After two refusals, the President of the Republic of Albania Ilir Meta issued the authorization for the start of final negotiations between Albania and Greece concerning the maritime border, a problem that has created tension between the two countries since the two-year period 2009-2010 .
"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 their 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 " - this is the statement released to the media by Ilir Meta.
The division between Albania and Greece was initially approved in the 2009, but was subsequently overturned in the 2010 by the Constitutional Court because it was considered 'harmful' for the Albanian territorial integrity.
The background of those negotiations, published in the 2011, showed how Greece had used a "pro quid quo" policy, or rather it is blackmailing it with a division in its favor to maintain the European integrity of Albania, which had just undertaken its own accession path to the European Union.
The agreement between Albania and Greece
The two nations, in meetings held in recent months in Crete and Coriza, through the coordination of their foreign ministers had already found an agreement on the new coastal division. Only the final word of the Albanian head of state was missing, which arrived a month later.
Despite being the main one, 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 war law, for the crisis management agreement between the two nations and for the elimination in textbooks and official documents of terms such as Vorio Epiro and Cameria deemed offensive or irredentist for the two countries.