Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Αλβανία – Γρηγόρης Καραμέλιος: Με απειλούν που δέχθηκα την εντολή του βουλευτή

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Μάρτιος 19, 2019. Echedoros

Ο βουλευτής Γρηγόρης Καραμέλιος απειλήθηκε μετά την απόφαση αποδοχής της εντολής του βουλευτή από τον κατάλογο του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος.

Ο Καραμέλιος λέει ότι δεν γνωρίζει τους δράστες αλλά κατήγγειλε ότι το παράρτημα του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος στην Κορυτσά έχουν γράψει εναντίον του στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα.


«Απειλήθηκε η ζωή του Γρηγόρη Καραμέλιου. Λίγες ημέρες μετά τη λήψη της εντολής από τον κατάλογο του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος στην περιοχή της Κορυτσάς, σταμάτησαν τον Καραμέλιο τρία άτομα περί τις 3 το μεσημέρι μπροστά στον Καθεδρικό Ναό και τον αποκάλεσαν προδότη ζητώντας του το λόγο για τον οποίο δέχθηκε να αναλάβει την εντολή του», όπως σημειώνει η Shqiptaria.com.


Σε συνέντευξή του στην τηλεόραση Report TV, ο βουλευτής λέει ότι οι τρεις άνθρωποι τον ακολουθούσαν και μετά από απειλές, βρισιές και προέβησαν σε φυσική αντιπαράθεση, αλλά χάρη στην επέμβαση πολιτών σώθηκε. Αυτή δεν ήταν η πρώτη φορά που απειλήθηκε, καθώς ο βουλευτής λέει ότι τις τελευταίες ημέρες έχει συμβεί το ίδιο και στα κοινωνικά δίκτυα επειδή αποδέχθηκε την εντολή του βουλευτή.


Διευκρινίζεται ότι οι βουλευτές του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος υπό τον Λουλζίμ Μπάσα επέστρεψαν τη βουλευτική ιδιότητά τους (παραιτήθηκαν), όπως και οι βουλευτές του Σοσιαλιστικού Κινήματος για Ενσωμάτωση της Κρουεμάδι για να πιέσουν την κυβέρνηση να προχωρήσει σε πρόωρες εκλογές.
Ορισμένοι  ‘επιλαχόντες’ βουλευτές από τα δύο αυτά κόμματα αποδέχθηκαν την ιδιότητα του βουλευτή ενεργώντας με προσωπική ευθύνη, πέρα από την κομματική γραμμή, όπως ο Γρηγόρης Καραμέλιος.

President Trump Celebrates Greek Independence Day at the White House

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The President Trump wishes the Head of the Himara Community in USA. He thanked Father Kosmas Karavellas who offered a lifetime of service to the Greek Orthodox Community of Maryland.

By Tasos Kokkinidis - Mar 18, 2019

Greek Reporter

United States President Donald Trump hosted his third Greek Independence Day celebration at the White House on Monday, March 18, 2019 to honor the men and women who fought for Greece’s independence from the Ottoman Empire.

“Today we commemorate the Greeks’ long struggle to regain their independence from a foreign empire,” the President said in his remarks.

“This evening we also celebrate the countless ways Greek Americans strengthened our nation… You live by the values that are the foundations of America’s greatness.

You really do. You honor hard work. You love your families. You enrich your culture. And you embrace the American Dream and you keep faith in the blessings of Almighty God.”

“The US and all western civilization have been profoundly shaped by the extraordinary achievements of the Greek people stretching all the way back to the ancient times,” the President added.

“Greek poets and philosophers like Homer and Aristotle have helped humanity pursue truth, and virtue, and justice. Ancient Greece achieved extraordinary feats of architecture, geometry, map-making, and so much else that has inspired all wonders of the world. And Greece is the birthplace of democracy. Have you heard that?”, Trump asked the audience, which replied with sustained applause.

He also praised all Greek Americans who have served in the US armed forces. “In every generation, Greek Americans have summoned the courage to defend our freedom,” he said.

The President singled out from the audience the first generation Greek American George Marafatsos, who was born in Sparta and became a successful entrepreneur in the US.

“When he was 10, his family immigrated to the United States. He earned money — a lot of money — helping out his grandfather’s barbershop. Today, George has built a successful construction business and has served for more than 30 years as a parish council member at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Silver Spring, Maryland,” President Trump noted.

Many Greeks, Greek Americans and Americans attended the ceremony at the White House, continuing the tradition which began in 1987, during the administration of President Ronald Reagan.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Russia Recognises Republic of North Macedonia as Macedonia's New Name

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Workers clean up near the sign at the border between Macedonia and Greece, near Gevgelija, on February 11, 2019.
 - Moscow © AFP 2018 / Robert ATANASOVSKI

Sputnik

19:28 18.03.2019

In January, the Greek Parliament approved the agreement between Athens and Skopje to rename the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of Northern Macedonia.

Russia officially recognizes the Republic of Macedonia under the new name of the Republic of North Macedonia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"On February 19, 2019, the Russian Embassy in Skopje received a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia with the notification of the change of the official name of this country to the Republic of North Macedonia," the ministry said in a statement.

"The Russian Federation recognizes this country under the new name Republic of North Macedonia," the statement said.


Greece and Macedonia, officially known earlier as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), had been engaged in a name dispute for many years. Athens opposes the use of "Macedonia," which is also the name of a region in Greece.
In June 2018, Skopje and Athens signed an agreement on Macedonia's new name — the Republic of North Macedonia — which was met with criticism in both countries.


Nevertheless, the parliament of Macedonia approved on 11 January amendments to the constitution that would change the country's name. The Greek parliament ratified the agreement on 25 January.

Φύλαξη του Εναέριου Χώρου των Σκοπίων από Ελληνικά F-16 …Το δώρο του Τσίπρα στον Ζάεφ

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 18 Μαρτίου 2019

Παράδοξο: Ο Ελληνικός Στρατός προστατεύει τον εναέριο χώρο της Αλβανίας αξιοποιώντας εκατομμύρια ευρώ, ενώ η Βόρεια Ήπειρος και η Χιμάρα την έχουν αφήσει στα χέρια των λησμένων Αλβανών που εκτελούν εθνοκάθαρση.

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Σενάρια για συμφωνία της Αθήνας με τα Σκόπια να αναλάβει η ελληνική πολεμική αεροπορία τον έλεγχο του FIR της γειτονικής χώρας σε περίπτωση που υπάρξει κάποιο ύποπτο γεγονός, έρχονται στο φως ενόψει της επίσκεψης Ζάεφ στην Ελλάδα αλλά και του Αλέξη Τσίπρα.

Οι πληροφορίες αναφέρουν ότι της επίσκεψης του Έλληνα πρωθυπουργού στα Σκόπια θα προηγηθεί  η συνάντηση του Ευάγγελου Αποστολάκη με την Σκοπιανή ΥΠΑΜ για να αποφασίσουν μια γενικότερη στρατιωτική συνεργασία κι όχι μόνο.

