Greece and Albania have referred their maritime border dispute regarding the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, whilst at the same time pledging to open a new chapter in their bilateral relations.
Speaking at the online public discussion “Albania & Greece relations-What do citizens think”, held by the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) on Tuesday, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias proclaimed a new chapter in relations with its northern neighbour, highlighting the mutually agreed decision to settle their maritime dispute in a civilised manner.
“This decision is exemplary as to how important issues can be resolved when both parties focus on observing International Law and good neighbourly relations,” he noted.
Dendias also referred to the historical ties between Greece and Albania, and to the contribution of the Greek ethnic minority in Albania and also of Albanian citizens living and prospering in Greece “in establishing a solid bridge of friendship between the two countries.”
Finally, he reiterated that Greece supports Albania’s European perspective, and mentioned the donation of 20,000 vaccines against Covid-19.
Participants in the online forum included the following:
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece
Adviser, Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs of Albania
Head of Public Diplomacy Office,
Embassy of Greece
Regional Coordinator for Western Balkans Foundations & Executive Director,
Open Society Foundation Albania (OSFA)
Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
Presentation of Findings from Albania and Greece:
Senior Research Fellow,
Head, South-East Europe Programme, ELIAMEP
Editor-in-Chief, Politics, To Vima
former Executive Director,
Data Centrum Research Institute
Assistant Professor at Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
Correspondent of diplomatic affairs at Athina 9,84fm;
Editor at MacroPolis