DPA Macedonian Defense Minister Talks Cooperation With Albania
Macedonian Defense Minister Talks Cooperation With Albania
TIRANA, Oct 1, 2001 -- (dpa) Macedonian Defense Minister Vlado Buckovski
held talks in Albanian capital Tirana Sunday on cooperation at separate
meetings with Prime Minister Ilir Meta, Foreign Minister Arta Dade, and
Defense Minister Pandeli Majko.
An Albanian government statement said that both Meta and Buckovski agreed on
the need for increased cooperation in the fight against cross border
trafficking and other fields of common interest.
Meta reiterated Albania's commitment to crack down on the trafficking of
people, drugs, and arms, and invited the Macedonian government to take part
in an international anti-trafficking center due to open in the southern
Albanian city of Vlore in November.
Reacting to concerns raised by Buckovski about the status of an ethnic
Macedonian minority in southeastern Albania, Meta pledged Albania's
determination to implement minority rights "in full compliance with
Both also discussed current developments in Macedonia, with the Albanian
Prime Minister calling for "the immediate implementation" of recently signed
Ohrid peace accord.
According to government sources, Buckovski also told Meta that Albania
should use "FYROM" (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) in all its
references to Macedonia. Meta was reported to have said that Albania would
use both names.
Buckovski, who was accompanied by Macedonian Army Chief of Staff Metodi
Stamboliski, also discussed Albania's alleged support for armed ethnic
Albanians in Macedonia and military cooperation issues ion his talks with
Defense Minister Majko.
At a news conference after the talks Majko rejected Macedonian claims about
the existence of training camps for ethnic Albanian fighters in northern
"There are no training camps for terrorists in Albania and we would welcome
any international investigation into this matter," Majko said.