With a very strong statement, far from diplomatic prudence, the President of Greece Prokopis Paulopoulos accused Albania of having supported the Nazi collaborators through the Ciamuria, for which - according to him - the Albanians must accept the historical truth.
The statements of Paulopoulos
Paulopoulos, in a sort of threat, has hinted that if Albania wants Greece's support on its path to integration into the European Union, it must accept the truth; or the case concerning Ciamuria, and how - in his opinion - it was the means of collaboration with the Nazis.
The Greek president released this declaration during a memorial ceremony in Paramithia, referring to what is claimed in Greece, namely that the Albanians of the Ciamuria joined the Nazis of the German army on the 29 Settembre 1943.
Prokopis Paulopoulos' statements come at a time when Greece and Albania are about to enter the final phase of a dialogue that will resolve a series of unresolved historical issues between the two countries and, for this reason, could mean that these agreements are postponed.
Although an agreement was reached on the new delimitation of maritime borders, on the state of war, on the recognition of driving licenses, on the content of school texts, on problems of crisis monitoring, on border cooperation and on minority issues, the Greece has repeatedly stated that it does not want to discuss the question of Ciamuria. And he considers it a condition to continue negotiations between the two countries.
Who are the çam
The çam are a population of ethnic Albanian and Muslim religious who lived in Greece; they were forcibly evicted from their homes by the Greek army after the Second World War. The Greek government later appropriated their property having to have them evicted from their country, justifying themselves by the fact that the çams had collaborated with the Nazis.
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