Saturday, June 13, 2009

Italy and Greece "confronted" for Vlora Harbor

According to "Proinos Logos" Roma insists to deviate "South Stream" from Igoumenitsa to the Harbor of Vlora (Avlona) in Adriatic Sea. But the scenario could open geopolitical polemics for Northern Epirus Region, (Southern Albania) between Italy and Greece. In Vlora Gulf is construited a pipeline harbor by "Petrolifera" an Italian investment, while the Albanian government decided to build a massive energetic park.

The inhabitants of Thesprotia Perdika insist that the environment will be charged and will turn off the tourist area. According to reports in the Italian press after the reactions of residents Perdika for passage of a gas pipeline from the region, the press in Italy, writes to pass the pipeline from Albania.

This course is very difficult and impossible to happen, since far more costly, but also because the Greek government makes the right maneuver. However ... the Italian demands put residents Perdika face their responsibilities, since in no case should the energy lost opportunity for Greek province.

Anyway now Vlora, will be the center of confrontation between Italy and Greece because the territory where is built the Energetic Park has propriety conflict with inhabitants of the region who are with Greek origin.

The Italians want and have lodged official to reach the pipeline from the Adriatic region between Durres and Avlona and not from Perdika (Thesprotia). The DEPA still considering alternatives and plans to establish the Continent natural gas distribution company. The works are until slow to start in Thesprotia.

Albanian Government decision on June 12, 2009: "Free Zone in Vlora Region"

The albanian government declared "Free Zone in Vlora Region" At the meeting, the Council of Ministers decided proclamation of "economic zone" status as "Free Zone in Vlora Region", the surface area of 478.14 ha. The scope and limitations of the area defined in the indicative map, attached to this decision. In this area the economic activities will be held: - Port, and industrial processing; - Commercial storage of goods; - Services, with the exception of activities related to the production of steel. The functioning of the economic zone is up to 35 years, Energitic Park.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

10 Kosovo MPs demand: Prizreni to be next "Albanian Capital"

Pristina-Ten Members of Kosovo Parliament have asked the Presidency of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo in the next plenary session to introduce the agenda request to debate and decide which Prizreni declared capital of the Republic of Kosovo.

"The Parliament obligates the Kosovo Government to prepare a legal infrastructure to carry the state administration in Prizren in Kosovo on 10 June 2016", reportedly at the request of 10 deputies.

According to them, request Prizreni declared the capital of Kosovo, above all with historical significance that has this city for the population of Kosovo in general and in particular to the Albanian people.

Prizreni in certain historical periods was vilajetit center, place of the first autonomous Albanian state, which was founded the Albanian League of Prizren, as of 17 December 1944 until 31 December 1946.
Macedonia: Albanian Group Seeks Federalization

Skopje 11 June 2009
SkopjeA group of right-wing ethnic Albanian politicians during a Wednesday press conference demanded the federalization of Macedonia based on the Swiss and Belgian models.
The group, headed by Hisni Shakiri, Sefedin Haruni, Bardulj Mahmuti and Nevzat Halili from the “Ilirida” movement, is not advocating renewed armed conflict with the state, but urging constitutional changes that would allow ethnic Albanians, who comprise one-quarter of the country's population, equal rights.The group is not part of any of the country's major political parties.

“The Albanian language is not equal with the Macedonian [language]; the Albanians are not equal with the Macedonians,” Halili opined at the press conference, asking for recognition of the fact that the Albanians in Macedonia are autochthonous. The group’s stances are similar to those expressed in April by the controversial ethnic Albanian local leader, Rufi Osmani, who then urged the creation of a bi-national Macedonia. In 2001, Macedonia suffered a short armed conflict between ethnic Albanian insurgents and the state. The armed clashes ended the same year with the signing of the Ohrid peace accord, which granted greater rights to ethnic Albanians.

