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Parliamentary questions
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9 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ioannis Lagos
 Subject: Persecution of the Greek minority in Northern Epirus

While the Greek government is making concerted efforts to secure the accession of Albania to the European Union, the rights of the Greek ethnic minority of Northern Epirus are being brutally violated by the Rama regime. The Albanian authorities have been mercilessly persecuting Greeks in the area by pillaging their homes, demolishing their churches and intimidating them, and even the Albanian courts are consistently biased against them. This has led to the killing of two Greeks from Northern Epirus, Konstantinos Katsifas and Aristotle Gouma. The oppression of the Greeks of Northern Epirus is so intense that even speaking Greek is a reason to be abused or even murdered, as was the case with Aristotle Gouma. This situation which successive Greek governments have met with cool indifference has caused the Greek minority to emigrate en masse to Greece rather than endure such conditions.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

How will it defend the rights of the Greeks of Northern Epirus?

Why are Albania's accession negotiations not suspended until it complies with the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights which it has repeatedly violated?

Original language of question: EL
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