MEFA Condemns Greece Intervention in Albania's Interior Affairs
Albanian Daily News
Published October 20, 2017
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEFA) expresses the deepest indignation for the provocative language and unprecedented intervention characterizing the statement issued one day ago by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece.
Through an official statement issued on Friday the MEFA denounced the violation of the diplomatic practice by the Greek authorities through the involvement in a domestic political debate.
"Involvement in the domestic political debate in Albania and the fact that these issues, currently under consideration by the justice institutions, are mentioned in this statement constitutes a violation of the diplomatic practice and the spirit of good neighborhood and strategic relations between two countries.
Moreover, the attempt to establish a link through this statement between the Law on the Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania recently adopted by the Albanian Assembly and the Himara's Regulatory Plan within the Urban Renaissance constitutes a deformation of reality and a prejudice of the spirit of coexistence and cooperation with minorities in Albania.
The Albanian Government has provided registration and compensation of property to residents hampered by the implementation of the regulatory plan, providing full availability under international legislation and in accordance with the best international practice.
We would like to emphasize that the new Law on the Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania guarantees the rights of members of minorities, individually and in groups, wherever they live, based on the criteria and spirit of the Council of Europe's Framework Convention on National Minorities.
Any other ethnonationalist reference evoked by the above mentioned statement contradicts the spirit and the European legal practices of the protection of national minorities," declared MEFA.
In conclusion MEFA reiterated its commitment to continue addressing open issues between two countries in accordance with the European spirit and international law, despite the violation of the climate of trust and cooperation caused by this statement.