Ismail Qemali ka qene filogrek dhe donte krijimin e nje shteti Grekoshqiptar

Me rastin e episodeve ne Serbi, ne ndeshjen e futbollit , me flamurin e Shqiperise Etnike e cila kishte fotografine e Ismail Qemalit, do te doja t'iu informoj se Ismail Qemali ka qene filogrek dhe donte krijimin e nje shteti Grekoshqiptar . E panjohur ne Greqi dhe ne Shqiperi eshte se ne fund te shekullit te 19 kishte plan ne mes te Greqise dhe Shqiperise per krijimin e Federates Grekoshqiptare dhe eshte firmosur ne vitin 1907 nje protokoll i vecante grekoshqiptar rene dakort nga Neokli Kazazi dhe Ismail Qemali ,kryeministri i ardhshem i Shqiperise. Aristidhis Kollias ne librin e tij "I prokipuksi tu arvanitiku sindhesmu " shkruan "Nga 1881 deri 1907 kemi perpjekje te vazhdueshme dhe konsultime te perseritura midis Grekeve dhe shqiptareve me qellim krijimin e shtetit federativ Grekoshqiptar ." Shikoni fotografine e protokollit me firmen e Ismail Qemalit.

Efforts for the creation of a Greek-Albanian federation (19th-20th century)

AN UNKNOWN ASPECT OF GREEK AND ALBANIAN HISTORY DELIBERATELY OBSCURED IN OUR BOTH COUNTRIES

Most Greeks and Albanians believe that our two peoples are historically enemies. This is an historical inaccuracy and oversimplification, since they mention about some events that happened only after the formation of our two countries. Th. J. Paschidis in his book “The Albanians and the future of those in the interim Hellenism”, published in 1879, wrote: “With the Albanians, the Greeks, either in empires or under despots, did not came ever into conflict either in antiquity or the Middle Ages-grip feature and infallible proof of original kinship and inextricable link of the Albanians and the Greeks, who both are Pelasgians... All agree that Albanians are Pelasgians, and therefore Greeks..

This study will refer to a relatively unknown issue, both in Greece and Albania on the repeated efforts of Greeks and Albanians to create a Greek-Albanian state, from the time of Ali Pasha until a few years before the creation of the Albanian state. But after the creation of the Albanian state, the efforts for the creation of a Greek-Albanian state did not stop. The governor of Greece, Pangalos and the governor of Albania Zogou have been in a Greek-Albanian concert that very nearly led to the creation of a Greek-Albanian state. Let's see all the efforts made between Greeks and Albanians to create a Greek-Albanian state.


1. Ali Pasha Tepeleniotis was the first who tried to make a Greek-Albanian state. In that state Christians and Muslims would have the same rights and obligations. Three years after his accession to the pashaliki of Ioannina, Ali Pasha stated the plan for the creation of the Greek-Albanian state to the Russian general Tomara. In that state there would be equity and freedom in religious beliefs of Christians and Muslims and the language in which the laws and decrees would be written determined the Greek.

2. The famous kleftarmatolos Zacharias Barmpitsiotis was the second who simply dreamed of doing the same in Peloponnese.

3. Theodoros Kolokotronis was the third who went to a plan and agreement with the Muslim Albanians in Peloponnese. He designed to create a Greek-Albanian religiously tolerant state with a flag, in which on the one side would be the cross and on the other side the crescent.


4. In 1847 in Epirus and Albania the revolution of Gjon Lekkas (Gioulekka) broke out, and Kolettis enhanced him. The revolution had great achievements and many parts were liberated. The leaders of the revolution at a meeting held on August 15, 1847 in Kourvelesi of Tepeleni decided to send a letter through their representative to the Greek Government and Otto, seeking union with Greece.