Τα ελληνικά μαχητικά θα βοηθούν τη γειτονική χώρα στον έλεγχο του εναέριου χώρου τους. Αν δηλαδή υπάρξει αναφορά για ύποπτο συμβάν με άγνωστο αεροπορικό ίχνος στο FIR των Σκοπίων, τότε τα μαχητικά που θα βρίσκονται σε επιφυλακή, θα καλούνται από τους γείτονες να προσεγγίσουν το άγνωστο ίχνος και να αναφέρουν περί τίνος πρόκειται.

Θα κάνουν δηλαδή αναγνώριση στον εναέριο χώρο της γειτονικής χώρας, όπως συμβαίνει και σε άλλες χώρες του ΝΑΤΟ που δεν έχουν τα απαραίτητα μέσα. Π.χ. Ιταλία και Ελλάδα ελέγχουν το FIR Αλβανίας και Μαυροβουνίου.

Στο ίδιο πλαίσιο συνεργασίας θα υπάρξει επίσης πρόταση για κοινές στρατιωτικές ασκήσεις και ανταλλαγή σπουδαστών στις στρατιωτικές σχολές.

Οι πληροφορίες αναφέρουν ότι ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας θα πάει στα Σκόπια στις αρχές Απριλίου μαζί με υπουργούς και έλληνες επιχειρηματίες που ενδιαφέρονται για επενδύσεις.

Βόισλαβ Σέσελι: Σχέδιο δολοφονίας του προέδρου της Σερβίας

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Η Μόσχα ανησυχεί με τις διαδηλώσεις της αντιπολίτευσης στο Βελιγράδι

Μάρτιος 18, 2019. Echedoros

Το υπουργείο Εξωτερικών της Ρωσίας ανακοίνωσε ότι η Μόσχα ανησυχεί για τις προσπάθειες της αντιπολίτευσης να προκαλέσει βία στο Βελιγράδι.


«Ελπίζουμε ότι η κατάσταση στη σερβική πρωτεύουσα θα παραμείνει στο νομικό πλαίσιο», ανέφερε η δήλωση.

Το υπουργείο αξιολόγησε θετικά την ισορροπημένη και μετριοπαθή αντίδραση των αρχών στις παράνομες κινήσεις των διαδηλωτών που επιτέθηκαν στο κτίριο της σερβικής ραδιοτηλεόρασης και στην Προεδρία.

‘Ελπίζουμε ότι η κατάσταση στη Σερβία θα παραμείνει εντός της συνταγματικής και έννομης τάξης»,  κατέληξε το έγγραφο.

Σύμφωνα με το Sputnik στη σερβική γλώσσα, ο εκπρόσωπος του Ρώσου προέδρου, Ντμίτρι Πεσκόφ, δήλωσε ότι η Μόσχα είναι πεπεισμένη ότι η σερβικής ηγεσία θα κάνει τα πάντα προκειμένου να επιλυθεί η κατάσταση με τις διαδηλώσεις στη χώρα.


Πρόσθεσε ότι η Σερβία είναι εταίρος της Ρωσίας, με την οποία συνδέεται με ιστορικές και πολιτιστικές σχέσεις και η Μόσχα κάνει τα πάντα για να παραμείνει στο πλαίσιο των διμερών σχέσεων.


Σχέδιο δολοφονίας του Αλεξάνταρ Βούτσιτς


Το βουλγαρικό ειδησεογραφικό πρακτορείο Fokus,  αναφέρει ότι ο πρόεδρος του Σερβικού Ριζοσπαστικού Κόμματος, Βόισλαβ Σέσελι δήλωσε ότι υπάρχει σχέδιο για τη δολοφονία του αρχηγού του σερβικού κράτους.


Ο Σέσελι  έκανε δηλώσεις σε τηλεοπτικό σταθμό για την κλιμάκωση των εντάσεων στις διαμαρτυρίες του Βελιγραδίου. «Τέτοιες βίαιες διαδηλώσεις  δεν έχουν γίνει στο Βελιγράδι», είπε και τόνισε ότι το αλυσοπρίονο είναι πολύ πιο επικίνδυνο όπλο από ένα πιστόλι ή πυροβόλο όπλο, αναφερόμενος σε αυτά που είδε στη διαδήλωση.

Dimitris Avramopoulos will be the Grand Marshal in Boston’s Parade

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 It was a unanimous decision of the Federation not to invite anybody because the Greek government ignores us completely. On the other hand, there is disappointment over the Prespes Agreement regarding the name of Macedonia, as well as their weak actions regarding the ethnic and human rights issues in Northern Epirus.






By Theodore Kalmoukos March 15, 2019



BOSTON – Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Union Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and former Minister and Member of the Greek Parliament, will be the Grand Marshal at Boston’s Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday, April 7.

In an interview with The National Herald, Vasilios Kafkas, President of the Federation of the Hellenic-American Societies of New England, which organizes the parade, said that, “Mr. Avramopoulos accepted gladly the invitation of our Federation…he is connected with Boston and has visited the city many times. When he was mayor of Athens he donated the statue of Alexander the Great which was placed by the late mayor of Boston Thomas Menino in Alexander the Great Square in Roslindale near the St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church.”



Kafkas also said, “Mr. Avramopoulos will be present at the Gala Diner of the Federation on Saturday, April 6 where he will deliver greetings. The next day, Sunday, he will also be present at the Doxology in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston and from there he will go to the parade as Grand Marshal.”

Asked for the reasons why the Federation has declared that Greek government officials are not welcome this year at the parade and why no invitations were sent, Kafkas said, “we sent invitations last year and nobody came. It was a unanimous decision of the Federation not to invite anybody because the Greek government ignores us completely. On the other hand, there is disappointment over the Prespes Agreement regarding the name of Macedonia, as well as their weak actions regarding the ethnic and human rights issues in Northern Epirus. We follow the issues very closely, we are very disappointed. Of course we don’t vote.”


Vasilios Kafkas, president of the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England
(Photo TNH Archive/Theodore Kalmoukos)
When Kafkas was asked if something similar had occurred in the past, he said, “not as far as I know. They have to realize in Greece that the Greek-American Community is the greatest ally of Greece. We are volunteers, we leave our jobs, our families, we contribute monetarily and we are trying to do our best to maintain strong ties with Greece and to transmit to our children love and the respect for Hellenism, the language, and the Faith. We raise the Greek flag in state houses, in city halls, in the main streets of Boston, and at the UN. We are not fascists as some Greek officials say.”

When we asked about what he would do regarding Terens Quick, the Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs who is in charge of Greek Diaspora issues and who had sent him a message saying that he will come to the parade and to the other events presented by the Federation, Kafkas replied that “all are welcome to attend the parade, but we are not going to send any invitation for anyone to be here officially, especially to Mr. Quick. He had come to Boston and we met him at the Mt. Auburn cemetery in Watertown. Another time we met with him at the airport and at some point he lost control during our discussion. Recently he returned to Boston and he went again to the cemetery, as we were informed. If he wanted to cooperate, he would have informed us. Unfortunately he didn’t, so what is he going to do at our parade?”



