Thursday, December 31, 2009
Question of Parliamentarian Members of LAOS, about Bolanos matter
To the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs
Subject: The Albanian state against Mayor of Himara
The issue of the Albanian Prosecutor of Vlora, for the political prosecution in fals "abuse of power" to the Greek mayor of Himara Vasilios Bolanos, the penalties under Albanian law provide long imprisonment of the Mayor of Himara, resistance with all his might to protect land and property of the Greeks of Northern Epirus, but also for the general ethnic, religious and cultural protection of northern epiriotes, all those LAOS asks the Greek foreign ministry.
Clearly this is a clear political persecution with manufactured categories, which adds to other similar proceedings against the Greeks in Northern Epirus both the Albanian state and from Albanian para-mechanisms together, terrorizing the ethnic Greek minority in Northern Epirus.
Asked the competent Minister,
A) How do you intend to support the Mayor Himara, and to protect him from persecution and terrorism received from the Albanians?
B) to pressure the Albanian government for the area where resides the Greek ethnic minority in Northern Epirus to have a significant institutional authority to protect itself against the Albanian fashist metodes?
Athanasios Plevris, MP A Athens
Spiridon-Adonis Georgiadis, MP B Athens
|Albania's opposition to launch protests after New Year's holidays|| || |
|Thursday, 31 December 2009|
| Albania's opposition Socialist Party leader Edi Rama said on Tuesday the party will stage massive protest rallies after New Year's holidays, demanding snap polls.|
Rama said the Prime Minister Sali Berisha's government will face massive protests, adding that a large number of citizens will join the protest.
Rama reiterated that opposition Socialists demand the government either recount vote in a controversial June parliamentary elections or hold another.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
THE ALBANIAN NATION IN EUROPE
One was the nation, a language was, Albanian Tosk and Gheg, are a nation, and can not be separated - all together, Çamëria and Kosovo, have decided to fight for this nation. So Albanianism, Albanians made more unique nation in Europe'
An article published at the end of the year by "Gazeta Shqiptare" the author of Kosovo Parliament Speaker Jakup Krasniqi (Former Political spokesman of the KLA) presents the appearance of a Greater Albania and united historically, since the time of the Ottoman Empire and to current days.
The author writes for a Greater Albania not only inherited but also with the strong current in Europe today, and by propagating the Albanian Ottoman classical philosophers, who were the creators of modern philosophy that the Albanian nation.
Among other things, the author writes for the effects of assimilation of the Albanians in Greece.Krasniqi writes, "began interest in translating religious books including the Bible in the Albanian language, which will work later completed Constantine Kristoforidhi .
This cycle will by Fan Noli concludes with the establishment of the Albanian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Boston U.S. These actions are major efforts made chauvinistic Greek Orthodox Church for the assimilation of the Albanian Orthodox rite. This effort has not ceased even nowadays. Many Arvanites (Albanian in Greece) in their families continue to speak the mother tongue - Arvanite language, but not outside the family.
Current century, we should not allow the elimination of Arvanite language (Albanian) in a European country, because European values do not allow discrimination with disappearance of assimilation", stresses Jakup Kransiki, among others in his opinion for Greater Albania in "Gazeta Shqiptare".
Note: The Article of the President of the Kosovo Parliament, published at a time when Athens has not recognized Kosovo's independence, but simultaneously the Greek peacekeeping troops, belong to the KFOR operation in Kosovo since 1999.
In fact, Kosovo's internal politics, has experienced a separation visible, as the Party of former President Ibrahim Rugova's LDK, in its philosophy Configures the modern Albanian state with the name "Dardania", considers the South of Albania, as territorially inhabited by the Greek majority.
Unlike the LDK, PDK nationalist policies of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci (a former KLA leader) has the philosophy itself, the creation of "Greater Albania", both in territories including Greece.
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, proposed by the Cham community in Vlora, is honored with the medal of "Honorary Citizen of Vlora"
President plans trip to Kosovo
BELGRADE. President Boris Tadić says he will be visiting Kosovo soon in order to show that Serbia is not giving up on the fight for the province and its citizens there.
Tadić took part in a Q&A session broadcast on RTS TV last night, to say that the government will insist that its citizens in Kosovo prosper economically and have all the rights given to citizens in the rest of the country.
He said that this year, the government achieved a significant diplomatic victory as it received guarantees that its EU integration will not be conditioned with position towards Kosovo.
The president said that "it is clear that even those European countries to not intend to withdraw their recognition of Kosovo will not blackmail Serbia into recognizing Kosovo or joining NATO".
“We received clear guarantees from all EU officials that no one will condition Serbia to recognize Kosovo in order to enter the EU,” Tadić repeated.
Dnevnik: Albanian Macedonia book presented in Tetovo
Skopje. “Many events and persons of the Albanian history have been stolen by Macedonia and this should be corrected” – this was said during the presentation of a book called ‘Albanian Macedonia’ in the town of Tetovo, Macedonian "Dnevnik" newspaper writes.
According to the author – Nijazi Muhamedi, the book is an announcement for an encyclopedia, which should be presented next year.According to the book, Alexander the Great was an Albanian, as well as the St. Jovan Bigorski monastery.
