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Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Qafe Bote march
30/06/2012 Top Channel
The Chameria Week continued with the march to Kllogjer, which has turned
into an annual event for the commemoration of the Greek Genocide
victims among the Albanian Cham population after the Second World War.
Hundreds of people traveled
to the border with Greece, together with the Self-Determination Movement
of Kosovo, Albin Kurti. The first stop was Kllogjeri, where was
inaugurated the starting of the monumental cemeteries construction for
the 3000 Cham victims.
The march continued to Qafe Bote, where
the Party of Justice, Integration and Unity leader, Shpetim Idrizi,
declared that the construction of the monumental cemeteries was an
obligation for their predecessors, and he compared the Cham genocide
with the holocaust.
“The homogenous Greece of today was
established with the elimination of 70% of the Jews and 100% of the Cham
population, only because they belonged to another ethnic, religious and
social community”, Idrizi declared.
The PJIU leader declared that this is the time to bring justice through peaceful efforts.
march was greeted also by the Self-Determination Movement, Albin Kurti,
who declared that the Albanians are a people that have suffered many
injustices that now must disappear.
More than 5000 Cham Albanians
died 67 years ago in the ethnic cleansing held against the Albanian
land that remained outside the ethnic borders after 1013. 3000 of them
were killed by the Greek forces and 2000 others lost their lives while
fleeing to Albania.
GENEVA -- World powers are meeting in Geneva to discuss ways to resolve the bloody crisis in Syria.
But differences between the U.S. and Russia are likely to make it difficult to reach any unanimous agreement.
The multi-nation talks now under way in Geneva were called by
international envoy Kofi Annan and are being attended by foreign
ministers from the U.S., Russia, Britain, China, France, Qatar, Turkey,
Kuwait and Iraq. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security
Policy Catherine Ashton is also present.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are conspicuous by their absence in the list of those invited.
Diplomats said Russia opposed Saudi Arabia because it supports the
Syrian opposition, while the U.S. and European nations were against
having Iran at the meeting as it is a longtime ally of Syrian President
The Geneva meeting will, among other things,
debate a peace proposal on forming an interim Syrian government
circulated by Annan prior to the gathering.
were preceded by a meeting in St. Petersburg on Friday between U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Following the talks, Washington warned of continued
differences in approach between the U.S. and Russia, with some reports
saying Saturday's talks were nearly cancelled because of Russia's
Lavrov was far more upbeat about the outcome of the
meeting, saying there was "a very good chance" of reaching agreement at
the Geneva conference.
The main bone of contention is the
implied suggestion in Annan's proposal that Assad should step down to
make way for an interim Syrian administration.
The proposal calls for a unity government that would exclude figures that jeopardize stability.
Russia rejects this idea, insisting that Assad's fate "must be decided
within the framework of a Syrian dialogue by the Syrian people
Moscow is Syria's most important ally, protector
and arms supplier, and, with China, has twice used its Security Council
veto to shield Damascus from UN sanctions.
The meeting on
Saturday aims to find a way of ending 16 months of bloody violence in
Syria since a nationwide anti-government uprising began in late January
2011. Rights monitors say the conflict has left 15,800 people dead since
March last year.
The UN says violence in the country has worsened since an ineffective cease-fire deal in April.
On Friday, Syrian troops shelled a suburb of Damascus, killing an estimated 125 civilians and 60 soldiers.
Death tolls cannot be independently verified, as journalists are mostly not allowed into conflict areas.
BRUSSELS -- EU Police Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina
(EUPM) has completed its support “to the rule of law in the country,”
the European Commission (EC) has stated.
was initially launched on January 1, 2003 and according to EU High
Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton
“it has in many respects contributed to shaping our common security and
defense policy and the EU's role as a security provider”.
“The completion of EUPM reflects the progress achieved by
Bosnia-Herzegovina in strengthening the rule of law,” Ashton pointed
out, adding that EU Special Representative Peter Sorensen would “support
further improvements and accompany Bosnia-Herzegovina on its path
towards EU accession”.
“EUPM worked as part of the broader EU
rule of law approach in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the region, supporting
relevant law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system in
the fight against organized crime and corruption, in enhancing the
interaction between police and prosecutors and in fostering regional and
international cooperation,” she added.
