Defence Minister Kodheli at the Vilnius Conference 2014

Defence Minister Mrs. Mimi Kodheli is on an official visit to Lithuania on the occasion of the conference “NATO Open Door: Ten Years after the ‘Big Bang’”, which is being held in Vilnius, Lithuania on April 3-4.
The conference is attended by the Defence and Foreign Ministers of: Belgium, Georgia, Slovenia, Baltic countries, U.S-Adriatic Charter (A-5) member and observer countries.

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Certification of Guak and Mbreshtan depots, in Berat and Skrapar

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Arian Kraja participated this morning at the certification of the group of depots in Guak, Skrapar and Mbreshtan, Berat. After the cleanup process, these facilities were delivered to local government. The cleanup operation of these depots was made possible by the personnel of the Logistic Brigade, of the Berat region.
This activity was attended by Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Viktor Berdo and representatives of CUBIC office.

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Defence Minister Kodheli met Jonathan Moore

The Minister of Defence, Mrs. Mimi Kodheli met today Mr. Jonathan Moore, Director of Central and South Europe Affairs Office at the U.S. State Department. Mr. Moore was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador in Tirana, Mr. Alexander Arvizu. Defence Minister Kodheli thanked Mr. Jonathan Moore for the visit and expressed to him deep gratitude for the contribution United States has provided to assist Albanians and Albania, especially in the integration process of the country into the Euro-Atlantic structures. Mrs. Kodheli informed Mr. Moore about the reform in the Armed Forces, highlighting her will and of the majority to give back to the Albanian Army its deserved dignity.

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Albania, 5 years in NATO

In the main square of the Ministry of Defence took place today a special ceremony on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Albania’s accession to NATO. In this jubilee attended the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama, Minister of Defence, Mrs. Mimi Kodheli, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ditmir Bushati, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, Major General Jeronim Bazo, former defence ministers, MPs of the Albanian Parliament, generals, directors and other senior officers of the Ministry of Defence, General Staff and Armed Forces. The ceremony was also attended by ambassadors and defence attachés of NATO countries and partner countries, as well as many other guests.

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Press Statement of the General Staff of the Armed Forces

The General Staff of the Armed Forces expresses its deepest condolences to the family of Arben Dosku, who lost his life today, and Lavdrim and Alfred Dosku, who were wounded in the village of Zgarë, Librazhd. The Armed Forces have done and will continue to do everything possible to avoid incidents of this kind causing the loss of human lives or damage to people, but we note with concern that too little is done by local government.

The Armed Forces through protection, patrolling, surveillance, placement of necessary signs, awareness campaigns and in cooperation with local government make maximum efforts to avoid these incidents. Despite these measures, we inform that it is impossible the physical and continuous control of these remote areas that once served as demolition ranges. The General Staff of the Armed Forces assures the public that there is no demolition process underway in this area, since it was concluded in September 2012, however, cautiousness must be continuous.

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