Costas Mpiris in his book "Arvanites. The Dorians of modern Hellenism "(p. 361) presents a letter of 1847 of Albanians Muslims Tosks to Otto, his government and the Greek Parliament. With this letter Albanians beg the highest state authorities of the Free Greek State to be recognized as Greeks. Tosks Muslims wanted to join the free Greek state. We present this letter:

“Most honorable presidents and elders of Athens, under the reign of Otto King of Greeks, we embrace you brotherly and we want to advice you with this letter. We the elders who sign this letter we express our sorrow because we remained under Ottomans as a people very poor illiterate in a rocky land without any education only with our guns because even this day Constantinople is still under the rule of sultans and we have to accept the rule of  pashas, bezyrs and the law of Islam, we have remained in that condition for 400 years during the reign of 33 sultans we split our blood and we suffered imprisonments and inhuman treatment and unbearable taxation. That is why we decided to become rebels against our leader and Islamic father who do not pay attention to our problems treating our poor people with no compassion. Our choice is to die by sword if God can’t help us to be saved, we beg you for your compassion if you do not love us and you will not help us to our cause we do not want to live on earth any more but if you love us and you are determined to help us we assure you, we will gladly bring more people with us under your royalty. We all sign this letter to certify it. Answer to our emissary about this matter what is your will.”

47 Begs and Aghas of Albania signed with their seals this letter from regions of Delvino, Avlonas, Malakastra, Nahia Topali, Tepeleni, TopaliBerati, Timoriza, Scrampari. As a whole Albanian Aghas and Begs signed for 17,799 houses in the areas they had power. When their representative arrived in Athens, Kolettis had died. The rebels expected answer and the answer never came. Meanwhile, the Turks organized the exclusion of rebels from land and sea, and after bloody battles were able to suppress the revolution.

5. With the outbreak of the Russo-Turkish war of Crimea in 1854, the Greek government forwarded a plan for the creation of a Greek-Albanian state, which was allocated to very popular personalities in Albania at that time. Among them was the son of Karaiskakis Spyridon, the son of Kolokotronis John, the son of Plapoutas Kolinos, some Tzavellaioi and Botsaraioi, Theodoros Grivas and the overall leader Kitsos Tzavellas. This Greek-Albanian state would be Christian and would accept within the Muslims equally. The attempt failed.

6. In June and December 1877 discussions took place between representatives of the Greek government and prominent Albanians for the military-political union of Greece and Albania. Semi-formal discussions conducted at many levels and ensured the participation of many Albanians to an imminent revolution between them and the military commander of the Ottoman frontier forces Emin Bey. Spyromilios from Himara and Dimitrios Noti Botsaris from Souli, who later became president of the Arvanitic Association of Athens, showed particular interest and all these movements and individuals who are leading have a purpose to ensure the involvement of Muslim Albanians  for the liberation of the areas of Epirus and Albania.


7. From 1881 to 1907 there were repeated consultations between Greeks and Albanians in order to create a Greek-Albanian state and in this period the “Arvanitic Association of Athens” was created.

8. In 1899 the “Arvanitic Association of Athens” wrote a proclamation, which was addressing to the Albanians who lived in Albania (calling them the “Arvanite s
of Arvanitia”). With this proclamation the “Arvanitic Association of Athens” invited them to unite with Greece as a Greek-Albanian federation. The proclamation was signed by three people. Sechos, apparently son of the famous Despo Sechou-Tzavella, Botsaris and Tzavellas, all of origin from Souli. Let's look at an excerpt from the proclamation: “There is no other way, brothers, except  to approach Greece and create the Greek-Arvanitic (Greek-Albanian) kingdom ... Look, brothers, how huge reasons we have to become one with the Greeks.”

