The EU calls on the Albanian policy to follow the steps it dictated, otherwise the European perspective of Albania. Berisha has canceled the demonstration of Saturday 29 January, instead Rama is convinced to go ahead despite the calls from more parts.
"The EU is with you, we want Albania's European perspective to become a reality. As a starting point, we want to end the violence and the extension of tension. The solution of political disputes through violence is not a European way, as we saw last Friday ”. "Albania's European future depends on whether political leaders do what we ask and do it now". It is the warning of the European Commission, declared by its special envoy to Tirana Miroslav Lajcak who wanted to express at the beginning also the condolences to the families of the 3 protesters killed. Lajcak met yesterday morning with Albanian President Bamir Topi, Prime Minister Sali Berisha and opposition leader Edi Rama. The EU is concerned about the situation created in Albania and dictates what needs to be done for Albanian politics in the name of the "European future". We must prevent all types of violence and bloodshed, guarantee the functioning and respect of institutions, condemn those responsible for killing 3 protesters, avoid actions that further divide Albanian politics and finally return to the European road.
The EU is ready to support Albania and so are the Commissioners Catherine Ashton and Stefan Fule, but it will have to be the Albanian leaders to make "the first right move in the right direction". "They know exactly what needs to be done."
Yesterday also came the positive response of the US State Department for technical assistance in investigating the killings that occurred during the clashes. It was officially requested by the Albanian Attorney General Ina Rama on Tuesday, and as announced by US Ambassador Alexander Arvizu, the United States will offer their support. Among other things, Arvizu congratulated Berisha for having decided yesterday to cancel the demonstration scheduled for Saturday, 29 January, but expressed his regret that Edi Rama has decided to take to the streets the 28. Not only Arvizu but also the US Deputy Secretary of State for European Affairs, Philip Gordon, has asked Rama to cancel it because of the potential for violence that can characterize it. An appeal also renewed by the Albanian President Topi who suggested "the suspension temporary of any type of political demonstration "because it will contribute to lowering the tone and creating spaces to allow a transparent, impartial and professional investigation into the events of 21 January. According to President Topi, "a majority and opposition must find the political and individual will to re-establish political and institutional dialogue".
Edi Rama does not withdraw from the event scheduled for next Friday. He had already declared it on Tuesday, but he announced it yesterday through a press statement. It will be made of flowers, candles and prayers. His speech is emotionally strong, based on the dichotomy violence - peace: "whoever believes in the blindness of violence and not the tears of peace, has nothing to do with our path of peaceful resistance". "Whoever believes in the impatience of violence and not in the persistence of peace, has nothing to do with our path of peaceful resistance". On the other hand, the socialists are working on a report for the 21 events last January. A group of 20 jurists will collect documents and other material to reconstruct the context before and after the event.
Instead, after accepting to cancel the demonstration next Saturday, Berisha wanted to explain that the goal was not to show muscle but only to demonstrate against violence. At the meeting of the Council of Ministers, he returned to the alleged coup, also focusing on the investigations of the Albanian prosecutor. Berisha reiterated that he has always requested and supported investigations and even the participation of foreign experts after the arrest warrants for the Republican Guard issued by the Prosecutor. For the Prime Minister, the Procuratorate continues to act politically because it has not opened any inquiry for the organizers of the event, despite the detailed documentation presented to it. Thus, the Attorney General would have lied during Tuesday's press conference. On the other hand, Berisha asked the Treasury to set up the Fund for the reward of all those who want to testify on the putch: summits, organization and financing included. So who has information on this can come to the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry or any police station. He will be rewarded based on the relevance of the material he brings. In other words, the bigger the news, the more he compensates for it.
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