Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Albanian nationalism and new othomans, spread in the Balkans

by Christos Kapoutsis

The political instability due to ethnic heterogeneity of the populations of the States, is the key feature of the Balkan peninsula. The Balkans are at a dangerous transition. However, the geostrategic value of the Balkans remains very high, mainly because it is a hub of transport energy (oil and gas) from the Caucasus and Central Asia to Western Europe.

Precisely because of the interrelated strategic interests of powerful states (USA, Russia, EU, Turkey) and to ensure influence in the new Balkan reality, for ethnic minorities passions and religious of the people of the Balkans, is dangerous resurgence.

The murder in North Epirus of Greek nationality boy, Aristotle Goumas, 37 years, from Albanian nationalists, not a single unfortunate incident, as presented by almost all Albanian and unfortunately some Greek media.

It is an expression of an escalating aggression against the Greek minority in Albania, the growing Albanian nationalism and irredentism. The aim of the extremist and nationalist circles in Albania is to frighten the Greeks of Northern Epirus, which brought tremendous pressure to abandon their belongings and leave the area.

It is ongoing project of dehellenization of Northern Epirus, through seizure of property of Greeks living in southern Albania and relocate there, indigenous Albanians from northern Albania. Towards the demographic alteration of Greek villages and towns and the disappearance of the Greek cultural heritage of Northern Epirus .

The Greek Government should move immediately and seek support from international organizations such as the Albanian Government to protect rather than pandering phenomena usurpation of property of the Greeks of Northern Epirus. The situation in Northern Epirus gets more alarming proportions, and relations between Greece and Albania, are threatened by a new crisis because of the activity of Albanian nationalists.

However, the rise of Albanian nationalism and expansionist, threatening not only the bilateral Greek-Albanian relations, but becoming a major threat to security and stability in the Balkans. And the identification of this risk is the strong 'paper' of Greek diplomacy, which should be utilized accordingly, especially in the Euro-Atlantic security institutions (NATO, EU)....

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Η πολιτική αστάθεια, λόγω της εθνοτικής ανομοιογένειας των πληθυσμών των Κρατών, είναι το βασικό χαρακτηριστικό της Βαλκανικής χερσονήσου.


Τα Βαλκάνια βρίσκονται σε μια επικίνδυνη μεταβατική περίοδο. Ωστόσο, η γεωστρατηγική αξία της Βαλκανικής παραμένει ιδιαίτερα υψηλή, κυρίως επειδή αποτελεί διαμετακομιστικό κόμβο μεταφοράς ενέργειας (πετρέλαιο και φυσικό αέριο) από τον Καύκασο και την Κεντρική Ασία στη Δυτική Ευρώπη. Ακριβώς λόγω των διαπλεκόμενων στρατηγικών συμφερόντων ισχυρών κρατών (ΗΠΑ, Ρωσία, Ε.Ε., Τουρκία) και προκειμένου να εξασφαλίσουν επιρροή στη νέα Βαλκανική πραγματικότητα, τα εθνομειονοτικά πάθη και η θρησκευτική μισαλλοδοξία των κατοίκων της Βαλκανικής, αναζωπυρώνονται επικίνδυνα.

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