Greater involvement in the police, army and administration as well as official use of the Albanian language in the areas where the population is dominant are among the provisions of the peace deal. Media have been citing local analysts as saying that the radicalization of some Albanian entities in Macedonia following the peace deal is the aftermath of the stalemate in which the country finds itself over the heated name dispute with Greece and the Greek blockage on Macedonia's NATO accession.

Opinion polls show that Albanians would rather sacrifice the country’s name for swift accession to NATO and the EU, unlike Macedonians, who view the issue as central to their national dignity and identity. The group was supported in their demands by the Student’s Association of Tetovo State University, the Association of Insurgents Veterans from the 2001 conflict, and several other citizens’ associations.
Albanian man killed over election campaign poster

TIRANA, Albania (AP)

Albanian police say a man has been fatally shot following an argument over a party campaign poster for the upcoming general election.Police say the 32-year-old governing Democratic Party supporter died in a hospital after being shot with an assault rifle Friday. A 45-year-old suspect has been arrested.

Police spokesman Klodian Branko said the quarrel started when the suspect _ an opposition supporter _ objected to the victim sticking up a large Democratic Party poster in the village of Qerret, outside the capital Tirana.

An OSCE delegation will be monitoring the June 28 vote, in which conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha will face a challenge from Socialist leader and Tirana mayor Edi Rama.
ΝΑΤΟ, στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο συρρικνωθεί, και επεκταθούν στην Αδριατική!

Σταύρος Μάρκος

Συναντήθηκε με μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον τη συνάντηση των Υπουργών Αμύνης του ΝΑΤΟ στις Βρυξέλλες χθες, όπου μεταξύ άλλων συζητήθηκαν για την απόσυρση των στρατευμάτων της KFOR από το Κόσοβο. Οι εξελίξεις στα Βαλκάνια γίνονται σήμερα υπό την εντολή του ΝΑΤΟ. Όλες οι δράσεις που πραγματοποιήθηκαν αμέσως μετά την επίσκεψη του αντιπροέδρου Αμερικανό Joe Biden, ο οποίος πέρασε το τελευταίο μήνα στα Βαλκάνια.

Αναλυτές γεωπολιτικής περιγράφαν την επίσκεψη ως αποστολή ημιτελή Ουάσιγκτον στα Βαλκάνια. Απλά φαίνεται ότι ξεκίνησε oι πρώτη κίνηση. Γαλλoς διαμεσολαβητής, Σαρκοζί, καλώντας τον Πρόεδρο της Σερβίας Τάντιτς, όπως και το Κοσσυφοπέδιο προέδρου, Sejdiu. Μετά από συναντήσεις με τον Γάλλο Πρόεδρο συζητούν άλλα θέματα που ανήκουν σε μια νέα διπλωματία στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο μεταξύ Σέρβων και Αλβανών.. πρόκειται για ανταλλαγή!

Στη συνέχεια, έχουμε και άλλη συνάντηση αρχηγών στρατού στα Βαλκάνια, που είναι η δημιουργία διαδρόμων συνεργασίας του Βελιγραδίου στο πλαίσιο του ΝΑΤΟ διπλωματία. Αποστολή αλλαγές "ημιτελής στα Βαλκάνια" προχωρεί με άλλη προσφορά του, τη μείωση των στρατευμάτων της από το Κοσσυφοπέδιο. Είχε αποφασιστεί εδώ και πολύ καιρό, τότε αποπέμπεται μια απόφαση που θα πρέπει να μειωθούν τα στρατεύματα του ΝΑΤΟ, ίσως να σταλούν στο Αφγανιστάν ή στην περιοχή μας.