There is proof that many historical persons were Albanians. They were forcibly turned into Macedonians, while during the communism these people were obliged to study Macedonian.
As a result of this, 100,000 Albanians have lost their identity, including four academicians with the Macedonian Academy of Science and Art (MASA), who declare themselves Macedonians.
Writer Matea Matevski and composer Todor Skalovski are also Albanians, says Muhamedi.
Dnevnik comments that Muhamedi is adviser of Menduh Thaci, leader of the Democratic Party of Albanians.
Albania continues to be the main source of drugs to Greece, according to a report
Athens. Albania continues to be the main source of drugs to Greece, and Turkey is the country from which imported significant quantities of heroin, Greek newspaper "Vima'' announced.
This is stated in the annual report of the coordinating body to combat drugs in 2008. In particular, 10.22% of the total quantity of heroin seized in Greece, 8.7% of cocaine and 69.32% of crude cannabis were originated from Albania. 41.51% of seized heroin was by Turkey.
The report says heroin is imported directly from Turkey, or first pass through Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania to go back to Greece.
Greek criminal organizations work closely with suppliers in Turkey, Albania and Bulgaria, the report notes further.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Beglitis visits Greek KFOR troops in Kosovo
Alternate Defence Minister Panos Beglitis on Tuesday visited the Greek force stationed in Kosovo, accompanied by Hellenic Army General Staff chief Lieutenant General Fragkoulis Fragkos, in order to convey the government's best wishes for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Beglitis first visited the headquarters of the KFOR multinational force, where he was briefed on its activities and developments in the region.
His next stop was the "Megas Alexandros" army base in Mitrovica, where the 646 Mechanised infantry battalion is stationed, and then the army base "Rigas Ferraios" in Urosevac, to visit the 501 Mechanised Infantry Battalion.
In statements during the visits, Beglitis praised the contribution made by the Greek battalions in the international peacekeeping force in efforts to consolidate peace, security and stability in Kosovo and the western Balkans as a whole.
"Greece has a dynamic presence in international peacekeeping operations, respecting both its international and allied obligations but, above all, with an interest in defending its national interests in a region that has suffered grievously in the recent past," he stressed.
Beglitis went on to say that Greece intended to continue participating in the peacekeeping force in Kosovo, in the framework of the UN mandate, in support of the fundamental religious and political rights of all the communities that made up Kosovo. He stressed that Greece's aim was to continue to be involved in peacekeeping missions where these were needed around the world because the government believed that the country protected its own interests best when it help ensure peace, security and stability, especially in geostrategically sensitive regions like the western Balkans.
"In the framework of strengthening Greece's role in the Balkans, we do not rule out the possibility of boosting our presence in the region," he added, noting that keeping to the schedule for the gradual reduction of KFOR would depend on assessments of whether the situation in the region was normalising.
The Greek delegation was unable to fit in a planned visit to a local monastery in order to meet Kosovo's bishop Artemios, due to lack of time before its return flight to Athens.
Albanian Justice, "test" for the existence of the state
Protection from Greek State, required by the Greeks in Albania
The efforts of the Greek minority to deliberate arbitrariness of the Albanian state, seeking Greek minority organizations in Albania, on the occasion of the absurd persecution of the mayor Vasilis Bolanos Himara by the Albanian State for alleged abuse of power.
In particular the prosecution of Vlore in December brought charges against the mayor of Himara and chairman of the Democratic Union of the Greek minority "Omonia" Vassilios Bolanos of his decision to grant planning permission to Greek natives residents to build a privately owned.
According to the carefully planned by the Albanian authorities in case the Justice of the country has ratified a decision at first instance, whereby large areas in the region of Himara, owned by Greek expatriates, obtained by Albanian citizens, who succeeded before the Albanian courts to convince the judges (!) that these areas belong.
According to announcements related from the Greek organizations in Northern Epirus, this case is a political prosecution which consists as a continuation and other similar approaches, to the reduction of Greek ethnic minority in Himara region.
The homogenous groups seeking the support of the Greek state in order to avoid unpleasant developments for the near homogeneity of Himara.
Tow year ago, the Himara Community in Albania, sent a critic report to the Socialist European Parlamentarian Group, for persecutation by albanian state of the mayor of Himara Vassilios Bollanos and the Greek community of the region.
Tirana, dozens of civil and criminal charges against PM Berisha
The Powerful man in Albania, has always defies justice. Only from family opposition leader, Edi Rama, are 13 criminal charges against Berisha
Dozen civil and criminal charges from opposition leader Edi Rama, as well as many VIP businessman, who are "accused by premier Berisha, as the most dangerous mafia of the country", have deposited in the courts of Albania, charges against prime minister.
The charges are the most different to Berisha, but local analysts said that the charismatic leader of the Democratic Party and currently the country's prime minister Sali Berisha, historically, never has been presented to be face prosecution charges.
Albanian courts and prosecutors fear, could not open the criminal process against Berisha also for 1997 and for "Coup d`Etat" in 1998.
If the courts will not act in time and the Prosecution will not to take the first step that Berisha stopped, then finally, justice in Albania, has failed together with the democratic system in Albania, foreign analysts said, for Albanian political crisis.
