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Dule pushes Himara against territorial reform Top Channel TV 19/07/2014
Vangjel Dule and Vasil Bollano visited Himara to oppose the variant for
unifying the Himara Municipality with Vranisht and Lukova.
In the meetings with the
interest groups, Dule and Bollano spoke in Greek. But more than imposing
the variant proposed by Vangjel Dule, the leader of the United for
Human Right Party, and Bollano, from the Omonia, who refused the
unification of Vranisht with Himara and Lukova, the meeting also
reflected other differences.
Some of the members have opposed the
unification with Lukova, while others were in favor. They connected the
unification with economic and religious elements, since both areas are
Christian, while Vranisht is mostly Muslim.
The UHRP leader
declared that Himara cannot unite with Vranisht. “Some in Himara say
there is no Greek minority. For me and many others who respect the
international conventions, where everyone is allowed to express his
identity, Himara has a historic Greek minority”, Dule declared.
Dule, the unification of Vranisht with Himara has only electoral
purposes. “ The creation of the new administration has only one goal,
and that is electoral. They believe that through this plan they will be
able to keep hostage the local authority of Himara. This cannot
happen”, Dule declared.
The Omonia leader warned an escalation of the stances.
will escalate our stances even in the parliamentary cooperation, even
with measures that are not object of Dule or Bollano, but that are
object of the political structures. We will take the right decisions in
the right moments”, Bollano declared.
Different from Dule and
Bollano, who claim the existence f a Greek minority in Himara, other
Himara citizens declared that they have not become Greek just because
they took a Greek passport, same as Greeks didn’t become Albanians when
they went to Greece. They claimed that Himara has its own beautiful
language which is not Greek.