Regarding the preparations for the parade, Kafkas said, “we are doing well thank God. We all expect to have another success this year provided that the weather is good.”

Representatives of the Federation are visiting various states and cities in New England to inform the local Greek-American communities about the parade and the related activities and to distribute parade material. The next general meeting for the parade will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 PM at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline and all are invited to participate.

Dimitris Avramopoulos a former career diplomat also served as Mayor of Athens in 1995–2002. He was born in Athens in 1953, into a family which had originally come from Ilia and Elliniko in Arcadia.

He and his wife Vivian have two sons, Filippos and Iasonas. Apart from his native Greek, he speaks English, French, and Italian fluently.

EU agency in collaboration with Albania over drug monitoring

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Tirana Times
By Tirana Times
March 18, 2019 10:59
EU agency in collaboration with Albania over drug monitoring


The Working Arrangement originates in a request from the Albanian Ministry of the Interior to the EMCDDA Director in 2017. The new agreement provides for the exchange of expertise between the entities concerned and will contribute to developing drug data-collection and reporting capacity in the country.

TIRANA, March 14- The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Albania signed a Working Arrangement in Vienna on March 13, which will allow more active collaboration in monitoring the drug phenomenon in the future. The agreement was signed by EMCDDA Director Alexis Goosdeel, and by the Albanian Deputy Minister of the Interior Besfort Lamallari and Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Mira Rakacolli.

The signing ceremony was made in the presence of Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner responsible for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and took place at the Delegation for the European Union to the International Organizations in Vienna hoster by EU ambassador Didier Lenoir.

The Working Arrangement originates in a request from the Albanian Ministry of the Interior to the EMCDDA Director in 2017 and follows the seal of approval of the European Commission and EMCDDA Management Board. While the agency has signed similar agreements with other third countries, this is the first request of its kind from the Western Balkans. The new agreement provides for the exchange of expertise between the entities concerned and will contribute to developing drug data-collection and reporting capacity in the country.

The EMCDDA began its cooperation with Albania in 2007 in the framework of EU-funded technical assistance projects designed to prepare Western Balkan countries for accession to the EU. The EMCDDA and Albania are currently working together to consolidate Albania’s capacity to monitor the drug phenomenon through the use of evidence-based tools and knowledge built and promoted within the EU and for participating in the work of the EMCDDA and its Reitox network. They also exchange data on new psychoactive substances as well as expertise on establishing a national early-warning system.

The Reitox network is the European information network on drugs and drug addiction created at the same time as the EMCDDA. Members of the Reitox network are designated national institutions or agencies responsible for data collection and reporting on drugs and drug addiction. These institutions are called “national focal points” or “national drug observatories.”

While no formal national drug observatory has yet been established in Albania, along the lines of a Reitox national focal point, the EMCDDA has developed close working relations with the Ministry of the Interior and with the Institute of Public Health of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. This cooperation led to the financing of the first national general population survey on drugs in Albania in 2014 as well as the production of a Country Drug Report for Albania in 2017 following EMCDDA guidelines.

Albania is one of six candidate and potential candidate countries to the EU currently receiving assistance under the EMCDDA IPA 6 project (Albania, Bosnia–Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia), which kicked off in July 2017 and will run until June 2019.

Turkey’s Erdogan Elevates Anti-Greek Rhetoric

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By Tasos Kokkinidis -Mar 18, 2019

Greek Reporter

Source: Turkish Presidency
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric appears to be coming to an anti-Greek crescendo as he campaigns for his ruling party’s candidates in the upcoming March 31 local elections.

Speaking in Smyrna (Izmir) on Sunday he used extreme nationalist rhetoric when referring to the defeat of the Greek army in 1922.

“Izmir! You who throw the giaours (a word used by the Turks to describe all who are not Muslims) in the sea and protect the helpless,” he said, in an apparent reference to the Greeks who drowned while trying to flee a fire set by Turks in the port.

Athens issued a stern response to Erdogan, stating that his references “undermine the trust we hope to build between our countries.

“Greece is not going to be swept away in the instrumentalization of foreign policy to serve domestic political expediencies, or use history with terms that are offensive to neighboring countries,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in their Sunday statement.

“Such unacceptable references undermine the trust we hope to build between our countries and are not in line with the European perspective that the Turkish leadership claims to support,” the ministry added.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Σερβία:Απέκλεισαν τον Πρόεδρο Αλεξάνταρ Βούτσιτς…Σε ετοιμότητα οι Σέρβοι του Κοσσόβου

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 17 Μαρτίου 2019


Περίπου δυο χιλιάδες διαδηλωτές περικύκλωσαν το προεδρικό μέγαρο στο Βελιγράδι, τη στιγμή που ο πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας Αλεξάνταρ Βούτσιτς έδινε συνέντευξη Τύπου, με αφορμή τα χθεσινά επεισόδια στη δημόσια τηλεόραση.

Ο Βούτσιτς καταδίκασε την εισβολή των διαδηλωτών στο κτήριο της τηλεόρασης και χαρακτήρισε «φασίστες και κλέφτες» τους ηγέτες της αντιπολίτευσης που έχουν –όπως είπε– την υποστήριξη της ηγεσίας των Αλβανών του Κοσόβου και την ανοχή των δυτικών χωρών.

Δήλωσε ότι δεν πρόκειται να συζητήσει με τους ηγέτες της αντιπολίτευσης και δεν θα ικανοποιήσει κανένα από τα αιτήματά τους, ακόμη και αν κατεβάσουν εκατό χιλιάδες διαδηλωτές στους δρόμους.

Εντύπωση προκάλεσε το γεγονός ότι ο Βούτσιτς, κατά τη διάρκεια της συνέντευξης Τύπου, λάμβανε συνεχώς σημειώματα από συνεργάτες του που τον ενημέρωναν για την κατάσταση που επικρατεί εκτός του προεδρικού μεγάρου.

Κάθε φορά που ανακοίνωνε τι του μεταφέρουν οι συνεργάτες του, δήλωνε ότι δεν τους φοβάται και δεν θα υποχωρήσει.

Ένα από τα μηνύματα, όπως ισχυρίστηκε, προέρχονταν από τους Σέρβους του Κοσόβου οι οποίοι εξέφραζαν την ετοιμότητά τους να έρθουν στο Βελιγράδι να τον υπερασπιστούν.

Opposition leader Dragan Djilas (C) talks in front of the office of the President of Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, 17 March 2019. Thousands of people protested in Serbia against the President Aleksandar Vucic over what they say has been a smothering of democratic freedoms under his government.

Οι ηγέτες της αντιπολίτευσης που βρίσκονται μπροστά από το προεδρικό μέγαρο δηλώνουν ότι οι διαδηλωτές θα συνεχίσουν τον αποκλεισμό του κτηρίου για να αποτρέψουν την έξοδο του Βούτσιτς.

