facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Albanian Greeks seek official language

Aug. 19, 2008 at 9:53 AM   |   Comments

TIRANA, Albania, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A Greek minority group in Albania has petitioned the government to declare Greek a second official language in the country, local reports said.

The group called Omonia sent the request to Prime Minister Sali Berisha in Tirana, noting that neighboring Macedonia had already declared Albanian its second official language, Macedonian Radio & TV reported Tuesday.

Albania's Koha Jone newspaper said the group contends such a move would show Albania is respecting various minority rights conventions it has signed.

While there has been no official response from the Albanian government, the newspaper quoted an anonymous source as saying the population numbers don't make it feasible. The official noted 40 percent of Macedonians speak Albanian, while in Albania, only 4 percent of the population speak Greek.

Topics: Sali Berisha
© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest
2
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
3
Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball
4
Picasso Museum to reopen after five years Picasso Museum to reopen after five years
5
Health care worker monitored for Ebola in New Jersey Health care worker monitored for Ebola in New Jersey
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback