Controversy has erupted after a pupil at the opening of an Albanian-medium school in Crete was pictured with a Tirana official wearing a t-shirt bearing a map that claims part of Greece for Albania.
According to Cretan website FlashNews.gr the school was being inaugurated in the village of Paleochora with the attendance of an official from Albania’s embassy.
He praised the initiative of the Greek authorities and said he was proud Albanian children could now learn their mother tongue correctly.
However, a picture of the official standing behind a student wearing a T-shirt with a map of ‘Greater Albania’ stirred up social-media users in Greece.
The fictional map includes the Greek territory of Epirus. The T-shirt also bore the Albanian nationalist slogan ‘Indigenous’ (‘Autochthonous’).
Greece has a substantial Albanian-speaking minority. Although Athens and Tirana have been technically at war since WWII, recent talks between the country’s leaders attempted to solve outstanding disputes.