Germany says bilateral issues between Greece and Albania cannot affect the latter's EU integration path

30 Nëntor 2023, 14:04Politics TEMA

Germany says bilateral issues between Greece and Albania cannot affect the

The case concerning the ethnic Greek mayor of Himare, Fredi Beleri has caused tension not only in the relations between Greece and Albania, but it has also affected ties between Greece and Germany.

Albanian news channel, A2 CNN asked the German government to comment the Greek government's statement that it would block Albania's integration path if Beleri is not allowed to be sworn in as mayor of Himare.

In its reply, the German government made it clear that bilateral issues between the two countries cannot act as an obstacle in the process of EU accession negotiations between Tirana and Brussels.

Greece will not further support Albania’s EU accession process if the latter does not free ethnic Greek Fredi Beleri, mayor-elect of Himare, it said on Wednesday.

In a written statement filed with the Council of the EU in the context of the EU member-states’ ambassadors (COREPER) who met on Wednesday, Greece said “it expects Albania to take specific and immediate measures as well for the assumption of Mr. Beleri’s duties, as well as to respect his right to a just trial and the principle of presumption of innocence.”

 

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