Macedonian associations react on the new territorial division in Albania

Macedonian associations react on the new territorial division in Albania

Skopje, July 24, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Macedonian minority groups in Albania and several other Macedonian associations in Skopje, have objected the new territorial division in Albania.

“Ilinden” association and other associations demand for two areas known as Gora and Golo Brdo to remain independent communes.

Meanwhile, the project of the new division has only left Pustec, formerly known as Liqenas, as an independent  commune.

“The refusal to respect the request of the Macedonian national minority for the other two communities is a step backward in respecting the rights of minorities by the Albanian state”, states the reaction of the Macedonian associations. Representatives of these associations have been in Skopje, where they have sought the support of Macedonian government authorities on their demands.

The Macedonian government says that it doesn’t want to comment the latest developments in Albania on the new territorial division, but say that they have been informed on the demands of the Macedonian minority in Albania and that this issue will be discussed between the two countries. /ibna/