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Albania High Court Reviews Kosovo Highway


Posted on Saturday, February 28 @ 14:46:12 PST by classiclady

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  • Minister Basha attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO Member States


  • Albania's Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha appeared in front of the Supreme Court in Tirana on Friday on charges of abuse of power related to a mammoth
    Lulzim Basha
    highway project linking Albania’s Adriatic coast with Kosovo.

    The charges relate to the time when Basha served as Albania’s Minister of Transportation and Public Works from 2005 to 2007.

    By Besar Likmeta

    Basha’s lawyer sought the dismissal of the charges over a series of technicalities, arguing that his client had not been indicted properly, while prosecutors claimed that the process had been according to the law.

    The court is expected to take a decision on the dismissal appeal on March 16. Outside the court house Basha called his indictment " fables from the office of the General Prosecutor."

    The 61 kilometre-long Rreshen-Kalimash section of the Albanian- Kosovo highway is costing Albania €1.027 billion, according to the charges filed against Basha.

    However, because the highway is not yet finished, its final cost could rise further. The Rreshen-Kalimash section is only a part of the 170 kilometre highway. Albania’s government has declined to give a clear estimate of the final costs of the road.

    Basha, who has been charged with abuse of power and breaking tender rules relating to the construction project and risks up to 12 years in prison, has denied any wrongdoing and says that the accusations against him are politically motivated and unpatriotic.

    The prosecution says irregularities in the case has so far cost Albanian taxpayers some €230 million, an estimate based on the average price of construction material and labour costs in comparison to what Albania is paying to build the road.



    The highway, which links the port of Durres with Kosovo and includes a six kilometre-long tunnel, is
    the country’s biggest public works project in decades.

    Almost 89 per cent of Albania’s capital expenditures during the 2008 fiscal year have been spent for the on the highway, data published by Ministry of Finance suggests.

    For the nine months ending on September 30, Albania had spent €328 million from its €373 million capital expenditures budget on the road.

    About half of this sum was raised in the international market as syndicated commercial loans. Albania will need to invest another €250 million to complete the project, due to be finalised in the summer of 2009.

    Prosecutor General Ina Rama probed alleged irregularities in the tender for the construction of the highway won by the American-Turkish consortium, Bechtel-Enka for more than 17 months.

    The charges relate to the time when Basha was Transport Minister. Basha’s immunity was lifted by parliament at the end of December last year. Apart from the Basha, the former head legal adviser of the minster, Andi Toma has been charged with abuse of power also. Toma has denied the charges against him.

    Minister Basha attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO Member States

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Lulzim Basha attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of NATO Member States, held in Brussels, on the 5th of March 2009. br>
    This Meeting, whose main aim was the preparation of the documents due to be adopted at the Strasburg/Kehl Summit by the Heads of States/Governments of the Alliance Member States, discussed on a large number of issues related to the future of NATO and notably, its operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo, its relations with Russia, the increase of the Organization’s efficiency and others. br>
    In his address to the North Atlantic Council, after thanking the Member States for the record–breaking finalization of all necessary procedures for the ratification of the Protocols of Accession to NATO, Minister Basha stated that, while Albania is preparing itself to become a full-right member of the Alliance at the Strasburg/Kehl Summit 2009, exactly on the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Alliance, we are more than ever aware of the values and principles that this Alliance bears and we are more determined than ever to render our own contribution to maintain and advance them further, both in our country, in the region and everywhere.br>
    With regard to NATO’s commitment to Kosovo, Minister Basha considered the further continuation of the KFOR Mission in the current configuration as a priority. He supported all the findings presented to the Council by the Secretary General and the attending Ministers that the situation in Kosovo has undergone a deep – rooted improvement during the last year after the proclamation of independence. Likewise, Minister Basha praised the deployment of EULEX throughout Kosovo’s territory and his functionality.br>
    Minister Basha noted that one of the greatest challenges for Kosovo is the integration of Serbian minority into the Kosovo society and institutions. Minister Basha went on saying that the main impediment to this integration is the financing and sponsorship for the parallel structures in Kosovo. The removal of this hurdle would enhance security and stability, both in Kosovo and in the region and it will serve the long – term objectives of the Alliance in Western Balkans. br>
    As to the NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan, on behalf of the Albanian Government, Minister Basha extended Albania’s support for NATO’s objectives and readiness to boost our contribution, demonstrating in this way Albania’s role as a contributor to global security. br>
    During this Ministerial Meeting, Mr. Basha met with and had talks with the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the EU High Representative, Javier Solana, the US Secretary of State, Madam Hillary Clinton, the Foreign Ministers of the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Spain, Slovenia and others. br>
    During the meeting with Mr. Basha, Secretary Clinton commended Albania’s progress in its membership path to NATO, expressing the belief that in Strasburg/Kehl, Albania will sit with full rights at the North Atlantic Alliance Organization. br>
    At all the meetings that Mr. Basha had during the two days of his stay in Brussels and at the Plenary Session of the North Atlantic Council, he received the evident positive assessment from all the interlocutors for the reforms that Albania has instituted, in view of achieving the Alliance standards. Secretary General Scheffer and all his counterparts extended to Minister Basha the pleasure that at the Strasburg/Kehl Summit, Albania and Croatia will be members with full rights of the Alliance; meanwhile, they expressed their confidence on the precious role and contribution that these two countries provide in reinforcing security in the region and wider.br>
    With his EU counterparts, Minister Basha addressed a series of issues related to developments in the context of the Albania’s European integration process and developments in the region.br>
Published by ACLIS Feb.28, 2009

 
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