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The mission "Alba" ("Dawn") was the first type of multinational intervention (with France, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Romania, Austria and Denmark) promoted and headed by Italy. It started on 13th April, after having been approved on 9th April 1997, and ended on 12th August 1997. The military presence permitted to relax the Albanian situation, degenerated at the beginning of 1997 because of the bankruptcy of investment companies. In four years of activities, the Multinational Protection Force carried out about 1.700 operations for the security of the convoys that provided 5.700 t of food, medicines, seeds and clothes. There were also carried out 674 security missions for the OSCE observers during the elections of 29th June and 6th July. The Italian Army, deployed between Tirana, Durazzo, Valona and Fier, contributed to the mission with the "Friuli" Brigade, the 18th Bersaglieri Regiment of the "Garibaldi" Brigade, the 187th paratrooper regiment of "Folgore" and the 151st infantry regiment of "Sassari", flanked by the Raiders of Colonel Moschin and by the AVES specialists.