Albanian President Ilir Meta declared non grata the OSCE ambassador to Tirana Bernd Borchardt

Albanian President Ilir Meta declared non grata the OSCE ambassador to Tirana Bernd Borchardt
 
 The President of Albania Ilir Meta declared non grata the OSCE ambassador Bernd Borchardt.

Meta says he considers unacceptable some of his actions. In a letter to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Office in Copenhagen, Meta writes: "Bernd Borchardt, who questioned the Decree of the President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta on the June 2019 local elections in Albania and who publicly showed his middle finger to Albanian citizens, is not welcome in the Institution of the President of the Republic”.

 A few hours later, the President of the Republic, Ilir Meta received today a high-level delegation of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, headed by the President of the Assembly, George Tsereteli, and the Secretary-General, Roberto Montella. While the absence of OSCE Ambassador Bernd Borchardt was striking, he is present at every official meeting that the OSCE holds in the country.
The meeting took place just hours after President Ilir Meta declared 'non grata' the top diplomat, stating that he had discredited the president's decree on the June 30th elections and has mocked some protesters by pointing the middle finger to them.

Albanian President Ilir Meta declared non grata the OSCE ambassador to Tirana Bernd Borchardt

Oculus News learns that this meeting has been on the agenda since two days, and that was the reason the head of state sent the letter today to prevent Borchardt from visiting the Presidency.

The Head of State thanked the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly for the support he has provided over the years to strengthen the rule of law and democratic institutions of the country while calling for attention and commitment in the future to preserve and strengthen the values ​​that the Organization and participating States embody.

Meta stated that the Justice Reform should be implemented according to the Constitution adopted by consensus three years ago.

 Regarding the process of European integration of Albania and the region, Meta appreciated the sincere commitment of all EU member states to support the process of European integration of Albania and Northern Macedonia.

"Albania and North Macedonia will again be discussed at the Zagreb Summit to be held in May 2020," the President continued, "and, in these 6 months, the 9 Bundestag demands should serve as maps. The only way for Albania that can lead to a positive decision to open accession negotiations with the EU." Regarding Albania's OSCE Chairmanship for 2020, President Meta stated that Albania has the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the Organization.
Albanian President Ilir Meta declared non grata the OSCE ambassador to Tirana Bernd Borchardt Albanian President Ilir Meta declared non grata the OSCE ambassador to Tirana Bernd Borchardt Monday, November 18, 2019 Rating: 5
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