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Friction in Greece-Albania Relations Not New, but Progress has been Made

The recent killing of Konstantinos Katsifas by Albanian police forces has added to the existing friction between the two neighbors. The shooting death of Katsifas led to claims by Omonoia, an organization representing the Greek minority of Albania, that...

Albania’s Chams Demand Apology from Greece (photos)

A few thousand Albanian Chams rallied on Saturday outside the Greek Embassy in Tirana demanding that Athens issues an apology for what they called a genocide against them after World War Two. Carrying placards reading "We will never forget the...

Albanian PM Claims Chams Have Right to Lost Property in Greece

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Greece must recognize the rights of Cham Albanians in Greece’s Epirus region, including the right to claim lost property. In an interview on Tuesday with Greek daily Ta Nea, Rama said the Chams should...

There is a Cham Issue with Greece, Albanian Premier says

  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...

Greek Minority Party to Participate in Albanian Elections

The autonomous Greek minority party "Mega" is to participate in the June 25 elections in Albania, according to the Athens News Agency. The newly-formed party has practically no chance of making it in the Albanian parliament, as 3 percent of...

Albania Provokes Again Claiming Greek Land as Part of Chameria

The Albanian government along with the party of Chams has made a provocative move, branding Greek lands as Cham lands, according to Epiruspost.gr. According to the report, Mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj, who belongs to the Socialist Party of Prime...

Albanian Prime Minister Raises Chameria Issue Again

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke again about the Chameria issue and Cham Albanians, while at the same time he expressed his optimism about his country's accession to the European Union. Rama spoke to Deutsche Welle on Monday saying that...

Greek Gov't Takes Erdogan's Territorial Claim Statement Too Lightly

The Greek government seems to be taking lightly the recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the Lausanne Treaty. Deputy Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis rushed to downplay the issue stating that the Turkish president essentially made the...

Greece Accuses EU Enlargement Commissioner of Bias in Backing Albania's Chams

Greece's Foreign Ministry accused European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn of siding with Albania on the issue of Albanian Cham's land claims in Greece. Hahn referred to Chams, stating that their dispute is ongoing between the two countries. The ethnic...

Albanian Chams Try to Create a Minority Issue in Greece

The recent provocative act of Albanian Chams raising a banner during a Euro 2016 football game accusing Greece of "genocide of 100,000 Chams" brought back an issue that has actually closed about 20 years ago. During the recent visit of...