There is a Cham issue with Greece and the Greek Foreign Minister heard wrong when he said there is not, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said on television on Thursday.
Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had stated previously that there is no Cham issue on the table and the two countries have nothing to debate about.
In an interview on Albanian television, Edi Rama described the issue as one of the most problematic in the negotiations with Greece, stressing that the problem has been put on the table with Greece.
However, Rama stressed that Albania makes careful moves so as not to affect negatively other issues that the two neighbors seem to come to an agreement.
“Kotzias has heard wrong,” Rama said. “The Albanian side has demanded that the issue of the Chams be placed on the table… We do not want nothing more and nothing less than what belongs to us.” He also said that Chams have a “rightful claim” to raise a monument on Epirus so that they can remember their past.
“We will insist because this is an Albanian issue,” the Albanian prime minister said. “Greece has a paranoia, a self-delusion for its own reasons, that the Albanians have territorial claims and this claim has the name “Chams”. We have no such claim. We are talking about Albanian citizens who had property in the Greek state in the past, we are talking about Albanian citizens who have bitter memories and rightly ask to remember.”