of Greek Parliament?

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After the latest developments concerning the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn political party, which were triggered by the killing of the anti-fascist hip-hop artist, Pavlos Fyssas, by Golden Dawn’s member, Giorgos Roupakias, there are lots of scenarios being discussed in the Greek Parliament.
The negative impact, political and judicial, that Fyssas’ killing had on Golden Dawn is severe, and the party is now facing the possibility of its MP’s and members being arrested on the charges of forming a criminal organization.
The poll that was conducted by NewsIt, which shows Golden Dawn losing its percentages, has played a catalytic role in the developments.
The last few hours, the notion that Golden Dawn may decide to resign and its Parliamentary Group may be put out of the Greek Parliament is a hot topic.
When the journalists in the Parliament asked Golden Dawn MP’s about such a possibility, nobody confirmed it nor denied it. Circles of Golden Dawn reported that, “They will use any legal way to defend their constitutionally-entrenched rights that are brutally violated by a government-slave to foreigners.”
In such a possibility, the runners-up will be asked to take the seats of the resigned MP’s, although this is not particularly possible, according to the scenarios. In case the runners-up do not accept to undertake the parliamentary seats, then there will be repeat elections.
The repeat elections will be held only in the 15 regions that have elected Golden Dawn MP’s.
In such a case, it remains a riddle what will be done with the state deputy that has been elected with Golden Dawn.
Not only Edi Rama, even Gryevski photo with Obama


The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, hosted a reception for all participants in the General Assembly, writes Macedonian Albanian :newspaper.
Among the leaders participating in this meeting , was the Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who along with his wife Borkisa Gruevski photographed with President Barack Obama and first American lady Michelle Obama.

The information office of the Prime Minister in Skopje, has distributed his picture everywhere Gruevski and his wife with U.S. president, marked features.

The Albanian state
The same pattern and the same words are also used in photography and the new Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama and his wife ... and even with the same setting.
Greek Court : Jail for former Greek consul in Korca , Ekonomu
Anila Jole

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Greek Court : Jail for former Greek consul in Korca , Greek Ekonomu 1 year prison sentences
Theodoros Ekonomu Kamarino was sentenced to a year in jail , three years probation and a fine of 5000 euros , after being found guilty of " improper conduct during his stay in Korca " , a charge that relates to the visa issuing procedures Greek for citizens.
In his testimony , former consul accused argued that " the court can not objectively judge a service that is the subject of international relations " .

" The charges are nonexistent . I even received threats from members , lawyers and manufacturer of fruit , because not give short-term visas for Albanian citizens , who wanted to come to Greece to work " , said among other Greek diplomat , adding that the charges against him based in an anonymous letter , and as such is not serious .
Ekonomu cited a protest organized Cams day of his departure from the consulate , at a time when , as he said , removing his only knew former Greek Ambassador Nicholas Pazios .
Meanwhile , a former Greek diplomat George Aifantis , who had worked with Kamarinos the Greek Consulate in Bucharest , testified in favor of the former consul .
He said that the real reason of this sentence, is the event in Korca , where they discussed the participation or non- Greeks in the next census of the population in Albania in 2011 , recording that will include questions on ethnicity and religion .

Aifantis statement referred Ekonomu, as former consul , who said at the meeting by addressing citizens Korças : " Go and see the graves of ancestors in what language they are written and then decide what to do ."Additionally , Aifantis said former consul of Athens has worried bureaucrats because documents in the Foreign Ministry , the term " southern Albania " , has used the term " Northern Epirus " .
At this time Prosecutor intervened saying " This area ( Northern Epirus ) is no longer ours . We should use the term " southern Albania " , and not as we like ."
In conclusion Greek court sentenced the former consul and two former employees at
Himara: New judicial process against the popular protest, a few years ago

15 Himariotes member of Omonia organization, will face the "Albanian justice", under indictment "for insurrection against the Albanian state."

Today's first session, the next date in October 16.

