Saturday, October 8, 2011
The Albanian Democratic Party in the neighboringFYROM declared that the Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, should cancel his visit in Macedonia due to the anti-Albanian actions that have been undertaken by the government in Skopje, the Foreign Ministry of which invited the Albanian ambassador, Arben Cejku, to give explanations about his declarations against the Macedonian Encyclopedia and the school texts that offend Albanians.
After the alarm given by the European Commission for the increased number of asylum seekers from Albania and other countries of the region, the public data of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS) has confirmed this growth.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Albanian to English translation
Athens, October 6, ANA "A census in Albania would have to function as an instrument for better functioning of the Albanian public administration towards its citizens and to guarantee and protect the rights of minorities living in the country".
Thus said today in response to questions from reporters, foreign ministry spokesman Greek G. Delavekouras.
According to him, "the decision of the representatives of minority groups, including ethnic Greek minority to their members calling for a boycott, in protest that does not guarantee respect for the right of free self-determination, shows lack of confidence of the minority to the state Albania, which should immediately address the Albanian government itself. "
Foreign Ministry spokesman Greek, as quoted by the Greek news agency ANA, further stressed that respect for minority rights is an essential criterion of the European Union integration process.
"Greece, - finished Delavekouras, - has continually invested to build good relations with Albania, considered as given respect and protection of minorities - a bridge of friendship between the two countries".
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Greek Navy just confirmed news reports that the "Hydra" frigate (F452 Class MEKO 200HN) will be dispatched to the Eastern Mediterranean right away and take part in the NATO-led operation “ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR”(which works towards the stability and peace in this region). The frigate is Greece’s contribution to the security and stability in the area where drilling for hydrocarbons is currently going on.
A report on defence-point said that the vessel was to depart on Tuesday and begin conducting exercises with the “PAPANICOLIS" submarine Type 214
NATO’s interest on the developments in this region are obvious, as a member state Turkey has raised claims in this area and regardless of whether they are legal or not directly threaten the peace and stability of the whole region. At the same a potential conflict with Alliance member Greece is also cause for concern.
Consequently, NATO’s presence in the region aims to appease the spirits and let it be known “to all concerned” that the Atlantic Alliance is interested in stability and peace in the region.
HIMARA PEOPLE, ANOTHER BATTLE WITH SUPREME COURT OF ALBANIA AND THE MAFIA FOR 850 HA OF PORTO PANORMO TERRITORY
OCTOBER 6, AT 12.00 AM, THE HIMARA COMMUNITY URGES ALL THE HIMARA PEOPLE TO BE CAME AT THE SUPREME COURT OF ALBANIA BUILDING
Does knowledge Brussels, which finances 10 million euros, for the Census project in Albania, as the Albanian government and opposition, considers the Albanian Census, as a process that threatens the national security of the country and not a statistical record, as it has signed agreement with Tirana?
Broken the silence of the Albanian opposition, it is sabotaging implicated with Albania Census.
Following the statement of representatives of the Socialist Party to the National Security Parliamentary Group, Ilir Gjoni, said at a meeting of national security in Parliament the last December 2010..
Wednesday, December 22, 2010Tirana considers as national security issues, the population count
Socialist MP, Ilir Gjoni, demands from the Albanian Secret Service, that it would take measures against the ethnic groups living in the Albanian territory "Anti Albanian groups, seeking to create in Albania, a multi ethnic state"
Is Albania, multi-ethnic state? Here's ethnic groups, that the Parliamentary Commission for Security, has announced as anti Albanian?... There are Greeks, Montenegrins, Bulgarians, Macedonians, Serbs, Bosnians, Vlachs and gypsies.
According to the newspaper "Shekulli" the socialist MP in the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, Ilir Gjoni, has expressed his concern about anti Albanian demands of all ethnic groups living in Albania, and for this purpose is explained by calling the Albanian government.
Gjoni, has stated that it is worrisome that by a ratio of the Albanian Secret Service SHISH, that certain ethnic groups, are seeking to proclaim Albania through counting of the population, a multi ethnic state.
However, it is appropriate to remember that, counting the population, is a European obligation of official Tirana, countries such as Kosovo and Macedonia, will develop the process, on the same date that performs and Albania.
Some days ago, the chairman of HRUP, Vangel Dule, has expressed his concern that the government of Albania, is seeking to manipulate the process of counting the population, for which he said he would not be contested in place in the most democratic self disclosure to include religion and ethnicity.
EXCLUSIVE: WHEN Edi Rama talked with GREEK PM Papandreou and praise hem!
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"Partition possible solution for Kosovo problem"Večernje novosti
BELGRADE -- Erhard Busek says that "when the crisis in the north eases", Priština, Belgrade and the international community should consider possible solutions for Kosovo.
The former Austrian vice-chancellor and coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe specified in an interview for Belgrade's Večernje Novosti daily that one of those solutions "could be a partition of Kosovo".
Although there are few advocates of the idea in the EU at the moment, as most member-countries claim that "there can be no more change of borders in the Balkans", Busek expressed his belief that in time, and with the crisis going on, things could change and that could become the prevailing stand in the union.
"Additional complications are of no use to anyone, and it is obvious that the current tactics do not give results. I agree that the dialogue is the only path, in scope of which issues which seem to be impossible at the moment should also be discussed, such as the division of Kosovo," Busek told the newspaper.