Είναι αμφίβολο, ωστόσο, αν θα επιλέξει ο Βούτσιτς να βγει από την κεντρική είσοδο, μιας και, όπως είναι γνωστό, στο προεδρικό μέγαρο υπάρχει και υπόγεια σήραγγα που οδηγεί μακριά έξω από το κτήριο. Link

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Serbia opposition supporters invade state-run TV

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Police stand guard after protestors burst into state-run RTS televsion© Provided by AFP Police stand guard after protestors burst into state-run RTS televsion 

Opponents of Serb President Aleksandar Vucic broke into the state-run RTS television building on Saturday, demanding to address the population, in images aired live.

There have been weekly opposition protests since December against what they describe as Vucic's slide towards autocratic rule, while accusing RTS of pandering to the ruling party and demanding more airtime for opposing views.

Among the dozens who invaded RTS on Saturday were opposition figures including former Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas and Bosko Obradovic, leader of the right-wing Dveri party.

Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic denounced the action in a statement run on RTS.

Private TV channel N1 showed images of police starting to remove the protestors from the RTS premises.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Albania-Greece negotiations on pause due to deadlock

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He mainly referred to two laws related to the minorities’ property protection at the front of the Himara coast and the right for self-declaration that they are part of the Greek minority.

 Tirana Times
March 15, 2019 10:24

Another reason Katrougalos mentioned when asked on the progress of Albania-Greece negotiations and the interrupted dialogue, which had taken off when former Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and former Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias were in office, was that the Greek government was expecting a clearer answer on greek minority issues.

TIRANA, Mar. 14 – The Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos said in a radio interview on Thursday that negotiations between Greece and Albania on a number of important issues have slowed down also due to Albania’s deadlock – something official Athens takes in consideration.

Another reason Katrougalos mentioned when asked on the progress of Albania-Greece negotiations and the interrupted dialogue, which had taken off when former Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and former Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias were in office, was that the Greek government was expecting a clearer answer on greek minority issues.

He mainly referred to two laws related to the minorities’ property protection at the front of the Himara coast and the right for self-declaration that they are part of the Greek minority.

“For the moment, we’ve received some answers from the Albanian side, there is a “fusion” of negotiations, but it is premature to say there will be a positive or negative result,” he said.

Katrougalos added the Greek side wants to see an improvement of bilateral issues between the countries and for Albania’s EU path to open.

Up until last July, Athens and Tirana were conducting a number of head-to-head meetings through Kotzias and Bushati, in order to reach agreements on a number of open-ended issues between them, accumulated through the years.

Agreements were actually reached on building cemeteries for the Greek soldiers who died in Albania during WWII, the apostille stamps, while the abrogation of the War Law with Albania is still expected by Athens. Meanwhile, the Greek side removed any possibility that the Cham issue would be on the table for discussion, while retaining rights to negotiate greek minority issues.

Nonetheless, the issue that was most debated by political actors from all sides of the spectrums, experts and the public opinion alike was a new maritime border deal between the countries and the lack of transparency that accompanied the negotiations between Bushati and Kotzias.

The negotiations to reach a new maritime border agreement that would finally divide the naval space shared by the countries were promoted publicly by both Greek and Albanian Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Edi Rama, despite the lack of information on the negotiators and the non-functionality of Albania’s Constitutional Court under the ongoing justice reform process.

The functionality of a Constitutional Court is particularly important concerning the maritime border deal, since the previous one – negotiated by then ruling Democratic Party and former Prime Minister Sali Berisha – was rendered useless by Albania’s Constitutional Court for violating the country’s interests and the constitution.

In context of Albania’s frozen Constitutional Court under the lack of judges and prosecutors, President Ilir Meta had stated that no agreement would be decreed on his side without a court, only to have Rama disagree about its necessity in ratifying the deal.

However, Rama and the Socialist government have had to face many challenges in addition to the Constitutional Court freeze, including the massive university student protests last December which forced him to reshuffle a big part of his government cabinet, among whom Bushati, and the opposition protests which have, as of late, left the parliament without a functioning opposition.

However, asked concerning the division of territorial waters between the countries, Katrougalos said this is the one issue that will be finalized despite the progress of negotiations, as confirmed by Tsipras himself, part of a similar negotiation that will take place with Italy and Egypt as well.

New Zealand Mosque Gunman ‘Inspired by Balkan Nationalists’

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BIRN March 15, 2019

A gunman who killed 49 people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand is believed to be an admirer of Balkan nationalists and played a song honouring Radovan Karadzic before opening fire.

An injured person is loaded in an ambulance following a shooting resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries at the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. Photo: EPA-EFE/Martin Hunter NEW ZEALAND OUT

A Facebook user with the name Brenton Tarrant – the man who reportedly killed dozens of people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday morning – posted pictures of Balkan nationalist symbols online and a statement criticising US involvement in Kosovo.

A video also showed that before the shooting, the gunman played a song honouring Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic, whose final verdict for genocide and war crimes is due to be delivered next week.

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Ahead of the killings, the user of the Brenton Tarrant account posted a 73-page ‘manifesto’ which said the motive for the attack was to “create fear”, and included anti-migrant hate speech, calls for killings of Muslims, and white supremacist rhetoric.

The text also contained a section about the Kosovo conflict.

“Balkanization will also reduce the USA’s ability to project power globally, and thereby ensure that never again can such a situation as the US involvement in Kosovo ever occur again (where US/NATO forces fought beside Muslims and slaughtered Christian Europeans attempting to remove there Islamic occupiers from Europe),” it said.

NATO has been leading peacekeeping operations in Kosovo since June 1999 after its campaign of air strikes to end Serbia’s military campaign against ethnic Albanian rebels.

Pictures showing weaponry used in the shooting were also marked with the name of Montenegrin military leader Marko Miljanov Popovic, who led his tribe in the fight against the Ottoman Empire.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Πυρηνοκίνητο υποβρύχιο των ΗΠΑ στη Σούδα

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Τα αμερικανικά πυρηνικά πολεμικά πλοία προσγειώνονται στην Κρήτη, ενώ στην Αλβανία τα τουρκικά υποβρύχια ...

Το πυρηνοκίνητο υποβρύχιο που ανήκει στην δύναμη του 6ου στόλου θα μείνει στον όρμο της Σούδας για πέντε ημέρες

Στην ναυτική βάση στο Μαράθι κατέπλευσε την Πέμπτη το πυρηνοκίνητο υποβρύχιο των ΗΠΑ  USS  Florida.

Το συγκεκριμένο υποβρύχιο το οποίο έχει καταπλεύσει πολλές φορές και στο παρελθόν την βάση στον όρμο της Σούδας, είναι ένα από τα 18 της κλάσης υποβρύχιων Ohio, των μεγαλύτερων που έχουν κατασκευαστεί ποτέ από το αμερικανικό ναυτικό.

Έχει μήκος 170 μέτρων, μπορεί να φτάσει ταχύτητα μέχρι και 46 χιλιομέτρων την ώρα και 150 άτομα πλήρωμα..