Himara. Suddenly, 15 citizens of Greek origin Himara, are called by the Albanian justice, the Apeal Court of Vlora, to start the judicial process to an armed insurrection charges as given by the prosecution of Vlora, about an event developed six years ago.

However, the session is set to be held in October 16, as many members have refused to be part of the process.

Session held today, has asked the prosecution authority, that all citizens are called, who are involved in a popular crash with the local police authorities, who used the arms.

6 years ago, after an incident caused by a citizen and a police officer, has led a revolt where citizens were involved hundreds of Himara, before police in the region of Himara.

This happened six years ago, when the police of Himara, fired the weapon, after a protest provoked by the beating of a young man from the famous family of Himara, as a member of the Greek Organization in Albania, "Omonia".

"Serbia does not accept Kosovo's membership in UN"

NEW YORK -- President Tomislav Nikolić addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday to say that Serbia has neither de jure nor de facto "recognized Kosovo."
The EU-mediated agreement reached with Priština in April "in no way means that Belgrade intends to accept Kosovo's accession to the UN and other international organization," he added.
Nikolić at the same time said that Serbia wished to, with the reached agreements, protect the Serb community in Kosovo and ensure normal life for all residents of Kosovo.

Nikolić addressed the participants of the General Debate of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly by saying that Serbia looked towards the future and EU membership.

But, he noted, Serbia expected the accession talks with the EU to start no later than January 2014, adding that he "hoped the talks would not take too long or go on forever."

The Serbian president said that the country was "turning toward the future" and wished to build good relations with all its neighbors, and cooperate with them "with the goal of improving the living standard in all regional countries."

Through the Brussels agreement, he said, Serbia showed that "t wishes to protect the Serb community in Kosovo "as much as is within its power, but also to secure a normal everyday life for all residents in the province."

Nikolić said that Belgrade "neither de jure nor de facto" recognized Kosovo as independent, and pointed out that the agreement concerned "only the clearly marked questions such as the holding of local elections and the forming of the Community of Serb Municipalities."

According to him, "Serbia will fully implement the agreement - but that in no way means that Serbia intends to accept Kosovo's membership in the UN and other international organizations, initiatives and forums, that can be joined only by sovereign states."

"We have faith in the UN which was in 1999 given its mandate in Kosovo and Metohija," he said, and added that the UN mission, UNMIK, had an indispensable role.

He appealed for the mandate of UNMIK to remain unchanged, for its size to stay the same and for its activities to be intensified.

Serbia supports EULEX, and is asking the EU - "toward which it is irrevocably moving" - to respect its own principles also when it comes to Kosovo and Metohija.

"We expect that EULEX will, while maintaining the status-neutral approach, continue to help build democratic institutions in the province and protect the human rights of the Serbs and other non-Albanian residents, because only their rights are threatened," Nikolić stated.

He called on the UN members to support Serbia in the efforts to learn the truth about the kidnappings and murders of some Kosovo Serbs whose organs were harvested and sold.

"Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty proved, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe confirmed, that some of the current ethnic Albanian leaders in Kosovo had organized kidnappings and murders of Serbs whose organs were then taken out and sold," Nikolić said.

Serbia has not been able to conduct its own legal procedure for those crimes, which happened at the end of the 20th and start of the 21st century and the likes of which have not been seen anywhere in the world, he remarked.

Serbia is "still convinced" the UN has to be involved in the investigation, Nikolić noted.

He also commented on the work of the Hague Tribunal (ICTY) and said the court had abused its mandate given by the UN Security Council, undermined the reconciliation process in the former Yugoslavia and compromised the idea of an international criminal justice system.

In terms of foreign policy, Serbia is renewing some old and establishing new friendships and strategic partnerships on all sides of the globe, he said.

Serbia has been entrusted with the OSCE presidency in 2015 and, along with activities in regional initiatives, it will certainly be a recommendation for a more responsible position in the UN, Nikolić believes.

