The Albanian Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs issued a press release today following the recent debates on the issue the delimitation of maritime borders with Greece as part of the ongoing talks being held with the Greek side to address many open issues that exist between the two countries. In this statement, the ministry “informs the public opinion that:
“The delimitation of maritime borders is in the best interest of both countries, both in terms of the final delineation of the frontiers where sovereignty and sovereign rights are exerted in these spaces, and also in terms of their economic exploitation”.
According to the ministry, the two countries are determined on finding a long-term and sustainable solution on this issue:
“The ruling of the Constitutional Court quashed the agreement signed between the two countries in 2009. In the absence of an agreement between them, since 2013, the sides have been involved in numerous talks to find a sustainable solution on this issue.
In these discussions, the Albanian side has always been in favor of entering an agreement for the delimitation of maritime borders based on the principles of the Human Rights Convention, where both sides have adhered, international practice, the ruling of the Constitutional Court and internal legislation which will enable a fair and acceptable division for both sides”.
In the end, the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the firm positioning of the Albanian side will act as starting point for experts who will negotiate with the Greek side on this issue.
According to the ministry, any other interpretation by political players is ill intentioned, aiming to relativize or even worse, deny the serious mistakes of the past.