Αλβανία: Τουρκικό υποβρύχιο στο Δυρράχιο

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Το τουρκικό υποβρύχιο TCG GÜR S-357 ‘έδεσε’ στο λιμάνι του Δυρραχίου της Αλβανίας, όπου προβλέπεται να παραμείνει μερικές ημέρες.


Το υποδέχθηκαν εκπρόσωποι τουρκικών θεσμών στην Αλβανία καθώς και εκπρόσωποι αλβανικών ιδρυμάτων, όπως χαρακτηριστικά σημειώνεται.


Συγκεκριμένα, ήταν παρόντες ο  στρατιωτικός ακόλουθος της Τουρκίας στην Αλβανία,  συνταγματάρχης Σακίρ Τζουμχούρ Σομέρ, εκπρόσωποι του Γενικού Επιτελείου των Ναυτικών Δυνάμεων της Αλβανίας, Αλβανοί και Τούρκοι στρατιωτικοί από την τουρκική βάση και άλλοι.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Greek Government Officials Not Welcome at Boston’s Parade

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The memory of Kostas Katsifas, who was killed on October 28 by Albanian police in Northern Epirus will be honored and the Freedom Award


By Theodore Kalmoukos March 10, 2019

Participants at the second general meeting of the Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England prepare for the Greek parade in Boston. (CREDIT: Courtesy of the Federation)

BOSTON – The organizers of the Greek Parade in Boston, in an official announcement, have declared that Greek government officials are not welcome at this year’s parade in commemoration of the liberation of Greece from four hundred years of Turkish occupation. The parade will take place on Sunday, April 7 at 1PM.

The Federation of Hellenic-American Societies of New England under the presidency of Vasilios Bill Kafkas recently held its second general meeting at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline. The Federation is in charge of the parade’s organization in cooperation with the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston and the Consulate General of Greece in Boston.



The Metropolis of Boston was once again absent. Metropolitan Methodios never participates in the meetings for the organization of the parade. Sometimes he sends a priest to represent him, but this time no clergy was present to even offer the prayer despite the fact that Methodios had been informed and invited. The Federation has also sent packages with parade materials to all the parishes. The prayer was offered by all those present at the meeting.

Anna Kosmidou, an official of the Consulate General of Greece in Boston represented Consul General of Greece Stratos Efthimiou, who was in Greece.

Federation President Vasilios Kafkas welcomed the delegates and announced the efforts that are under way for the success of this year’s parade.



He again announced that this year there will be a change in the usual program regarding the celebration at the Massachusetts State House. In the past it was held the Friday before the parade, but this year due to the fact that no rooms are available on April 5, the celebration will take place on Friday, March 29 at 12 noon. He also announced that the annual reception at the Consulate General of Greece will take place on Friday April 5 at 6 PM.

The annual Gala Dinner of the parade will take place on Saturday, April 6 at the community center of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Boston located at 165 Goddard Avenue in Brookline, MA. The ticket cost per person has been set at $100 dollars.

The memory of Kostas Katsifas, who was killed on October 28 by Albanian police in Northern Epirus will be honored and the Freedom Award will be given to the Paideia organization established by Elias Tomazos in Connecticut, which established and built the facilities of the Center for Hellenic Studies “Paideia” at the University of Connecticut.



Five scholarships will be given to Greek-American students at the Gala Dinner to Greek-American college students. The National Herald will also sponsor a $1,000 scholarship for a student who will be chosen by the Federation according to its rules.
The company that makes the floats will create four of five for the Federation this year, and each association may order its own if it wishes to have a float.

After the parade the Cultural event with traditional Greek dances will follow in the Boston Common Park. Six dance groups will participate.

It was also announced that the Greek School pupils will write an essay on the centennial anniversary of the Pontian genocide by the Turks. The best essay will be read at the State House during the celebration on March 29.



Representatives of the Federation will be visiting various states and cities of New England to inform the local Greek-American communities about the parade and the related activities and to distribute parade material.

The next general meeting for the parade will take place on Wednesday March 27 at 7:30 PM at the Maliotis Cultural Center in Brookline. Link

Albanians preparing to invade Trepca, KFOR knows it?

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Kosovo authorities plan to have special police units storm in and take over the Trepca (mining complex) plant in the north of Kosovo and Metohija.

SOURCE: TANJUG WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2019 | 09:46

That is according to a report in Belgrade-based daily Blic, carried by Tanjug on Wednesday.

The daily said that Kosovo Albanians would in that infiltrate into the majority Serb part (of Kosovo).

A source from diplomatic circles in Pristina told Blic that KFOR has knowledge of these preparations, and does not rule out the possibility of Kosovo institutions embarking on such an action.

The unnamed source is further quoted as stating that implementation this campaign - and whether it will happen at all - also directly depends on the internal political developments in Pristina, but also on decisions of "broader political developments around Kosovo."

"However, the basics and the intention for the operation exists," said the source.

Earlier, Pristina passed a law on Trepca and its statute, as for this reason the Kosovo institutions consider Trepca as their property "based on Kosovo laws," writes Blic.

Albania opposition leader: The Commission is ignoring the reality on the ground

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By Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com 

Basha, leader of Albanian opposition Democratic Party, hinted that the EU Commission is ignoring the reality on the ground. [EPA/ARMANDO BABANI]

     
Lulzim Basha, the head of the main opposition Democratic Party of Albania (EPP-affiliated), accused the European Commission of being too lenient with the government in place “for the sake of stability”.

“Brussels has chosen to focus on the technical process of law harmonisation for the sake of stability to the cost of democracy […] this has been misused by autocratic leaders in the Balkans, who are now endangering stability because of corruption, collusion with the organised crime and state capture,” Basha told EURACTIV.com in a telephone interview.

The centre-right politician (European People’s Party-EPP) said the judicial reforms put forward by the ruling socialist government of Edi Rama have changed nothing, considering the continuing impunity of politicians and organised crime bosses.

“There have been two justice standards for a long time: one for normal people and one for the powerful,” Basha said of Albania.

“We are the only country in the world whose Constitutional Court has been defunct for one year […] Albania today is in a situation where there is no justice,” he added.

However, Prime Minister Rama’s ruling Socialist Party has been praised by the European Commission and the European Parliament for the judicial reforms. Both EU institutions have called on the EU Council to open the EU negotiations for the Balkan country.

On the other hand, Basha’s party has backed a series of protests against Rama and demanded his resignation. The centre-right party also boycotts the Albanian parliamentary sessions, but this was recently criticised by the EU executive.

EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said last month that boycotting the parliament was “damaging and goes against the country’s efforts” to join the EU.


Albania's opposition MPs to resign in protest
Albania’s centre-right opposition said Monday (18 February) its MPs would resign from parliament, the latest in a series of dramatic protests against Prime Minister Edi Rama, who they accuse of corruption.

Basha, who was also a former mayor of Tirana, hinted that the European Commission is ignoring the reality on the ground.

“There’s a discrepancy on what is happening in Albania between reports from European and international agencies,” he said.

He noted that while reports from international organisations, such as Transparency International or the US State Department, point out the deep problems of crime, drugs and state capture, there are public statements from Brussels that overlook these problems altogether.