He said he had visited almost all of Serbia's neighbors in more than a year since the start of his term and talked with the leaders of all the neighboring countries at international meetings in an effort to show that Serbia wanted regional cooperation and joint efforts with its neighbors in order to resolve common issues.

Nikolić pointed out he had made gestures indicating that Serbia wanted to reconcile with its neighbors, adding that he was convinced those acts would help significantly towards achieving that reconciliation and righting the wrongs of the past.

Serbia turns to the future now and wants to build good relations with all the nations surrounding it, he said.

Serbia remains committed to the UN Charter and millennium development goals and participation of its troops and police in UN peace missions, he stressed.

"Sustainable development goals in Serbia's opinion should be global in their nature, but applicable in all countries regardless of their capabilities, development level, priorities and political agendas," the president feels, adding that the priorities for setting those sustainable goals should be energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change.

Serbia is willing to increase its involvement in UN peace missions using the units and equipment that are standard for national contingents, but also by using the options in the UN stand-by arrangement, Nikolić underscored.

In accordance to its policies based on Security Council's resolutions, Serbia will also promote the participation of women in peace operations, he said, adding that involvement in those and other multinational operations was a contribution to peace and security in the world.

Terrorism is a threat to UN's basic values and it is omnipresent, he emphasized.

"Serbia is adjusting its legislation in order to combat terrorism and it supports the UN global strategy against terrorism and all UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions related to this, the president stated. As a victim of terrorist attacks, some of which have claimed the lives of children, Serbia understands very well the need for regional and broader cooperation against terrorism," he added.

Serbia is a signatory of almost all international treaties and initiatives on disarmament, non-proliferation and weapons control and it is fulfilling its obligations to their full, he noted.

Serbia has never fought an aggressive war, and the weapons it has serve only to protect it, Nikolić said, adding that Serbia had never been a threat to anyone, had not owned weapons of mass destruction and was not planning on introducing them to its arsenal, which was visible and open to inspection.

Nikolić congratulated the newly elected president of the UN General Assembly, John William Ashe, and his predecessor, Vuk Jeremić, adding that Jeremić had represented Serbia well while remaining unbiased and professional during his one-year term as the president of the General Assembly.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Everyone against crime

Everyone against crime
The Albanian Minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri; the Head of the State Intelligence Service, Visho Ajazi, and the Prosecutor General, Adriatik Lalla, discussed a new action plan for attacking crime.

During a meeting behind closed doors they have discussed a new and immediate coordination to hit the organized crime. Tahiri asked for support from SIS and the Prosecutor General for hitting the road crime in an emergent way, and for coordinating the three forces to attack organized crime.

Tahiri announced this meeting even a few minutes after it was over.

“There’s nothing much to say, but there’s a lot to do. The key word here is institutional cooperation in our joint fight against organized crime and corruption”, Tahiri declared.

Rama at the reception organized by Obama

Rama at the reception organized by Obama
Prime Minister Edi Rama, accompanied by Mrs.Rama, participated in the reception organized by President Obama and his wife for the heads of delegations at the UN General Assembly.

The Prime Minister’s press office announced that Rama thanked President Obama for the constant support that he and his government have given to Albania, and guaranteed him that our country will keep staying on the side of the United States of America in the future.

FM: Pragmatic relations with Albania on EU path

NEW YORK -- FM Ivan Mrkić said after a meeting with his Albanian colleague Ditmir Bushati the two countries "should work pragmatically on the development of relations."
This is the case, said Mrkić, "since the goal of both of them is to join the EU."
Mrkić told Tanjug after he conferred with Bushati on the sidelines of the 68th regular session of the UN General Assembly in New York that such meetings offer a unique opportunity to confer with many foreign officials, adding that during his stay in New York he will have around 20 bilateral meetings.

“I conferred with the Albanian colleague on the two countries' relations and we agreed that he will visit Belgrade so as to put the pragmatic approach in the development of relations in the forefront as both countries want to join the EU,” Mrkić said.

