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Brussels, 19 March 2010

Statement by Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle upon arrival in Tirana

''A fully functioning parliament is essential to a fully functioning democracy. If the current political stalemate were to persist, it could well prevent Albania from reaching the political standards expected from a country that has applied for EU membership. Parliament is a place for dialogue and for the resolution of differences. Parliamentary boycotts have no place in democratic politics as practiced in the EU. The way ahead should be marked by two fundamental democratic principles: the respect for the constitution and transparency. In the interest of their country and its EU integration perspective, Albania's political leaders now need to address this challenge constructively in the EU spirit.''

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