Albanian President Ilir Meta has granted authorisation to the Foreign Ministry to continue negotiations with Greece over the two countries' Ionian Sea maritime border.
The Albanian President, Ilir Meta, said on Tuesday that the negotiation process with Greece is solid from the Constitutional, technical and legal point of view. “I believe that we have achieved a constructive and useful cooperation for a solid process from the constitutional, technical and legal point of view, in order to have successful and fair agreements with Greece”, Meta said addressing media in Tirana.
Meta considers as very positive the fact that another negotiator was added to the Albanian negotiation team: “It was a positive proposal and is welcomed, because he is a personality in the international right and has experience for similar cases”, he said. Albanian Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati, commenting on Meta’s ‘blessing’ to negotiations with Greece, confirmed that the work will start soon. In a statement to Albanian public broadcaster TVSH, Bushati said that the Government is ready to reach an acceptable solution, which will correct all mistakes done during the negotiations between the two countries in 2009.
Albania and Greece signed an agreement in 2009 after two years of negotiations, but the Albanian Constitutional Court annulled it in 2010 after finding it in breach of the constitution and international norms. The delimitation of sea border is deemed by both sides as an unresolved issue. In 2017 Albania and Greece have intensified efforts to reach a deal.