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Albania Retreats on Threat to Seize Albanian-Greek Properties

The Albanian government has removed a clause from its Government Gazette which allowed for the arbitrary confiscation and impoundment of land and properties of Greek expatriate residents in the Himara region. An Albanian government cabinet decision published on March 29 in...

Remembering the "Greek Titanic", the Worst Naval Disaster in Modern Greek History

The sinking of the Greek passenger steamer "Himara" on January 19, 1947 near South Evia, with a loss of at least 383 people, has been written into history as the "Greek Titanic". Previously named "Hertha", the vessel was handed over...

Greeks in Albanian Town Have Properties Seized by State

Greeks who live in the seaside town of Himara in Albania have already seen their houses demolished and their properties seized since the passage of a new bill which allows the town to be rebuilt to increase tourism. The ethnic Greeks...

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...

Athens Reacts Calmly to Expropriation of Greek Homes in Himara, Albania

The Greek government has reacted very calmly to the expropriation of homes and businesses of the Greek minority in Himara, after the Albanian authorities decided to turn the town into a holiday destination. The Himara Greeks who have seen their...

Albanian Police Guard as Himara Authorities Demolish Greek Homes (video)

Greeks of Himara reacted, as massive police forces arrived in the area on Tuesday in order to help with the implementation of the project to demolish Greek homes and businesses. Several houses and businesses that belong to Greek minority residents...

Ethnic Greeks to Protest House Demolitions in Himara

Ethnic Greeks in Himara are to hold a rally on Monday to protest a decision by Albanian authorities to demolish several homes belonging to minority families in the predominantly ethnic Greek seaside town. According to a Kathimerini newspaper report, Albanian...

Greece Blasts Albanian Government for Demolition of Minority's Property

On Thursday Greece's foreign ministry accused the Albanian government of promoting measures for the demolition of property belonging to members of the Greek national minority. The ministry said in a statement, that these measures are "in the framework of its...

Greek Community Complaints about Plan to Demolish their Homes in Albania

The Greek community in Himara, Albania, has complained about a mass Albanian government demolition plan that puts their homes at risk, according to Epirus TV. According to the report, the plan was voted for by the Himara City Coucil, convening...

Albania PM Calls Cham Community's Land Claims a 'Human Rights Issue' Not Irredentist

On Tuesday during an interview with Skai TV, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama downplayed claims recently made by the Cham community concerning their outcries of their rights to property they left behind after being expelled from Greece in World...