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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Ambassador "US position to Albania doesn't change"
While the US citizens are voting for the man that will lead the most
powerful country in the next four years, the US Ambassador to Tirana,
Alexander Arvizu, accepted Top Channel’s invitation to the newsroom to
comment the changes that Washington’s policy towards Albania and the
region could have with a possible rotation.
When asked about the way
through which the US Embassy staff to Albania voted for their candidate
in America, Arvizu explained that he voted with a “voting ballot in
absence”, a traditional procedure used in America for citizens who are
abroad during the election. He also explained that many Americans had
the possibility to vote even earlier, and this is a novelty that has
been used recently to increase the participation of people who don’t
have time to vote.
As for the safety of the voting procedure
through mail and e-mail, Arvizu declared that in absence, the voter must
have the signature of a relative on the ballot that will be sent to
him, which on his case is the wife. As for the e-mail voting, Arvizu
says that it is a rare procedure and almost unusual. This time it was
allowed only for the survivors of the Sandy hurricane, who were unable
When asked what will change in the relations of America
with Europe, since polls have shown that Europeans prefer Obama, and
his consideration might have been considered less aggressive and less
active than that of the Bush administration, Arvizu declared that he had
to disagree for the “less aggressive in foreign policy” part.
Arvizu – I have to disagree for the “Less active” part. I think we have
been very active in Europe even during this administration. I think
that people do not see very clearly what we consider a security and
priority issue for Asia. This is a very practical step in this
situation, but we have been very clear about the fact that the focus in
Asia will not be a burden for Europe, which remains a foundation stone
for our policy. I doubt that there will be any significant change in the
policy with Europe, despite of who might win these elections.
Channel – Most of the Albanians see the elections from a sportive fan
point of view, based only on personal or political sympathies. If Romney
will win the elections, will there be changes in the policy of
Washington change for Albania, or the new administration will continue
the Obama’s path?
Ambasadori Arvizu – I believe that any
administration led by Washington, will not change the basic politics for
Albania, as Secretary Clinton made clear last week in Tirana. The USA
considers Albania a friend country and firm ally. Despite the difficult
history in these last 100 years, the cooperation with Albania will
continue in the future.
Top Channel – What should the Albanians
learn from the US elections, based on your experience for the May 2011
elections, and since we are expecting the elections of 2013?
Arvizu – As for the elections of 2011, which brought an almost equal
result, it’s a situation that would present challenges everywhere in the
world, even in the US. We have mechanisms that in such cases allow a
new voting in some centres, which costs money and energy, but the main
thins is that everything must be transparent and the rules of the game
should be very clear beforehand.