Το ΝΑΤΟ φαίνεται να είναι ικανοποιημένος, ενώ το Παρίσι θέλει να έχει μεγάλη βαρύτητα σε οδηγεί η συμμαχία της στρατιωτικής ηγεσίας. Και ενώ στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, αποφάσισε να μειώσει τα στρατεύματα, χάρη στη διπλωματία του Τάντιτς, ο οποίος Joe Biden εγγύηση ότι "το Βελιγράδι δεν έχει την πρόθεση να κάνει πόλεμο στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, αλλά είναι πρόθυμη να προτείνει νέες ιδέες, ακόμη και την ανταλλαγή" , στην Αδριατική, το ΝΑΤΟ εξακολουθεί να είναι αρκετές μέρες από μια ναυτική στρατηγικης με τη μεγαλύτερη συγκέντρωση των στρατευμάτων υπό τη διοίκηση της Bruxelles.

10 φρεγάτες και άλλα πολεμικά σκάφη από την Ελλάδα, Ιταλία, Κροατία, Μαυροβούνιο, Σλοβενία και Αλβανία, πάνω από 1000 στρατιώτες στο έδαφος ανατολικά της Αδριατικής Θάλασσα Δυρραχίου - Avlona, υπό ασκήσεις "Adrion Livex 09". Η αποστολή του ΝΑΤΟ, παρέχει προσγείωσης κόμμα σε περίπτωση διασυνοριακής κρίσης.
Και είναι πρωταγωνιστής η Τίρανα, oxι μόνο στη θάλασσα, αλλά και στην περιοχή. Μπορεί να βοηθήσει το Κοσσυφοπέδιο Ασφαλείας Σώματος, στο πλαίσιο της KFOR. Μεγάλη παιχνίδι, αφενός καταρτίζει στρατευμάτων του ΝΑΤΟ στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο και στην άλλη πλευρά του εκτείνεται στην Αδριατική.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Greece allows immigrants to vote in Albania

Greek authorities are allowing Albanian immigrants to visit their country for the June 28th general elections.
The Greek Interior Ministry said on Wednesday (June 10th) that all Albanian immigrants can go home twice this year and come back to Greece legally, between late June and late September.

Albanians living outside their homeland continue to be barred from casting votes from countries to which they emigrated. The main opposition Socialist Party has vowed to change that if it wins.
Big national protest is preparing by albanians in Skopie

Nationwide protests against the discrimination of Albanians will begin with June 23, in the Square "Skënderbeu" in Skopje, than to continue later in other cities inhabited by Albanians. The news has made known by the leader of the Council for organizing protests at the initiative of the National Democratic Union (BDK), Nevzat Halili.

According to him, protests will be held under the motto: "Equality full for national Albanians". These protests will also enjoy the support of students of the University of Tetovo. Halili hopes to pass the protest peaceful and democratic atmosphere, without promoting hatred against anyone.

The Chairman of the BDK, Hysni Shaqiri said that the protests which have national character, but parties symbols will not be partisan, but only national flags and flags of United States of America (USA), and the European Union. He said the protests are defined as national protests, meanwhile, expects to join them as members of the two largest parties Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) and the Albanian Democratic Party (DPA).

These protests as Shaqiri meant, are to say only to have and change the constitutional-legal status of Albanians in Macedonia.
Albania - NATO, Continues exercise "ADRION-LIVEX 09"

Phoo: HS Aittitos
Completed the second phase of the naval exercise "ADRION-LIVEX 09" conducted at sea in the Gulf of Avlona (Vlora), Albania. This is the first NATO military exercise taking place in Albania after it joined the North Atlantic Alliance on 5 April 2009.

The exercise, which will expire on 12 June 2009, involved the gunboat by Greece. The exercise involved 10 frigates and gunboats. The aim of the exercise according to officials of the Albanian navy is the training of naval forces and the strengthening of cooperation in crisis management and rescue operations at sea.

The exercise, organized by the Albanian navy, participating units from the members of the Adriatic Ionian Cooperation «ADRION LEVEX 09» (Albania, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The President of Omonia B. Bolanos answers 5 questions

The President of "OMONIA", Vasilis Bolanos gave an interview to "Laiko Bima" newspaper which comes on 11 June in response to critical questions about the upcoming elections: Mr. Bolano, as was expected, the OMONIA supports KEAD....

