OSCE Ambassador in Tirana, Bernd Borchardt, is no longer welcome in the institutions of the President of the Albanian Republic, Ilir Meta.
The news was confirmed by a letter sent by the Albanian head of state to the OSCE parliamentary assembly office in Copenhagen, to the OSCE office in Tirana and to the ministry of foreign affairs in Tirana.
"Mr Bernd Borchardt, who questioned the decree of the President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir meta, concerning the administrative elections in Albania of June 2019 and which publicly showed the middle finger to Albanian citizens, it is no longer welcome in the institutions of the President of the Republic.”- reads the letter sent to the OSCE offices.
Meta: they are abusing the trust of the Albanians
President Meta intervened last night during the "Open" broadcast by the TV station "Top Channel", investigating the issue concerning the OSCE ambassador in Tirana.
"As a state, we are late in showing limits to those diplomats who have abused the respect that the Albanians have towards foreigners. It is becoming increasingly advantageous for some diplomats to question the institutions of the Albanian state and, of course, the institution of the President of the Republic, a symbol of state sovereignty.
[...] An ambassador does not have the right to question the decree of a president, because such a declaration has intentionally only served to create confusion. On the other hand, I believe the OSCE report was very clear on the fact that a presidential decree can only be judged by the Constitutional Court. His assessments [of Borchardt, ed.] Are completely different from those of the OSCE report. "- declared Meta among other things in the" Open "transmission.
The disputed middle finger
Last 13 October, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt had shown his middle finger - and then apologized publicly the next day - to the protesters in the Astir area, who were protesting against the draft of the new ring road in Tirana.
The Protestants had addressed choirs to the cry of "shame, shame" against Boarchardt while the latter was passing on the pavement near the general direction of the Tirana police.
The OSCE response: we encourage dialogue
The OSCE response came through an email addressed to the Top Channel broadcaster by spokeswoman Mersiha Čaušević Poǳ̌ić:
"The OSCE takes note of this verbal note issued by the president's office. As long as it remains a partner in Albania, the OSCE encourages dialogue and collaboration with Albanian institutions, as it remains committed to offering specific assistance to advance the country's agenda."- reads the OSCE reply.