Minister of Culture Suspends Construction in Butrint
Albanian Daily News
Published October 16, 2017
Minister of Culture was forced recently to suspend the construction works within the Archaeological Park of Butrint. The pressure exercised by the Forum for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the media and known archaeologists obligated Minister Mirela Kumbaro to react on this issue.
She declared that the construction works are blocked until everything and everyone will be clarified over what is going on in Butrint. Earlier she admitted that she issued the permit for this construction within the Archaeological Park of Butrint. She declared that the ministry agreed to give a 116 m2 land surface to a private company for the construction of a coffee-shop. But according to the latest investigations this surface is much larger.
The latest investigation shows that the company that was given the right to construct within the park occupied 221 m2, 105 m2 more than minister said. Saranda prosecution investigation on the issue is still underway.
Despite the fact that works have been suspended the presence of iron elements beside concrete raises further suspicions amid the archeologists on what is going on in this area.