Sunday, September 12, 2010

The World Press about Papandreou`s declaration to Albania

Leader concerned by Albanian nationalism

ATHENS | Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou warned on Sunday of rising nationalism in Albania, after the murder of a member of the country's ethnic Greek minority last month.

"The rise of nationalism among extremist groups, which target the Greek minority, is a very serious matter," Mr. Papandreou said during a news conference in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

"Nationalism does not help the Balkans, it always causes big problems," he said.

Albanian authorities have arrested seven people after the Aug. 13 murder of Aristotelis Goumas in the southern town of Himara.

Depending on sources, there are between 40,000 and 100,000 ethnic Greeks living in Albania, who often complain about discrimination and intimidation.

In turn, authorities in Tirana say Albanian emigrants — estimated at more 500,000 — face discrimination in Greece.

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