Albanian president would welcome U.N. peacekeepers
March 28, 1997
Web posted at: 3:39 p.m. EST (2039 GMT)
TIRANA, Albania (CNN) -- Albanian President Sali Berisha said
Friday he would support a multinational peacekeeping force
for his country, which is largely ruled by rebels and armed
gangs following last month's protests.
The protests stemmed from a failed investment scheme and have
led to widespread unrest and calls for Berisha's ouster.
Italy has asked the U.N. Security Council to authorize troops
to safeguard aid to Albania. Dutch diplomat Jan de Marchant
et d'Ansembourg met with Berisha and said the president
thought such a force would be useful and have the support of
Also Friday: Berisha's opponents met in the southern Albanian
town of Vlora. They appear to be backing away from demanding
the president's removal, urging instead that parliament limit
his power. The shift comes after new Prime Minister Bashkim
Fino refused to back the rebels and called for law and order.
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