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Albania's president visiting Kosovo


Posted on Friday, January 09 @ 13:32:23 PST by classiclady

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  • Albania Daily Accuses Govt. Of Vendetta

    Albania’s president Bamir Topi began a two-day visit to Kosovo. This is the first official visit of a president
    President Topi and Sejdiu
    in independent Kosovo. He congratulated the Kosovo lawmakers for declaring the independence of Kosovo and assured them that Albania will use all possible diplomatic means for Kosovo’s voice to be present in all regional and European integration discussions.

    President Bamir Topi along with a high diplomatic delegation arrived in the Republic of Kosovo. President Topi visited Kosovo last year just before Kosovo declared its independence.

    After signing the symbol of Kosovo’s independence, NEWBORN, the Albanian president, together with the Kosovo president, was welcomed by the Honor Guard before the Kosovo Assembly. The Albanian president greeted the work of the Kosovo institutions in respecting the rights of all citizens. On this occasion, Topi called on Serbia to respect the rights of Albanians in Serbia in the same way that Kosovo respects the rights of Serbs, instead of destabilizing the situation in Kosovo. He reiterated the support of Albania to Kosovo.

    “I assure you that Albania, through its institutions, will continue to condemn all of these negative undertaking which have a Serbian ultra-nationalist background by telling Serbia that such situations no longer belong in the Western Balkans,” said Bamir Topi.

    At this meeting, they also discussed a plan for free movement with Albania in order to form a mini-Schengen in the Southeastern Europe. “I proposed an idea and the President and I discussed it during my visit to Albania. This would be a mini-Schengen of Southeastern Europe. Let this be a good example…,” said President Fatmir Sejdiu.

    President Topi also met with Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi. Topi thanked the Kosovo institutions for the brotherly welcome. Topi said that there will be new recognitions.



    Regarding the situation in the north, Prime Minister Thaçi said that the situation is calm. “We want Belgrade to invest in the Serbs of Kosovo, so that they become part of the Kosovar society…And the Kosovo Government will invest for people, both from the north and from the south, to have the right to return to their houses and apartments. The only solution to the Mitrovica problem is integration,” said Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi.

    Afterwards, Topi visited the Kosovo Assembly where he addressed the members of parliament. “Kosovo and Albania have made it clear that they want to belong to Europe, also politically. Our citizens deserve free movement inside this civilized world. The only future is Brussels. This is the partnership we offer to our international friends. This is the secure future we provide to our children. Thank You,” said President Topi.

    Albania Daily Accuses Govt. Of Vendetta

    By Gjergj Erebara

    The publisher of a leading Albanian newspaper is accusing the government of trying to close down the
    Mr. Mero Baze
    newspaper because of its critical coverage of corruption and scandals.

    The Tema newspaper focuses on investigative reporting, many of its stories attacking government officials on graft and corruption. Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has rejected all allegations and accused its publisher of being a puppet of opposition Socialist leader Edi Rama.

    The row escalated on December 16, when the Ministry of Economy canceled without notice a 20-year contract that the daily held for its premises inside a state-owned building, leading the newspaper to file a lawsuit.

    Earlier this week the court ordered the ministry to stop its eviction efforts, but on Thursday Albanian police entered the Tema offices and tried to forcefully remove journalists from the premises.

    “The unexpected police siege and the Prime Minister’s arrogance in trying to silence us, as it seems, knows no limits,” said the publisher of Tema, Mero Baze, in a press statement following the police action.

    Baze’s luxury BMW car went up in flames on New Years Eve in what Baze said was an attack, but police described as self-combustion due to a short circuit.

    “The threat is not directed only toward me, but against all journalists in this country,” Baze told Balkan Insight.

    The Albanian Union of Journalists condemned the police intervention and warned that media freedom in the country was under threat.

    “Such actions put us on the list of countries with problems regarding media freedom,” said Aleksander Cipa, the head of the union.

    Serb Hackers Fight Cyber War

    A group of hackers from Kosovo defaced the website of Serbia’s ministry of energy on Thursday in a payback strike for a similar intervention on the website of Kosovo’s energy ministry by Serb hackers earlier this week.

    "United States of Albania" and “Don’t play if you don’t know the game”, were the messages displayed in red and black colours on the page of the Serbian energy ministry, hacked by the self-proclaimed Albanian and Kosova Hackers Group. "Oops!! you got owned , This is our revenge."

    “Our best regards to CoNsT,” was another message put in the defaced site, referring to the Serbian hackers that broke into Kosovo government servers on Wednesday and changed the website of the energy ministry and statistical office.

    “You’ve been hacked” and “Merry Christmas” were the messages put in by the hackers, referring to that day's celebration of Serbian Orthodox Christmas. The Serbian government and most Serbs reject the independence declaration by Kosovo's Albanian majority last February.

    Sources in Kosovo’s ministry of public services told Balkan Insight that government servers are permanently being attacked by hackers, but this was the first time that important websites were altered.

    According to Kosovo bloggers, the latest hacking attack might herald another round of ‘cyber-war’ between the two rival groups.

Published by ACLIS Jan 9, 2009

 
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