June 30, 1993 |
Tension rose between Albania and Greece on Tuesday as the Greek government said it will expel all of the 150,000 Albanians estimated to be in Greece illegally and Tirana asked the United Nations to intervene. The growing dispute underlined the fragility of borders in the southern Balkans, where ethnic minorities blur the frontier lines dividing Albania, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav republic), Bulgaria and Greece. Aides to Albanian President Sali Berisha said he sent a letter to U.N.
January 1, 1991 |
About 500 Albanians braving heavy snow and defying armed guards fled to Greece, bringing to almost 2,000 the number who made the perilous crossing in December. The northern Greek towns of Ioannina and Filiates reported receiving the bulk of the new defectors.
December 31, 1990 |
Hundreds of Albanians streamed into Greece on Sunday in the biggest one-day exodus since their country's Communist rulers began a reform program, and Albania announced it is also allowing Jews to depart. Thirty-seven Jews, all related, flew to Rome from the Albanian capital en route to Israel, said Shula Bahat, a spokeswoman for the American Jewish Committee in New York.