Albania drafts resolutions recognizing eight minorities in the country
Friday, 14 April 2017

The Macedonian Association "Ilinden" from Tirana and the groupís branch in Golo Brdo welcomed the decision of the Albanian government to adopt draft law on protection of minorities two days ago.

Association assessed that the move represented a step forward and legal framework for accomplishing legitimate rights of the minorities.

On behalf of Macedonians living in the Republic of Macedonia, we welcome this step by the government in Tirana. By this law the government recognises Macedonian, Greek, Vlach, Roma, Montenegrin, Serbian, Bosniak and Egyptian minority as national minorities. It is a reality in Albania when it comes to minorities, reads press release of the association.

What we consider as victory is the fact that the government confirms that Macedonians and not Bulgarians live in Albania, as Bulgarian MEPs Andrey Kovatchev and Angel Dzhambazki quite foolishly tried through the Resolution of European Parliament for Albania to "prove" the existence of Bulgarians in Albania, press release reads.

Draft law on protection of national minorities should soon be discussed by the MPs in the Albanian parliament.

It defines the rights of minorities in accordance with the countryís constitution and the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, which Albania ratified in 1999.


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