The Serbian Foreign Ministry summoned Albania’s Ambassador in Belgrade Ilir Bocka to hand him a protest note over recent statements which the Serbian authorities see as advocating Greater Albania.
The protest comes after Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke at a joint session of his government and the Kosovo government about abolishing the border between Kosovo and Albania on October 2.
“Statements like that which invoke a union of Albania and Serbia’s province of Kosovo and Metohija and the creation of Greater Albania are justified cause for concern for both Serbia and the other states of the region which are determined to preserve stability and intensify cooperation in the region,” the protest note said. It added that Serbia’s top officials are investing effort to develop bilateral political and other relations with neighboring countries and resolve issues which they are not in agreement on. The protest note also expressed the expectation that Albania’s top officials will refrain from statements which affect bilateral relations and could destabilize the region.
The note said that Serbia’s Charges D’Affaires in Tirana had been summoned to the Albanian Foreign Ministry to be handed a protest note which he refused to accept because of the views expressed in it.