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"Situation of Macedonian Minority In Albania
Must Be Improved" - Macedonian PM Buckovski

January 12, 2005

Text of report in English by Macedonian state news agency MIA

Tirana - Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski met late Wednesday [12 January] in Tirana with representatives of the Macedonian community in Albania. They acquainted PM Buckovski with the factual situation, pointing out the importance for preservation of the cultural and national identity of the Macedonian minority.

Buckovski informed the Macedonian representatives that, during his discussions with Albanian PM Nano, he emphasized the necessity for improvement of the situation of the Macedonian minority in Albania, as well as allocation of more budget funds for overcoming of the unfavourable socio-economic situation in the region of Mala Prespa.

According to the Macedonian community, there are 120,000-150,000 Macedonians living in Albania, most of whom are in Mala Prespa, Golo Brdo, Gora, villages Vrbnik and Bilista, as well as cities Korca, Pogradec, Elbasan and Tirana.

Albania ratified the Framework Convention for Minorities' Protection of the Council of Europe in 2000, while according to the CoE monitoring and despite the remarks regarding the Convention's implementation, progress hasn't been registered in this area in the country.

Source: MIA news agency, Skopje

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