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Albania: World Bank Unsure When Missions Will Return

Washington, 12 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - World Bank officials say they are unsure when a team of experts will be sent to Albania to try to help the country put its economy back together.

The bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have offered help in a number of areas, including working with the banking system to prevent a repeat of the pyramid schemes which cost Albanians large sums of money.

However, bank and fund officials have kept their teams in Washington due to concern for their personal safety. So long as the situation continues to be unsettled, they say, the bank and fund experts will not go to Albania.

The bank and fund are also waiting to see the full make-up of the interim government and learn its attitude toward the institutions before launching any assistance missions.