Ο Πρόεδρος της Ομόνοιας Β. Μπολάνος απαντά σε 5 ερωτήσεις

Ο Πρόεδρος της ΔΕΕΕΜ ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ, Βασίλης Μπολάνος παρεχώρησε συνέντευξη στην εφημερίδα Λαϊκό Βήμα η οποία κυκλοφορεί στις 11 Ιουνίου απαντώντας σε κρίσιμα ερωτήματα σχετικά με τις επερχόμενες βουλευτικές εκλογές:Κ. Μπολάνο, όπως ήταν αναμενόμενο η ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ στηρίζει το ΚΕΑΔ.

Για πρώτη όμως φορά έχετε συνάψει προεκλογική συνεργασία με ένα από τα μεγάλα κόμματα. Γιατί αλλάξατε πορεία και τι θα επωφεληθεί η ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ και το ΚΕΑΔ από αυτήν την συνεργασία;

Αρχικά, θέλω να τονίσω πως δεν αλλάξαμε πορεία. Η πορεία της Ομόνοιας από το 1991 μέχρι σήμερα είναι σταθερή προς την διασφάλιση των δικαιωμάτων του Βορειοηπειρωτικού ελληνισμού. Δεν αλλάξαμε ποτέ τους στόχους και τους σκοπούς μας, δεν αλλάξαμε ποτέ τις αρχές μας. Τόσο η ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ όσο και το ΚΕΑΔ θα προτιμούσαμε να κατέβουμε στις εκλογές ανεξάρτητοι.

OSCE urges better political climate in Albania

TIRANA, Albania. The OSCE on Tuesday (June 9th) urged political parties in Albania to boost mutual trust to enable free and fair elections later this month, in line with international standards. Wolfgang Grossruck, OSCE special co-ordinator for the June 28th parliamentary elections, met with Interior Minister Bujar Nishani on Tuesday, telling him he is optimistic that officials will complete preparations in time. Nishani in turn noted that his ministry has published an electronic registry of voters, in accordance with OSCE and European Commission recommendations.

Meanwhile, in a report Tuesday, Transparency International Albania criticised the authorities for how the electoral lists were compiled and -- separately -- political parties, for failing to spell out spending, which raises questions about funding.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

ODIHR: ID cards still a problem in Albania


TIRANA, Albania. The process of issuing new electronic ID cards remains the most contentious issue ahead of the June 28th parliamentary elections, the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) said in a report published Monday (June 8th). It criticises the government for failing to provide enough information to citizens regarding the procedure.

It also says the ODIHR had received inaccurate information from the interior ministry regarding the number of citizens who don't hold a valid passport and have not yet applied for an electronic ID card. One or the other is needed to cast a vote. The ministry says it was a technical mistake, while the main opposition Socialist Party says the ministry is trying to manipulate the election process.
Erdogan and Sejdiu will inaugurate the Highway of Kosovo - Albania

On June 25, will meet in Northern Albania just some days before of Albanian parliamentary elections tow presidents, Turkey and Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu and Taip Erdogan. The meeting is supposed to occur in the context of aid that gives Turkey, a country considered friendly for Muslim brothers of Kosovo to inaugurate the Highway Kosovo - Albania, considered as the link of "Greater Albania".

Anyway, the inauguration of this road invited with tow presidents , will have certainly an impact on elections in Albania. Sali Berisha the leader of coalition which head the government is supposed favorite to win the elections, even those under foreign observers have started with problems already.
Albania: Campaign Funding Under Scrutiny

Tirana, 09 June 2009

Campaign postersTransparency International Albania, the local branch of the international watchdog, has called on Albania political parties to make public the details of campaign donations and how they are used.

The latest EU progress report on Albania noted that much work was needed “on the issues of transparency of political party funding”.Under the new campaign finance law reforms introduced in the electoral code in December, the auditing process for campaign donations will be managed by a new group of experts chosen by the Central Electoral Commission.

