Friday, April 01, 2005

US Delegation: Albania No Longer Source Country for Human Trafficking

TIRANA, Albania -- A US congressional delegation has concluded that Albania is no longer a source country for human trafficking. The delegation wrapped up its work in Albania on Thursday (31 March), after visiting several countries to assess the magnitude of the problem. "It is our impression that Albania has turned from a source country of human trafficking to a transit country," members said, acknowledging successful government measures to curb trafficking.

In other news, a US military transport aircraft crashed in southern Albania late Thursday, killing all nine crewmembers on board. The C-130 was on a joint exercise with the Albanian military when it struck Driza Mountain.

On Friday, Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi visits Tirana. It is his first trip abroad since assuming office last week. (Albanian Daily News, BBC - 01/04/05; AP, AFP, Reuters, Radio Kosova - 31/03/05)

No comments: