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In strongly-worded remarks, the US and EU ambassadors to Tirana said constitutional changes to reform Albania’s flawed justice system must be adopted quickly and a failure to act would have consequences.
|EU ambassador Romana Vlahutin and US ambassador Donald Lu in Tirana. Photo: Malton Dibra/LSA|
The US and EU ambassadors to Tirana delivered an ultimatum to the leaders of Albania’s political parties on Wednesday, demanding quick approval of the constitutional changes needed to enable an overhaul of the country’s corruption-riddled justice system.
Speaking to the parliamentary committee for justice reform, US ambassador Donald Lu said that Albania risked losing support from its Western allies if politicians did not act quickly.
“If this reform fails, you, the members of this committee, will dishonour the people who elected you. And you will dishonor your relationship with the United States and the European Union,” Lu said.
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