Friday, May 7, 2010
A dangerous nationalism
by Stavros Tzimas
In the West, had believed that the independence of Kosovo, the Albanian question in the Balkans ended finally maybe we should think again. Broadcast news lately for mobility and activities of the Albanian nationalist circles, which can not be ignored.In FYROM, where Albanians and sllavo Macedonian relations in society by balancing, made recently the resurgence of the so-called Albanian National Army (ASK) in an armed clash with Macedonian police.
Which in another case, a few days in the country's borders with Kosovo, found caches with large quantities of weapons guarded by masked men, who fled Kosovo. In Pristina one of the scenarios under the leadership of the newly established on the table in any discussion, in response to the possible secession of serbs northern Kosovo, the secession of the Presevo Valley or eastern Kosovo, as Albanians consider.
Albania has begun to incalculable nationalists thrive the fruit of the "Natural Albania". This launched from the former adviser to Foreign Minister Ilir Meta, Koco Danaj and enjoy a portion of the intellectuals, media and politics, which feeds on irredentism.
The presentation of the book in Tirana, rushed known Albanian nationalists from FYROM and Kosovo, with the first military leader of the UCK and later Prime Minister Agim Ceku. The platform of Danaj "places-probably because the superiority of the Balkans causes shudder to those who know little history, the" Natural Albania", which is otherwise identical to the "Greater Albania", which extends from Montenegro to Preveza, Tetovo and the Presevo Valley.
Simultaneously recorded in a rapidly growing anti-Hellenic climate, movements and initiatives for getting officially Chameria issue, which becomes a national issue.
In Himare dominated by the Greek element, met secretly last week the "Front for the National Union", which issued notice to the Union of Albanians in the Balkans in one state. Furthermore, these days there is no wall rock and the Albanian south that do not bear slogans such as "I love you, Tsamouria" etc., and the result is the atmosphere of nationalism and Tirana, the annulment by the Constitutional Court by the Greek-Albanian Agreement, the establishment of maritime zones.
The Albanian irredentism has not ceased to believe that historical laws are not met. If you remember what preceded the uprising in Kosovo and Macedonia, probably should be worry.
Regarding the article published in Kathimerini, notes that, on the Ionian coastal road Vlore - Himare - Sarande, have been added the Albanian police special forces.
According to sources from Himara, in this situation of political crisis in Albania, the Albanian paramilitary extremist elements equipped with suspicious car license plates, move, especially at night.
Albanian Police, is concerned by any attack that may have consequences for the indigenous people of Greek origin in Himare, provoking in this case an ethnic conflict with great consequences.