According to the EC
data, more than 2,300 police officers and international experts of
various professional backgrounds from all 27 EU member states and other
countries participated in EUPM over the last decade.
BELGRADE -- Serbia's future PM Ivica Dačić has said
that the priorities of his cabinet will be "Serbia's European path", but
also "protection of Serbian state interests".
Ivica Dačić (Tanjug, file)
leader of the Socialists (SPS) stressed that this meant "solving the
problem of Kosovo and Metohija in a peaceful manner and through
negotiations, based on the implementation of what has already been
"I believe that it is of essence to define the Balkans as a
zone of peace and stability," he told reporters in Belgrade late on
Friday, while attending a farewell reception organized by German
Ambassador Wolfram Maas.
Asked how Serbia's new government
would react if the EU comes up with "more strict demands for Serbia's
further integration", Dačić responded by saying that this was "a matter
for further discussion":
"Looking at the criteria that has been
set thus far, it is very important to approach continued negotiations
seriously and to eliminate as many points that could represent obstacles
for being given a date for the start of negotiations with the EU."
Dačić also stated that he expected a cabinet to be put together soon,
and that there were no major differences between the future coalition
partners - the Socialists and the Progressives (SNS) - when it came to
political stances and issues.
"In the coming days we will also
talk to other parties, but it is clear that there is a parliamentary
majority", concluded Dačić, who was earlier this week given the mandate
by the president to form Serbia's new government. .
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Saudis forces mass on Jordanian, Iraqi borders. Turkey, Syria reinforce strength
DEBKAfileSpecial ReportJune 29, 2012,
Turkey deploys anti-aircraft guns
The Syrian crisis was Friday, June 29, on a knife edge between a
Western-Arab-Turkish military offensive in the next 48 hours and a big
power accord to ward it off. debkafile’s
military sources report heavy Saudi troop movements toward the Jordanian
and Iraqi borders Thursday overnight and up until Friday morning, June
29, after King Abdullah put the Saudi military on high alert for joining
an anti-Assad offensive in Syria. The Saudi units are poised with
tanks, missiles, special forces and anti-air batteries to enter Jordan
in two heads:
One will safeguard Jordan's King Abdullah against potential Syrian or Iranian reprisals from Syria or Iraq.
The second will cut north through Jordan to enter southeastern Syriam,
where a security zone will be established around the towns of Deraa,
Deir al-Zour and Abu Kemal – all centers of the anti-Assad rebellion.
The region is also the home terrain of the Shammar tribe, brethren of
the Shammars of the Saudi Nejd province.
The Saudi units deployed on the Iraqi border are there to defend the
kingdom against potential incursions by Iraqi Shiite militias crossing
into the kingdom for reprisals. The Iraqi militias are well trained and
armed and serve under officers of the Iranian Al-Qods Brigades, the
Revolutionary Guards’ external arm.
Western Gulf sources report that Jordan too is on war alert.
Following the downing of a Turkish plane by Syria a week ago, Turkey
continues to build up its Syrian border units with anti-aircraft guns,
tanks and missiles towed by long convoys of trucks.
A Free Syria Army officer, Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh, reported Friday that
170 Syrian army tanks of the 17th Mechanized Division were massed near
the village of Musalmieh northeast of Aleppo, 30 km from the Turkish
border. He said they stood ready to attack any Turkish forces crossing
As these war preparations advanced, US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton arrived in St. Petersburg Friday for crucial talks with Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They meet the day before the new
UN-sponsored Action Group convenes in Geneva to discuss UN-Arab League
envoy Kofi Annan’s latest transition proposal for Syria. He hopes for a
political settlement that will ward off military intervention.
Invited to the meeting are the five veto-wielding UN Security Council
members plus Turkey and Arab League envoys from Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq.
Annan proposes forming a transitional national unity government in
Damascus that includes the opposition and excludes unacceptable regime
It was widely reported Thursday that Russia had agreed to this formula,
even though it entailed evicting Bashar Assad from power. However,
Lavrov stepped in to correct the record, stressing in reference to the
Annan proposal that Moscow would not lend its support to “any outside
interference or imposition of recipes in Syria.”