"Prime Minister Sali Berisha, among others must bring proofs" why he calls the country's opposition as the mostly sophisticated mafia in Europe, said opposition leader Edi Rama, while adding that" Berisha is the first to be charged for using the State by his family, for robbery and property laws in favor of changes to his political clan.
Meanwhile, Albanian politician with influence in the Balkans, Arber Xhaferri, has declared that the political crisis in Albania, can be placed in question the future of the country. "Albania, he says, can currently be classified as a country with democracy failed, which is endangering the sovereignty.
Albanian government moves closer to arresting BerishaSeptember 17, 1998
Web posted at: 11:39 p.m. EDT (0339 GMT)
TIRANA, Albania (CNN) -- Albania's internal strife intensified Thursday as the government moved closer to arresting former President Sali Berisha on charges of fomenting anti-government riots that have killed seven people and injured more than 70.
A parliamentary commission recommended that Berisha, a member of Parliament, be stripped of his immunity against arrest. The full Parliament is expected to take up the matter Friday.
A defiant Berisha said he welcomed the recommendation.
"Twice I have felt proud of myself -- in 1991 when I saw with my eyes how my people stood up (to communism) and now," said the former president, who called on his supporters to turn out in force Friday for a protest rally that some observers fear could trigger more violence.
Earlier Thursday, Berisha led 3,000 supporters of his Democratic Party through the streets of Tirana in a peaceful march. He and his party have denounced the government of Socialist Prime Minister Fatos Nano as a communist-style dictatorship.
Nano took over as head of a five-party coalition after voters ousted Berisha in June 1997.
The current crisis was triggered Saturday when Azem Hajdari, a popular Democratic Party politician and close ally of Berisha, was killed.
Berisha blamed Nano's government for the slaying, and on Sunday and Monday, anti-government rioters damaged government offices and briefly took over state television. Government officials accused Berisha of trying to overthrow the government with what amounted to a coup.
While Tirana was calm Thursday, there were reports of violence in the northern town of Lezhe, where about 80 demonstrators attacked a police station late Wednesday night. Three people were reportedly killed.
Europeans appeal for calm
Daan Everts, an official with the Albanian field office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, made an appeal for Albanians to remain calm and urged both Democrats and Socialists to eschew violence.
"What should be done now is, first of all, to keep the heads cool," he said.
Everts said he thought it was unlikely that Nano would give in to calls by Berisha that his government resign. He said that would only create more chaos.
"People want to be able to walk in the streets, obviously, and institutions should be protected and preserved," he said. "So resignation now would be rather adding to the chaos than resolving it. I think it is very unlikely at this moment."
European countries concerned about the deepening unrest are considering sending a high-level ministerial delegation to Albania to defuse the situation, perhaps as early as this weekend. Ministers from Austria, Greece, Poland and Italy could take part.
Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou said the delegation would try to meet with both Nano and Berisha.
Dnevnik: Menduh Taci prognosticates destabilization in 2010
Skopje. The next year will be very hard and may be there will be no WWIII but surely the government of Nikola Gruevski and Ali Ahmeti will fall, said leader of the oppositional Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) Menduh Taci, Macedonian Dnevnik newspaper writes. In his words Macedonia will be destabilized politically and economically.
“The two heads of the government are raving. Ahmeti says there will be no WWIII if the name dispute is not resolved and Gruevski lies Macedonians it has not been negotiated about the identity and the language in the name issue. Gruevski and the opposition of Macedonian bloc are not telling Macedonians the truth the name, identity, constitution and the language will be changed.
Due to personal party interests no one wants to prepare Macedonians for this. The thing the government does not or do not want to understand is that Macedonia has problems not only with Greece, but with Bulgaria, NATO and the European Union,” Taci said.
Another Albanian paradox!
Vreme: Alexander the Great was Albanian, intellectuals say
Skopje. Alexander the Great was neither Macedonian nor Greek but Albanian. This is what Albanian intellectuals noted in the new Albanian encyclopedia, which will be presented Tuesday in Macedonian town of Tetovo, Macedonian Vreme newspaper writes.
The editor in chief of the encyclopedia is the journalist Nijazi Muhamedi, who has taken part of the working out of the contract ,proposed by Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) in exchange for the Ohrid Framework Agreement.
However, according to Muhamedi and the DPA the encyclopedia has nothing to do with the party but is a product of a group of intellectuals.
“The first two volumes are a reply to the disputable editions of the Macedonian encyclopedia. The arguments, we hold out are from historically checked up resources,” Muhamedi said.
Monday, December 28, 2009
A FORMER East European spy master living secretly in Britain and claiming thousands in benefits has won his appeal against extradition, The Sun can reveal.
Secret service boss Ilir Kumbaro, 56, is one of Eastern Europe's most wanted men - said to have kidnapped and tortured three men in his Albanian homeland.
He fled to Britain in 1996 after falling out with officials there.
He used the alias Shaqa Shatri to claim asylum, convincing immigration officials he was a Kosovan fleeing Serb persecution.
