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Albania: Berisha Wants UN to Approve Foreign Force

Tirana, 28 March 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Albanian President Sali Berisha today reiterated his support for a multi-national force to intervene in Albania. Jan de Marchant et d'Ansembourg, a Dutch diplomat leading a European mission to Tirana, says Berisha has expressed the view that a foreign force would be useful.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to meet later today to consider a mandate for the force, which is meant to help protect relief supplies to Albania.

But western news agencies quote UN council members last night as saying that the mandate for the force is too vague. D'Ansembourg says he expects the U.N. meetings to continue through Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, tension remains high in southern Albania. At least 18 people were killed in the village of Levan last night when a gang of apparent looters met fierce resistence from villagers.