US embassy cable - 06TIRANA540

ALBANIA REACTS POSITIVELY TO MONTENEGRO'S VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE

Identifier: 06TIRANA540
Wikileaks: View 06TIRANA540 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Tirana
Created: 2006-05-24 04:36:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Tags: PREL MK SZ AL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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TAGS: PREL, MK, SZ, AL 
SUBJECT: ALBANIA REACTS POSITIVELY TO MONTENEGRO'S VOTE FOR 
INDEPENDENCE 
 
 
1. (SBU)  GoA officials were quick to comment positively -- 
and to key their comments on Euro-Atlantic integration 
prospects -- regarding the results of Montenegro's Referendum 
on Independence after initial results were announced early on 
May 22.  President Moisiu called Montenegrin President 
Vujanovic and praised the referendum as "an important step 
forward for the people of Montenegro and a significant event 
for the entire region for its development and for the 
preservation of peace and stability."  Moisiu also noted 
existing good relations and expressed hope for a deepening 
reciprocal cooperation, especially on both countries goals 
for integration with the rest of 
Europe. 
 
2.  (SBU)  PM Berisha also hailed the results and expressed 
congratulations to Montenegrin PM Djukanovic.  In a press 
release, Berisha said the Montenegrin people's decision 
"makes our region more stable, freer, and more resolute 
toward Euro-Atlantic integration.  This decision, along with 
Kosovo's final status -- its independence -- puts in the past 
a region of wars, conflicts, divisions, unjust punishments 
and artificial federations and paves the way to a region of 
peace, stability, welfare, integration, of free nations and 
free minorities which work in friendship for their 
Euro-Atlantic future".  Berisha, clearly assuming that ethnic 
Albanians had voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence, 
stated, "The Albanian origin citizens of Montenegro voted 
yesterday for the independence of their country and together 
with other Montenegrin citizens promoted change in the 
Balkans.  I am convinced they will work with more devotion 
for the consolidation of democracy, welfare and Montenegro's 
European future." 
 
3. (SBU)  On Serbia, Berisha said, "I also want to praise the 
realistic stance of the Serbian Government toward the 
Montenegrin peoples right for self-determination.  I am sure 
Belgrade's attitude has aided Serbia's separation from its 
bitter past and helped its orientation toward the future the 
Serbian nation deserves."  Less gracious was former PM and 
Socialist Party General Secretary Pandeli Majko, who said 
"finally, Albania is not a neighbor country with Serbia." 
Other politicians linked the referendum results to Kosovo's 
prospects for independence, noting that Serbia should base 
its relations with its neighbors on political will rather 
than dictate. 
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