Unification of Albania and Kosovo
European Union leaders host a summit with six Balkan counterparts on Wednesday. Here are some facts about the six Balkan aspirants:
The European Union agreed in March that Albania, already a member of NATO, can formally start membership negotiations. Once underway, possibly later in 2020, they could still take many years.
William Walker with his hands in his pockets conducting a so-called "investigation of the massacre". Walker refused to allow representatives of the Serbian media to be present during his "investigation process" and personally selected the teams of reporters who could accompany him
William Walker - Photo: AFP
William Walker, former head of an OSCE mission in Kosovo, says he has come up with a unification project for Albanians - "in Kosovo, Albania, and in diaspora."
The American, who spoke during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the founding of Ramush Haradinaj's party, noted that he has been coming to Kosovo often since 1999.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said an interview with Politico he cannot rule out a union between Albania and the breakaway province of Kosovo – formerly part of Yugoslavia – if the country’s EU membership bid is off the agenda. Rama added that such an alliance with Kosovo was not his own wish “but a possible alternative to the closed door of the European Union”.
BELGRADE - Albanian PM Edi Rama's statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo confirms once again that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians, which is the biggest threat to peace and stability in the Balkans and Europe, Serbian First Deputy PM and FM Ivica Dacic said Tuesday.