“So democracy has been sacrificed to keep the stability and now we lack both. This must be a lesson for the future. The lack of democracy and rule of law leads to instability,” Basha said.

Asked if he was optimistic about opening EU accession negotiations, he replied that process had been delayed due to lack of visible progress. “The last progress report points to corruption and state capture whereas Brussels sometimes speaks in another way. This congratulatory rhetoric used for the sake of stability has played a negative role.”

Kosovo: No territorial swap

Referring to the ongoing dialogue between Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians are a majority, and Serbia, he said a solution should be found but the territorial swap Belgrade has been pushing for should not take place.

“Any change of borders by swapping ethnic territories is a very dangerous precedent. Societies in the Balkan countries are multi-ethnic and multi-ethnicity should be considered added value and not an obstacle. The idea of fewer ethnic states is inherently dangerous to peace and stability.”

Greece and Prespa Agreement

Basha also spoke about the North Macedonia name change deal between Athens and Skopje, the so-called Prespa Agreement, saying that it’s a historic moment which shows how the region can move forward.

“This agreement is an investment in the future of all citizens of North Macedonia including Albanians by strengthening good neighbourly relations.”

Just before last summer, Tirana and Athens were also negotiating a package deal to settle their own bilateral issues, including the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two countries, the sea zone where a state has exclusive rights on exploration and use of marine resources.

However, the talks have been stalled since then due to divisions between the Albanian government and the presidency, local media reported.

Basha said Greece was a strategic partner for Albania and the Albanian-Greek relations will be his priority.

“These relations are not at their best at the moment and this must change. My aim is to engage in a sincere and productive dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues,” he said, highlighting also the need for an “equitable solution” for the EEZ.

Clarity on Orbán

Asked what stance he would keep at the EPP Congress on 20 March regarding Hungary’s Orbán issue, he said the ultimate objective is to achieve harmony in the EU’s centre-right family through dialogue.

“We are getting informed by all sides. And we also expect steps to be taken within the family that should produce more clarity in the coming hours and days,” he said without elaborating.

Serbia to hold military parade on anniversary of NATO attack

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A bridge in Novi Sad destroyed by NATO in 1999 (Tanjug, file)
Aleksandar Vucic says the 20th anniversary of the start of NATO's bombing will be marked with a special religious prayer, moleban, and a military parade.

SOURCE: TANJUG TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019 | 16:47


"It's been 20 years since NATO's aggression on one sovereign country, which was not guided only by bombs from the air, it was done almost by any means - political, media," the president told RTS on Tuesday.

He pointed out that it was not only a matter "bombing" - because that was just a technical term. Instead what happened was an aggression on a sovereign country, which did not deserve it any way, but suffered terrible sacrifices.

"Serbia, despite the fact that it was not conducting the smartest and the wisest of policies, did nothing to deserve that and is not responsible for NATO's aggression," while the terrible suffering the country faced - "from (killed toddlers) Milica and Sara, to many soldiers and policemen who died only for protecting the law."

"We will (on March 24), in a dignified manner, in the evening ,be in Nis, which was attacked several times, exactly on the anniversary, to address the citizens. It will be a state manifestation, with a moleban that will be led by Patriarch Irinej and the bishops of the Serbian Church," he stressed.

He added that before that, a military parade will be organized in Nis, where citizens will be able to see 1,500 special purpose soldiers, equipped according to the latest standards, eight to ten MiG-29s, and 19 new helicopters.

"Serbia is seriously strengthening, its security, its safety. That is the foundation of further consolidation of our state," Vucic said, adding that the program of building new housing for members of the military, the police, and the BIA will continue, as well as work on increasing their wages.

The president called on the residents of Nis, and those living in the south and south-east of Serbia, to "come and see their army" on the day.

Αλβανία: «Ρωσικές παρεμβάσεις» βλέπει ο αρχηγός των μυστικών υπηρεσιών

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Μάρτιος 12, 2019. Echedoros

Ο επικεφαλής της Κρατικής Υπηρεσίας Πληροφοριών της Αλβανίας, Χελιντόν Μπέντο ανέφερε σήμερα στην ετήσια έκθεσή του που αναγνώσθηκε ενώπιον των βουλευτών για τον κίνδυνο ρωσικών επεμβάσεων στη χώρα, υποστηρίζοντας ότι αυτές έχουν αυξηθεί πρόσφατα, όπως γράφει η αλβανική Lapsi .


 Το δημοσίευμα επικαλείται σχετική αναφορά της αλβανικής φιλοκυβερνητικής τηλεόρασης ‘Top Channel’.


Ο επικεφαλής των μυστικών υπηρεσιών αναφέρει ότι οι ταραχές στη χώρα που παρατηρούνται το τελευταίο διάστημα κατά της κυβέρνησης του Έντι Ράμα, υποστηρίζονται και από ‘ρωσικές επιρροές’.


Το δημοσίευμα αναφέρει ότι πιθανόν ο Χελιντόν Μπέντο να ασκεί ‘υπηρεσία προς την κυβέρνηση’, δηλαδή για τη στήριξή της, στις θυελλώδεις διαμαρτυρίες της αντιπολίτευσης  καθώς και ενόψει της επόμενης διαμαρτυρίας του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος στις 16 Μαρτίου.


Σχετική μνεία εξάλλου κάνει και το σερβικό πρακτορείο ειδήσεων Tanjug που αναφέρεται σε σχετικό δημοσίευμα από την «Koha» της Πρίστινα.


«Ο Μπέντο αναφέρθηκε σε ρωσικές παρεμβάσεις στο αλβανικό κοινοβούλιο, αλλά δεν διευκρίνισε εάν η Μόσχα έφθασε σε υψηλές αλβανικές πολιτικές δομές στην προσπάθειά της αυτή», σημειώνει το σερβικό πρακτορείο.

Η Σερβική Εκκλησία δεν αναγνωρίζει την «Αυτοκέφαλη Εκκλησία της Ουκρανίας»

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Μάρτιος 13, 2019. Echedoros


Η Σερβική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία δεν αναγνωρίζει την νέο-ανακηρυγμένη «Αυτοκέφαλη Εκκλησία της Ουκρανίας» του Κιέβου τις αποφάσεις της οποίας θεωρεί μη κανονικές και μη δεσμευτικές καθώς έχει «σχισματική ιεραρχία και κλήρο».


Σε έγγραφο που απέστειλε η Σερβική Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία (ΣΟΕ) σε όλες τις τοπικές  Ορθόδοξες Εκκλησίες, αναφέρει ότι θεωρεί μη κανονική την εμπλοκή του Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίου στην επικράτεια της Ρωσικής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας καθώς και όλες τις αποφάσεις που ακολούθησαν σχετικά με την Ουκρανία.


Η ΣΟΕ χαρακτηρίζει μη κανονική την σύνοδο για την επιλογή του νέου επικεφαλής της ουκρανικής εκκλησίας κατά την οποία δόθηκε ο Τόμος της Αυτοκεφαλίας στις 6 Ιανουαρίου.