The Austrian politician is convinced that the delineation of new frontiers in Kosovo and Metohija would not pose new problems for the region, but, as he put it, if everyone agrees on the matter, it would additionally and permanently stabilize the Balkans.
"I do not see why the international community would not agree on the division if Belgrade and Priština reached an agreement on the issue. All details of such resolution of the Kosovo stalemate could be agreed at some kind of 'Kosovo Dayton', with the international community as the guarantor of the accord," Busek concluded.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Once again the Ioannina has demonstrated its support and stand for their con nationalists in Southern Albania, after just a few kilometers separate them from the provisional Albanian-Greek border.
So, just to see the pictures all over the city filled with posters while Ioannina roads covered by flyers that .... invite Northern Epiriotes to remember and declare the Greek and Orthodox identity place of origin.
The census conducted in Albania is now perhaps the best opportunity to officially now to demonstrate the considerable number of Greek Community in the neighboring country Albania.
PRO ALBANIA LOBBYIST IN USA, ACCUSES ATHENS FOR THE "RIGHTS OF ALBANIANS"
Joe DioGuardi: Albanians in Greece, are discriminated
Chairman of the Albanian American Civic League, Joe Dioguardi says that Albanians in Greece do not enjoy even the most basic rights.
"In Albania, the Greek minority rights are all derived - the minorities enjoy all their rights in Albania, according to European standards, versus those in Greece, Albanians have no right - or in Albanian schools or the use of Albanian language - nor the right of the Albanian declaration.
But, according to him, the rights of the Greek minority in Albania are all completed.
Albanians living and working in Greece are discriminated against, "said DioGuardi for news agency INA
|Papandreou has no intention of resigning|
Government sources on Monday night termed as "rubbish" a report in the German financial daily Financial Times Deutschland that claims that Prime Minister George Papandreou has reportedly told close associates, twice over the past weeks, that he intends to resign.
Albania’s remaining stock of 45,000 tonnes of surplus ammunition will be disposed of by 2013, Albania’s Minister of Defence Arben Imami said today.
|Shells collected by the army after the explosion on March 15, 2008 | Photo by Besar Likmeta|
“Our goal is to reduce the danger they pose to citizens,” Imami said during a press conference held on Tuesday in Tirana.
According to the Ministry of Defence, with the help of the United States and the OSCE, Albania managed to dispose of 20,000 tonnes of ammunitions in 2010, and another 25,000 tones will be disposed of in 2011.
Only three years ago, on March 15, 2008, an explosion at a munitions demolition depot in the village of Gerdec, ten kilometres outside Tirana, killed 26 people, wounded over 300 and left thousands of others homeless.
The explosions began when workers were moving stocks of old Chinese and Soviet shells stored at the base, a central collection point for the arsenal amassed by the communist-era dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.
Albania has been trying for years to dismantle the obsolete arsenal, which was one of the conditions for the country’s successful entry into NATO in April 2009.
Monday, October 3, 2011
The U.S. approved to grant 400 M1A1 Abrams to Greece
According to information of the “Hellenic Defence & Technology” magazine, the U.S. authorities approved to grant 400 M1A1 Abrams tanks to the Greek Army, which will include options between simple refurbishment – worth tens of millions dollars for all the tanks- and upgrading to a higher level of operational capability, with a higher corresponding cost. The relative Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) is expected soon.
Also according to exclusive information of the” Hellenic Defence & Technology” magazine, a Price and Availability letter was sent to U.S. authorities regarding 20 AAV7A1 and a low cost upgrade program for them. This is the first step to cover an operational requirement for 75-100 vehicles.
Additional exclusive details on these requirements as well as for Bradley IFVs, in a forthcoming issue of the “Hellenic Defence & Technology” magazine.
The situation in northern Kosovo remains calm although local Serbs are continuing to strengthen barricades blocking major roads in the region.
For the 18th night in a row, Serbs have kept guard of the barricades on all main roads in the Serb-populated region of northern Kosovo.
However, the everyday monotony on the barricades got broken on Sunday night after Serbia’s women’s volleyball national team won for the first time the European Championships.
Local Serbs in the north celebrated the victory by raising Serbian flags and setting off fireworks.
In the meantime, the barricade on the bridge which divides the town of Mitrovica has been additionally strengthened.
After KFOR soldiers dismantled a barricade on the Jarinje border crossing last week, local Serbs have pledged to build two instead of one for each destroyed barricade. There are 18 barricades at the moment.
The locals say all roads will remain blocked until the Albanian-led Kosovo government withdraws its recently installed customs officers from the two main border points with Serbia at Brnjak and Jarinje.
The scheduled deployment of Kosovo customs officers along with EULEX police followed the conclusion of an EU-mediated “customs agreement” between Belgrade and Pristina in Brussels on September 2.
Heads of the Serbian municipalities in northern Kosovo demanded at a joint press conference on Sunday for an independent commission under the auspices of the UN to be found to investigate the events of last Tuesday.
On Tuesday, at around noon at the Jarinje border-crossing, hundreds of Kosovo Serb protesters tried to breach a KFOR security perimeter.
A NATO peacekeeper spokesman said that NATO had been forced to adequately respond, when the violence and indiscriminate acts occurred, “shots were fired in the direction of KFOR personnel as well as explosive devices thrown at KFOR soldiers."
As a result at least 16 people were injured.