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Greek military cemetery to finally be established in Albania

Featured Greek military cemetery to finally be established in Albania

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Monday hailed the Albanian government's decision to settle the issue of establishing a cemetery for Greek soldiers killed in action on the Albanian mountains during WWII, calling it a huge step of trust between the two sides.

The decision proved that diplomacy can achieve much more than "cries without context," Kotzias said in reply to an Athens Macedonian News Agency question during the joint statements with his visiting Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, following their meeting at the foreign ministry.

Welcoming the Albanian government's announcement on Sunday of a law regulating issues concerning the cemeteries of Greek soldiers and officers that fell while fighting Axis forces in World War II, Kotzias said that it is a very positive step, which comes after the rebuilding of the small church of Aghios Athanassios that was destroyed last year in Chimarra and is financed by the Albanian government.

Pictured is 85-year-old Ermioni Prigou of Chimarra, Northern Epirus, who has protected and cared for the tombs of six Greek soldiers who were killed in 1941 in the yard of her home, and buried where they fell. Ms Prigou knew the men who had bivouaced in her home and were manning a trench in her garden, when she was nine years old. The six men were killed when an Italian mortar shell landed in their trench.