U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States welcomes Parliament’s enactment of electoral reform legislation that codifies the June 5 agreement of the Political Council on Electoral Reform. This action honors the agreement made by all parties and moves Albania another step toward the European Union. We applaud all parties for ensuring that the June 5 agreement has been achieved, honored, and implemented in a manner that is inclusive and transparent.  Such inclusiveness and transparency should be the norm for undertaking significant national actions.  In this respect, we welcome the decision to reconvene the Political Council to discuss additional electoral reforms.  All parties should participate in good faith; explain their positions clearly and fully to each other and to the Albanian people; and seek a resolution that benefits all of the Albanian people and continues to move the country forward on its democratic path.