U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy supports the Prime Minister’s call for postponement of the Kavaja municipal elections in order to maintain the focus of the government and the opposition on the dialogue process.  We encourage the continuation and acceleration of the dialogue process as there is limited time remaining before the June 18 elections to resolve these issues through negotiation.

We support the rights of Albanians to peacefully protest and urge all sides to show restraint.  We call on all parties not to engage in acts that could incite violence, particularly acts that affect citizens’ ability to participate in elections and exercise their right to vote.  Violence has no place in the democratic process.