Albania plans to take up to 30,000 Syrian refugees, according to local media reports.
As per the claims, 4 institutions: Civil Emergencies, State Police, Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and the Ministry of Defense, will cooperate to establish 6 reception centers, in the south, near the border with Greece.
This relates to a recent defense cooperation deal signed between Tirana and Ankara.
According to reports, there is an agreement between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to relocate 30,000 refugees and illegal immigrants from Turkey to Albania in the region of Northern Epirus where up to 120,000 Greeks live.
One of the main Greek towns in Northern Epirus, Himara, is also the namesake of the main Greek news portal about the region, and its editor Thodoris Goumas spoke with Protothema.
“The Albanian prime minister’s actions can only be described as suspicious. Without any transparency or public statement, we learn from leaks that there is an agreement with Turkey to host 30,000 migrants. It is known that Albania not only does not have hosting infrastructure, but after the earthquake that hit the country, it is also facing an economic problem.”
“Albania recently announced a halt in flights to and from Tirana with the sole exception of flights to and from Istanbul. We believe that this move is linked to the agreement on the accommodation of immigrants. The choice to transport migrants near the Greek-Albanian border is extremely provocative to Greece,” he added.
Lieutenant Colonel of the Greek military, Christos Pougialis said:
“Officially, of course, the 30,000 will be immigrants and refugees, some of whom will have their families with them. But beyond that, Turkey is sure to send its own agents among them to guide and control the situation. Turkey will send some ‘retired’ jihadists from those fighting alongside them in Syria, who will be with weapons.”
Allegedly, Turkish intelligence officers stoked tensions along the Turkish-Greek border, and the same plan will be carried out along the Greek-Albanian border.
According to Pougialis, that the refugees and jihadists “will be used by Rama for demographic alteration of the Greek population of the region […] as has happened historically, it is very likely that gangs will be organized independently or led by agents who will ravage Greek homes and villages. In this way, they will force the Greek population to leave so that they can permanently change the demographic composition in Northern Epirus.”
The Albanian government’s intentions are already provoking reactions in local communities and the country’s political world, which is seeking clarification from Prime Minister Rama. Albanian President Ilir Meta spoke directly about the “threat of demographic deterioration” of the country’s active population in the event of a mass influx of refugees and migrants.
In the same vein, Bouyar Nissani’s predecessor, who accused the Rama government of using these new moves, is once again turning against Greece and the EU.
“While Albania should be in solidarity with Greece in order to establish that Europe’s borders are where the battle for the detention of refugees is taking place, Rama is breaking the front line by shifting the line backwards,” the former president of Albania said in a post on Facebook.
For the former president, this is an initiative that will once again give work to the mafia, which has already taken care to procure speedboats to transport them via the Adriatic to the EU.
Albanian commentators point out that if Eddie Rama was really interested in facilitating the escape of migrants and refugees to Europe, then hosting structures should be built in the northern part, on the border with Montenegro, Kosovo and Skopje, or on the coast of central Albania. from the Italian coast.
Following the sealing of borders in Skopje, Serbia and Hungary, Albania has been selected as a corridor for migration flows to Europe via Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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