Greece lodges com­plaints af­ter Al­ba­nia razes church

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Greece filed a de­marche with Al­ba­nia’s am­bas­sador in Athens and made of­fi­cial com­plaints to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and Coun­cil of Europe yesterday af­ter of­fi­cials in the neigh­bor­ing coun­try de­mol­ished an Ortho­dox church in the vil­lage of Dhermi.

The For­eign Min­istry also in­formed Ber­lin and Washington of its ob­jec­tions. Ear­lier, a Greek diplo­mat likened the de­mo­li­tion of the Church of Aghios Athana­sios to acts car­ried out by ji­hadists. “The de­struc­tion of holy sites and ob­jects of wor­ship took place, at least un­til re­cently, in the wider re­gion of the Mid­dle East and North Africa, at the hands of ji­hadists. To­day we also saw such an act car­ried out in a neigh­bor­ing coun­try, Al­ba­nia,” said For­eign Min­istry spokesman Con­stanti­nos Koutras.

Al­ba­nian of­fi­cials have said they in­tend to carry out ex­ca­va­tions at the site in an at­tempt to dis­cover the grave of Nilo Cata­lano, a 17th-cen­tury Catholic mis­sion­ary.

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