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Friday, May 18, 2012
Tirana: Law for border returns 18/05/2012
Despite the fact that as a NATO member, no one can threaten the
territorial integrity of Albania, the country has no law for its
After the Constitutional
Court repealed the marine agreement with Greece, our country had no law
that determines the state borders.
The political forces and the
MPs of the Security Commission voted unanimously for returning the
previous law that determines the Albanian borders.
MP, Ilir Gjoni; the Interior Minister, Bujar Nishani and the MP of the
newest New Democratic Spirit party MP, Gazmend Oketa, asked the return
of the previous law.
“We cannot pretend that we don’t know that our country had legally remained without borders”, Gjoni declared.
agreement that was reached with Greece was used by the Constitutional
Court, and until we will negotiate another agreement, we agree to return
the law of 2011 for the marine borders”, Nishani declared.
are some points which say that Albania has lost the dividing line of
the territorial waters, the locations of which is set by this law. If
this is true, the law should enter in act immediately”, Oketa declared.
Gjoni raised the concern of the Saranda fishermen whose business had
been stopped, but Minister Nishani declared that the claim of the
Albanian fishermen does not stand. According to him, they are stopped by
the Greek authorities only when they go to Corfu to get fuel.
are some sporadic cases that have been made public by the media, when
our borders have been infringed, or our fishermen have not been allowed
to conduct their activities”, Gjoni declared.
authorities have immediately contacted with the persons who have claimed
these things, and the Greek authority has never taken such measures,
but the claims of the Albanian fishermen was made when they were sailing
to Corfu for getting fuel, and there they have met the Greek
authorities”, Nishani declared.