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Albania: Fifteen Die Across Country In Day of Violence

Tirana, 17 June 1997 (RFE/RL) - Albanian police said today 15 people were killed in violence around the country yesterday, less than two weeks before parliamentary elections.

The biggest single toll was in the southern village of Katinova, where six people were killed and 14 injured in a quarrel over parceling out of land.

An estimated 1,600 people have died in the chaos since March.

Meanwhile, the Albanian government today rejected calls for a partial postponement of the June 29 general elections.

As government adviser Sotiraq Hroni puts it, "as far as the government is concerned, the elections cannot be postponed... partially or wholly."

The US National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which is monitoring the preparations for the Albanian elections, proposed yesterday that the elections be postponed in certain zones where conditions are still not adequate.