WORLD : Albanians Could Be Sent to Italy

<i> From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports </i>

Thousands of Albanians seeking asylum in foreign embassies in Tirana will be ferried to Italy under an agreement being worked out between Albania and the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said today.

“We hope the operation can begin by the end of the week,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Rome.

A representative of U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar was in the Albanian capital, Tirana, negotiating the departure procedures on behalf of the nearly one dozen embassies where about 3,000 Albanians have taken refuge.