The real Shaqa Shatri had his ID documents stolen in the former Communist nation's capital Tirana in 1993. Kumbaro was granted indefinite leave to remain and was issued with a British passport.http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/2786802/Torturer-kidnapper-bogus-refugee-and-dole-scrounger-to-stay-in-Britain.html
Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic told the newspaper Blic on Sunday about the latest development and hailed it an advance in the investigation. “We have made big progress…. We have discovered the names of people who were present while operations were carried out on the people who had been kidnapped,” he said. “We have already interviewed some of these people but we have also noticed some of these potential witnesses harbour a great fear,” he said. Investigators had managed to make contact with “credible” people willing to help them, Vukcevic added.
The prosecutor said he had passed details about the discovery to the Council of Europe’s envoy, Dick Marty, who is investigating the allegations. The claims first arose in the memoirs published last year of former UN chief war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte, which prompted the Council of Europe to reopen the case briefly investigated by her office five years ago. She alleged the prisoners were taken to Albania by ethnic Albanians, and their organs were then trafficked abroad.
The leaders of Kosovo — a territory which unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and whose population is mainly ethnic Albanian — have rejected the allegations several times. The 1998-1999 conflict between Kosovo guerrillas and forces loyal to late Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic left around 10,000 people dead
Turkey: Greek diplomat returned after espionage claims
28. December 2009. | 07:02
A diplomat at the Greek Consulate in İzmir returned to Greece after the Turkish Foreign Ministry asked Greece to recall its diplomat over allegedly handing over Turkish military secrets to Greece.
A diplomat at the Greek Consulate in İzmir returned to Greece after the Turkish Foreign Ministry asked Greece to recall its diplomat over allegedly handing over Turkish military secrets to Greece.
The National Intelligence Organization (MİT), following nearly a year of information gathering, has revealed that a diplomat working at the Greek Consulate in İzmir was working as a spy. The scandal grew after three suspects were detained on Thursday in a counterterrorism operation carried out by the İzmir Police Department over charges of collecting confidential information and espionage on behalf of another country for material gain.
MİT followed the three suspects and found out that the suspects had attended many military and naval exercises and tried to photograph what was going on from as close as possible. The suspects were accused of giving Greece information on state secrets and military installation plans, military vehicle activity and military exercises. The suspects allegedly received 500-1,000 euros in proportion to the value of the information passed on.
MİT also closely monitored every step and activity of the diplomat for almost a year. It then presented its findings to the Foreign Ministry and the Prime Ministry. The Foreign Ministry then asked Greece to withdraw its diplomat or have Turkey declare him persona non grata. Once a diplomat is labeled persona non grata, his or her diplomatic career is seen as over because no country would accept his/her credentials.
The Greek diplomat was found to have links with the three people who were arrested. An interrogation revealed that one of the suspects, who worked as a travel agent organizing day trips to the Greek islands, was threatened by Greek intelligence officials, who said they would prevent him from organizing trips to the Greek islands, severely affecting his business. Both the diplomat and the suspects allegedly passed on secret information to the Greek Intelligence Agency (EYP) at least once a month. EYP officials reportedly promised to provide a monthly salary of 10,000 euros, but the suspects say they were fooled.
A PRIEST has flown to Albania to speak on behalf of a Blackburn charity worker accused of abusing orphans.
But Rev Bernard Cocker said that he believeed his mission was in vain because the Albanian legal system was flawed and his friend was 'sure to be convicted'.
Dino Christodoulou is set to spend his third Christmas behind bars awaiting the conclusion of his trail in the New Year.
And bosses at Amnesty International backed Rev Cocker's fears, saying that the courts in Albania were not fully transparent and that prison conditions amounted in some instances to 'inhuman and degrading treatment'.
There have also been calls in the former eastern Bloc country to tackle alleged corruption in the legal system.
Rev Cocker even claimed Christodoulou had been offered the chance to pay a £1,000 bribe to free himself, something that he rejected.more see; http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/4821735.Priest_gives_evidence_in_Blackburn_man_s_Albanian_orphans_abuse_trial/
Priceless icons, relics stolenMore than 50 icons and other priceless religious artifacts dating to the 15th and 16th centuries were stolen from a church in Zagorochoria, Ioannina, including the relics of Saints Panteleimonas and Haralambos.
The theft was discovered by the local priest and parishioners when they arrived at the Church of the Virgin (Panaghia) in the village of Koukouli for the Christmas service.
The burglars broke into the Church from a small window after cutting its iron frame.
According to an initial inventory, the burglars made away with more than 50 icons, several gospels, exapteriga (six-winged liturgical ripidia), chalices, relics of Saints Panteleimonas and Haralambos, and several other sacred vessels, all of great value dated to the time of the church's construction between the 15th and 16th century.
Several years earlier, burglars had stolen the church's priceless Epitaphios (carved bier of Jesus Christ carried throughout the community in a funerary procession on Good Friday).
Police have launched a manhunt for the thieves.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Unions warn of general strike
After 15 January, large protests in all Albania
TIRANA-Syndicate Unions, call upon the Albanian Government, to get their complaints into consideration, up to date January 15, 2010, to perform an assistance plan for union workers and their families.
They threatened today in a press conference giving ultimatum; In case of not fulfilling their demands, the unions warn for starting large protests.
"We discussed today the economic and social situation in the country and managed with a common conclusion, that our common position will be supported by protests.
