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23 August, 2000
Greek Public Order Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis paid an official visit to Albania on Tuesday at the head of a delegation of ministry officials and regional police chiefs.
During his visit, Chrysohoidis held meetings with Prime Minister Ilir Meta and his Albanian counterpart Spartak Poci.
Ten police armored vehicles also crossed the Greek-Albanian border on Tuesday, a donation by the Greek Public Order Ministry to the Albanian police.
In his meeting with Meta, the Greek minister said that "Albania has taken major steps in the combatting of organized crime and in the improvement of security", factors which will strengthen stability and cooperation in the region.
Chrysohoidis further stressed that as of next year the agreement for seasonal employment will be fully implemented in order to give the possibility to Albanian citizens the opportunity to work unimpeded in Greece.
Prime Minister Meta said that Greek-Albanian relations, "which have been the best ever in the past ten years," constitute an example in the Balkans.
In the Greek minister's meeting with his Albanian counterpart, emphasis was given on the very good level of cooperation between the two ministries with regard the combatting of organized cross-border crime and the confrontation of drug trafficking.
A proposal by the Albanian side was approved for the setting up of an international center in Vlore for the combatting of smuggling. It was also announced that in the near future regional meetings would be held on security issues and on the combatting of crime. The first meeting will be held next month in Corfu between Greece, Italy and Albania, while a meeting between Greece, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) will be held soon.
After a proposal put forward by Chrysohoidis, the Albanian side accepted that Greek police contribute with technical means to combat the growing of cannabis in Albania.
Source: Athens News Agency