Saturday, February 12, 2011

Registering property in Ionian coast by OSCE, in Himara Region, the situation alarming

The Himara Municipality, includes in the project, the Communist Law 7501 and the state urges it ownership in Himara

The Albanian state, gets arbitrarily by Himara, about 82% of the territory with a law by parliament

Himara NGO: Albanian state, otherwise to prove any property in Himara Region, where it, purchased land!

Himara - A representation of NGOs from abroad Himara, are hosted in The Himara Municipality, from its chairman Vasil Bolanos, in connection with the process initiated by the OSCE for reregistration process of land and properties, in this region. Once a description, made by Mayor Bolanos, the representatives of these NGOs, are surprised that to include in this process, the Law 7501, as well as the Albanian state as "owner".

According to the mayor, Vasilis Bolanos, the process has begun and the municipality that he represents, has started the activity of registration of property and land, in collaboration with Albanian contractors, funded by the EU, under the auspices of OSCE.
But although the expected response in the future days of Himara NGOs in the diaspora, the involvement of law 7501, is considered unacceptable, before the fact that of 20 years these NGOs, the Albanian government have struggled to change this law, which has divided families in Himara.

However, the non-negotiable item, along with Law 7501, is included in the process of the Albanian State. Bolanos has shocked the representatives of NGOs originating Himara, the Albanian government has taken control of property Himara inventory, and specifically an area of about 82% of its entire territory, which belong to the pastures, forests, meadows of communities, religion and villages.

Such an attempt to Tirana, wants to provoke people of Himara, and this invasion will be considered, on the contrary, the Albanian government to prove where it has found no documentation proving that the property in Himara, to the fact that the Albanian state, is created by the Great Powers in 1913, and the fact that Himara has been an independent territory with its institutional laws (Venom) particularly during the Ottoman regime.

"The Himara Community", "Coastal Association, NGOs and others, which represents communities in Himara Region, will meet soon, to hold opinions with respect to the latest challenges in this recording, perhaps can be proposed blockage of the process, although administrative elections held over the coming months.

Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus (1914)

In accordance with the wishes of the local Greek population, the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus, centered in Gjirokastër on account of the latter's large Greek population,[26] was declared in February 14, 1914 by the pro-Greek party, which was in power in southern Albania at that time.[27] Georgios Christakis-Zografos, a distinguished Greek politician from Lunxhëri, took the initiative and became the head of the Republic. In May, autonomy was confirmed with the Protocol of Corfu, signed by Albanian and Northern Epiroterepresentatives and approved by the Great Powers. The signing of the Protocol ensured that the region would have its own administration, recognized the rights of the local Greeks and provided self government under nominal Albanian sovereignty.[27]

However, the agreement was never fully implemented, because when World War I broke out in July, Albania collapsed. Although short-lived,[27][28] the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus left behind a substantial historical record, such as its own postage stamps.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Vatican position on Kosovo "unchanged"

11 February 2011 | Source: Politika, Tanjug
BELGRADE -- Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia Orlando Antonini has stated that position of the Holy See, which did not recognize Kosovo as independent, remains unchanged.

He told Belgrade-based daily Politika that he did not believe that the Vatican would discuss the issue of the Kosovo status until Belgrade-Priština negotiations were finished.

New Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia Monsignor Juliusz Janusz was also appointed as apostolic delegate to Kosovo on Thursday.

The Apostolic Nunciature in Belgrade said yesterday that Janusz’s appointment was not a diplomatic one.

“The appointment of the apostolic delegate for this function of the Catholic Church organizational structure has a purely religious character and is completely different from the matter of legal and territorial situation which will remain the same when it comes to Kosovo,” said the announcement.

Antonini stressed that appointments of apostolic delegates "were not rare", adding that the decision did not change the Holy See’s position on Kosovo.

He reiterated that the appointment of Monsignor Janusz was but a mere inter-church decision, which was in no way related to the legal and territorial issues the Holy See dealt with or to any of its diplomatic activity. Antonini also added that the Serbian government, which accredited the Nunciature, had been informed of the decision.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ms. Bibe: Mr. Spokesman, I think you will have learned of the statements of the Greek Consul in Korce. I would like to learn whether Athens agrees with these statements are not. What has been done to defuse this crisis?

