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Highway opens up Albania for Kosovars

AlbaniaPosted by Chambers of Commerce Sweden - Southeast Europe Mon, June 29, 2009 01:07:10

A spectacular 61km section of highway through mountainous northern Albania opens on Thursday, creating a strategic link with fellow ethnic Albanians in landlocked Kosovo. For Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia last year, the modern four-lane route is a vital commercial link through a friendly country.

At more than €600m (£510m, $840m) the new stretch of road will cut the eight-hour journey between Tirana and Pristina by at least two hours, according to Ernest Noka, Albania’s deputy transport minister. (Financial Times, Tirana, June 25)

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