ALBANIA, MORE EFFORTS TO JOINT NATO ALLIANCE
US AMERICAN EMBASSY TIRANA Press Release (February 8, 2008)
"As NATO Contact Point Embassy, we note media reports of February 5-6 which suggest that a decision has already been made by NATO Allies to issue an invitation for membership to Albania or other Adriatic Charter countries. We wish to clarify that no formal decision has yet been taken on possible NATO membership for Albania or for any of the A3 countries. For an invitation to be extended, all 26 Allies must agree.
Recently, we have noted significant progress in Albania’s efforts to meet NATO’s performance-based standards as outlined in the Membership Action Plan. More, however, remains to be done.
We are encouraged by the improved bipartisan attitude toward cooperation evidenced, inter alia, by unanimous passage of an opposition-introduced resolution in support of reforms to meet NATO criteria. Nonetheless, a significant number of reforms, specifically in the areas of electoral and judicial reform, remain incomplete. We continue to look for further progress on these reforms to ensure that Albania is the strongest possible candidate at the time final NATO decisions are reached".
NOTE: THIS IS A REACTION OF US REPRESENT IN ALBANIA SEEING THE MASOVIC ALBANIAN MEDIA ROLE SUPORTED BY NATIONAL POLITIC RETHOTIC AS "ALBANIA IS ALWAS READY TO JOINT NATO AND UE ALLIANCE", WHEN THE REALITY REPRESENTS CLEAR AN INSTABILLE COUNTRY.