Foreign Minister on Greek-Albanian relations, FYROM and Turkey

Posted on December 28, 2016, 11:11 am
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It is a very complex text which touches on all matters referring to Albania’s EU accession prospect and Greek-Albanian relations,” Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Wednesday, commenting on the conclusions adopted by the Slovak presidency’s EU Council of General Affairs, which was held 10 days ago in Brussels.

In an interview with Athens-Macedonian News Agency, Kotzias expressed his satisfaction over the adoption of the Greek positions in relation to Albania and particularly on issues referring to the Greek minority and its property assets as well as on good neighborly relations. In the conclusions, “the need for the protection of the minorities’ rights throughout Albania and not only in specific zones it was underlined,” the minister said. “Moreover, the protection of the minorities’ right was linked directly, for the first time, with the rights in property”.

Asked on Albania’s good neighborly relations, which is an issue included in the conclusions and touches upon the recent nationalist rhetoric against Greece, the Greek foreign minister emphasized the “great clarity” with which it was stated.

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