The EU integration of Albania could be frozen without a complete agreement
The recent demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt were certainly opposed by the local dictators, who actually finally had to leave their country. But without major violence, and with no executions like those in Tirana, like those witnessed by the media.
As to the allegations of Prime Minister Berisha, according to which the demonstrations were nothing else than a coup d’etat lead by the opposition, the President of Albania, the General Prosecutor and the Head of the Secret Services (all appointed under Berisha), are they all socialist now, or something is wrong with Prime Minister Berisha? I would like to quote Thomas Countryman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of State, who publically rejected the hypothesis that what happened on 21 January was a coup d’etat.
I think that if we are really committed to finding a solution to the Albanian crisis, at least as much committed as the US and the NATO Secretary General, we should use all of the instruments we have. And as European Parliament we should put aside our political belongings – and I’m talking about those who give their unconditional support to Berisha – and make sure that our resolution and the 12 conditions are properly implemented.
Now I call on the Commission to be strong and committed towards an agreement based on that resolution, keeping in mind that without a complete agreement from both sides the EU integration of Albania should be frozen.
said Victor Boştinaru – MEP in his statement regarding the situation in Albania, debate held in Strasbourg.
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