World Bulletin / News Desk
A watchdog group in Albania has revealed that the government handed out 1,360 hectares of land from the UNESCO protected Butrint archeological park to compensate those who had their land stolen from the former communist regime.
The Forum for the Protection of Cultural Heritage said the move by the Albanian government in 2006 was illegal according to both national and international laws.
“Butrint has been recognized as the UNESCO heritage site and was designated as a national park in 2000 and as such is protected by the Ramsar convention,” the Forum said in a statement released on Wednesday.
“We condemn this act against our national heritage and ask the government of [Prime Minister] Edi Rama to annul this decision,” it added.
“The general prosecutor’s office should launch a probe and bring to justice those who falsified documents and broken the laws in the protected area of Butrint,” it concluded.
Located along the Vivari canal connecting Lake Butrint with the Ionian Sea, the 3,000-year-old site was originally established by the Ancient Greeks and continued to be used by the Romans and Byzantines until the late Middle Ages.Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 15:42