Macedonia Criticizes Albania over the 2001 Census
MAKFAX, April 11, 2001
Macedonian Government has criticized
Albanian authorities Wednesday for rejecting ethnic minority demands
in that country to have "special graph" on the census
"We deeply regret that Albania failed to meet the democratic
principles by rejecting the ethnic minority (Greek and Macedonian)
demands to have special graph on the census forms", said Macedonian
Government Spokesman Antonio Milososki to the press Wednesday. He
added that Macedonian Government has supported the idea for comparative
analyses" to be prepared about the status of Macedonian ethnic
minority in the neighboring countries.
"The Government is supporting the initiative a special document
to be issued on this question".
Skopje and Tirana disputed the number of ethnic Macedonians in Albania.
The Government in Tirana claims there are about 5,000 Macedonians
in the country, while Macedonia's officials claim there are roughly
350,000 ethnic Macedonians in Albania with poor human rights.
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