However, watchdog groups and experts doubt that it will curb illegal donations to political parties.According to the new electoral code, the highest amount that any one person or organization can contribute to a political party may not exceed 100,000 lek (approximately 830 euros).



ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ Δελτίο Τύπου -Άνανδρη επίθεση και βεβήλωση της Ελληνικής Σημαίας

Άγιοι Σαράντα 8/6/2008

ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥΗ Δημοκρατική Ένωση Εθνική Ελληνική Μειονότητα «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ», καταγγέλλει την άνανδρη επίθεση που έγινε νύκτα στα κεντρικά γραφεία της οργάνωσης μας. Άγνωστοι που διακατέχονται από αισθήματα ρατσισμού, βεβήλωσαν την ελληνική σημαία που ήταν αναρτημένη μαζί με την αλβανική και ευρωπαϊκή.Είναι πράξη από ανεύθυνα στοιχεία που επιδιώκουν την αποσταθεροποίηση.

Είναι πράξη σκοταδισμού που προκαλεί τα αισθήματα όλων των ελλήνων και θέλουμε να πιστεύουμε και των υγιώς σκεπτόμενων αλβανών συμπολιτών μας.Το γεγονός ότι τέτοιου είδους γεγονότα συμβαίνουν πάντα προεκλογικά μας κάνει πιο σκεπτικούς για το κλίμα που θα επικρατήσει στις βουλευτικές εκλογές που θα πραγματοποιηθούν σε 20 μέρες από σήμερα. Στις προηγούμενες εκλογές πέντε μέλη της κοινότητας μας από τη Χειμάρρα, καταδικάστηκαν με τη αστεία κατηγορία ότι πρόσβαλαν τα σύμβολα του Αλβανικού έθνους.

Εμείς σεβόμαστε τα σύμβολα όλων των εθνών και καλούμε την Αλβανική δικαιοσύνη να δείξει την ανάλογη ευαισθησία που επιβάλλεται άλλωστε από το σύνταγμα και τους νόμους της χώρας ώστε οι υπαίτιοι να οδηγηθούν στη δικαιοσύνη.Η Δ.Ε.Ε.ΕΜ. «ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ», πιστή στο όραμα για ειρηνική συνύπαρξη των κοινοτήτων μας δεν πτοείται από τέτοιου είδους επιθέσεις.

Μέσα στα πλαίσια του νόμου και των Διεθνών Συμβάσεων, αγωνίζεται με αξιοπρέπεια για τα δίκαια της Ελληνικής Μειονότητας. Αγωνίζεται επίσης με ζήλο και αποτελεί σημαντικό παράγοντα στις ενταξιακές διαπραγματεύσεις της χώρας, απαιτεί όμως τον αντίστοιχο σεβασμό της Ελληνικής Μειονότητας.Γραφείο Τύπου και Επικοινωνίας

Monday, June 8, 2009

Albania "Adrion Liveks'09", NATO holds Naval exercises for dangerous interventions

An eventual extraordinary situation in the region could prepare naval and special forces of NATO, to intervente on the crisis situations on the borders.

Albania Navy Ship Albania is heading a series of NATO led naval exercises in the Adriatic Sea, a first for the newly promoted member of the alliance. The war games which include thousands of marines and officers from Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Italy and Montenegro, aim to strengthen cooperation between naval forces in the region in an eventual crisis.

The naval exercise, code-named “Adrion Liveks 09”, has been held in recent years in Italy, Greece and Montenegro.“Our goal is to show that we are up to NATO standards,” Roland Nasto, chief staff of the Albanian naval command, told reporters.

Dozens of coast guard patrol boats and warships are participating in the exercise, among them five from the Albanian naval force. Albania and Croatia officially joined NATO last week ahead of the Strasbourg summit, where the two new member states participated as full-fledged members of the alliance for the first time.

Albania is to hold politic elections on June 28, but according to foreign observers, they could bring negative consequences for the country is the elections will be not free and democratic values.