In an article published this morning on the web page of the newspaper Shqip the conditions that Greece has put on the negotiating table for the agreement on the maritime border with Albania are made known.According to the article, secure sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say that Albania should not start negotiations with Greece concerning the division of the maritime border until October of this year, at which time the request will be evaluated for the third time for the status of EU candidate country. This approach is used in the negotiation process to protect the Albanian side from the conditions that Greece could impose on it.
From the Foreign Ministry they declare that the influence of Greece as a member of the European Union arouses great fear, and apparently this attitude on the part of the Albanian government is not a mere exaggeration, but rather ties itself to the memory of the first time the two countries they discussed the delimitation of the maritime border. The diplomatic sources, later made known also by the documents published on "Wikileaks", showed that the generous concessions of Albania during the negotiations are the result of the enormous pressure exerted by Athens to block the stabilization and association agreement, fundamental for Tirana and for its progress towards integration into the EU institutions.
In an interview for the TV channel "Vision Plus", Foreign Minister Edmond Panariti said that in order to solve this delicate diplomatic question there is also the possibility of taking the path of international arbitration. According to the Foreign Minister, in fact, the negotiation by the Albanian government was carried out in accordance with the decision of the Constitutional Court, but "if there is no agreement between our countries then the next step will probably be international arbitration" .
At the beginning of September Panariti will be on an official visit to Greece to discuss bilateral relations and other important issues concerning the two states.
The Greek state, for its part, has clearly indicated that it does not intend to start new negotiations and, consequently, it will not accept a new agreement on the maritime border with Albania; the Greek foreign ministry, on the same position, in various public statements reiterated its opposition to the decision of the Albanian constitutional court to enter into a new agreement.
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