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Albania: Security force set to deploy in Albania Mid-April

Rome, April 4, 1997 (RFE/RL) -- An Italian-led multi-national force is to begin deploying in Albania in less than two weeks to provide security for humanitarian aid deliveries to the Balkan country.

The Italian foreign ministry today announced, after talks in Rome with officials from the eight-country force, that the force will go into Albania sometime during the week beginning April 14.

No exact date has been set because military officials are still formulating an operating plan. The force has been approved by the UN Security Council folowing last month's armed anarchy in Albania.

Meanwhile, in Tirana today, a group of leading members in Albania's ruling Democratic Party have accused the part leadership under President Sali Berisha of totally ruining the country. The group called for a radical transformation of the party prior to new elections scheduled for June. The parliament members also called for the independence of parliament from what they termed the "dictate of Berisha."