This position is doubly aimed at the intensive military movements afoot around Syria.
Clinton and Lavrov are therefore expected to go at the Syrian issue
hammer and tongs. The outcome of their meeting will not only determine
the course of the Action Group’s discussions but, more importantly,
whether the Western-Arab-Turkish alliance goes forward with its military
operation against Syria.
US-Russian concurrence on a plan for Assad’s removal could avert the
operation. The failure of their talks would spell a worsening of the
Syrian crisis and precipitate Western-Arab military intervention, which
according to military sources in the Gulf is scheduled for launch
Saturday, June 30.
Activists from the Patriotic Club, part of the PJIU, donated to the MPs
the special issue of the “Chameria” magazine, including a book with
photos and natural and cultural monuments of Chameria.
MP Shpetim Idrizi, also PJIU
leader, declared that on this day of the year, 67 years ago, 3000 men,
women and children were killed in Chameria, and 2960 others died in the
artificial border of Chameria with Albania, in Kllogjer. Idrizi brought
to the attention of the MPs the fact that Albania needs a resolution for
the Cham case.
“In order to make justice about the victims of
the Chameria genocide, we need to have the Cham case at the agenda of
our diplomatic and legal institutions. We believe that this is time to
pass a resolution about the Cham case, and sanction its inclusion in our
This Parliament is not like the one of 2004,
where there was no national awareness and when the Chameria Association
members were beaten in the Parliament doors for asking a resolution. In
this Parliament, all MPs are equal. We, the Cham Albanians consider all
of you as patriotic men and women”, Idrizi declared.
Shpetim Idrizi declared that the PJIU will take all necessary steps for making this resolution a reality.
authorities gave back to the Greek Orthodox foundation based in
Istanbul an area of 98 acres situated close to Kandilli, in the Asian
part of northern Bosphorus. This area was attached by Turkish officials
illegally and after so many years, the Turkish state has decided to give
it back to the Greek Orthodox community of Istanbul.
This is a rather expensive plot of land as the broader region is regarded one of the Turkish capital’s most luxurious.
Pantelis Vingas, representative of the non-Islamist minorities and
active member of the Greek community of Istanbul, commented that “over
the past time, Turkish authorities have made significant decisions,
making clear their government’s intention to change everything they have
promised to do in regards to Istanbul-based minorities’ freedoms and
He stressed also the fact that “the Greek community of Istanbul wants
to thank Turkish officials for this move and wish that they continue
with their positive efforts in several other sectors,” so that Turkey’s
minorities can live peacefully.
Russian envoy travels to Kosovo, accuses K. Albanians
Source: Beta, Tanjug
GRAČANICA -- Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Konuzin
today attended a memorial service in Gračanica, commemorating the Serb
soldiers fallen in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389.
Konuzin (L) and Oliver Ivanović are seen in Gračanica on Thursday (Beta)
Konuzin also addressed reporters in front of this medieval Serb monastery, located near a Serb enclave bearing the same name.
He accused the authorities in Priština of violating basic
human and international rights when they prevented Minister for Kosovo
Goran Bogdanović from attending.
The move, the top Russian
diplomat in the country said, was not contributing to "improved
authority of the Kosovo institutions".
Speaking about the ways to solve the Kosovo problem, Konuzin said he saw the issue "in the same way Serbs see it":
"When you Serbs decide how to solve the problem of Kosovo, you can be certain we will support you."
The ambassador added that he was likely visiting Kosovo the last time, and that his trip was heavy with "worry and hope".
"It is very exciting for me to see the feelings of goodness that Serbs show toward Russians," Konuzin noted.
By marking Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day), the Serb nation is remembering the
Serbian Kingdom soldiers fallen 623 years ago in the Battle of Kosovo,
when they stood
ANKARA -- Turkey has started deploying anti-aircraft
guns and other weapons alongside its border with Syria, state
television TRT reported on Thursday.
anti-aircraft guns have been deployed elsewhere alongside the border,
days after the Syrian forces downed a Turkish military jet.
