In a joint statement, the acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Gent Cakaj, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla, expressed deep concern about the process of deliberately deleting the addresses of Albanians in the Valley of Presevo.
In the statement, both ministers say that deleting the addresses of Albanians in the Presevo Valley is creating not only a completely inaccurate picture of the demographic composition of those areas and the number of Albanians in Serbia, but also fundamentally violating the rights and freedoms, their fundamental rights, including the right to vote.
Furthermore, Chief Diplomats Cakaj and Haradinaj-Stublla called on the relevant international institutions, in particular the Advisory Committee of the Convention on the Protection of Minorities of the Council of Europe and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, to follow this process closely and act to prevent this process with long-term political, social and institutional consequences for all Albanians living in Serbia.
"The Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Albania remain committed to deepening regional cooperation and deeply believe in the European future of the entire Western Balkans. However, it should be emphasized that this essentially means mutual recognition, equal treatment and full respect for democratic standards, "- concludes the joint statement of Ministers Cakaj and Haradinaj-Stublla.