Greek official visits southern Albania on national day, three years after fatal shooting

Albania’s Greek minority lives predominantly along the border with Greece and totals some 24,000 according to the 2011 census. [Shutterstock / Bill Anastasiou]

Andreas Katsaniotis, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, visited “Greek minority” communities in Albania on the anniversary of 28 October 1940, otherwise known as Ochi Day.

On Twitter, the minister said he was happy to visit the groups who he says retain links to Greece. He added he was “moved and proud to be walking the earth soaked with the blood of our ancestors who died defending the country.”

He also visited the Dervician health centre, where he spoke to members of staff and residents.

“We delivered part of the health supplies the Ministry of Foreign Affairs collected with the help of the Ministry of Health,” he added.

Three years ago, a Greek man was killed by Albanian special forces after he opened fire on a police patrol during Ochi Day celebrations.

Albania’s Greek minority lives predominantly along the border with Greece and totals some 24,000 according to the 2011 census.

(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)

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