Press release - DC005(2011)

Secretary General Jagland expresses concern over growing tension in Albania

Strasbourg, 19.05.2011 – Referring to tensions observed in Albania following recent local elections, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe today made to following statement:

" I would like to add my voice to those of other international partners in their call for self-restraint and full respect of the democratic process.  I urge all political leaders to find a way out of the current crisis, in full respect of the legal and institutional framework and to avoid further escalation of tension. Albanians deserve better ", Thorbjørn Jagland said.

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