A delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also intervened to resolve the political crisis affecting Albania from the last 28 June 2010 parliamentary elections. The socialist opposition of Rama continues to boycott the parliament and requires the recount of the votes, instead the democratic government of Berisha does not yield and exercises pressure so that the socialists return to the legislative seat. During these months 6, the international factor pushed the Albanian policy to sit around the table and for about two weeks, the President of the Albanian Republic, Bamir Topi, is mediating between the two main leaders Berisha and Rama to find an agreement. AlbaniaNews interviewed exclusively, Hon. Luca Volontè, the only Italian part of the delegation of the AP of the Council of Europe and leader of the European popular in this institution, party to which also the democrats of Berisha adhere.
He returned from Albania a few days ago, where he was on a mission with the other group leaders of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. What was the idea of the country?
During the visit of the past few days, led by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly Mevlut Cavosoglu, we were able to appreciate the development of the Albanian institutions and economy. I was very impressed, as confirmed by the official statements of the various international missions of election observers, by the growth of democratic institutions. Cultural vivacity and academic development have impressed me greatly. Albania can continue its efforts and will succeed in the coming years more and more as an important democracy for the entire European context and for the Adriatic area and the Balkans. What was the political climate that you found and what did you specifically say to the government parties and to the opposition parties? An ambivalent political climate, in which many strive to respond to the needs of citizens, to questions of transparency, development and the common good. In my opinion there are other political exponents who, in fact, prefer to continue with the election campaign of a year ago. We asked everyone, as our final document shows, to take a step forward for the good of the country. There are those who accepted our invitation and those who rejected it. In respect of the Albanian Constitution, of its unquestionable sentences and under the prestigious and authoritative guide of the President of the Republic Topi, I hope that even those who today boycott the Parliament, tomorrow can bring their contribution to parliamentary institutions. Our platform recognizes the need for a survey commission, bi-partisan collaboration, etc. The negative judgment on the proposed platform is unreasonable and inexplicable.Do you think the current crisis is somehow an impediment to the European aspirations of the land of the eagles?
I think a real acceptance of the principles that guide democracy and a real respect for the will of the Albanian people and the June elections requires the end of the boycott. The PS for respect to its voters and to the entire Albanian people should therefore return to Parliament, remain there contributing to the work of the House and of the Commissions. The Parliament is the main place of popular representation, in Parliament the different solutions to the problems of the country are proposed but also the common good is pursued together. In light of your visit, do you think the opposition will enter parliament, or will it continue its battle for the reopening of the polls?
I don't think and I hope it's not like that. Certainly the technical procedures envisaged for the liberalization of passport visas will be positively evaluated and I hope that no political party will slow down, with its own attitude, the recognition of Albania's candidate country status to the EU in the coming months. Anyone with their own attitude will slow down Albania's entry into the EU if they assume all the historical responsibilities of having damaged the entire country and its just aspirations.Often in Albania the role of the international factor is given too much as regards the Albanian problems, what was the idea during his visit?
It is right to give importance to international opinions and to the evaluations of European bodies. Therefore the Albanians must appreciate the positive evaluation of the political elections made by all international observers and should also positively evaluate the authoritative Presidential Mission of the Assembly of the Council of Europe. We have all met, greatly appreciated President Topi's initiatives, listened to the opinions of the political parties and proposed a positive platform. The boycott of democracy and parliament is never justifiable, our 'package' of proposals is the only way out that respects democratic institutions, the will of citizens and the Albanian Constitution.
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