By Telnis Skuqi –
Kakavijë – In Kakavija all the persons that were traveling to Greece with biometric passports and Albanian plates were not allowed inside the Hellenic territory. Ardian Ibrahimi from Tirana, a first-degree disabled, was one of hundreds of people who were forced to turn back due to Greek anger. “It’s been three hours in the sun that i’m standing at customs of Kakavija. Greek police turn me back on. “Piso” (back) they told me, without any motive”, Ibrahimi said and along with his wheelchair arrived in Albanian territory.
Ibrahimi felt insulted by Greek police. Along with him were also traveling his two sons, 23 and 26 years old. “Twice a
Greek Consul in Gjirokastra, Nikolas Kotrokois
year, i go to Athens (Greece). My brother wait for me there. I have never been in a situation like this before. I had to get off the bus and do the way back in my wheelchair” adds Ibrahimi, 55 years old. Ibrahimi tells that during the passport check, the Greek police asked him about Përmet. “I personally rarely read newspapers or watch television. I do not have time to deal with others troubles, i have enough problems of my own”, Ibrahimi says.
The chaotic situation in Kakavijë was experienced not good from the Border Police Director and Migration of Gjirokastër’s District, Admir Abrija. At first the office worker tried to contact directly with Greek customs authorities, but they refused. Two hours later, Abrija ordered the border service to respect the reciprocity with Greek side. Four Greek citizens were not allowed to enter the territory of Albania, because they did not meet the “criteria”. The Greek Consul in Gjirokastra, Nicolas Kotrokois, telephoned personally the border authorities. Kotrokois asked understanding, also he guaranteed that none of the Albanian citizens that travels with a biometric passport to Greece will not be returned.
Gentian Mullai, the Police spokesman of Gjirokastra
The first to benefit from this bilateral agreement was Ibrahimi. “Plumbi del me plumb”, Ibrahimi said, implying that the Albanian authorities reaction was delayed, but useful. “Better late than never” continued him. Ibrahimi considers the Greek vengeance as primitive and infantile, after being informed of Përmet events by Endri, my colleague. “It is a shame that the Greek border police treats Albanians as a war booty”, Ibrahimi highlighted and immediately he leave to Greek customs to stamp the passport.
Gentian Mullai, The Police Department spokesman of the district of Gjirokastra, who has been following the situation closely since the early hours of the morning, tells that during the day over 200 people and 60 vehicles with Albanian plates, were turned back. “A Greek policeman cannot lock both sides of the border without the consent of the authorities. I do not believe that his action is individual,” says Mullai. According to him, during the border blockage, hundreds of vehicles caused kilometric long queues while thousands of people waited for hours for the situation to normalize. “I don’t want to believe that the “blackout” is about the conflict of Përmet. Two neighboring border authorities have been understood and usually have never displayed secondary problems. Our relationships with Greek border police have been sincere and in many cases we have cooperated to face the most difficult situations like today”, highlighted Mullai.
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