Albania and Greece have restarted negotiations to outline the maritime borders in the Ionian Sea. The Albanian foreign minister, Ditmir Bushati, said in a statement that Monday the first round of talks took place in the capital Tirana in a "constructive and cooperative climate".
The talks are essential because the Constitutional Court of Albania has canceled the agreement of the 2009 on the respective territorial claims between the two countries, both as regards the territories and for the waters of the continental sea. Agreement that had been signed by the then Conservative government.
The socialist party, then in opposition but now ruling Albania, "challenged" the agreement by bringing the case to court claiming that the treaty signed cost Albania approximately 225 square kilometers of the waters of the Ionian Sea.
The talks began after the President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, had given his ok with the following statement more than a month ago:
"The President of the Republic asks the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania, the Albanian state institutions involved in these negotiations and the negotiating group, to fulfill his responsibilities before the Constitution of the Republic, to negotiate the project between the Republic of 'Albania and the Republic of Greece for the delimitation of the maritime border "
Relations between Albania and Greece
Relations between Greece and post-communist Albania continue to remain not very good, despite the fact that in recent months the two countries have moved to find agreements on unresolved issues of the past.
Despite being the main one, in fact, the delimitation of the maritime border is only the last question settled between Greece and Albania: the two countries, in fact, had already agreed to theabolition of the apostille stamp , for the revocation of the law of war, for the crisis management agreement between the two nations, on the theme concerning the licenses and for the elimination in the textbooks and official documents of terms such as Vorio Epiro for the Greeks (Epirus of North) e Chameria for the Albanians (in reference to people born in the villages of the region of Thesprotia) considered offensive or irredentist for the two countries.
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