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Albania: OSCE Concerned At Continued Violence

  • Roland Eggleston



Munich, 16 September 1998 (RFE/RL) -- The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) says it is concerned at the continuing threat of political upheaval in Albania and called on all sides to seek a peaceful and political solution.

OSCE's chairman in office, Polish foreign minister Bronislaw Geremek, said the violence of the past two days, which has cost four lives, threatened the international effort to bring stability to Albania and improve the economic situation.

The OSCE statement did not criticize any party by name but said the crisis should be resolved within the legal framework of Albania and in co-operation with President Mejdani. It did not mention Government accusations that former President and Democratic Party leader Sali Berisha was responsible for the violence.

Geremek said he had spoken with President Mejdani and remains in contact with leaders in Albania. He said he had instructed the head of the OSCE presence in Tirana to take any action deemed appropriate together with other international institutions and interested countries.

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