|24th, 29th & 33rd Prime Minister of Albania|
29 July 2002 â€“ 1 September 2005
|Preceded by||Pandeli Majko|
|Succeeded by||Sali Berisha|
25 July 1997 â€“ 28 September 1998
|Preceded by||Bashkim Fino|
|Succeeded by||Pandeli Majko|
22 February 1991 â€“ 4 June 1991
|Preceded by||Adil Ã‡arÃ§ani|
|Succeeded by||Ylli Bufi|
16 September 1952 |
|Political party||Socialist Party|
|Spouse(s)||Rexhina Nano (1976â€“2001)
Xhoana Nano (2002â€“present)
|Alma mater||University of Tirana|
Albania, Macedonia and Greece have managed to create a good partnership in the south of the Continent and are making progress in blocking the spread of the conflict. But any spillover could destroy this European-oriented partnership and create problems for the European Union countries themselves.
Albania does not feel alone. It is part of the Partnership for Peace structures in NATO, and it will do what it can within that.
Milosevic will never stop, because he is fighting for personal power in Serbia. The only way to stop him is cutting the functioning of his war machine. He is spending $1.7 million a day on his war machine in Kosovo.
Thus, neither my government nor myself, personally, are without ideals and responsibilities.
We are not only talking about waves of refugees coming to Greece, to Italy, and elsewhere. Destabilizing the Balkans means Lebanonization, and that means destabilizing all of Europe.
To see for themselves what the United States has been willing to undertake in the name of freedom. We should all visit Normandy. We should pay homage to those brave Americans who stormed ashore at Omaha Beach and gave their lives for the freedom of others.
All sorts of artillery installations, rockets and tank units that are firing on civilians in Kosovo should be neutralized. If that means air strikes, then NATO should carry out air strikes.
Today in the era of globalization there is no such issue as borders between states of the same nation.
Albanians are a nation of freedom fighters who know something about living under oppression.
That is why we wholeheartedly support the American-led effort to free the people of Iraq. And though we are a small country with a small military, we are proud to stand side by side with our allies in the fight to end the reign of terror in Baghdad.
If we follow the traditional way of thought, there will always be traditional enemies. Extremist circles from both sides will find causes to give rise to problems.
To rebuild this country will take a long time but we have the mandate and the people support us.
If we didn't have the Albanian entrepreneurial spirit and financial support from the diaspora, this stupid political class would have destroyed the country by now.
Kosovo is too close to Europe. It is not only close to Albania, it is close to Greece, Italy, Germany and Switzerland, where there are still many Kosovo refugees. Spontaneous reactions could multiply.
Organising free and fair elections is more important than the result itself.
People didn't vote left or right in the election. They voted for putting an end to all the primitive political history.
We have gone through everything as a nation – partition, dictatorship, and even anarchy.