Turkey has warned Syria that it will not tolerate any
breaches of border and that any Syrian military unit approaching its
border would be treated as a direct threat, AP has reported.
Dogan news agency has released photographs of a small convoy of military
trucks, towing anti-aircraft guns toward the border with Syria.
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2012/06/28/3244711/new-greek-deputies-sworn-in-to.html#storylink=cpy
ATHENS, Greece — Greece's 300
newly elected lawmakers were sworn in to Parliament on Thursday, eleven
days after the country's second election in six weeks left no party with
enough votes to govern outright and leading to the formation of a
three-party coalition government.
The deputies sworn in during a
religious ceremony led by Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of Greece's
Orthodox Church, included 18 members of the extremist far-right Golden
Dawn party, a group that rejects the neo-Nazi label but whose members
have frequently been accused of violent attacks against immigrants.
the party's deputies who were sworn in was party spokesman Ilias
Kasidiaris, 31, who became a household name in Greece earlier this month
after slapping a Communist Party candidate during a live TV political
talk show and then evading an arrest for three days until the warrant
As they had done when they were sworn in for a single day
after the May 6 inconclusive elections - when they had gained 21
Parliamentary seats - the 18 Golden Dawn lawmakers remained seated when
the country's three Muslim deputies took their oath on the Quran. At the
time, Parliament only sat for a day before being dissolved as coalition
talks had failed to form a government and new elections were required.
Dawn gained massive support in this year's elections, running on an
anti-immigrant and anti-bailout platform and promising to "clean up"
crime-ridden neighborhoods from immigrants. The party advocates
expelling all immigrants and planting landmines at Greece's borders with
Turkey to prevent illegal immigrants trying to enter the country. It
won 6.92 percent in the June 17 election, compared to just 0.29 percent
in the previous national election in 2009.
Prime Minister Antonis
Samaras was not present at Thursday's swearing-in ceremony, as he was
recovering at home from an eye surgery over the weekend.
conservative New Democracy party, which came first in both the May 6 and
the June 17 elections, now heads a coalition government with the
traditional rival socialist PASOK party and the small Democratic Left.
fledgling government has been beset by bad luck since it was formed
last week. Samaras was hospitalized to repair a detached retina last
Friday, the same day that his designated new finance minister, Vasilis
Rapanos, was rushed to hospital after a collapse. Rapanos turned down
the post earlier this week for health reasons, and Samaras has appointed
Yannis Stournaras in his place.
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2012/06/28/3244711/new-greek-deputies-sworn-in-to.html#storylink=cpy
The burden of this summer will be on the Minister of Tourism shoulders,
Aldo Bumci, who has to take care of the tourist flux in the country.
For realizing all
instructions given by the Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, the Ministry of
Tourism must cooperate with the ministries of transport, internal
affairs and health. Berisha was very clear in his instructions, starting
with the movement of trucks at Vlore’s most important road, Uji i
“The Traffic Police, the Directory of Roads and the
Ministry of Public Works must fulfill in time every transportation
obligation. Mr. Minister, we widened the Uji i Ftohte tunnel and the
customs must offer the best services at the border. Together with the
Border Police, the Interior Ministry must take measures for guaranteeing
order throughout the country. It is necessary to review the positions
of the Police Posts, such as the Alps, where there used to be police
posts for guarding the border. Now we need to establish police posts for
the tourists. The Health Ministry, besides keeping the helicopters in
stand by, must establish emergency unit teams even in the farthest
corners of Albania, where there are tourists”, Berisha declared.
also asked the municipalities and communes to clean the territory, so
that Albania can be cleaner than ever for this season. The Prime
Minister mentioned zero tolerance for those who commit environmental
crimes. Although he said that there have been big investments in the
terrestrial and aquatic roads, Berisha didn’t mention the moratorium,
which was asked to be repealed by the local governments, since it
Kosovo Parliament writes to 5 EU countries for recognition
The Kosovo Parliamentary Commission for Foreign Affairs will send a
letter to their homologues of the five EU countries that have not
recognized Kosovo yet.