9. THE EFFORT FOR THE CREATION OF A GREEK-ALBANIAN FEDERATION IN 1907

It is unknown in Greece and Albania that in the late 19th century was a plan between Greece and Albania for the creation of a Greek-Albanian federation and that even in 1907 a special protocol of Greek-Albanian understanding was signed by Neoklis Kazazis and Ismail Kemal, who later became prime minister of Albania. The Arvanite author Aristides Kollias writes in his book “The proclamation of the Association of Arvanites” (p. 35, ed 1996): From 1881 to 1907 we have a sustained effort and repeated consultations between Greeks and Albanians to create a Greek-Albanian State.
In 1893 in Athens was established by a select group of Greek citizens a patriotic organization called the Society of “Hellenism”. In December 1894 Neoklis Kazazis act as chairman of the society. Kazazis was dean of the University of Athens. The society's objective was to defend the national rights of the Greeks in Macedonia, Thrace and Eastern Rumelia and ward off the claims of Bulgaria on the Greek lands. On January 1, 1898 the official organ of society, the monthly National Review “HELLENISM.” was published. Kazazis traveled in several European countries to enlighten the European public about the national rights of the Greeks and the false claims of Bulgarian propaganda. One of the initiatives of the society was the cooperation between Greece and Albania and the establishment of a Greek-Albanian federation to face the Slavic danger.
Let's see what Thanos Paleologos-Anagnostopoulos writes in his book “Greece and Albania in the early 20th century” (pp. 32-36, ed. 1995): “Neoklis Kazazis…then immediately encouraged  Ismail Kemal Vlora, who was philhellene, had graduated from the School of Ioannina Zosimaia and spoke and wrote fluent  Greek, to intensify his efforts for close cooperation with Greece. These actions of N. Kazazis was very soon successful. Indeed Ismail Kemal took the initiative and in 1901, while he was in Konstantinoupolis on various issues concerning Albania, informed that he was in danger to be arrested by order of the Sultan, he left and came to Greece to talk with Kazazis.
He then went to Brussels where he settled. There he issued an Albanian newspaper, but in Greek language, which he wrote over and only the last page, on the second issue, was written in Albanian. The title of this Albanian newspaper was: “SOTIRIA-ALBANIA”. He only published  five issues to tell some truths, which firmly believed. Facts that was serving the approach of the two friends people.

Characteristic of his philhellenic feelings, of his admiration and deep faith that he had toward Greece, of which he claimed close cooperation, is the article published on the first page of the second issue of “SOTIRIA-ALBANIA” entitled “THE DESTINY OF THE HELLENISM” , which literally has a monumental character and is a true anthem for Greece and its wider destination. This article could only be written by a Greek irredentist. And yet it was written by a distinguished Albanian politician, the bei of Avlona, who later, in 1914, became the first prime minister of free Albania.

Within this climate, and because the Albanians as people are very close racially and also historically to the Greeks, Kazazis tried to win over them, nurturing along with Ismail Kemal spirit of creation of a Greek-Albanian Federation. By doing this on March 22, 1907 issue reached the happy event to sign the “Declaration of the Greek-Albanian Understanding” by Kazazis and Petalas on the part of Greece and Ismail Kemal on the part of Albania. Then a “Special Protocol” was signed the same day by the same persons, which  was also signed by many notables from Epirus, as Votsaris, Saroglou and others.
But before signing the “Declaration” and “Special Protocol”, namely on 18 February of the same year 1907, Ismail Kemal with the Albanian Tzaffer came in contact with Nick. Levidis, President of the Greek Parliament, as with the then Prime Minister Georgios Theotokis and informed them for their philhellenic intentions and generally for their views on the Greek-Albanian relations.

At the same time Kazazis, along with his intensive efforts to promote Greek-Albanian positions, published a small format book of about 80 pages entitled: “Greek-Albanian Understanding” and subtitled “The Albanian issue - in relation to the Greek Nation.” In this essay Kazazis expands on all his views on the broader meaning of the Greek-Albanian Understanding of 1907.
With this collaboration he seeks the integration of Albania in Greece in a Federation, which maintains the national and religious specificity of the two parties, but also stressing the superiority of Greek culture as a model for Albania, and also the need to tie Albania in the chariot of Greek politics.
By creating this Greek-Albanian Federation Kazazis seeks the cancellation of the Austrian and Italian influence, clashing with the Albanian interests and also wants to help ensure the Albanian border and rapidly the advancement and modernization of Albania within an advanced society with rising the index of economic development, which ultimately will put a barrier in both the Italian penetration in the Balkan states, and the Austrian influence in the Balkan.

Look at these videos that proves that Ismail Qemal was philogreek and he admired the Greeks and the Greek civilization. The content in these videos are written in both Greek and Albanian language.

 

 

 

 

 

Marios Dimopoulos

Linguist-Ethnologist

Clinical Nutritionist

Fellow of the American Council of Applied Clinical Nutrition

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