EU statement on the situation in Albania : Committee of Ministers’ Deputies 1104th meeting on 2nd February 2011 (22/02/2011)
The European Union is deeply concerned about the long-running political stalemate in Albania, following the general elections on 28 June 2009.
Recalling the statement issued on 21 January 2011 by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle on the situation in Albania, the EU specifically and strongly regrets the loss of human life that occurred during events in Tirana. The EU deplores that a political demonstration spiralled into violence causing the death of 3 persons and the grave injury of many more.
The European Union calls for a full and independent investigation of the events on 21 January, leading to prosecution and, if appropriate, convictions of those found guilty. The EU urges all sides to actively contribute to the de-escalation of the situation, to engage in a constructive dialogue to overcome the serious political challenges facing Albania and to cooperate in a peaceful manner, especially in view of the upcoming local elections.
The European Union appeals to Albania to fully respect Council of Europe standards and values and to implement its commitments and obligations which were accepted when acceding to that organisation.
Finally, the European Union calls on Albania to fully cooperate with the Council of Europe in the framework of the pre-electoral assistance programmes. The implementation of those programmes is important for the strengthening of democracy and rule of law in the country.
The candidate countries CROATIA*, the FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA*, ICELAND** and MONTENEGRO, the countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate countries BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA and SERBIA, the European Free Trade Association countries and members of the European Economic Area LIECHTENSTEIN and NORWAY, as well as the REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, SAN MARINO and UKRAINE align themselves with this statement.
*Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
** Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and the European Economic Area.