Mr. Delavekouras: Essentially, we have monitored a very large debate in the Albanian press regarding certain statements. Because I don’t want there to be any misunderstandings, and we need to be clear on this and Greece is clear on this: we see the Greek national minority in Albania as a bridge of friendship between the two peoples. Full respect for their rights and the implementation of the relevant commitments and obligations of the Albanian side are a barometer in our bilateral relations as well as a criterion for Albania’s European course.

The issues being faced by the Greek national minority are dealt with by our country in modern terms of the protection of minority rights and based on the relevant international obligations and commitments of Albania – particularly within the framework of Albania’s European course. This includes respect for and protection of the rights of the minority throughout Albanian territory and not exclusively in areas that have been designated as minority zones.

We see the census that is scheduled to be carried out this year in Albania as a tool, first of all, for the Albanian state itself; an invaluable tool. The census needs to be carried out in accordance with international standards, both as regards the drawing up of the questionnaire as well as how the census itself is carried out, as a necessary step towards comprehensive political protection of the rights of minorities. In parallel, I repeat, it is also an obligation Albania has to the European Union, on its European course.

Greek-Albanian relations are of strategic importance to us. They are relations in which we have proved that we will stand by Albania as it takes steps towards the European Union, towards this vital aspiration of the Albanian people that Greece supports. We shouldn’t look for opportunities to blow situations out of proportion in order to create an impression. Our cooperation is ongoing. The talks, the meetings and the dialogue is ongoing, and that is how it should be seen. It is important that the Albanian side, too, perceive the Greek national minority as the bridge of friendship and cooperation that I mentioned.

US Official Delivers Strong Message to Troubled Albania

US Undersecretary of State Thomas Countryman told Albanians in a televised message on Wednesday that they should look to their constitution and institutions to overcome the country's political crisis.

Besar Likmeta

“Albania is not the only European democracy that employs protests as a means of political expression and sadly is not the only European democracy that has seen protests end in violence,” Countryman said.

“All of these events, in a constitutional democracy, must be addressed by constitutional means,” he added.

Countryman’s statement came after meeting the country’s main political actors and President Bamir Topi in the wake of the January 21 unrest that left four people dead and dozens wounded.

Albania’s main political parties, the Democrats of Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the Socialists headed by Tirana mayor Edi Rama, have been in conflict since the violent protest three weeks ago, blaming each other for the deaths.

Berisha claims that his government was the victim of a failed coup attempt orchestrated by the Socialists, the president, the secret service, the general prosecutor and four journalists.

Meanwhile, Rama accuses Berisha of turning a peaceful protest into a bloodbath and attacking any institution that does not agree with his version of the facts.

The protest of January 21 turned into a riot when several hundred marchers attacked the police barricade set up to protect the prime minister’s office, using sticks, stones and Molotov cocktails.

Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and later with live ammunition fire, leaving four dead and dozens wounded.

In his speech, Countryman touched on three areas that are considered to be at the root of Albania’s crisis: corruption, disputed elections, and the protests. He stressed that although they remain serious challenges to overcome, the only way to solve them is through institutions.

He sent a clear a message to the opposition not to boycott the May 8 local elections; a move that threatens to further aggravate the current political and institutional crisis.

“The people of Albania deserve the right to choose between parties, which means parties should participate in such elections,” he said.

“Blocking elections is an example of a non-constitutional and anti-constitutional action that is not deserving of a European democracy,” Countryman added.

The US official reteirated his country's support for prosecutor general Ina Rama and her probe to shed light on the January 21 events.

“We support the independence of the prosecutor general who must be able to do her job without political pressure,” Countryman said.

He also expressed his disappointment with Albania’s political parties, and called on the Albanian people to hold on to their aspirations as a NATO member and possible EU candidate.

“Politics might seem like everything, but there is a higher value when you commit to being a member of NATO and when you aspire to be a member of the European Union,” Countryman said.

“Both NATO and the European Union are values based organisations, and those values are greater than the political interests of one party or another,” he added.

Albania operates as an instrument of Turkey?

