08.06.2021 – 21:26
The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama has called from Sofia for a solution between Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia.
Rama says there are solutions where he wants, and with good will Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria can overcome the barriers.
He says that nothing separates Albania from the first intergovernmental conference, but at the moment it is respecting Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia.
“Thank you very much, Prime Minister, to you and your cabinet members for hosting us today, and on the other hand, thank you for the spirit of dialogue between us for the relations and cooperation between our two countries, relations and cooperation, as you said, the truth does not have nothing.
On the other hand, thank you for emphasizing the fact that Albania is a really model country for the treatment of minorities and we feel very good that after an initiative taken by us a few years ago, our legislation on minorities was raised to a level that can I can say with full mouth that the model of excellence is in line with the principles and standards of the EC and the EU.
In this context, I am very pleased to note that every time I have the opportunity to meet with friends from Bulgaria, representatives of the government or various parties, here or in Brussels, all underline the fact noted by you a little while ago. , but also in our conversation that the Bulgarian minority in Albania enjoys full rights, fully integrated and in its freedom to cultivate that part of heritage that must be passed down from generation to generation. Significant example that as a small minority in number it becomes a bridge between two peoples.
I would say that it is very important, absolutely, for us as Albania to see this issue resolved. It is quite sensitive here, even in our country, brother of Northern Macedonia.
But in the meantime we are involuntarily involved in this, Albania and Macedonia are waiting for the decision of the European Council to formally open negotiations.
As things stand, I strongly believe that there are enough opportunities between the two countries to intensify the dialogue to resolve together, there are so many things that make both countries and the two peoples in Bulgaria and Macedonia, so close peoples, for a future common.
And no matter how difficult these issues may be, when there is desire there are solutions. With good will it can be overcome.
I want to emphasize that Albania is respecting this, currently we will continue to walk together with Northern Macedonia but the question arises how long it takes and how long we can wait.
As I said currently we are okay although it is clear that we have met the conditions.
Nothing separates us from the first intergovernmental conference. We will respect as I said at this moment both friends and friendly countries that must resolve this. Of course we strongly believe, I believe that above all it must be resolved between two countries, between two peoples and two leaders. Others can help, but I do not really believe that others can do or replace what both parties are supposed to do and do. I hope it happens soon. ” – said Rama.