Monday, September 23, 2013

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Greece launches inquiry into claims Golden Dawn trained by armed forces

Defence minister orders investigation into rightwing extremists as President Papoulias warns that 'a storm is approaching'

Helena Smith in Athens
The Guardian, Monday 23 September 2013
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Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party hit squads have allegedly been trained by members of the country's military. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
The Greek authorities have launched an inquiry into allegations that members of the country's armed forces have helped to train hit squads formed by the far-right Golden Dawn party.

The defence minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, ordered the investigation as Greece's governing coalition exhibited new resolve to clamp down on the "criminal organisation" after a Greek musician was stabbed to death by one of the group's supporters.

Highlighting the menace rightwing extremism now poses in a nation hobbled by economic collapse and political division, the country's president Karolos Papoulias said that his top priority was to protect Greeks from neo-fascism. "From the time I was a young man I fought fascism and Nazism," he told reporters as he went into talks with the leftwing main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras. "It is my supreme duty as president of the republic to defend democracy and the Greek people from the storm that is approaching."

The inquiry came amid revelations that Golden Dawn, which has seen its popularity soar on the back of debt-stricken Greece's worst crisis in modern times, has not only set up a military wing but is actively training its members in the art of combat.

"In Golden Dawn we have an entire military structure with at least 3,000 people ready for everything," one member was quoted as saying by the Sunday Vima newspaper. Pictures of recruits in camouflage and balaclavas conducting night exercises in clandestine camps were published in another leading daily on Monday. The paper, Ethnos, claimed the men, some of who were armed with knives and wooden clubs, were being trained by members of Greece's elite special forces who sympathise with the ultra-nationalist party.

The extremists' meteoric rise has worried Europe, with officials expressing disquiet over an organisation believed to be behind hundreds of attacks on immigrants, and more recently gay people, over the past three years. There have been many accusations that the police and judiciary are colluding with the extremists.

But the murder last week of Pavlos Fyssas, a leftwing hip-hop artist, appears to have galvanised authorities into finally taking action. On Monday two high-ranking police officers were forced to resign after it emerged they had failed to issue orders for the arrest of Golden Dawn members involved in attacks. The suspensions followed a series of raids on the party's offices after the public order minister, Nikos Dendias, put the country's anti-terrorism unit in charge of the investigation into the killing.

By Monday night at least ten Golden Dawn members had been arrested in connection with the murder. A 45-year-old man belonging to the group has already confessed to the killing, according to police. The suspect, who reportedly worked in the cafe of the party's local branch in Keratsini – the working class district in Athens where the murder took place – was charged with the killing on Saturday.

As prime minister Antonis Samaras's government proposed that state funding for the far right group also be cut off if investigators found organisational links to the stabbing, Golden Dawn stepped up denials that it had any connection to the death. Its leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, insisted that the alleged killer was not a member of the party and had a tentative relationship with one of its 70 branches. "He was only passing through. I cannot control what everyone does," Michaloliakos told Kontra television in a rare interview.

Golden Dawn's spokesman, Ilias Kasidiaris, went further, accusing political parties, the government and the media of waging a dirty war against the organisation because of its growing appeal – despite one poll showing its support had dropped 2.5 points following the stabbing.

"Golden Dawn has been radically strengthened, it has passed 20% [in the polls] and in a few months it will lay claim to the biggest municipalities in the land. We will not stop. We have justice on our side and more than a million Greeks," Kasidiaris said.

Although surveys have shown the vast majority of Greeks expressing outrage at Golden Dawn's tactics in the wake of the killing, polls have also revealed the party maintaining steady ground in the areas most affected by the economic crisis. One survey released on Monday showed the group sweeping Athens in municipal elections next year – prompting speculation that the government's crackdown on the group could backfire. Especially hard-hit Greeks have lapped up the party's outreach programme that has included providing support for elderly Greeks in crime-ridden areas and "Greeks only" food handouts.