These requests will be submitted to the government tomorrow, "said union leader Fiqiri Xibri.
The unions want the government to improve labor code and the creation of the Labour Courts, which will function together with the administrative courts.
Friday, December 25, 2009
|Tadić meets with Serb leaders from region|
|25 December 2009 | 09:18 | Source: Tanjug|
| BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says Serbia strongly and sincerely supports sovereignty and integrity of all countries in the region.|
Serbia's support for other countries' integrity and sovereignty means that Belgrade is not giving up on its own territorial integrity in Kosovo and Metohija, which has been brought into question by the attempted secession of the southern province.
"We expect our compatriots to be loyal citizens in all countries of the region where they live, but also for those countries to respect European democratic standards and ethnic community rights as they preserve their language, integrity and culture," said Tadić.
He went to no say that there are countries where our script and language are being repressed, and that Serbia will fight for the rights of our compatriots in an open dialogue.
He also stated that the meeting focused on economic connections, as a basis for stability in the region.
Tadić said that European future was a priority in conducting the foreign policy of Serbia in this region.
Serbia Changes Border RequirementsBelgrade | 24 December 2009 | Bojana Barlovac
The Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reportedly surprised by the decision and will ask for its postponement. Zeljko Stamatovic from the ministry said that such a decision "wasn't necessary at all."
"It is surprising that it has been issued before the forthcoming holidays, keeping in mind the crowds at the border crossings during that period," Beta news agency quoted Stamatovic as saying.
He added that Serbia has not made any precedent to Montenegro, as the decision applies to the nationals of all neighbouring countries. However, Montenegro will not introduce reciprocal measures to Serbian nationals, according to Stamatovic.
According to Radio Free Europe, the Serbian embassy in Podgorica will also ask the Serbian Interior Ministry to postpone the implementation of the border crossing requirements until after the New Year and Christmas holidays.
"We hope that the implementation of these regulations will be delayed, but for now we do not have that information," Serbian Consul Aleksandar Djurdjic told Radio Free Europe.
The solution of the Albanian political crisis, is deeper than what appears
"Korrieri " & "TEMA", Newspapers
Two major Albanian newspapers, critical of the regime of Sali Berisha, "Korrieri" and "TEMA", have published an opinion written by me, about the political crisis that has included Albania. Newspapers emphasize that the crisis that has included Albania, is dimensional and is deeper than what appears.
The analyze, includes three arguments, that risk for destabilizing the country, watching phenomena with critical eye, that Albanian governments, require long cover the agony true that Albania is experiencing today.
Author order three phenomena that are inevitable, leading the country in deep crisis with its crisis of votes free, private property crisis and the crisis of "national identity". Of the three, only the first is considered as priority by the Albanian opposition, while two others, are consequences of bad governance that Albanian politics since 1990.
The battle for free vote, protest slogan of the opposition, is the main pillar of democracy, which has led Albania in composing the two governments, protected by multinational forces, the Government of the Stability of 1991, and "government of national reconciliation" of the year 1997. In Albania, the inclusion of political crisis, is expected to exceed the government composition again by a third time ....
The private property crisis in Albania and Private Enterprise in general, have gone in international reviews. The phenomenon of property, particularly in south of the country, has forced the Greek Ambassador in Tirana to declare that, "The properties of ethnic Greeks, will go to Strasbourg" which means that Tirana should be responsible for the discrimination of the ethnic Greek community in Northern Epirus.
The issue of third and was considered difficult, is' crisis of national identity Albanians. In this prism, deliberately blocking the Albanian government and this current one, the census, in which the declared nationality and religion, Tirana could bring in a rough situation with Skopje, for which Athens can react with hard. The deadlock of civil and political rights to Northern Epirioteas in Albania, can also bring Albania blocking all its efforts in the EU.
A solution might be for this purpose, provision of dual citizenship may be soon for the Northern Epirioteas by Athens, which can bring important geopolitical developments in Albania, before than Brussels will opens the yaw for Tirana for visas.
But besides this, Albania has problems with justice and corruption in all its system, including local authorities which have grievances, but the most important is that the economic crisis, can quickly knock during 2010, as a result of Greek influence in crisis of economies of Balkan countries, including Albania.
It is very important to understand why the crisis in Albania are more serious than they appear in Appearance, consequences of which make unavoidable, bringing a new solution, as always imposed by big powers, like or not the Albanians ....
Albanian opposition leader to sue prime minister over slender
Tirana. Leader of opposition Socialist Party of Albania, Edi Rama, is to sue Prime Minister Sali Berisha over slender and insult, the Macedonian Radio Television /MRT/ reports.
This is the second claim filed by the Rama family, after Edi Rama’s mother – Aneta, filed recently a claim against Berisha, too.
Not long ago, Sali Berisha accused Rama of being the head of the mafia in the country, of torturing his former wife, not recognizing his son for 19 years, as well as of being popular with the nickname of “the naked politician” because of his nudist photos spread in the public area.
Edi Rama`s mother Aneta (Koleka) is from Himara, his parents have origin from Vuno village.
|World Security Network reporting from London, December 24, 2009|
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sejdiu urges Vatican recognition of Kosovo
On the occasion of the feast of Christmas, President of the Republic of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu has sent His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI the warmest congratulations.