The decision was taken this
Wednesday and according to the Chairman of this Commission, Albin Kurti,
the letter will have a detailed explanation of Kosovo’s Independence.
of these states have been misinformed about Kosovo by Serbia and
Serbia’s friends, but we also know that they have their internal
problems. However, if these states find an analogy between Kosovo and
their interior problems, we would suggest to not compare themselves with
Milosevic’s regime and Serbia in general”, Kurti declared.
former Kosovo Foreign Minister, now an MP for the LDK, Skender Hyseni,
Kosovo must pressure the decision making centers, such as Washington,
Brussels, London and Paris, by insisting in the need of an unified
policy from the EU. He added that the EU should abandon the neutrality
policy that started after these five states decided to not recognize
The other members of the commission declared that the
Kosovo Parliament should give more efforts with the recognition. The PDK
parliament member, Hydajet Hyseni, declared that the Commissions can
influence the respective governments for this decision.
Kadaj Bujupi, a Parliament Member from the AAK, declared that these
prime level commitments through letters and inter-parliamentary visits
help improving the general perception about Kosovo.
Kosovo’s recognition, the letter also aims to establish contacts between
Kosovo’s Parliament and the homologue commissions of these states.
GRAČANICA -- Serbian Patriarch Irinej has stated in
Gračanica that Kosovo was, is and will be the holy Serbian land, the
Patriarch Irinej (FoNet, file)
Irinej served a holy liturgy for St. Vitus Day on Thursday.
In a speech he held at the courtyard of the Gračanica
monastery, where several hundred orthodox believers gathered, the
patriarch said that "we came here to show and prove that this was, is
and will be the holy Serbian land."
“The holy Kosovo soil is
ours and we must never lose sight of it,” he noted and added that there
had been many migrations and escape from toil and trouble “but the
people always got back to their destroyed and burnt homes, rebuilt them
and started life anew”.
"Freedom is a gift from god, the
greatest gift god gives to a man, and only man has this gift and
possibility to choose one or another. Our freedom is linked with the
cross for which heroes fought in Kosovo and for which heroes are still
fighting, for the honorable cross and the golden freedom," said Irinej,
whose speech was interrupted by applause several times.
liturgy was attended by Serbian Ministry for Kosovo State Secretary
Oliver Ivanović and Russian Ambassador to Belgrade Aleksandr Konuzin.
By celebrating St. Vitus Day, the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) and the
Serbian people mark the 623rd anniversary of the Battle of Kosovo, when
the Serbian army defended its land and Christianity from the Great
Kosovo police increased their presence along
the Kosovska Mitrovica-Priština road and a part of the Gnjilane-Priština
road near the Gračanica monastery is closed for traffic due to the
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NATO condemns downing of jet, no threat of retaliation
BRUSSELS -- The NATO Council has issued strong
condemnation of Syria's shooting down of a Turkish aircraft, but
refrained from threatening with military intervention.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses reporters on Tuesday (Tanjug)
allies have expressed severe condemnation of this totally unacceptable
act," the western military alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh
Rasmussen said after the emergency session held on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by ambassadors of 27 NATO member-states.
Turkey requested the meeting after one of its military jets was downed
on July 22 above the Mediterranean, near the Syrian coast. Although
Turkey invoked Article 5 of NATO's founding charter - where an attack on
one member is defined an attack on the entire pact - Rasmussen said
that Article 5 was not mentioned in today's session.
statement from the meeting said that the shooting down of the aircraft,
apart from being "unacceptable", was also "another example of the
disregard of the Syrian authorities to international law, peace,
security and human lives".
The statement made no mention of the possibility of military intervention against Syria.
Tensions between Turkey and Syria have grown since brutal clashes broke
out between the Syrian security forces and rebels, causing serious
suffering of the civilian population.
Turkey received a large
number of Syrian refugees and joined the calls of the international
community for President Bashar al-Assad should step down.
According to Turkey, the plane downed on Friday was on a training
mission and violated the Syrian space accidentally, to "leave it
Nevertheless it was shot down, while the Syrian
authorities said that the anti-aircraft crew "could not have known that
the aircraft was unarmed" and that its commander "reacted
The search continues for the Turkish pilot in
the meanwhile. Turkey has also accused Syria of shooting at military
aircraft that participated in the search.
