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Why can't we say "ejvallah" to Rama about the maritime deal?
by Andi Bushati / Lapsi.al
Beyond the friendly relaxation and smiles on Rama and Dendia's faces, most likely what happened during the Greek foreign minister's visit is not news to be applauded.
The Albanian Prime Minister announced that the parties have agreed that the issue of the maritime border between Albania and Greece be resolved by an international tribunal, and his Greek interlocutor supported this by mentioning the Hague tribunal.
In his well-known style, especially in cases when he is not sure how the decision he has taken will be expected in public, Edi Rama used irony, warning the end of folk patriots who can no longer blow the propaganda that Greece is kidnapping us. land or sea.
And in fact, at first glance, it seems so.
The decision that our maritime border, Exclusive Economic Zones, and the continental shelf should be set by an international arbitrator, fair and impartial, in principle can not be opposed by anyone.
Theoretically, this puts an end to primitive insults to traitors who sell borders for their own personal interests.
But one thing is theory and another is practice. Because before we rejoice that we found the best solution, we need transparency and to understand what has happened.
Everyone knows that the renaissance government engaged in a long process, led by former foreign ministers Bushati and Kocias, to find a solution. But today no one is clear why these talks, which were warned to be before the end, were abruptly abandoned.
Is that how Athens was interested?
The answer to this question may not be complete without facts and documents, but what we know so far shows that "YES". On the one hand, the serious Greek press has confirmed that the transition from the talks to the version of the settlement through the court was an implementation of the will of the Greek state.
On the other hand, Rama's behavior also supports this hypothesis. When the conflicts between Greece and Turkey broke out in the eastern Mediterranean, near the island of Kastelorizio, which transferred to Tirana the open debate on the sea, our Prime Minister stated more than once that the negotiations would continue. To make this even more tangible, he insisted on replacing some of the negotiators whose terms had expired. So, still in August, Edi Rama was of the opinion to continue the path of negotiations, while in September after consuming a dinner on the terrace of the Grande Bretagne hotel with Micotaqis, he spoke for the first time about a solution with an international court.
Our Prime Minister has never clarified the reason for this 180-degree turn that makes you suspect that the request for this solution was imposed on you by Greece.
But why would Athens be more interested in this version?
The reasons may be several. First, when talks began between the renaissance government and the Syriza government, the two countries' approaches were different. Greece wanted a quick solution just to define the maritime border. This approach of hers had come to light even from the Wikileaks documents that proved that since the Berisha-Karamanlis agreement, the Albanian side was guided only by the intentions of Athens.
For its part, official Tirana was more interested in a package, so that along with the sea, the Cham issue was given direction, the situation of Albanian emigrants in Greece and what was mentioned somewhat without concrete commitment today, the abrogation of the law of war.
By bringing the conflict, which revolves around the Barketa rock and the uninhabited Greek islands in the Hague tribunal, Athens has the advantage that it resolves only what it is most interested in and pushes our concerns into the Greek calendars.
A second suspicion of being sent to an international court is the fact that the weaker state, with less experience and less training, finds it more difficult to defend its rights there.
Perhaps that is why Athens has proposed that the talks are set aside and the parties go to court. And Edi Rama, who until August defended the first version, had no choice but to surrender.
Therefore, before we applaud when we hear him say that the best solution was found that silences the folkloric patriots, we have the right to demand transparency for this radical pirouette.
Only after that, referring to a joke made today, we can thank him with an "ejvallah" (thank you), because the Greeks have the right to say "efkaristo" (thank you) today.