President Sejdiu once again expressed gratitude for the continuous efforts for peace of Pope Benedict XVI and has asked His Holiness, to take into consideration the demand for recognition of the Republic of Kosovo.
"Recognition of the Republic of Kosovo from the Vatican is expected with impatience by all people of Kosovo, which, as always, is a rare example of coexistence, of harmony and tolerance between people of different ethnicities and religions".
We pray in Kosovo the year 2010, which with a special decree of the Year, I have spoken to Mother Teresa, along with the Cathedral with its name, which will open in Pristina, bring us the blessing of our country by the Holy Father and Your Headquarters, said the congratulatory message by Kosovo President, Sejdiu.
Vatican, does not know the Kosovo independence.
Naftemporiki: Greeks perceives immigrants as a threat
Athens. Every second Greek thinks the presentation of the immigrants in the country is a threat, Greek Naftemporiki newspaper writes, citing a research of the Capa research.
Asked what the immigrants are, 51.6% of the Greeks answered “a threat”, 30.6%-“possibility” and 17.8% has no opinion. Meanwhile, 76.3% of the people think the immigrants in Greece are “too many”, 18.6%-“they are a lots but not too many” and according to 1.6% “they are not so many”.
Referring to the consequences of the participation of the immigrants in Greek society, 57.5% of the Greeks think the immigrants keep the salaries low and are the reason for the unemployment among Greeks. 34.3% think the immigrants contributes to the development of the Greek economy.
Albania Gifts 400,000 Euros to Serb EnclaveTirana | 24 December 2009 |
The Albanian premier also announced that he had invited Serbian President Boris Tadic for an official visit to Albania and the two governments were working out the details.
“President Tadic and I value developing the relationship between our two countries in order to open a new chapter,” Berisha said during the press conference. “President Tadic is welcome in Albania and I must say we are working on his coming visit, an invitation which he has gladly accepted,” Berisha added.
Petrovic praised the grant for the Gracanica municipality as “More than a symbolic gesture… sending a positive message for the citizens of Albania, Kosovo and the region.”
Albania-Serbia relations have enjoyed a sort of honeymoon period in recent months, despite holding completely opposite views on Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence.
In a meeting in October, Albania’s Foreign Minister Ilir Meta and his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic, agreed to strengthen cooperation between their two countries.
The joint press conference followed a regional conference of the so-called Visegrad states in Budapest on Tuesday.
While the countries hold opposed views on Kosovo’s independence, the Albanian minister underlined that “Kosovo’s future, similar to the future of the region, is European.”
Tensions between Tirana and Belgrade flared in August after Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha spoke of the “national unification” of regional Albanians during an interview with a local broadcaster.
The statement elicited a protest note from Serbia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, which described the comment as “provocative and a breach of its [Serbia's] sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Kosovo declared independence on February 17, 2008, and has been recognized as a sovereign state by 63 countries, including the US and a majority of the EU. Belgrade maintains that it remains an integral part of Serbia.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Albanian crises, implicates FYROM
Skopje.The idea of the leader of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) Branko Cvrenovski to form oppositional front is good, but unrealizable, because Cvrenovski has no one to form the front with, political analyzers say, Macedonian Vreme, newspaper writes.
The analyzers noted in would be even harder for Cvrenovski to find partners in the Albanian bloc, which is necessary pre-condition in the clash with VMRO-DPMNE.
Cvrenovski has announced several times in public all oppositional parties to unify and to oppose to the policy of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. Thus Cvrenovski met leaders of several political parties, including Tito Petrovski (New Social Democratic Party), Menduh Taci (Democratic Party of Albanians) and Imer Selmani (New Democracy).
Leaders have agreed Macedonia needs to access NATO and the European Union but have had different visions of the common actions and the formation of an oppositional bloc.
Skopje. The name issue to be resolved in the next three, not six months to unblock Macedonia’s integration process in the European Union and NATO and to strengthen the VMRO-DPMNE-Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), said leader of the DUI Ali Ahmeti, Macedonian Vreme newspaper writes.
In case the problem is not resolved by the end of March, Ali Ahmeti will announce to Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski he is leaving the coalition, said resources of the newspaper said.
According to them despite the differences in the approach towards the name issue DUI and VMRO-DPMNE has not agreed under several other issues, which has shown the intolerance between different structures of the two parties.
Albania crossed by "the language of hatred"
Debate and threats, in Parliament
A member of JUP (Cham Community Party) Dashamir Tahiri, responded to reply the Chairman of HURP, Vangelos Doules for Cham issue, then tried to use force against him, inside of the Albanian Parliament.
Bodyguard, quickly intervened to avoid a clash, which has warned it could become an ethnic incident.
In Addition, today, Albanian opposition leader Edi Rama, has warned that Albanian society and opposition, could go to civil disobedience, if the parliament will approve laws that are contrary to the constitution and especially with local autonomy and Private Enterprise.
Albania's Berisha accused of libel
Albania -- Opposition Socialist Party (SP) leader Edi Rama filed a lawsuit on Tuesday (December 22nd) against Prime Minister Sali Berisha, accusing him of libel.
