Where's the Greek viewpoint?

The events item ``Greece, Albania at odds,'' Sept. 12, highlights erroneous official Albanian statements without presenting the Greek views on the issues that have created a crisis in the two countries' relations.

Greece has not closed its consulate in the southern town of Argyrocastro (Gjirokastra), where a large number of ethnic Greeks live, despite concerted efforts of the Albanian authorities to close it by declaring the consul general persona non grata. Greece has also made repeated appeals for a dialogue with Albania, which have been overlooked by the Albanian regime.

The border between Greece and Albania is not sealed but is monitored to prevent the entry of illegal migrants to Greece, in view of the fact that there is already a huge influx of 350,000 illegal Albanian workers in our country, creating enormous social problems.

Finally, I would like to point out that your newspaper, so well informed about Albanian official positions, obviously disregarded the numerous Greek official statements describing gross abuses against the entire Greek minority of Albania and the brutal handling by Albanian authorities of foreign journalists covering a trial reminiscent of the Stalinist era.

It is interesting to note that the above facts were carefully documented by Amnesty international and the United Nations Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in Geneva. Alexios A. Cogevina Boston, Consulate General of Greece

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