Στην επιστολή εξηγείται ότι η μητρόπολη του Κιέβου, ακόμη και στην παραμικρή πτυχή της δεν μπορεί να ταυτίζεται με τη σημερινή Ουκρανία και ότι η Εκκλησία της Ουκρανίας βρίσκεται υπό τη δικαιοδοσία του Πατριαρχείου της Μόσχας από το 1686, όπως αποδεικνύεται από πολλά έγγραφα, συμπεριλαμβανομένων αυτών του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείου, καθώς και μια προσωπική δήλωση του Πατριάρχη Βαρθολομαίου μέχρι τον Απρίλιο του 2018.


Για την ΣΟΕ υπάρχει μόνο μία εκκλησία: η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Ουκρανίας, με επικεφαλής τον Μητροπολίτη Ονούφριο που βρίσκεται υπό την αιγίδα του Πατριαρχείου της Μόσχας.


Τέλος, η Ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία της Σερβίας,  θα συνιστούσε σε μητροπολίτες και κληρικούς να απέχουν από τη λειτουργική και κανονική κοινωνία, όχι μόνο με τον «κύριο Επιφάνειο»,  ο οποίος έχει επιλεγεί ως επικεφαλής αυτής της νέας εκκλησίας, αλλά και με όλους εκείνους που τον υπηρετούν και οι οποίοι είναι σε κοινωνία μαζί του, γράφει η σερβική εφημερίδα ‘Politika’.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Σε πολεμική ετοιμότητα οι Σερβικές ΕΔ – Α. Βουλίν: «Είμαστε έτοιμοι ακόμα και για σύγκρουση, περιμένω την εντολή του Ανώτατου Διοικητή»

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Δημοσίευση: 10 Μαρτίου 2019,


Σήμερα, ο Σέρβος ΥΠΑΜ Αλεξάντερ Βουλίν, έθεσε τον στρατό της χώρας σε επιφυλακή, προτρέποντας τους Σέρβους να μην ανησυχούν για την κατάσταση στο Κόσοβο.



«Η πλατφόρμα της Πρίστινα είναι προσανατολισμένη δήθεν στον διάλογο, αλλά ουσιαστικά καθιστά πιο δύσκολο να επιτευχθεί η συμφωνία Κοσσυφοπεδίου-Σερβίας», δηλώνει ο Βουλίν.

 Ο ίδιος  δήλωσε ότι ο σερβικός στρατός είναι έτοιμος να συμμορφωθεί σε οποιαδήποτε εντολή προέρχεται από τον ανώτατο διοικητή του που είναι ο Σέρβος πρόεδρος Α. Βούτσις.

«Όλοι όσοι αγαπούν την ειρήνη και οι Σέρβοι στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο δεν πρέπει να ανησυχούν. Ο Στρατός της Σερβίας θα εκπληρώσει κάθε εντολή του ανώτατου διοικητή», κατέληξε ο ίδιος.

Με λίγα λόγια, ένταση και επικίνδυνες διαστάσεις παίρνει η σύγκρουση Μόσχας με το αμερικανικό βαθύ κράτος στην Σερβία, καθώς σε πλήρη εξέλιξη βρίσκεται μια επιθετική στρατηγική κατά Σέρβων και Ρώσων.




Οι Σέρβοι συνεχώς ξεσηκώνονται και αντιδρούν για τα δυτικά «πλοκάμια» που απλώνονται στη Σερβία και τη Σερβική Οντότητα της Βοσνίας, ενώ η καθολική σύγκρουση με τις δυνάμεις του Κοσσυφοπεδίου γίνεται όλο και πιο πιθανή.

Η υιοθέτηση της περιβόητης πλατφόρμας διαλόγου στη Συνέλευση του Κοσσυφοπεδίου έχει προκαλέσει έντονες αντιδράσεις στη Σερβία.

Ο Πρόεδρος Βούτσιτς είναι και αυτός φυσικά εναντίον της όλης διαδικασίας, δηλώνοντας ότι η «πλατφόρμα» αποκλείει ακόμη μεγαλύτερο και ουσιαστικό διάλογο, καθώς δεν αφήνει περιθώρια για συμβιβασμό, ενώ πιέζει για διαδικασίες εξπρές.

Αυτές οι δηλώσεις πραγματοποιήθηκαν κατά την έναρξη της 15νθήμερης εκπαίδευσης εφέδρων του σερβικού στρατού.

Αυτές οι εκπαιδεύσεις αφορούν κυρίως την ανύψωση του ηθικού  δίνοντας παραδείγματα στους πολίτες για να μην είναι απρόθυμοι να να υπερασπιστούν την πατρίδα, τόνισε ο υπουργός Άμυνας της Σερβίας Αλεξάντερ Βουλίν.

Σύμφωνα με χθεσινό άρθρο μας, ο ηγέτης των Σέρβων Ριζοσπαστών, Βόισλαβ Σέσελι, είναι θυμωμένος με την πλατφόρμα διαλόγου Κοσσυφοπεδίου- Σερβίας.

Όπως αναφέρουν τα ΜΜΕ στο Βελιγράδι, ζήτησε να ειδοποιηθεί επειγόντως η Ρωσία και η Κίνα για αυτήν τη διαδικασία με την Πρίστινα και να κληθούν να τοποθετήσουν στρατιώτες, αυτών των δύο χωρών, σε όλες τις περιοχές που υπάρχουν Σέρβοι.

Είπε ότι για κάθε πράξη του Κοσσυφοπεδίου είναι προαποφασισμένη από τις Δυτικές Δυνάμεις και ιδιαίτερα από τις ΗΠΑ.

Ο Σέσελι θα σημειώσει ότι σε κάθε τι που γίνεται από τους Αλβανούς αυτονομιστές στο Κόσοβο, πίσω τους βρίσκονται οι δυτικές δυνάμεις και πρώτα από όλα η Αμερική.

Η ουσία κρύβεται στις συνεχείς απειλές της δύσης στην Σερβία για την τύχη των εναπομεινάντων Σέρβων  στο Κόσοβο, καθώς και στην τύχη της τεράστιας θρησκευτικής ορθόδοξης κληρονομιά των ιερών μοναστηριών στην ίδια περιοχή.

Την ίδια στιγμή ο Πούτιν αποφάσισε να δράσει και αυτός δυναμικά στα Βαλκάνια και  «φορτώνει» συνεχώς το «κέντρο φυσικών καταστροφών» στο Νις, το οποίο είναι ουσιαστικά ρωσική στρατιωτική βάση, με ειδικό προσωπικό και συστήματα ενόψει εξελίξεων Σερβίας–Κοσόβου.

Το μυστικό Κέντρο της Ρωσίας στο Nις αναβαθμίζεται σε προσωπικό και μέσα, επιδιώκοντας να αυξήσει την επιρροή της Ρωσίας στα Βαλκάνια.