Rama says Berisha has "repeatedly and publicly offended" him. Late last month, Berisha gave a long speech in parliament, including what he described as the "untold truth" about Rama's personal life.
Rama refuted all of Berisha's claims as lies. It is now up to prosecutors to decide whether to accept the lawsuit.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Greece; Citizenship for Albanian emigrants and northern epirotes
Papandreou holds his promise for dual citizenship for northern epirotes
A series of draft laws and regulations of the ministries of Interior and Infrastructure where discussed from the Papandreou Cabinet. The focus of the meeting, was the bill for the acquisition of Greek nationality by second generation immigrants, born and attended schools in the country.
As the chairman of the Parliament Foreign Commision F. Petsalnikos welcoming students of School of Intercultural Education Acharnon to visite Parliament, the Greek citizenship shall be acquired by children who have attended three primary schools in our country or a total of 6 years in Greek education.
As for adult immigrants, they acquire Greek citizenship after five years legal residence in Greece."The passage of the bill ensures that all pupils have equal opportunities and rights," said the chairman of the House addressing the students.
More specifically,at the Ministerial Council where discussed:
- The bill for a vote of expatriates living in Greece for three years and immigrant residents in the next elections for Local Government
- The return citizenship to children of migrants born in Greece.
On the vote to expatriates and immigrants will meet immediately after the Council of Ministers, the IPR of the Interior and Decentralization ministry.
moree see: http://news.ert.gr/el/ellada/politiki/31092-nomosxedio-gia-tin-ithageneia-se-metanastes-deyteris-genias
Berisha: My government will adopt the territories of Greeks in Himara
The parliamentary commission of agriculture, has concluded that land of Ionian coast, will be taken from residents and will be given lands limited from 300 to 700 square meters per capita.
New anti democratic laws by the Government of Berisha against ethnic Greeks, may open new dangerous discussion, to an ethnic conflict, since redrawn of the lands for the purpose of looting ethnic residents of the territories to be replaced with residents from the north, marks the height of ethnic discrimination
Some days ago, the Greek ambassador in Tirana, had warned Albanian Government that soon will face Greece in the Strasbourg court, for the assimilation of the territories of ancient Greek inhabitants, from the Albanian government, in the southern Albania.
Arber Xhaferri: political crisis, endangering Albanian sovereignty
"If deepened, Albania added to the list of failed democracies"
A powerful and dramatic alert comes in the ears of Albanian politicians through a mind of intellectuals and prominent politicians in all territories inhabited by Albanians. It is about Arben Xhaferri, who in an exclusive interview for "Shqip" newspaper in Tirana, calls to the Albanian politics in these difficult moments of political conflict.
In a detailed scanner that makes the political situation, known politician and publicist claims that "The situation created, there is no other solution that could work in the long run. But not only that. If this crisis will be deepened, Albania would eventually ranked on the list of countries where democracy has failed, the list of states that do not function. Analysis of Mr. Xhefarri is quite clear: the elections of 28 June has a popular verdict has not given the power to govern only one political forces, but has a clear willingness for a new point between Albanians, governance of together.
Having entered the details of a legal agreement between two political forces in the country, Mr. Xhaferri stated that it must necessarily sit at the table the main protagonists of the Albanian politics, so Berisha and Rama. This is also for another reason, as it is reactivated claims that Albanians do not have constituent skills. But, for intellectual Arben Xhaferri, imtas all this is not simply a problem of policy and is not guilty.
Xhaferri is clear in his vision which says that "When a society, go to find answers to problems is in itself creates a deep crisis that takes, the form of state does not. Perhaps this statement seems trite, in deviations within the findings for other, diverse, typical of societies in transition. But criticism that finds that a system does not work means that a country as a whole has failed, position, opposition, parliament, judiciary, prosecutors, NGOs to, then public ethics, etc.
more see: www.gazeta-shqip.com
The Switzerland of the Balkans
by Francesco Martino
Premier Bulgarian Boyko Borisov announced it would support the idea of Ataka nationalist movement to promote a referendum darkness of the news in the Turkish language, broadcast on national television since 2000.
A perfect metaphor, used and often abused by politicians in the region to promise prosperity and good administration, all seasoned with strong ethnic tolerance. But times change and politics, as well as metaphors, they adapt to new circumstances.
Perhaps inspired by a controversial referendum on minarets, held recently in Switzerland, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced on 17 December that it intends to call the people to the polls to decide whether or not overshadow national TV news about the Turkish language in ........tv Bulgarian station.
more see: http://www.osservatoriobalcani.org/article/articleview/12280/1/43/
Monday, December 21, 2009
Justice and Unity Party: "Greek Government to improve injustices against Chams"
For the first time that cham community, is implicated directly to menace the Greek Community Represent in Albanian Parliament. Sure, the political incident may take other sentiments on parallel ethnic conflicts, even Europol and NATO, control every think about Albanian paramilitaries groups, in all Albanian territory
Justice and Unity Party (Cham Community Parliamentarian Party) in a media statement says that "Cham Community with the Albanian people, want integration of the country than others.
