Albanian premier calls for "unity"

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that the national unity of Albanians should be a key idea in the policies of Albania and Kosovo.

Source: Beta

“There should be no customs between these two countries. Under no conditions should Albania and Kosovo look at each other the way they look at foreign countries, which has nothing to do with the sovereignty of both countries,” Berisha said in a television interview, according to the ATA news agency.

“The idea of national unity is based on European ideals, which demands a lot of work. That is why (Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim) Thaci and I will work to remove the obstacles that are stopping Albanians from feeling united on the entire territory on which they live,” he said.

Speaking of relations with politicians in Kosovo, Berisha said that they are excellent regardless of whether they are officials of the ruling party or opposition.

He added that his Democratic Party has traditionally good relations with the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo, but that this does not effect the development of excellent relations with the Democratic party of Kosovo and other parties.

“We are open and I respect the role of every one of those parties. They made a decisive contribution to resistance in Kosovo and the recognition of Kosovo independence, and that is why I cannot have a different stance but this one,” the Albanian prime minister said.

He said that a change in government would not effect projects which Albanians most continue to work on together.

He also thanked tourists from Kosovo for vacationing in Albania, adding that their numbers are constantly increasing.


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