The Golden Down press release about an incident in Ag Saranda
"Continues the terror against the Greeks of Northern Epirus" Another incident of oppression of the Greeks of Northern Epirus is in addition to all of them. While even the blood of Aristotle Gouma is still fresh, and had nearly killing another Greek, this time in Saranda. As informed by e SFEVA site more often now come down in recent summers in Sarande Albanians from Kosovo. Typically,
some of them, said they were satisfied with their holidays but they
bothered me in particular the fact that they heard constantly around the
Greek! Victim was Nick from Mesopotamos along with two sisters. When
he fell to the attention of the fact that Albanians spoke Greek rushed
in a provocative way to drive them out from the beach: "Get up and
leave. Here are Albania, not Greece. " The
boy refused and then 4-5 other people came and started beating him
furiously until he heard someone ordered to sink in the''
sea''. Then they began to drag in the water and if not been for some of the tourists are sure they would have drowned! Nick sued and while it has now gone more than a week there is no evidence for Albanian criminals. Incidents
like this happen in the tens to the oppressed Greek population gives
itself the battle to preserve the origin of language and religion. The
Greek state has finally turned his back to the Greeks of Northern
Epirus, and the media are provocative and deliberate indifference. The Golden Dawn did not forget their homelands and enslaved by all means stand alongside the Greeks in Northern Epirus!
Note: The Golden Down is the ultra nationalist party in Greece with 18 parliament member in. One month ago, the leader Nikos Mihalogiakos, of Golden Down expressed his opinion standing that "Albanians and Greeks are brothers".
Albanian citizens, seeking justice from U.S. Embassy in Tirana
With thousands of letters a week, complaining about injustice in U.S. Embassy in Tirana
Even The Himara Community, sent an invitation to Ambassador Arvizu, to visit the dramatic situation of cutting the olives, pressure government to pay more taxes and the issue of properties, in the Himara Region.
"We want justice in this country, because none of the institution does not work in democratic way, including justice, said one of the letters to the American ambassador in Albania, Alexander Arvizu.
Sources from the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, but above all by the Albanian press, expressed for SManalysis, the injustice, corruption, Mafia, organized crime, has blocked democracy and expression in a critical way to the Albanian government and justice.
Of course, it remains to be seen the political opposition, which in view of publicist Fatos Lubonja, remains "a decor of the government" which has nothing in common with critical values and policy alternatives to the ruling.
U.S. Ambassador, Arvizu, stated that civil society should be raised against the injustice that is being invaded Albania. He has been criticized in directly electing the president of Albania, the votes of government, but has urged that every citizen should denounce injustices, in every corner of the country.
Albania currently looks like a corrupt Ottoman system through which, the central government uses the pressure and threat, to the personalities and businesses, thus penalized with fines, if they are critical to the central government, forcing the not speak. In this case, the bad institutions used, are justice and taxation.
Analysts say the current system of Albanian politics, is transformed in a dictatorship, which could lead to violent political crisis inevitable, whereas, the opposite happens in the foreign policy of Albania, it is intensive and diplomatic.
However, the U.S. ambassador in Tirana, Alexander Arvizu, as the active character of Western diplomacy, the opposition remains, lawyer, civic protests, and a symbol of freedom, where the Albanian citizens, to think that appeals to him, is a tangible way, to oppose aggressive and corrupt policies of the Albanian government.
Even The Himara Community, sent an invitation to Ambassador Arvizu, to visit the dramatic situation of cutting the olives, pressure government to pay more taxes and the issue of properties, in the Himara Region.
Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios inaugurated the third largest Orthodox Church in Europe in Albania in the presence of dozens of Greeks.
The newly constructed cathedral is dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ and is located in the center of the Albanian capital. Members of the Albanian government and the neighboring country attended the ceremony which was held in all pomp and spiritual glory.
“The new cathedral in Tirana is one of the most important architectural constructions built over the past twenty years, not only for the Orthodox Church, but also for entire Albania. It was built near the central square of the Albanian capital in a historical region,” explains the mechanical engineer who undertook the project, Mr Leonidas Pappas.
