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Friday, July 25, 2014
Albanian nationalist historian: "Himara is not a Greek minority" Top Channel TV
Historian Pellumb Xhufi says that the concerns of Greece about the new territorial reform are out of place.
“Venizellos intervenes as if
this was about a Greek Minority. This is the real problem. Venizellos
must know, because his grandfather was Prime Minister when the accession
at the League of Nations was made, and the condition was to recognize
the minorities, and the minorities have been recognized. Albania
presented the map where the Greek and Montenegrin minorities have been
recognized. A Commission of the League of Nations arrived to evaluate
the situation in terrain and Himara was not part of the Greek minority
in Albania. The nationality is another thing, and Himara is an Albanian
community, according to the documents of the Himara citizens, and they
are even noted citizens for the battles of the Albanian people for
freedom”, Xhufi says.
The President of the Albanian Diplomatic
Academy, Lisen Bashkurti, says that the diplomacy of every country has
the duty to show interest on the minorities in order to guarantee their
duties, but this is not the case.
“This is not about the
treatment of rights and freedoms of minorities, which are consolidated
by Constitution and law in Albania, and recognized by the international
factor as such. The Greek diplomacy has almost turned into a precedent
to confuse the limits and basic rights with the internal matters and
reforms that will be taken frequently during our integration path. This
is an intervention in the internal affairs of Albania. The government,
the majority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have held a very rights
stance regarding the constitutional rights. The government, the
majority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have kept a very right
stance regarding the constitutional rights of the government for the
reforms, which have been mandated by the Albanian citizens and which are
in full respect of the European Card of human Rights and of the Convent
of Human Rights of Minorities”, Bashkurti declared.