Mitsotakis appeals to EU over Greek property violations in Albania

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Leader of Opposition Party New Democracy appealed on Wednesday to EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn over Albania’s decision to turn over to its Ministry of Tourism Himara property belonging to members of the Greek national minority.

In his letter to Hanh, Mitsotaksi noted that this was a ”direct violation of the Greek minority’s human rights,” adding that the decision is at a variance with the European Convention of Human Rights.”

Mitsotakis also expressed his concern over the often provocative initiatives of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, which, as he said “are not conducive to the betterment of Albania’s EU prospects and do not promote good neighbourly relations” and called on the European Commission to take immediate action to overturn the Albanian government’s decision and urged for the properties in question to be returned to their lawful owners in the Greek minority.