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Arberi road has a goal to create an economic corridor with Macedonia

Peshkopea, 12 November, 2017 - 21:09 (META) 

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, announced today in Peshkopea that at the joint session of the governments of Macedonia and Albania, that will take place in Pogradec, he is going to ask the Macedonian government to continue the “Arberi” road on its territory.

Rama announced that the building of the Arberi road with a length of 72 km will start next year, and the whole process will last for 44 months and will cost 33,6 billion. he also said that with this road the distance between Tirana and Debar will be shortened by 100 km.

-At the meeting with the Macedonian Prime Minister that occurred in October, it was agreed that a joint government session will take place in Pogradec when we shall decide that it is necessary for the Macedonian side to finish the Arberi road on its side. We shall shorten the distance between Debar and Tirana. It shall be a shorter distance that will solve a major problem, said Rama.

According to the Albanian Prime Minister, Arberi will not only be connecting one area to another, but it will provide a strategic development for the economy, employment and tourism.

-The Arberi road has a goal to create an economic corridor with Macedonia, through Debar and to make the Drach port more approachable, stressed Rama.

Gruevski has told Rama that he wants an open cooperation with Albania

Skopje, 17 October, 2017 - 17:13 (META) 

The President of the opposition political party VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski has met today with the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, with whom he spoke about the Macedonian-Albanian relations, the current political condition, and Macedonia’s strategic priorities.

Grueski has told Rama that he is supporting the idea of an open cooperation with Republic of Albania, based on a principal basis.

-Various documents such as the Tirana platform will not help. The platform both in the form it was promoted and its essence will not contribute to the development of the friendship based on sincere basis between two countries and can have a negative effect regarding the mutual coexistence in Republic of Macedonia – said Gruevski. He has stressed that the good relations between both countries should be developed and to contribute to calming of the ambiance in order to build trust which is needed for the region’s economic and political development.

VMRO-DPMNE’s party leader has stressed that Republic of Albania’s support is welcomed for an integration in NATO and there are shared challenges in the advancement on the road towards the European Union.

Zaev and Rama: Macedonia and Albania don’t have any open political issues

Skopje, 17 October, 2017 - 12:29 (META) 

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and his Albanian colleague, Eid Rama, during yesterday’s meeting in Skopje have concluded that Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania have great political relations without any open issues and this is a good basis for intensifying the cooperation in the direction of applying European standards, the economic cooperation, as well as securing conditions for Euro-Atlantic integrations for the whole region, announced the government press service.

Edi Rama arrived yesterday in Skopje to attend the “Summit 100” and as informs the government, he congratulated Zaev for the fair and democratically carried out local elections.

-The results from the local elections are like a wind in the sails for our democratic agenda, as well as a support for the reformatory policies that are opening new perspectives. They serve as a win for the concept of one society for everyone, that will in turn unite the citizens. We shall do everything it takes to justify the trust and to provide a better life for all of the citizens in Maceodnia – said Zaev.

At the meeting, there were discussions about the promotion of economic and trade cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Albania. It was stressed that the joint participation at the “Summit 100” in Skopje is a proof of the political will for the development of the regional economic cooperation, for connecting the business communities, the joint investments, networking, transportation connection.

Both Prime MInisters have agreed to hold three joint government sessions.

Rama on meeting with Zaev: A new page in the relations between our two peoples’

Trieste, 12 July, 2017 - 16:37 (META) 

Today in Trieste, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev met with his Albanian counterpart, Edi Rama, who turned up wearing a suit and trainers.

Prime Minister Zaev wrote about his meeting with Rama on his “Twitter” account, “We share a common vision for a Euro-Atlantic future for the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Albania.

The Albanian Prime Minister on his official “Facebook” page published a video from the beginning for the meeting and wrote that they discussed strengthening good neighbourly relations and cooperation between the two countries, as well as improving ethnic relations between Albanians and Macedonians in Macedonia, by adopting appropriate laws.

“In Trieste, with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev we spoke about strengthening the friendship and the deepening of the overall cooperation between our two nations. A new page in the mutual relations between our two peoples’, promised by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, should be written with concrete acts for all Albanians who live in our neighbouring country”, wrote Rama.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Macedonia and Albania, Nikola Dimitrov and Ditmir Bushati, as well as Dane Taneski, an adviser to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia.

Dimitriev scolds Rama on Facebook

Skopje, 21 April, 2017 - 15:11 (META) 

While my colleague in Albania is pulling out scenarios from “his sleeve” such as the unification of Kosovo and Albania, until European integration falls apart for the country’s of this region, his team of lawyers are trying to justify the thesis that what Rama wants, is election points at home, by brutal interference into Macedonia’s processes of a “friendly nature”, said interim Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev on his Facebook profile.

“Such irresponsibility from a socialist who is openly fueling nationalism! While confusion reigns among politicians in the region, whether they really support a friendly manner in the region or not, we see the future of Macedonia in the European Union and we do not have a dilemma in regards to that strategic priority. These kind of statements are not in favour for good neighbourly relations and building friendly relations. Even the European Union has no dilemmas that the future of the country’s in the region are in the EU. It’s only Rama and his team that obviously thinks he gets an alternative election and will cover his domestic weaknesses”, said Dimitriev.

According to the interim Prime Minister, territorial shaping, unification or separation is not the direction for greater stability, peace or prosperity.

“Each country from the region is a sovereign state, the main goal should be the standard for the citizens within each country’s borders. The future of the region is not the unification of the two states or more territories, the future is in uniting everyone under European values”, added Dimitriev.

