After Kosovo, Albania will also join the boycott of the Nobel Prize ceremony to be held tomorrow in 10 December in Stockholm.
The two countries will not participate in the awards ceremony due to the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to the Austrian writer Peter Handke, known to have been a sympathizer of Slobodan Milosevic, convicted of war crimes and a name that brought so much death and pain in Balkan region and Kosovo Albanians.
The boycott of Albania was communicated by the country's foreign minister, Gent Cakaj, with a tweet this morning:
"We instructed the Albanian ambassador in Sweden to boycott the ceremony.”- says Cakaj's tweet.
Albania which then joins in this protest to Kosovo, which yesterday - through Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli - had announced the first non-participation in the award ceremony in Stockholm:
"Kosovo will not take part in the Nobel awards ceremony in Stockholm this year. I confirm that our ambassador Shkendije-Geci-Sherifi will boycott the event due to the controversial awarding of the Nobel prize to Peter Handke, a friend and supporter of Milosevic's policy. "- reads Pacolli's post.
The Austrian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2019 will be remembered by the Albanians as the man who wept for Milosevic. At the funeral of the former Yugoslav president, in 2006, Handke delivered a touching speech in Serbian in which he described himself as "close to Yugoslavia, near Serbia, near Slobodan Milosevic".
The comment of the Academy
Last October, for the Swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter", Mats Malm - president of the Academy - accepted the fact that Handke "gave provocative, inappropriate and ambiguous comments on political issues". However, he stressed that he never supported bloodshed, clearly condemning the Srebrenica massacre.
"The Academy has found nothing in its writings that constitutes an attack on civil society or towards respect for the equality of all people."- said Malm.
The Swedish Academy also cited an article in the German newspaper "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" of the 2006, in which Handke had pointed out that the Srebrenica massacre was the worst crime against humanity in Europe after the Second World War.
The awarding of the Nobel Prize by the Academy to the Austrian writer has provoked reactions in many institutions and personalities from all over the world. Hanke was praised and chosen by the Academy for "linguistic ingenuity in exploring human experiences".