Foreign diplomats stationed in our country cannot provide a ready-made solution for the current crisis in Albanian politics, instead calling on the parties to sit for dialogue.
Italian Ambassador, Alberto Cutillo, gave a speech from the city of Shkodra during which he expressed his disagreement to the postponement of local elections without a political agreement because such a thing, in his opinion, could affect the institutions of the country.
“At this point all the rules are fragile, as it is difficult to determine which is more appropriate, going to elections without the opposition or postponing the election.
“For the second solution to be appropriate there must be an agreement between the parties, because to postpone the elections without a political deal affecting the constitution is wrong,” said Ambassador Cutillo.
A few days before the decision of the EU Council of Ministers, the Italian Ambassador discussed who the critical states for opening negotiations for Albania are:
“There are countries that are puzzled in regards to Albania in the EU, but there are also states with political movements that are opposed to enlargement not only with Albania.
“It is no surprise to say that France and the Netherlands have expressed their position against Albania's enrollment. The Netherlands is even discussing in Parliament the removal of visa-liberalization for Albania,” said Cutillo.
Alberto Cutillo acknowledged that all possibilities regarding the negotiation can happen; they can be opened, they can be postponed or Albania could even receive a negative response from EU member states.
“There are three options after the recommendation, the first is that all countries unanimously approve the opening of negotiations and this is the outcome Albanians want.
“The second is to deny the opening of negotiations on the grounds that, despite the positive recommendation, there is still a lot to be done.
“While the third option is that the European Commission postpones making a decision, as there is not much time between the recommendation issued on May 29 and the meeting on June 20th for the decision on the negotiations.
“The file is voluminous so it would not be surprising if some countries say would say they need more time to review it,” concluded Cutillo.