Written by Emmanuel MANGIOROS *

Looking at the objective observer of what is going on with Greece, the neighboring country, last time, notes:

Completed and inaugurated Turkish submarine base in Durres.
On 25.05.2010 the Albanian Parliament passed a law on entry and residence of Turkish naval units in Albania.• The Constitutional Court of Albania, reportedly after intervention by the Ankara not ratified the delimitation of the continental shelf Greece - Albania signed by Mr. Karamanlis and Berisha on the same rationale rejected by Ankara, in accordance with international law, delimitation of the continental shelf of the Aegean Sea.
• murdered citizens of Greek origin in that country, on the grounds that speak Greek language.
• featured in textbooks of the country as the Albanian regions of western Macedonia and Epirus and Albanian, the ancient tribes of Epirus Thesprotia of Molossos of Chaones etc.

These events are not unrelated to the policy pursued in the Balkans, Turkey.
The current Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu on page No. 200 of his book entitled: The strategic depth. The international position of Turkey writes: "Both short and medium term objectives of foreign policy of Turkey in the Balkans is the strengthening of Bosnia and Albania within a framework of stability and creating an international legal framework to put under the protection of national minorities in the region.

In this context, Turkey should continually seek to provide guarantees that would provide the right to intervene in matters concerning the Muslim minorities in the Balkans.
The legality of intervention in Cyprus which is a striking example in modern times it has been possible within such a framework.
It is clear that the Albanian leadership's actions in the works of Turkish aspirations and their instrument in the Balkans, because what else can we suppose that happens when grant basis to the Turkish fleet in the rear of Greece or when aligned with the Turkish views the issue of the continental shelf, or when directed against the Greek minority and cultivating the youth of the country atmosphere irredentism?

Perhaps unaware of the Albanian leadership that Greeks and Albanians are no doubt folks relatives that lived together peacefully for centuries, that were enslaved by the Turks at the same time? Perhaps unaware that the Turks Islamist violently largely to the Albanian people recently? Do unaware that the vast majority of currency imported into Albania from Greece?

Really how many Albanians work in Turkey?
If the political leadership of this country has decided to link its fortunes with the exuberant and unconstructive Turkish aspirations aiming at the reconstruction of the Ottoman Empire, transforming it into an instrument of Turkish policy in the Balkans, is certain to lead the country in adventures by which the people will suffer further. Remember the recent mishap of Azerbaijan which was based in Turkey during the war operations in Armenia, but the passions of Agriculture, which was based not least in Turkey and the conflict with Russia.

If, however, has decided to sacrifice, with persistence and patience to modernize the country and lead it into the European family to which the Albanian people must move away from the Turkish and embrace the fantasies and the country's

The options are Albanians. Greece shall, in each case, to respond decisively and to make clear and public practice in Albania that the continuation of the above conduct would have very serious consequences for its economic survival but also for the European course.

Mr. Emmanuel is Maggioros ET
Director of Secondary Education of Ioannina.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NATO conference in Belgrade announced

9 February 2011 | 16:51 | Source: Beta
BELGRADE -- Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac expects that ruling coalition’s leaders will meet in the next few days to discuss the government reshuffle.

Dragan Šutanoavc (Tanjug)
Dragan Šutanoavc (Tanjug)

He believes, however, that Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković is doing a good job.

“I don’t agree that Mirko Cvetković is a bad ‘captain’, simply the times are difficult. I expect us to start this year with a better energy and to keep the promises we made,” he told reporters.

The minister also pointed out that this was more important than dismissal of ministers or who would lead the government.

G17 Plus also realizes that the government reshuffle is necessary. G17 Plus leader Mlađan Dinkić and party official Vlajko Senić have stated that the government has lost its authority and that the opposition will win the next elections if they do not make some changes.

Šutanovac has confirmed that NATO strategic conference dubbed “After Lisbon – implementation of transformation” will be held in Belgrade in June. He added that NATO honored Serbia with the conference.

A total of 69 countries will attend the meeting and 28 of them will be NATO countries and 22 members of the Partnership for Peace program.

“That will be an opportunity to present military capacity, but also our capacity to organize such a big gathering,” the defense minister pointed out.

