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Albania: OSCE Preparing For Elections And Aid Delivery

Munich, 11 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Top officials of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are scheduled to meet in Vienna again today to discuss preparations for elections expected to be held in Albania in June and to discuss the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The OSCE's top representative for Albania, Austria's former chancellor Franz Vranitzky, yesterday said the OSCE is ready to provide a framework for coordinating the international effort.

The OSCE today is expected to name an Austrian diplomat, Herbert Grubmayr, as Vranitzky's deputy in Albania. Grubmayr was previously head of the OSCE mission in Estonia.

Albanian rebels have said they will give up their arms only after new elections, and only to an international peace-keeping force.

However, diplomats in Vienna tell RFE/RL that the mandate of the peace-keeping force, which begins deploying Monday, does not include the confiscation of arms.