US embassy cable - 06TIRANA597

FORMER SENATOR DECONCINI SHINES LIGHT ON ISSUE OF MISSING CHILDREN IN ALBANIA

Identifier: 06TIRANA597
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA597 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-06-06 13:45:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL PHUM PINR AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
VZCZCXYZ0001
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTI #0597 1571345
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 061345Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY TIRANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4377
INFO RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS 2920
RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE 2715
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 5285
RUEHVJ/AMEMBASSY SARAJEVO 0432
RUEHSQ/AMEMBASSY SKOPJE 4113
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 2777
RUEHVB/AMEMBASSY ZAGREB 2937
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUFNPKB/COMUSNAVEUR POLAD NAPLES IT
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0897
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 3269
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 2156
RUEHPS/USOFFICE PRISTINA 3417
UNCLAS TIRANA 000597 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/SCE (SAINZ/BENEDICT) AND H 
NSC FOR BRAUN 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PREL, PHUM, PINR, AL 
SUBJECT: FORMER SENATOR DECONCINI SHINES LIGHT ON ISSUE OF 
MISSING CHILDREN IN ALBANIA 
 
1. (U) Former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, who visited 
Tirana May 22-24 as a guest of Albanian Ombudsman Dobjani, 
focused on the plight of missing and trafficked children. 
DeConcini held meetings with PM Berisha and other Cabinet 
members, saw the heads of several NGOs that focus on TIP, and 
was briefed by Country Team members on efforts to combat 
trafficking in Albania. 
 
2. (U) During a private meeting with Ambassador Ries, former 
Senator DeConcini, a member of the board of the National 
Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the 
U.S., expressed his desire to expand the scope of the 
organization internationally. He said that in many 
underdeveloped countries police tend not to recognize missing 
children as an issue that pertains to them and/or have not 
received adequate training on how to take reports of missing 
children and to conduct proper investigations. During a lunch 
hosted by Ambassador Ries in his honor, Senator DeConcini 
discussed with parliamentary leaders, journalists, and 
members of NGOs the role of political party structures in the 
legislative process, and the importance of democracy within 
political parties themselves. 
 
3. (U) Dobjani told Emboffs that DeConcini's visit was well 
received and helped shed greater light on the issue of 
missing and exploited children. Dobjani said that during his 
visit to the Ministry of Justice, DeConcini was briefed on an 
on-going training program for police and judicial officials 
for handling cases of missing and exploited children. This 
program is being funded by UNICEF and the EU. Dobjani said 
that the Minister and DeConcini discussed the U.S. Amber 
Alert system. Nothing comparable to this exists in Albania 
and this was cited as a pressing need. In follow up to this 
visit, a team from the Albanian Ministry of Justice may 
travel to the U.S. to learn more about the organization and 
functioning of the Amber Alert program. 
RIES 

Latest source of this page is cablebrowser-2, released 2011-10-04