Today begins the week of the Cham culture and history. The event is announced a day earlier by the head of PDIU, Rescue Idris, who stated that it is time that all Albanians to join those who were discriminated that were Albanians. Boulevard "Martyrs of the Nation" was dressed this morning with flags, as national ones, and the banner that read "I love Chameria".
Anny way, the message that comes this time from Tirana, is more diplomatic but also threatening, the fact that anti-Greek rhetoric, used as a threat to the greek community, in which, from Cameria politicians in the government of Sali Berisha, using nationalist tactics to attack by means of blackmail, and economic pressure, members of the greek community.
FYROM’s Central Intelligence Agency announced, according to Focus Information Agency, that they are searching for five Greek-speaking volunteers to work for them.
Among the qualifications needed, Skopjan officials ask that volunteers speak the Greek language as well! The advertisement reports that their work will last for six months.
More skills are required, though. Applicants should have earned a bachelor’s degree in law, political science, information technology or economics and should speak any Asian language or Greek, as already mentioned, fluently.
They should also be younger than 30 years, have certificates proving their competency in English and be able to use computers.
Focus agency published this ad entitled “Volunteers needed to spy on Greece?” and as a result, this captured the Skopjan media’s attention at once.
has called a meeting of Nato member states to discuss its response to
the shooting down of one of its warplanes by Syrian forces on Friday.
Ankara has invoked Article 4 of Nato's charter, under which
consultations can be requested when an ally feels their security is
threatened, officials say.
Earlier, Turkey's foreign minister said the F-4 Phantom was in international airspace when it was shot down.
Syria has insisted the jet was engaged while it was inside its airspace.
It has also said no act of hostility was intended, noting
that as soon as the military discovered the "unidentified" aircraft was
Turkish its navy joined efforts to rescue the two crew members.
The Turkish foreign ministry said it knew the coordinates of
the jet, which was in Syrian territorial waters at a depth of 1,300m
(4,265ft), but has not yet found it.
The coast guard is still searching for the crew in the Mediterranean Sea, though hopes are fading of them being found alive.
Turkey's decision to call a Nato meeting to discuss the
downing of one of its warplanes by Syrian air defences is a measure of
the seriousness of the situation. But it also sends a signal that, for
now, Ankara is looking for a concerted diplomatic response rather than
taking military action of its own.
Article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty allows for countries
to consult together whenever "in the opinion of any of them, the
territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the
parties is threatened".
Turkey might have sought such consultations at earlier stages
in the Syrian crisis, prompted for example by the flood of refugees
across its borders or shells fired by Syria landing on its territory.
Nato's deliberations will raise the pressure on the Syrian
regime, but it is hard to see them having any practical effect in terms
of convincing President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power.
The government has also issued a diplomatic protest note to Syria.
Nato spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the North Atlantic
Council, the principal political decision-making body within the
military alliance, would meet in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the
"Turkey has requested consultations under Article 4 of Nato's founding Washington Treaty," she told Reuters.
"Under article 4, any ally can request consultations
whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity,
political independence or security is threatened."
Turkey wants to be sure of the strongest backing once it
decides its official response, reports the BBC's Jonathan Head in
The government has promised that it will be strong, decisive
and legitimate, and that it will share all the information it has with
Earlier, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu became the first
senior Turkish official to challenge Syria's account of the downing of
After lengthy meetings with military chiefs, he told TRT
state television that the unarmed jet had "momentarily" entered Syrian
airspace by mistake on Friday but had left when it was shot down 15
"According to our conclusions, our plane was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles (24km) from Syria," he said.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the aircraft was unarmed, and on a routine training mission
According to international law, a country's airspace extends 12
nautical miles (22.2km) from its coastline, corresponding with its
Mr Davutoglu also insisted that the jet had not been on a
"covert mission related to Syria" but had instead been carrying out a
training flight to test Turkey's radar capabilities.
He said the plane had not "shown any hostility", been clearly
marked as Turkish, and that he did not agree with the Syrian military's
statement that it had not known to whom it belonged.
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Syrian military's
actions were "outrageous" and underlined "how far beyond accepted
behaviour the Syrian regime has put itself".
