Text of report by Albanian TV on 3 May
Western Balkan heads of governments are in Thessaloniki discussing their countries' European futures. Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha had a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis at about 1900 [1700 gmt].
The meeting of the prime ministers, which will take place tomorrow, was preceded by a meeting of foreign ministers. The ministers discussed the possible signing of a regional free trade agreement to replace the current 32 bilateral agreements. They also agreed on the need to fund the main [road] corridors, such as the fourth, sixth, and 10th corridors. No mention of the eighth corridor was made.
The meeting paid special attention to the question of Kosova [Kosovo], which was represented by President Fatmir Sejdiu and Soren Jessen-Petersen, chief administrator. At the meeting the countries of the region expressed their support for Kosova's independence and for the settlement of the status being a product of consensus and talks among the parties.
Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj had meetings with Greek Foreign Minister Bakoyannis, the representative of Austria's EU presidency, Chief Administrator Petersen, and the Japanese foreign minister. Mustafaj was given assurances by Austria, which currently holds the EU presidency, that the Stabilization and Association Agreement would be signed by the end of Austria's presidency.
Source: Albanian TV, Tirana, in Albanian 1800 gmt 3 May 06