Tirana, September 5, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
Prime Minister Edi Rama met in Wales with the Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras, upon the request of the latter. The meeting has been held in the framework of the NATO summit, which started on Thursday in Wales (Great Britain). Delegations of both countries are participating in the NATO summit.
Prime minister Samaras was accompanied in this meeting by the foreign Minister, Evangelos Venizelos and the Defense minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos. Meanwhile, Rama was accompanied by the Foreign minister, Ditmir Buashti and the Prime Minister’s advisor, Endri Fuga.
The Prime Minister’s office officially informs that the meeting discussed respective issues that relate to the relations between the two countries, underlining the readiness to further develop them.
The meetings has also discussed the administrative territorial reform, which was not accepted by the Greek minority and PBDNJ, which defends its rights, although his party is part of the governing coalition.
Samaras has demanded the personal intervention of Mr. Rama “to address issues that emerged in Himara following the administrative reform” and also address “the nationalist Tcham trumpeting”. This request comes a few days after PDIU (Party for Justice, Integration and Unity), which defends the rights of the Tcham community, has approached the majority, as it’s expected to leave the opposition front.
The Greek Prime Minister said in the meeting with Rama, that respect toward human rights is part of the process of EU accession.
The second issue relates to the abrogated pact for the sea border. Prime Minister Samaras has expressed the stand of the Greek side that this issue must be solved based on international law.
On his part, Mr. Rama has declared that he’s aware of “the sensitivity of the Greek Prime Minister on the issue of the minority”. Rama said that “he personally guarantees the respect of human rights”. Mr. Rama also told to his Greek counterpart that “there has never existed any intention to harm the Greek minority”.
Rama emphasized the will of the Albanian government to offer a new dynamic to the bilateral cooperation in the spirit of partnership and good neighboring relations and in the framework of regional incentives, in line with the new reality in the region.
In this meeting, the Albanian Prime Minister referred to the dangers coming from the outbreak of religious fundamentalism in the region. He also underlined the cooperation between the two police forces in tackling crime. /ibna/