He denied that the demolished General Staff headquarters would be given to Telekom Srbija as a compensation for the use of the phone tapping equipment and said that the Serbian Army (VS) would sell or exchange its real estate.

Albania Guard Officer Arrested for Protester Death

The head of a special unit of the Republican Guard, suspected of killing one of the four protesters that died during the January 21 unrest in Tirana, was arrested on Tuesday.

Besar Likmeta

In a video broadcast by the local media, the guardsman, Agim Llupo, is shown apparently shooting a barrage of automatic fire from an MP5 rifle toward unarmed demonstrators as anti-government protesters clash with police.

According to prosecutor sources, ballistic tests have shown that at least one of the protesters was shot by Llupo’s MP5.

The police have yet to enforce six arrest warrants for high ranking officers of the Republican Guard that were issued by prosecutors two weeks ago.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who has considered the January 21 unrest as a coup d’état, has declared this officers as “untouchable,” despite growing pressure from the US and the EU to hand them over.

The protest of January 21 turned into a riot when several hundred marchers attacked the police barricade set up to protect the prime minister’s office, using sticks, stones and Molotov cocktails.

Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and later with live ammunition fire, leaving four dead and dozens wounded.

Berisha has accused the general prosecutor, the opposition, the president, the secret service and the media of taking part in what he says was an attempt to overthrow the government.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Albanian police seize 1 ton of marijuana bound for Greece

TIRANA, Albania — Albanian police say they have seized 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds) of marijuana, which was to be smuggled to neighbouring Greece.

Police said in a statement Tuesday they had arrested one person and were searching for another three suspects who had been carrying the drugs in separate cars in the district of Gjirokastra, 137 miles (220 kilometres) south of the capital Tirana and close to the Greek border.

Albania, a small Balkan country bordering the Adriatic just north of Greece, is considered a source of drug trafficking for marijuana and a transit point for heroin from southwest Asia.

Facts,,,by Albanian press

Costas Fili "Mandela", the "Greek agent" who, was sentenced to 28 years of dictatorial regime in Albania


Only with the intervention of former Foreign Minister Karolos Papoulias, Costa Fili was forgiven remaining years in jail.....Athens continues to be silent before the suffering of their families, by the Albanian dictator, only because they feel Greek.

"Applies to show with this case, two other facts, what the uncle of George Tenet, Niko Kacalano convicted to 25 years in prison, and the brother of Professor Nikolaous Stavru, Gregory Stavru, killed and missing from "Sigurimi", are not yet found the bones, of the Albanian dictatorship, although the U.S. State Department, has done the impossible to be found in graveyards and prisons of the dictatorship .."

It is only the tip of aizberg, for this story was, the Newspaper "Panorama" which published in a special edition, the words of a prison guardian of that time, indicating that for "Mandela" of Albania, after there was an Albanian citizen with Greek nationality. Escape from Albania to Greece in 1953, Costa Fili will return again in 1957, crossing the border illegally, to receive his mother, in Albania, but "Sigurimi" the secret Albanian police those times, captured him, and he, was convicted for the Plot of Northern Epirus, as the Navy's liaison with General Marine Group, Teme Sejko.

According to a special edition of "Panorama", Costa Fili, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, by performing the full penalty, and in 1979, it will be put back, after a new charge for "escape attempt".
But changes in Albanian Greek relations after 1985, brought something new, even for ethnic Greeks living in Albania.

The former Greek foreign minister, Karolos Papoulias, actually the President of Greece, during a official visit in Albania before the fall of the dictatorship, led to the Albanian leaders to revise the penalty for Costa Fili. Tirana accepted this request and Costa Fili as leader 28 years in prison, was released from prison.
All these facts prove correct that thousands of Greek community members who lived under the Albanian dictatorship, were imprisoned, killed, persecuted, for which ever, official Tirana has not said a word, being blamed that in dictatorships, All the people were the victims.

History compatible with writing the newspaper "Borba" of Belgrade, in 1989, stated that "in Albania, were killed, persecuted and interned and poisoned, about 25 thousand ethnic Greek", to which, Greece today, has been silent in the way embarrassing, and not taken any initiative to Tirana faced new charges of genocide.