Rama: The “Tirana platform” is a myth created by politicians

Tirana, 18 April, 2017 - 11:37 (META) 

The “Tirana platform” is a myth created by Macedonian politicians with bad taste, and Europe will face a nightmare if the Balkans “go crazy” because EU accession is off the agenda, with the region becoming a “gray area in which other other “actors” have more influence than the European Union, said Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in an interview with the European edition of the influential American magazine “Politico“.

Rama says that he is not for the unification of Albania and Kosovo, however he would not exclude the possibility if EU integration in the region remains at its current level, because, as he says, “nobody would like to turn in on themsleves and loof for smaller unions, everyone would like to unite in the big union” and that “if there’s no hope, no perspecitve, no space, then, of course, little uynions may happen.”

At the same time, Rama defended the platform of the Albanian parties in Macedonia and said that he had merely facilitated the meeting of the Albanian parties in Macedonia and was not trying to interfere in the country’s domestic politics.”

“There is a myth created in Skopje for political purposes that the Albanian parties are following a platform that is written in Tirana. This is a lie, a myth created by the politics of very bad taste,” he said. “The attack on the platform is very dangerous because it’s a kind of politics that fuels divisiveness and not unity … The last thing Macedonia needs, the last thing we all need, is to fuel interethnic conflict, because you can’t control these kinds of things.”

The Albanian Prime Minister added that Albanians in Macedonia have an “absolute right to ask for full equality with their Macedonian brothers”, and that the platform largely demands rights and freedoms laid out in the 2001 Ohrid Agreement.

Basha: The situation in Albania is not similar to that of Macedonia – it is worse!

Tirana, 12 April, 2017 - 17:29 (META) 

Today, Lulzim Basha, the Democratic Party leader, and also one of the strongest figures of the opposition, forgot his diplomatic dictionary and called the Law for Vetting prosecutors and judges a “Mafia process”.

He accused high ranking diplomats of working for Prime Minister Edi Rama and of “hijacking” EU experts working on judicial reforms. Although he mentioned no names, he addressed Knut Fleckenstein, who is against the formation of a technocratic government, like what happened last year in Macedonia.

Basha added that he agrees with Knut Fleckenstein, that the situation is not similar to what’s happening in Macedonia, as it is much worse. He repeated that Albanians will not go to the polls with a Prime Minister “who is the chief commander of a narco-army.”

The vetting process is a key element for the implementation of judicial reforms in Albania. These reforms are also crucial to open accession negotiations with the EU.

Tirana has nothing to do with the platform of the Albanians in Macedonia, says Rama

Tirana, 11 April, 2017 - 10:40 (META) 

The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, said that there is no Tirana platform and that official Tirana has nothing to do with the “platform issued by the Albanian’s in Macedonia.”

-There is no platform from Tirana, but a platform by Albanian parties to which provided our help. We had separate meetings with the party leaders of the Albanian parties and we took notes of what they said. They joined forces together on a piece of paper – said Rama in an interview for an Albanian television.

He stressed that the claims that were stated by Gjorge Ivanov and VMRO-DPMNE were untrue and said that during the election campaign in Macedonia he had no meetings with any leader of an Albanian party in Macedonia. Rama was decisive that the Albanians in Macedonia “aren’t fugitives, but an integral part of a country with two entities.”

MFA summons Albanian Ambassador: Rama and Bushati’s statements are a serious provocation

Skopje, 4 April, 2017 - 10:46 (META) 

The Ambassador of Albania in Macedonia, Fatos Reka was summoned yesterday for talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the frequent insulting statements and comments by Republic of Albania’s officials that are aimed at the Republic of Macedonia, said today the MFA.

“At the meeting, it was stressed that the statements of the president of the government (Edi Rama) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania (Ditmir Bushati) regarding binationality and changing the constitutional order of Republic of Macedonia are an open interference in the Republic of Macedonia’s internal affairs. The labeling of Macedonians as “Slav-Macedonians” is insulting and discriminatory towards the Macedonians and all the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia”, said MFA press release.

During the talks with the Albanian Ambassador, it was stressed that “such messages are a serious provocation on the good neighborly relations that we wish to harbor” and that they are cause” a long –term damage to the relations in the region and they only instigate extremist rhetoric.”

“What we need in the region is a gathering around the integration into the European Union, peace, and economic prosperity. That is why we appeal for stopping all provocations, to respect the sovereignty, and to work more on the good neighborly relations for the benefit of all in the region”, said the MFA.

VMRO-DPMNE: Edi Rama continues to humiliate the Macedonian people

Skopje, 1 April, 2017 - 14:33 (META) 

“Playing games and trading with the highest state and national interests is heating up the appetites of various structures that mean no good to Macedonia. Yesterday, in the center of Kumanovo, in broad daylight, we witnessed how vandals dared to take down the national flag which happened several hundred meters from the place where Zaev and Spasovski took pictures several hours after Macedonian defenders gave their lives for their country” said VMRO-DPMNE’s press release.

The press release further states that the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has continued with the humiliation of the Macedonian nation by naming them “Slavomacedonians.”

“Edi Rama has indirectly said that if Macedonia doesn’t change its name and doesn’t fight for an entry into the EU just like the other states in the region, then it would awaken those ideas for a change of borders. This is the same Edi Rama who has gathered the leaders of the Albanian parties in Macedonia and has united them around the Tirana platform. Contrary to the general shock and condemnation by all Macedonians, Zoran Zaev and SDSM had a positive opinion about the Tirana platform” said the press release.

The party said that the general public was a witness to various confirmations that SDSM has agreed to bilingualism, a change of money and a change of uniforms.

“The public has heard that Zaev is ready to open a debate on a change of the name, the flag, and the national anthem. The citizens saw that a cantonization has been agreed and that Zaev’s reformatory, Zijadin Sela has announced a federalization of the country” said VMRO-DPMNE.