EU reacts to Albanian PM's statement

The EU has reacted to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama's statement about "unification of Kosovo and Albania."

Source: Beta
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A spokesperson for European Commission officials Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn said that progress of aspiring countries toward the EU includes regional cooperation, reconciliation and good neighborly relations, and that "all provocative statements in this framework are unacceptable."

Rama earlier this week warned the European Union that Albania and Kosovo will be forced to unite unless the EU opened the path for European integration and abolition of visas for Pristina.

"Since we reviewed what Prime Minister Rama said in the interview, we underline that the Western Balkans has a clear European perspective, determined by the EU at the highest level. All partners in the region have confirmed commitment to this goal and determination to meet the necessary criteria, with full respect for the principles and standards of the EU," Maja Kocijancic said in a statement.

The EU also indicated that its partners in the region "are making progressing each at their own pace on this path," and are "expected to make the necessary efforts for further progress."

According to the statement, these commitments "also include regional cooperation, reconciliation and good neighborly relations," while "all provocative statements in this framework are unacceptable."

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