Greek Foreign Ministry issues strong statement a few hours before the visit of Kotzias in Tirana

Greek Foreign Ministry issues strong statement a few hours before the visit of Kotzias in Tirana

Athens, June 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

With a strong statement responded to the continuing provocative statements of the political leadership of Albania the Greek Foreign Ministry.

Albania should realize that its European course depends on the strict implementation of the five EU principles, among which is the respect for justice and the rule of law. This implies that it will respect the decisions of the courts, especially when it comes to war crimes, and instead of raising nonexistent issues, apply the prerequisites and commitments regarding the protection of the rights of the indigenous Greek National Minority.

The required political culture among neighbours requires seriousness, respect to the accurate facts of history and vision for relationships, which will not be affected, of course, by the blatant, deliberate or otherwise, distortion of historical reality but will be based on building up a solid foundation of a future that will ensure substantial progress in bilateral relations and will contribute to the stability and security of the region.

The leader of the Greek diplomacy Nikos Kotzias, who is in Tirana, on Monday June 6 will have a meeting with the Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati. After the bilateral meeting, the two Ministers will make joint statements to the press.

After that, the Foreign Minister will be received by the President of the Republic of Albania, Mr Bujar Nishani, and will meet with the Archbishop of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, Mr Anastasios.

On Tuesday, June 7, Mr Kotzias will be the keynote speaker at an event organized by the University of Tirana on the importance of Greek-Albanian relations for the European future of the region. The Greek FM will then meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Lulzim Basha, and have contacts with factors of the Greek National Minority.