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THOUSANDS OF ALBANIANS IN EMBASSIES CAN EMIGRATE

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Thousands of Albanians crowding into foreign embassies in hopes of fleeing their hard-line Communist homeland will be allowed to emigrate under foreign supervision, diplomats said Saturday.

Also Saturday, the government announced a shake-up of the ruling Politburo and Central Committee. It replaced several hard-liners, retired three other politicians and relieved Police Minister Simon Stefani of his position, the state news agency ATA reported. Hekuran Isaj, who is regarded as a moderate, was announced as Stefani's replacement, ATA reported.About 5,000 people are sheltered in missions in the Albanian capital of Tirana, Western dipomats said. Many had climbed walls and crashed through embassy gates, some under fire from security forces, to gain entry.

Hungarian diplomats said the logistics of the emigration had not been worked out, but ambassadors were told by Albanian Foreign Ministry officials their personnel could supervise the issuing of travel documents and accompany emigres out of the country.

"A solution has been found," Hungarian Ambassador Mihaly Kornidesz told state radio in Budapest. "Passports will be issued, and embassy personnel will be allowed to oversee . . . safe passage out of the country."