Applies to show with this case, two other facts, what the uncle of George Tenet, Niko Kacalano convicted to 25 years in prison, and the brother of Professor Nikolaous Stavru, Gregory Stavru, killed and
missing from "Sigurimi" , are not yet found the bones, of the Albanian dictatorship, although the U.S. State Department, has done the impossible to be found in graveyards and prisons of the dictatorship ..

That is, a much more severe charge, to prove, that are as tragic evidence of Costa Fili, the convicted "Mandela" in Albania, that Athens continues to be silent before the suffering of their families, by the Albanian dictator, only because they feel Greek.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Albania: The Wider Implications of a Political Crisis-Turned Violent

A fourth protester has died as a result of a gunshot wound during 21 January protest rallies outside the Albanian Prime Minister’s Office, bringing the death toll to four. At the same time, protesters, led by Socialist Party leader Edi Rama, have vowed to stage another round of demonstrations this Friday, and continue until the government is forced out.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s envoy, Miroslav Lajcak, has reminded Albanian political leaders of their “shared responsibility for preventing any further violence and bloodshed, the functioning of state institutions and respecting state institutions. No one is above the state institutions.”

After meeting with Albanian political figures last week, Lajcak told reporters: “I made it clear that the European future for Albania depends very much on whether the political leaders choose to do what we ask them to do, and do it now. […]“it is now up to your politicians to make the first move in the right direction. They know exactly what we want them to do.”

There are three main questions here that warrant detailed examination: 1) Will the situation continue to gain in intensity and violence? 2) What will this mean for the wider region? 3) How will this affect Albania’s NATO and EU aspirations?

With No Peaceful Solution in Sight and Neither Side Willing to Back Down, the Situation Threatens to Spiral Out of Control

Prime Minister Sali Berisha is not seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis and is treating the situation in the typical style of Albanian politics – score-settling. He is further fomenting the crisis through the creation of a parliamentary committee charged with investigating what he is calling a coup attempt, led by Rama, rather than investigating why it was that National Guards opened fire on protesters armed with rocks and sticks outside the Prime Minister’s Office. Berisha is also directly attacking the General Prosecutor’s Office, which has failed to come out on his side in the crisis by ordering the arrest of six National Guardsmen involved in the 21 January deaths – arrests that the police have refused to carry out..................................more see.....................................

Time to get shot of Nato

Is it wrong for the authorities to gun down protesters? It depends, apparently, on who is protesting and where.

Nato's warped world view

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Nato secretary-general, was asked today about the killing of four Albanian protesters, shot with live rounds, during anti-government demonstrations on Jan 21.

Albania is a Nato member and the Alliance can be pretty preachy about human rights when it suits, usually when talking about Afghanistan*, so it was a fair question.

The Albanian journalist asked Rasmussen, Denmark’s former PM, how he would have reacted if Danish police/security forces had gunned down Nordic protesters.

“It could never happen in Denmark,” sniffed the Nato chief. He then added sagely: “Danish people are much more calm than those further south.”

In the Nato worldview, Albania’s authorities, members of the free world’s alliance, are not in the wrong. In fact, self-evidently for the bureaucratic-military mind, Albanians, unlike the Aryan Nordic Danes, are the wrong type of people.

Clearly, for Rasmussen, using live ammunition on calm and rational Danes would be deeply shocking, unthinkable in fact. Gunning down turbulent and irrational Albanians is another matter altogether, much more understandable.

There used to be a word for these kinds of double standards – the word was racism. And, this man is in charge of the world’s most powerful military structure…

* What is Nato for anyway?

An Alliance set up by the US for post-WW2 Europe in the Cold War claims it is, through its disastrous and appalling war in Afghanistan, to be building a nation state on the other side of the world.

The idea that Nato, or any other power, should, or can, build nation states for “subject peoples” is one that, like the Alliance, should be thrown into the dustbin of history.

