US embassy cable - 06TIRANA479

ALBANIA APPROVES AMENDMENT TO CLAIMS SETTLEMENT TREATY

Identifier: 06TIRANA479
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA479 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-05-10 05:49:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: EINV EIND AL US
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHTI #0479 1300549
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 100549Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY TIRANA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4248
UNCLAS TIRANA 000479 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
EUR/SCE (BENEDICT); L/CID (MWALTER) 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EINV, EIND, AL, US 
SUBJECT: ALBANIA APPROVES AMENDMENT TO CLAIMS SETTLEMENT 
TREATY 
 
REF: 05 STATE 205603 
 
1.   Per reftel, we approached the MFA last year to request 
the suggested amendment.  The Council of Ministers approved 
the amendment in mid-April 2006 and the MFA issued a 
confirmatory Diplomatic Note (Note verbal 6012) on April 27th. 
 
2.  Embassy's translation of the MFA's note follows: 
 
(Verbal note) No. 6012 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania 
presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States 
of America in Tirana and has the honor to refer to the 
Embassy,s note verbale nr. 123, dated November 18th, 2005, 
which states the following: 
 
"The Embassy of the United States of America presents its 
compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the 
Republic of Albania and has the honor to refer the Ministry 
to the Agreement between the Government of the United States 
of America and the Government of the Republic of Albania on 
the Settlement of Certain Outstanding Claims signed March 10, 
1995 and to paragraph 1 of the Agreed Minute to the 
Agreement, which reads as follows: 
 
For purposes of article 1, the term 'United States nationals' 
shall include dual United States-Albanian nationals only if 
those nationals are domiciled in the United States currently 
or for at least half the period of time between when the 
property was taken and the date of entry into force of the 
agreement. 
 
The Embassy also has the honor to refer to discussions 
between representatives of our two governments that have 
concluded that this provision of the Agreed Minute is no 
longer necessary. Therefore, the Embassy proposes that the 
Agreement be amended be deleting paragraph 1 of the Agreed 
Minute in its entirety and renumbering the remaining 
paragraphs accordingly. 
 
If the foregoing proposal is acceptable to the Government of 
the Republic of Albania, the Embassy proposes that this note 
and the Ministry,s affirmative note in reply shall 
constitute an agreement, which shall enter into force on the 
date of your note in reply. 
 
The Embassy of the United States of America avails itself of 
this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
of the Republic of Albania the assurances of its highest 
consideration." 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania 
has the honor to notify that the Albanian counterpart agrees 
with the proposal of the Embassy of the United States of 
America in Tirana on amending the Agreement between the 
Government of the United States of America and the Government 
of the Republic of Albania on the settlement of certain 
disputes, signed on March 10th, 1995. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also the honor to confirm 
that the verbal note of the Embassy of the United States of 
America in Tirana, no. 123, dated November 18th, 2005, and 
this replying note, constitute an agreement, which enters 
into force upon the date of this replying note. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania 
avails itself once more of this opportunity to renew to the 
Embassy of United States of America in Tirana the assurances 
of its highest consideration.  Tirana, April 27th, 2006. 
ZATE 

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