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The United States urged Albania Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighbouring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia.
Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania.
BRUSSELS - Reacting to Albanian PM Edi Rama's idea of Albania and Kosovo having a single president, the European Union said Monday that "statements which might be interpreted as political interference in neighboring countries are not helpful in building good-neighborly relations."
BELGRADE - Serbian FM Ivica Dacic on Monday condemned a statement by Albanian PM Edi Rama about unity of Albania and Kosovo, noting that the EU and Western states were "sticking their heads in the sand" in the face of a Greater Albania policy.
Dacic said it was the biggest threat to peace and stability in the region.
The comment, made after Dacic's meeting in Belgrade with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, was prompted by Hashim Thaci saying that Belgrade "would be able to step out of the false mythology" if Russia recognized Kosovo.
Dacic told a joint press conference with Lavrov that the Greater Albanian rhetoric is the biggest threat in the region.
Amnesty International's annual report, published on Thursday, shone a light on human rights violations in all Balkan countries and pointed especially to a lack of will to deal with war crimes.
The report presented the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries and territories.
The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished." Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the Middle East, but it was the sort of comment I might well also have heard in Moscow, in Kiev or in the Balkans, about the state of affairs on the European continent.
President Ilir Meta on Tuesday refused to provide the authorisation for further talks with Greece to resolve the sea border disagreement, demanding further information on what and how the government will negotiate.
"The request doesn't clearly define the object of negotiations for which the authorisation is requested," Meta said in a statement.