[Stop-traffic] NEWS/AUSTRIA: FERRERO-WALDNER INDICTMENT - "ALBANIAN TRADERS BUY AND SELL PEO

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] NEWS/AUSTRIA: FERRERO-WALDNER INDICTMENT - "ALBANIAN TRADERS BUY AND SELL PEO
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 18:44:53 EST


13Nov00 AUSTRIA: FERRERO-WALDNER INDICTMENT - "ALBANIAN TRADERS BUY AND
SELL PEOPLE".
Tirana/Vienna (APA) - Austrian foreign minister and current OSCE chairwoman
Benita Ferrero-Waldner charged Albanian traders on Monday with "buying and
selling people." During a visit to Tirana, she demanded a halt to
trafficking in human beings. The image of Albania in West Europe was being
seriously damaged, she warned. According to the text of a speech released
in advance, she said: "Albanian traffickers buy and sell humans, mostly
women and girls - thus making Albania, in a certain sence, a marketplace."
"This is criminal activity that must be stopped, and it must be stopped by
the Albanian authorities on Albanian territory." Albanian traffickers were
"dumping their loads of desperate clandestine migrants on, or even before,
the Italian shores." She said that "like in many other areas, this gives
the impression that Albania lacks sufficient public order." "The fact that
most of the victims of trafficking do not originate from Albania but are on
transit through Albania, does not relieve the Albanian government of its
responsibilities." Ferrero-Waldner said that as well as operations on the
coast, the authorities should focus on the borders through which illegal
migrants entered the country. She quoted Albanian statistics in 1999 as
having said some 370,000 foreigners entered the country, but only 240,000
left it through the official border checkpoints. "I wonder where the
remaining 130,000 have gone." The "true criminals", the traffickers in
Albania, should be arrested, and not just the victims of their activities,
said the OSCE chairwoman in her address to the organization "Friends of
Albania" in Tirana.
(c) APA NEWS SERVICE - Summary of News and Information in and about Austria
(English Language).
APA NEWS SERVICE ENGLISH 13/11/2000
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