Third party in the talks between Albania and Greece for the sea borders

Third party in the talks between Albania and Greece for the sea borders

“Things have changed in Athens and we’re expecting for the government in Athens to be more composed, to solve its vital problems with creditors and then to see how we can find the necessary solutions”

Tirana, 17 June 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Edison Kurani

The government in Albania wants a third party to be involved in the talks with Greece involving sea borders. This was confirmed by Mr. Rama, who spoke in Himara about the relations between Albania and Greece.

Stopping on the issue of the sea borders, he says that “work doesn’t seem to have started yet on the search for oil, as this would be a severe violation of a number of elements”.

Rama admits that “we are ahead of a very fragile situation” adding: “But without any doubt this is a matter of national interest, of the territorial sovereignty of Albania and we will discuss on the best possible solution”.

At this point, Rama notes that “since the very beginning, we have been ready to include a third party, which has no direct interests, like we and Greece, and based on a high level of international expertise”.

The issue of sea borders is not the only matter that is pending between the two countries. There also a number of other matters. Rama says that the Albanian government is expecting from Greece to solve its immediate issues and then discuss problems that exist between the two countries.

“Since the beginning, we have been ready to discuss about all pending issues and we have addressed the need to start from the war law, which is a total absurdity and then move forward with other matters”.

Rama doesn’t conceal the fact that relations between the two countries have become cold, when he says that problems have been solved with the previous government, in contrast to the current one, where no problems have been solved yet. “We started this process with the previous government. We solved the issue of toponyms, which was a problem for Albanians, especially when they had to visit Albania and then return to Greece. Then, things changed in Athens and we are expecting from the government of Athens to be more composed, to solve the vital problem that it has with its creditors and then see how we can find the necessary solutions”, Rama said. /ibna/