"European Integration for us means freedom of movement. It means the legal framework and justice for past crimes by the enemies of humanity, that inspires Evangelos Dules as the Nazi collaborator Napoleon Zervas", said in a statement JUP's.
The Cham Party accuses Mst. Dules as politician that is against European integration of Albania. "You Mr. Dule, are against the European integration of Albania, because it will become, without cards in hand pressure to Tirana, and Albanians will soon gain to have the right to move without visa in Europe", said the statement of JUP.
For the first time that cham community, is implicated directly to menace the Greek Community Represent in Albanian Parliament. Sure, the political incident may take other sentiments on parallel ethnic conflicts, even Europol and NATO, control every think about Albanian paramilitaries groups, in all Albanian territory.
Idrizi: will solve the national issue of Chameria
Tirana, , 30.11.2009
Shpetim Idrizi, elected as a member of SP and party representatives already JUP is sworn as a deputy in Parliament of Albania. In the speech held by the Assembly podium, Idrizi said that the party represents the main aims of resolving national issue and priority Cham issue.
"We intend to resolve the matter, and Cam will work to give due weight and importance to the community. We propose that our diplomacy to negotiate amendments to the 1980 Greek law, so we seek repatriation of lost rights and not simply compensation properties - Idrizi said, expressing confidence that the Greek Prime Minister Papandreou will implement the best tradition of the Greek left, who started with the removal of Albania from the list of enemy countries and will provide solutions to issues Cam.
"If we do not see progress in this direction will take these issues on the international tribunal," he said, adding further that requires approval of a resolution for this issue.
Meanwhile, the Albanian government has sought deployment, memorial where lie the remains of over 2000 Chams; allocation of funds for house museums for Hasan Tasimit.
Further Idrizi has pledged cooperation with all MPs and has given assurances to the adoption of any law that aims to integrate the country. "Compass is our national interest and for this we will cooperate with all who have the same interest with us" - he said
Thaci: Macedonia has no future without Albanians
DPA leader Menduh Thaci on Sunday has once again repeated the party's position that directs that no Albanian would not have Macedonia. He made these comments during the conference RDSH VIII, in which, Krenar Lloga is re-elected chairman of the youth of this political entity.
"There is no other future Macedonia, Macedonians have no future only to create another joint state with Albanians, or does not have nor state nor nation, nothing. There will be Macedonia, without decision-making by consensus, the decision should be and joint decision between Albanians and Macedonians and eventually forget Tito project.
Gruevski project that will now raise the Macedonian Orthodox Slavic state on the Albanian lands without clearly defined constitutional legal status of Albanians here we can not talk to perspective ", emphasized Thaci, adding that Congress DUI first day is characterized as a graveside ceremony, tragic and ridiculous.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Albania, latest developments
Berisha says his government "has agreed to count the population on ethnic grounds, but to create a legal framework, not to produce false results, contrary to the national interests of Albania"
During a press conference in Tirana, the country's Prime Minister Sali Berisha, asked by a journalist that, if his government that he leads, may conducting the population census on ethnic grounds, he replied: "that" I agree in principle to count of the population based on ethnic grounds, but need to create a legal framework, that results to have not falls, at the expense of the national interests of Albania ".
According to Berisha, Albania is a stable country without identity complex and that the democratic country's constitution, has guaranteed the rights of its law.
For many analysts, Berisha, did not make, to carry the census registration of the population on ethnic grounds, the fact that, he is a nationalist leader, who is helping more Albanians outside the country as in Kosovo and FYROM, and not to guarantee a solution for ethnic communities of Albania.
Vangjelos Doules elected president of the HURP
With 95% of the votes of 465 delegates came from within and outside Albania, was elected at an extraordinary congress, Vangelos Doules at the top of HURP. In Congress, was invited and SP leader Edi Rama, who said that "should remain united as opposition, to remove from power Sali Berisha.
The future will show to what the new position will be placed HRUP, as always to search for alms from Tirana government, or will require together with the opposition, leaving through protests, against Berisha.
PASOK MP Pandoulias, were invited at HRUP Congress.
A party with an ethnic basis, is registered in Albania
According to Thomas Mitsos, initiator of the Party of Albania's ethnic Greeks, that the time has come to Albania to form ethnic parties, to be confronted with the absolute power of Albanians, but also to protect the constitutional rights of Greeks in Albania.
The Party of Ethnic Greeks, is an alternative which was born from the secession from HRUP and that claims to fight for themselves called on all of Albania's ethnic Greek community.
Minister of Labor and also member of DP, Spyros Kseras elected Member of National Council of DP. The country's Prime Minister Berisha, aims to deepen its influence in the Greek community, with the theme "divide and conquer".
The internal developments in Albania, the political crisis involving to the country, has affected the Greek community, which is as rare here, is divided in at least 4 political parties. The rift that has included internal crisis in the Greek community, there are factors influenced by philosophy than political pressure from the Albanian government, but also the indifference of the Greek authorities themselves.
The future solution for civil and political rights of the Greeks of Albania, may come from external factors, as an absolute obligation of Tirana, to ensure standards that Europe requires, as the government continues to dominate so oppressive country, not issued for any right to the Greek community, furthermore wants to dictate the internal affairs of neighboring countries, often using the slogan as a member of NATO.