In response to the ongoing political turmoil in Albania, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli issued a statement calling for unprecedented dialogue and urging the parties to sit down for talks.
The OSCE senior official says in his statement that the country’s legal framework must be respected by the political spectrum.
“Despite previous OSCE recommendations, we are witnessing the rise of political turmoil in Albania, with recent developments that threaten political polemics to become a constitutional crisis. Gravity of the current situation requires that political parties in Albania engage in unprecedented inclusive dialogue and sit down in good faith. The dialogue should aim at avoiding a devastating escalation of the crisis by addressing also the legitimate concerns of the people.
As Albania prepares to chair the OSCE in 2020 and looks forward to a decision by the European Council to open accession negotiations with the EU, it is imperative that all interested parties respect their responsibilities, which are important for strategic purposes of Albania that are supported by most of the Albanian society, “says Tsereteli.
President Tsereteli added that the Albanian legal framework should be supported and respected by political leaders. “The parliamentary assembly remains convinced that with the necessary political will, the Albanian political actors possess all the necessary skills to move the country forward and to offer the best side of Albania in the OSCE,” he said. Tsereteli stressed that the Parliamentary Assembly appreciates the attention the Slovak Presidency gives to Albania. “The parliamentary assembly will continue to closely follow developments in Albania and with a sense of responsibility to the ambitions and desires of its people,” he stressed.