The question concerning the agreement on the name of Macedonia has prompted the Greek government to postpone efforts to resolve unresolved issues with Albania. According to the Athens newspaper Kathimerini , the office of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is waiting for the ratification of the new name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) before tackling the bilateral differences with Albania.
Despite this, the negotiations between Athens and Tirana will continue, in particular between the commissions dealing with the delimitation of the exclusive maritime economic zones (EEZ) of both countries, which have recently undertaken an effort to resolve all the unresolved issues inherited from the past .
The attempt to define the new maritime borders has failed in the past due to political disagreements in Albania. In fact, until a few months ago President Ilir Meta was skeptical about the possibility of ratifying an agreement, while Prime Minister Edi Rama was in a completely different position.
In addition to abolishing the state of war that has remained in force since World War II, Albania also wants to guarantee the rights of the Albanian minority present in Greece, the same will of the latter. According to the latest statements of both foreign ministers, great progress has been made on the issue.
However, the Greek government has categorically denied that the question of the Ciameria area is one of the issues to be negotiated, despite Tirana's intense pressure to do so. The inhabitants of the area, in fact, claim all their property rights that they left in Greece after they were expelled after the Second World War. On the other hand, Greece is firm on its position because it believes that the inhabitants of Ciameria were Nazi collaborators.
So far both sides have made progress on some of the so-called unresolved issues, such as the abolition of the apostille stamp and the recognition of Albanian licenses in Greece. Furthermore, Albania has already begun the process of resurrecting the remains of Greek soldiers who fell in southern Albania during the Italian-Greek war of the 1940-1941.
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