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Eu/albania : Eu Mediation Talks Fail to Break Political Stalemate in Albania

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/albania : Eu Mediation Talks Fail to Break Political Stalemate in Albania

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A special mediation meeting held, on 20 May in Strasbourg, between the representatives of the two largest political groups of the European Parliament and the leaders of Albania's main political parties has failed to break the ongoing political stalemate in Albania. The talks were held at the joint initiative of Joseph Daul, leader of the Christian Democrats (EPP) and Martin Schulz, leader of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D), and with the presence of the EU's Enlargement and Neighbourhood Commissioner Stefan Fule, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha of the ruling Democratic Party and the opposition leader Edi Rama of the Socialists. But the politicians failed to reach agreement to overcome the political stalemate that has dogged the country for nearly a year. At the talks, which ended after midnight, the Albanian leaders only committed to attend a similar meeting in two weeks. For its part, the EU agreed to work out a list of common points that might bring the stances of the two parties closer together.

Albania's right-wing government, led by Berisha, and the Socialist-led opposition, have been locked in a dispute over the results of the June 2009 parliamentary elections. Since September 2009, the opposition, which claims that the poll was rigged by the ruling party, has been boycotting the parliament in protest, causing a slowdown in EU-related reforms.

The aim of the special meeting convened by Daul and Schulz was to "work jointly on a resolution of current political problems in Albania". …

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