“The Greek Proposal to Exclude Chams from Politics Is Unrealistic and Ridiculous”
Albanian Daily News
Published July 2, 2015
In an interview for daily Telegraf, Ilir Kulla, a former Advisor of President of Albania and an analyst of diplomatic relations discussed the seven proposals of the Greek side for the Albanian government and he said that any proposal which will make the negotiating sides move the stale waters in democracy is welcome, and when the good will exists, there is also a good time for it. “In Diplomacy, any proposal which will make negotiating sides move the stale waters in diplomacy is welcome. Naturally, talks and proposals are done on realistic foundations and one must see how realistic the proposals in question are. When the good will exists, there is also a good time for it. Naturally, Greece is a very important country for Albania. For more than 25 years, hundreds of thousands of Albanians have been living, working and getting education in Greece. Greece is a very important trade partner for Albania and also a member country of NATO and the EU and a neighboring country. It has a very ancient and important culture. We wish that the difficult economic moment in Greece will pass. A healthy Greece in its economy is good for Albania too,” Kulla said. When asked about the request of the Greek side for the exclusion of the Party for Justice, Integration and Unity (PJIU) from the government, Kulla said that this was unrealistic.“I believe that the Greek proposal to exclude the Cham community from politics in Albania is not just unrealistic, but also ridiculous. The Chams are Albanians. They have a party of the modern kind and it was re-confirmed by the electorate, and not just the electorate of the Cham community. The Law of War has been superseded by history and the issue of maritime borders must be solved through an agreement and based on national legislations in Albania and Greece, in conformity with international conventions or agreements of this kind. The Albanian government must be open for talks at any time and without any conditions, for as long as the Albanian Constitution is being respected and there is transparency and the talks are done in the European spirit,” Kulla said.