"It will be held to account for its behaviour. The UK stands
ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations Security Council,"
he said. 'Unidentified target'
The Turkish military said it lost radio contact with the F-4
Phantom at 11:58 (08:58 GMT) on Friday while it was flying over Hatay
province, about 90 minutes after it took off from Erhac airbase in the
province of Malatya, to the north-west.
Later, the Syrian military said an "unidentified air target"
had penetrated Syrian airspace from the west at 11:40 local time (08:40
GMT), travelling at very low altitude and at high speed.
It said that in line with the laws prevailing in such cases,
Syrian air defences engaged the craft, and scored a direct hit about 1km
(0.5 nautical miles) from its coastline.
It burst into flames, and crashed into the sea at a point
10km (5 nautical miles) from the village of Om al-Tuyour, off the coast
of Latakia province, well within Syrian territorial waters, the
Relations between Nato-member Turkey and Syria, once close
allies, have deteriorated sharply since the uprising against Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. More than 30,000 Syrian
refugees have fled the violence across the border into Turkey.
Alleged flightpath of downed Turkish F-4 Phantom
1. F-4 Phantom takes off from Erhac airbase, Turkey, at approximately 10:28 local time (07:28 GMT), on 22 June 2. Syria says the jet enters its airspace at 11:40 (08:40 GMT) 3. Turkish military loses contact with the plane at 11:58 (08:58 GMT), while it is over Hatay province 4. Syria says its air defences engaged
aircraft about 1km (0.5 nautical miles) from the coast and that it
crashed into the sea 10km (5 nautical miles) west of Om al-Tuyour.
Turkey says the plane was 24km (13 nautical miles) from Syria, which
under international law is considered international airspace
Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has welcomed the application tabled by the
Republic of Kosovo to become an official and permanent member of the
organization. He told the visiting Prime Minister Hashim Thaci following
a meeting Saturday in Jeddah that the OIC had since 1996 supported
Kosovo’s right for independence. "Kosovo suffered a lot from
injustice and repression under an administration that did not care for
the political, religious and cultural rights of the people of the
country. Now, after independence and the recognition of 91 countries
including 30 OIC members, the organization looks forward to Kosovo soon
becoming a member of the UN and the OIC," he said. Thaci, on his
part, appreciated the continued support of the OIC to his country until
it gained independence and said he discussed with the secretary-general
all the available means of further consolidating cooperation between
Kosovo and the 57 OIC member countries. He said Kosovo maintained good
relations with all countries of the region and was hoping to have close
ties with Serbia. The prime minister said the policies of his
country, with more than 95 percent of its population Muslims, were in
conformity with the general political stances of the Muslim countries.
He explained that to be a member of the OIC, Kosovo should first be a
member of the UN. "Kosovo is determined to further strengthen its ties
with the OIC in the next phase," he said. In a meeting with Saudi
businessmen at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on
Saturday, the prime minister asked Saudi businessmen to invest in
various fields in his country. "Kosovo is rich in raw materials including agriculture, electricity, minerals and tourist attractions," he said. Thaci
recalled that Kosovo’s GDP growth rate last year was about 5 percent,
and 79 percent of its land is arable. "Saudis can invest in basic
infrastructure projects, communications, trade, cooper, zinc, iron,
coal, cooper, silver and other minerals," he said. He told the
businessmen they could also invest in tourism and said many Westerners
came to his country for medical tourism. "We have ample facilities for
entertainment tourism including mountains, hot springs and ice skating,"
he added. Thaci said Kosovo is strategically located in the heart of
the Balkan, so when businessmen come to it they will actually be in the
middle of Europe. He said the Kosovo-Arab Friendship Chamber was a
non-profitable organization established to promote the country as a
confluence between the West and the East. "The chamber is making
strenuous efforts to cement the country's ties with the Arab and Islamic
world," he said. Welcoming his guest, JCCI Secretary-General Adnan bin
Hussain Mandoura said the chamber was keen to support investments in
Kosovo and to entice Saudi businessmen to invest in it. "The JCCI is determined to support investments in Kosovo and to establish business partnerships with it," he said. Kosovo obtained its independence in 2008. It has an area of 10,577 square kilometers and a population of 2.3 million.
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