IBNA Special Report/Governments of Albania and Kosovo held a joint meeting today in the House of Congress in Tirana, where they signed 11 agreements of cooperation. The motto of the meeting was “One land, one nation, one dream”. The décor of the meeting, as you can see from the photos that IBNA brings, consists of a round table with 28 flags of EU member countries
Tirana, March 23, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Edison Kurani
The focus of the second meeting between the two governments was the intensification of strategic partnership between Albania and Kosovo. The sides concluded that this partnership has seen a very important progress in the domain of foreign policy. Kosovo has become part of many regional incentives for the first time in Milan, when the first joint consulate between Albania and Kosovo was opened. This consulate opened following the agreement of 2013 in the first meeting between the two governments which were held in Prizren.
During this meeting, the Albanian PM, Edi Rama, assured the EU that there are no plans for unification between the two states. “Albanians want equilibrium and not disequilibrium. They demand what belongs to them. Albania and Kosovo deserve more attention and strategic approach and our model of cohabitation is a shield and guideline for Europe”, said Mr. Rama.
Rama on Kosovo’s visas
In his speech, Albania’s PM, Edi Rama, used strong tones against the EU, on the process of the integration of Kosovo, namely on the visa regime.
He said that the fact that the visa regime has not yet been removed for Kosovo, is a great paradox when Kosovo’s past is taken into account.
“Today’s regime has turned Kosovo into a desperate enclave of European bureaucracy. Today’s visa regime in Kosovo is a cynical injustice and this injustice must come to an end as soon as possible, because it doesn’t only threaten the dignity of the people of Kosovo, but also the dignity of Europe. The application of visa regime for Kosovo is a shame for the European Union. The visa regime applied for Kosovo is a cynical injustice against Kosovo and it must end as soon as possible, because it doesn’t only threaten the dignity of Kosovo, but that of Europe too”, said the head of Albanian government.
Considering Kosovo an isolated country as a result of the application of visas, Mr. Rama thus launched for the first time such criticism against Brussels since he was elected as PM.
Mustafa avoids criticism
In contrast to Mr. Rama, Kosovo’s PM was more moderate in his declarations in relation to the integrating process. Hashim Thaci’s predecessor, today his deputy in the government, has been very critical against the EU. Meanwhile, Mustafa has not launched any critics against Brussels. As far as the visa regime is concerned, he said: “We must achieve the liberalization as soon as possible. This would remove the feeling of isolation”.
Mustafa underlined that the EU represents the path for both countries, while expressing his conviction that “Albania and Kosovo will meet all the criteria to become part of the European family”.
“Euro Atlantic integration is a sure thing. This is an aspiration of the people that we represent. Therefore we must deliver all criteria to become part of the EU”, Mustafa said.
11 agreements between the two governments are signed
The members of the two governments signed in Tirana 11 agreements, memorandums and protocols. The focus was the endorsement of the protocol between the ministries of Interior for the joint use of border control equipment.
Other ones include the Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation between the ministries of Finance, that between the ministry of Agriculture and the Agreement between the ministries of Education for Higher Education and Scientific Research. Other agreements which were signed included the Domain of Security, Internal Control, Joint Use of Border Control Equipment and Immediate Cross Border Follow Up. The meeting also decided “to jointly organize the teaching of Albanian language and Albanian culture in the Diaspora”. /ibna/