Η στρατιωτική βάση στο Νις βρίσκεται μόλις 100 χιλιόμετρα από τα σύνορα του Κοσσυφοπεδίου. 500 Ρώσοι ειδικοί σύμβουλοι αποτελούν τη μόνιμη δύναμη η οποία σε δεδομένη στιγμή οι Ρώσοι κομάντος, δύνανται να εισέλθουν εντός Κοσόβου, ως εγγυήτρια δύναμη στην συμφωνία του 1999 και την απόφαση 1244 του ΟΗΕ για να μην ξεχνιόμαστε. Pentapostagma

Friday, March 8, 2019

Council for National Security meets after Pristina platform

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(Tanjug)
The session of the Serbian Council for National Security, convened by President Aleksandar Vucic, started a little after 08:30 hours CET on Friday in Belgrade.

SOURCE: BETA, TANJUG FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019 | 09:38

The meeting is attended by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, security agency BIA chief Bratislav Gasic, First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin, Army chief Lieutenant General Milan Mojsilovic, Director of the Police Vladimir Rebic, and other officials.

The president of an association gathering families of those killed or kidnapped in Kosovo and Metohija, Simo Spasic, placed a banner this morning near the Presidency, where the meeting is being held, urging the Serbian authorities to abandon the dialogue "with KLA ('Kosovo Liberation Army') leaders."

The Kosovo Assembly previously adopted its platform for negotiations with Belgrade, with Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's message that "the borders of Kosovo are untouchable" - meaning, "preserving Kosovo as it was on February 17, 2008 (the date of unilateral declaration of independence made by ethnic Albanians, that Serbia rejects as a violation of its territorial integrity - ed.)".

For Belgrade, this document, from the moment when its first version surfaced, was a sign that Pristina does not actually want a compromise, nor dialogue, or any kind of agreement - except simply Serbia's recognition, and within the borders that it has set for itself, within the territory of Serbia.

Vucic recently spoke at the Munich Security Forum to say that what the Kosovo Albanians delivered to the Assembly as a platform for continuing the dialogue with Belgrade was in fact a platform against dialogue.

The previous session of the Serbian Council for National Security was held at the end of November last year, when Pristina increased by 100 percent taxes on goods from central Serbia.

"End of dialogue"
Kosovo and Metohija Office Director Marko Djuric said on Thursday that Pristina's adoption of a platform for the dialogue with Serbia in the Kosovo Assembly was "a clear message to the entire world that this is the end of the dialogue."

"The adoption of the platform which says that the only possible outcome of the dialogue is the recognition of so-called independent Kosovo" and which fails "to mention even in a single sentence the rights of Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija," shows Pristina's clear resolve "to the domestic and international public that... for Pristina, this is the end of the dialogue," Djuric said, according to Beta agency

Djuric told an extraordinary news conference in Belgrade that this decision by Pristina placed "Serbia in its most difficult position since 2011."

He said that Serbia would recognize "the right way" to respond to this challenge, more of which would be known after an urgent session of the National Security Council. Its president Aleksandar Vucic called a session for 8:30 p.m. on March 8.

"Serbia will know how to protect its national and state interests," Djuric said.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Albania referees to boycott matches in wake of violence

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  TIRANA, Albania — Soccer referees in Albania plan to boycott league matches until they're satisfied they can do their jobs safely.

The referees' association issued a statement Thursday saying they want police to control stadium security after the "failed experiment" with private firms.

The boycott comes a day after Albania's football federation expelled FK Kamza from this season's championship and fined the club 1 million Leks ($9,000) following violence against a match official on the weekend.

Three club officials were suspended and fined after officials and fans surrounded referee Eldorjan Hamiti and hit him several times at the end of Saturday's league match against KF Laci, which ended 1-1 after the visitors were awarded a late penalty.

Αλβανία: Θα παραιτηθούν και οι δήμαρχοι της αντιπολίτευσης σε όλη τη χώρα…

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Μάρτιος 7, 2019. Echedoros

Εκτός από τις παραιτήσεις των βουλευτών, η αντιπολίτευση σκοπεύει να γίνει το ίδιο και με τους δημάρχους που πρόσκεινται στο Δημοκρατικό Κόμμα- PD, και το Σοσιαλιστικό Κίνημα για Ενσωμάτωση- SLI.

Αυτό δήλωσε η Βολτάνα Αντέμι, δήμαρχος της Σκόντρα . Η δήμαρχος δήλωσε ότι θα υποστηρίξει οποιαδήποτε απόφαση του Δημοκρατικού Κόμματος.


«Είναι μια διαμάχη, αλλά ως μέλος του PD θα υποστηρίξω την απόφαση. Η αντιπολίτευση πήρε μια ακραία θέση, να παραδώσει τις έδρες , καθώς δεν υπήρχε άλλη επιλογή. Η απόφαση ελήφθη σε μια δύσκολη οικονομική και πολιτική κατάσταση, για αυτό ο κόσμος βγήκε έξω. Ο πρωθυπουργός γνωρίζει καλά την Σκόντρα, για αυτό φοβάται.


"Οι Σκοντράνοι είναι ελεύθεροι, δεν παίρνουν εντολές από εμάς. «Μια άλλη απόφαση που θα λάβει η αντιπολίτευση είναι το μποϊκοτάζ των εκλογών της 30ης Ιουνίου, εκτός και αν το κοινοβούλιο διαλυθεί, δεν δημιουργηθεί μια μεταβατική κυβέρνηση και δεν γίνουν πρόωρες εκλογές.
Η Ενιαία Αντιπολίτευση δηλώνει ότι δεν θα συμμετάσχει σε οποιαδήποτε εκλογές αν πρωθυπουργός μέχρι τις εκλογές είναι ο Έντι Ράμα".


Εν τω μεταξύ, ο πρωθυπουργός, Έντι Ράμα, την Τρίτη στο Κοινοβούλιο επανέλαβε ότι η κυβέρνησή του δεν μπορεί να διαπραγματευθεί με την αντιπολίτευση και ότι στις δημοτικές εκλογές το SP θα συμμετέχει με ή χωρίς την αντιπολίτευση.


Αυτή η στάση επιδεινώνει περισσότερο το πολιτικό κλίμα. Είναι δύσκολο να πιστέψει κανείς ότι οι εκλογές της Αυτοδιοίκησης θα γίνουν χωρίς την αντιπολίτευση, πράγμα που σημαίνει ότι το ήμισυ του εκλογικού σώματος δεν θα ψηφίσει.

Είναι δύσκολο, επίσης,  να φαντασθεί κανείς ότι 61 δήμοι θα έχουν θα κατέβουν στις εκλογές με ένα ψηφοδέλτιο, όπως γινόταν κατά τη διάρκεια του κομμουνισμού.


Αλλά, υπάρχει αρκετός χρόνος ακόμη μέχρι τις 30 Ιουνίου, και όλες αυτές οι αψιμαχίες κυβέρνησης και αντιπολίτευσης  πιθανόν να γίνονται μόνο και μόνο για εντυπώσεις,  ενόψει των εκλογών και την αλίευση ψηφοφόρων…, γράφει telegraf.al.