Greece and Albania head to international court over maritime borders dispute


Greece and Albania are heading to the International Court in The Hague after both countries failed to agree on the issue of maritime borders, despite both prime ministers meeting on the sidelines of the European political Community in Prague on Thursday, reports Euroactiv.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that no consensus was found, and the matter would progress to the International Court in The Hague.

“This is a legal process, there are a number of rules, there are a number of procedures, and we will respect the procedures from the beginning to the end because we have to make our position very clear, we have to make it very clear what we intend in this process and that unified attitude required of this court as to what one side intends and what the other side intends, requires its own time. So, we don’t have a consensus between the parties”, said Rama.

At the first meeting of the European Political Community, Rama announced that the countries of the Western Balkans would be part of the discussion with the European Union to face the energy crisis.

“In the round table where I was together with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, the main focus was precisely the energy crisis and how our countries, starting with those negotiating membership, will be able to be helped directly. While I have insisted that there should be no difference here and all countries should be included, all six countries”, emphasising previous calls for EU assistance amid soaring prices.

In 2009, the two countries agreed to delimitate the continental shelf in the waters between them, but Prime Minister Edi Rama, at the time in opposition, took the matter to the Constitutional Court.