Tony Blair ready to answer Albania's call

Photo news, TonyBlair and Albanian Leader  Edi Rama, speaking in Washington


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Royal Marines Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK10 engaged in demonstrations in Porto Palermo, Himara Region

Royal Marines Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK10 engaged in demonstrations – DV Day “Albanian Lion 13”
Bolanos and Goro, urgent visit in Washington

Himara. The president of Omonia, Vassilis Bolanos and Mayor Municipality of Himara George Goro, will visit Washington these days, the calling of Himara Association.

Both Goro and Bolanos, will meet with the highest exponents of Himara lobby in USA and Orthodox church leaders.

Reliable sources speak to Smanalysis that both leaders will give explanations to the problem of properties and relations for region of Himara, regarding  to Tirana and Athens.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gazeta Shqip: Coastline property agencies, established within three weeks

Coastline property agencies, established within three weeks
Within three weeks, the coastline property agencies will have a new structure that will deal the tourism and property issues. A group of experts are working for the possibility of creating a super agency that will treat the problems of property and legalizations in the Albanian coastline.

Sources say that the new structure will be realized within three weeks. The Socialist experts have prepared two variants: treating the property and legalization as one single issue, and creating an independent agency that will deal all coastline issues.

Experts are more prone to support an independent agency only for the coastline issues. The initiative will be made concrete within three weeks, sources say, making the Rama government pay more attention to the coastline.

The reformation of institutions such as the Agency for Compensation and Return of Properties, the Official Center of Real Estate Registration, the Agency of Inventory and Public Property Transfer are part of the reforms that the Rama government has announced in the program.

To this reform will also serve the reviewing of the Intersectoral Strategy in the Property Right Sector 2012-2020 to determine the priority and concrete steps that aim to end the chaos in the public and private property administration. To resolve this problem the government aims to create the Electronic National Register of Real Estates as an efficient and effective register that serves to the public and private institutions, and to individuals.

An action has been undertaken in the recent days to demolish the illegal buildings by the seaside. Auron Tare declared time ago on the “Shqip” newspaper that this intervention is needed in our coastline, especially in the southern coast.

“The intervention in the coastline will start with the creation of the Coastline State Authority, an operative unit that will exclusively deal the huge problems of the Albanian coastline. The establishment of this institution was one of the Socialist Party promises during the campaign, and as you can see it is turning to reality right away. With the creation of this institution we will start identifying the huge problems that the Albanian coastline has today, and it will give a real solution for improving the current situation. Illegal constructions will certainly be demolished, but the problem is not only with the illegal construction. There are other sharp problems that have seriously damaged the construction of a modern tourism in the Albanian coastline. The protection of the public property in the seaside, the preservation of its natural character and its availability for public needs should be important national issues”, Tare declared.

The Rama program and its program has paid a special attention to the legalization. According to the program, they will review the current legislation regarding informal constructions.

The Zero Moment will be declared, and after that, every illegal construction is a subject of demolition. All other buildings will be legalized for free, and the first models for a stable regeneration of urban and natural spaces will be presented, aiming to improve the tourist potential”, the program says.

Manchester United footie ace Adnan Januzaj targeted by Albanian nationalists

MANCHESTER UNITED whizz kid Adnan Januzaj is being targeted by sinister Albanians to force him to play for the Balkan nation.
adnan januzaj, manchester united, albanian Albanian player Adnan Januzaj has been messaged by nationalists on social media to play for the east European country
The 18-year-old is eligible to represent Belgium, ­Albania, Serbia and Turkey due to his mixed heritage.
He has so far refused to accept call-ups from the Belgian Football Association.
Now Albanian nationalists are trying to influence him through social media.
One post on Januzaj’s ­Facebook page tells the winger: “You have Albanian Blood Remember This.”
Another post urges him to remember an Albanian hero who led an uprising against Turkish rule.
Januzaj made his Premier League debut for United against Crystal Palace last weekend.
He has to decide whether to accept the chance to play for Belgium at Brazil 2014 or risk missing out on a ­major tournament by choosing Albania.