Skopje demands Tirana to teach in the Macedonian language

Skopje demands Tirana to teach in the Macedonian language

Skopje, March 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Government of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia demands from authorities in Tirana to meet their obligation for the right of minorities to be taught in their mother-tongue.

The government pointed out on Friday (07.03) the fact that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has approved the resolution for the implementation of the convention for the protection of national minorities in Albania, which sanctions teaching in the mother-tongue for Macedonian minorities in the territory of Albania.

Speaking on this resolution, Foreign Ministry in Skopje said that “the part that relates to the teaching of Macedonian language in Albania came as a result of a dynamic activity and negotiations between Macedonian mission at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe”.

This agreement has also been praised by the diplomatic center of FYR Macedonia in Strasbourg.

“This is a serious achievement for Macedonia and Macedonian minority, but also for Albania, which by endorsing this resolution and implementing it, will be amongst countries with high democratic standards in terms of respecting minority rights. As a state, we will monitor the neighboring country in the implementation of this resolution”, declared the ambassador at the European Council in Strasbourg, Petar Poparsov.

According to him, the members of the Macedonian community may seek  to be taught in their mother tongue, not only in the areas where they live, but also in other parts of the country.

Foreign Ministry in Skopje has called on the Albanian government to meet its obligations as far as the rights of Macedonian minorities are concerned, in relation to the educational rights of Macedonian minorities. So far there has been no reaction by Albanian authorities in relation to the appeal launched in the recent hours by Skopje. /ibna/