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Greek Foreign Ministry: Greece will not tolerate Albanian irredentist behaviour

The Greek Foreign Ministry condemned the provocatively irresponsible behaviour of the Albanian government, saying it will not tolerate "behaviours that are inconsistent with the European spirit of peaceful coexistence and co-operation, and are grossly violating the fundamental principle of good neighbourly relations, one of the basic conditions for Tirana’s European course".

In particular, according to the announcement, the conviction concerns the placement of stones in the renovated central Tirana Square, which originate from different regions in the Balkans, including the Greek area of Filiates. The name of their area of origin has been marked on each stone and the work as a whole symbolises the "unity of the Albanian lands".

An "obvious act by the state that cultivates and conceals irredentism", stressed the Foreign Ministry in its announcement, pointing out that it is "another challenge on behalf of the Albanian government, which openly undermines good neighbourly relations" since " it supports the central notion of irredentist trends towards Albania’s neighbouring countries as the names of regions from various Balkan states are explicitly mentioned. "

The Foreign Ministry, has “undergone and is performing all necessary actions, by informing friends, partners and international organizations", and notes that “due to respect for the electoral process in the neighbouring country it has not made any public announcements, until today, that could be misinterpreted and distorted as interference in the pre-election process. "

This, it notes, "does not mean that we will tolerate behaviours that are inconsistent with the European spirit of peaceful coexistence" and concludes:

"Unfortunately, even today, dangerous and outdated attitudes of the past century undermine the progress and prosperity of the region and create a barrier to Albania's European future."

Spiros Sideris 

Source: http://www.balkaneu.com/greek-foreign-ministry-greece-will-not-tolerate-albanian-irredentist-behaviour/


Greek Foreign Ministry announcement on the irredentist nature of the redevelopment project at a central square in Tirana


Monday, 26 June 2017

We condemn the placement, in Tirana's redeveloped central square, of stones from various regions of the Balkans, including from the Greek region of Filiates. These stones, on which their regions of origin are inscribed, constitute a work that symbolizes the "unity of Albanian territories" and is clearly a state action that cultivates and conceals irredentism.

It is yet another provocation from the Albanian government, which is openly undermining good neighbourly relations. This is tangible proof of the central support for irredentist tendencies against the countries bordering Albania, given that the names of regions of various Balkan states are literally etched in stone.

The Foreign Ministry has proceeded and is proceeding to all of the necessary representations, notifying friends, partners and international organizations with regard to the matter. Respecting the election process in our neighbouring country, we have not, until today, issued any public announcement that might be misinterpreted as or distorted into interference in the pre-election process.

This in no way means that we will tolerate conduct that is inconsistent with the European spirit of peaceful coexistence and cooperation and that flagrantly violates the fundamental principle of maintaining good neighbourly relations, which is one of the key prerequisites for Tirana's European course. Even today, unfortunately, dangerous and obsolete mindsets of the previous century are undermining the region's progress and prosperity, creating a stone obstacle to Albania's European future.

Source: http://www.mfa.gr/en/current-affairs/statements-speeches/foreign-ministry-announcement-on-the-irredentist-nature-of-the-redevelopment-project-at-central-square-in-tirana.html

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