Top Gear on the offensive again – now it's Albania's turn

Jeremy Clarkson and co-presenters using an episode filmed mostly in the country to 'joke' that it is a nest of mafia car thieve

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    Albanian diplomats have shrugged off mafia comments made by the Top Gear team. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

    After Mexico's ambassador's to the UK won a BBC apology for the characterisation of his country as "lazy and feckless" you might think Top Gear would go easy on the national stereotypes, at least for a week. Not a bit of it.

    True to form – and to the admittedly grudging BBC apology, which claimed such generalisations were a "playful" part of British humour – it was Albania's turn to receive the Top Gear treatment, with Jeremy Clarkson and co-presenters using an episode filmed mostly in the country to give extensive mileage to the "joke" that it is a nest of mafia car thieves.

    "Apparently, what happens is Albanians go to England, get a job, buy a car and then bring it back with them," Clarkson said in one segment of the programme, in which the three presenters had gone ostensibly to road-test cars for a mafia boss.

    "And it is quite traditional when you bring a car back like that, that you drive it around with the door locks pulled out and sometimes little marks along the back of the door," chimed Richard Hammond, amid clumsily mocked surprise that some of the imported cars might be stolen................more see:

Tirana makes pressing through the courts to stop giving out the Greek nationality

Change of nationality HCJ in Korca Court: "Stop abuses with Greek nationality"

" Tens of thousands of Albanians in the south of Albania, have changed nationality, over 20 years, this is done for the reason that the Albanian state since its formation in 1913, has taken away many nationality Orthodox families, in Northern Epirus" .

According to Albanian press today early in the morning, Vice President of the HCJ Kreshnik Spahiu, is calling on judges harsh criticism of the Court of Korca asking his opinion, to stop abuse of changing nationality.
High Council of Justice today launched a surprise inspection at the Court of First Instance of Korce, to check the files of the trial dealing with the changes of nationality.

The reaction comes two days after the Greek consul Theodhoro Ikonomus, in the 20 th anniversary of the founding of "Omonia" in Korce issued calls minorities not to fear the census process, as historically here is Northern Epirus.
"It's embarrassing leaving the Albanian nationality" stated Vice President of the HCJ Kreshnik Spahiu.

According to internal sources, with tens of thousands of Albanians in the south of Albania, have changed nationality, over 20 years, this is done for the reason that the Albanian state since its formation in 1913, has taken away many nationality Orthodox families, in Northern Epirus .

Counting the population will be in April and Tirana, is trying to sabotage the declaration of ethnicity and religions, as fears of a big result in the Greeks living in Albania.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The biggest newspaper in Albania "Shekulli"

Published for the first time

Newspaper "Shekulli" edits the decay of relations Albania and USSR in 1960

1960: Moscow, seeking to give autonomy to the Greeks in Northern Epirus.

Italy in NATO, was against, even seek to create a Greater Albania, even though in 1940, Rome had proved that this propaganda, can
deterioration the relationship between Athens and Rome.



Ikonomou calls Greek population, to register in April

Greek Consul: In all Koritsa even in Northern Epirus, the Greeks living by thousand years

The Greek Consul, Theodhoro Ikonomus on the 20th anniversary of the founding of Omonias in Korca has called and urged the Greeks ethnics, not to fear the census process.
"We will once again give the same message for you: Yes, there are Greek in South Albania. Yes, vllahs are Greek. Greeks, do not be alarmed by the census, to proclaim the real origin and all those in doubt and fear and ask yourself that am certainly Greek, you say something, go to the cemetery and see the graves of your fathers and grandfathers language in which to write and get your decision. Are in Greek. This battle does not end with census, but census begins with the Greek ", - said Ikonomus.

"Minority rights exist. But these rights must be put in place in all areas of Albania which are represented by the Greek definition of Northern Epirus. The Greeks exist here by thousand of years, this is confirmed when you register more people and work to minority rights provided from the Protocol of Corfu 1914, which never is not canceled. I greet you Greek of Koritsa and I will be beside you in all the difficult moments. Courage, hope and struggle, "- he said further.

According to the albanian press, the Greek consul statements Theodhoros Ikonomu, are supported by 2 members of greek Parliament by Ioannina and Florina, Michalis Stathis and Pandulas Theodhoridhis. Calling conpatriotes "Greeks" of Albania, Greek members have referred more national census and Greek population in the Korca.