Haxhinasto promises Poposki census in line with European standards
Tirana, 3 October 2011 (MIA) - Bilateral relations and cooperation are excellent, but Albania and Macedonia are committed to their enhancement, aimed towards regional peace and stability, agreed Foreign Ministers, Edmond Haxhinasto and Nikola Poposki respectively, at Monday meeting in Tirana.
FM Poposki's visit to Albania comes at a time when both countries are administering the census of population and households, with interlocutors sharing the position that the processes would be held in line with European values.
Pertaining to the announcement of the boycott by minorities living in Albania, including the Macedonian, FM Haxhinasto promised that the Census would be administered according to European standards, with results reflecting the real situation.
"I believe that the Census offers all possibilities and guarantees that the result goes in line with the reality of minorities in Albania. Any other pretension has unnecessary political effect. Percentages are not important, but the respect of minority rights", said Haxhinasto, adding that the Law on Census is based on the best European practices, whereas Albania is a model for respect of minority rights.
FM Poposki voiced belief that efforts will be invested in identifying all Macedonians in Albania, as well as their full participation.
Poposki obtained Albania's support for Macedonia's NATO membership invitation, as well as integration in other initiatives such as the Adriatic-Ionian one.
Interlocutors also referred to Kosovo, with Haxhinasto saying they agreed on the necessity for Pristina's integration in all regional initiatives on its road to the EU.
In addition, Poposki and Haxhinasto focused on the potentials for enhancement of bilateral economic cooperation, as well as possibilities for facilitation of customs procedures and crossing borders with IDs.
FM Poposki is set to meet later today with Albanian President Bamir Topi, Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli, and representatives of the Macedonian minority in Albania.