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Berisha tries to refute Declarations about…Albanian Preveza

December 2, 2012

Makis Pollatos, Proto Thema, 28.11.2012 (Translated from the Greek original by B.S.)

After the strong reaction of the Greek Government and the note of protest of the Ambassador of Greece in Tirana concerning the declarations of the Prime Minister of Albania that Preveza is…Albanian territory, Sali Berisha tried to refute his declarations.

“The declaration of the Prime Minister refers to the historical framework of 100 years ago and does not express any territorial claims against our neighbours to the South, the North or the East”, underlined Erla Mehlili, spokesperson of the Prime Minister of Albania

Earlier today, while in Avlonas where in 1912 the independence of Albania was declared, Berisha declared: “I will read here, in front of you, these few words that I wrote on this parchment: To Avlona, to its citizens, to Ismail Kemali Vlora and the other men of the nation who declared in this eternal city, on 28 November 1912, the independence of National Albania, the Albania of all Albanian territories, from Preveza to Presevo, from Skopje to Padgorica. Eternal respect for the father of the independence  of Albania, Ismail Kemal Vlora, the men who signed the act of declaration of independence, the citizens of Avlona and of all Albania!”.

This declaration caused the reaction of the Greek government. The minister of Foreign Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos cancelled his scheduled visit to Tirana for the celebrations for the 100 years of Albanian Independence, speaking of declarations that “do not contribute to the creation of a climate of friendship, trust and good neighbourhood between the two countries”. Furthermore mr Avramopoulos warned in a polite manner that the support of Athens to the demand of Tirana for the development of common initiatives in sectors of common interest, such as the political, economic and energy sectors, it not to be taken for granted.

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