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Brussels, 21 January 2011

Joint statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Füle on the situation in Albania

We strongly regret the loss of human life  in the context of today's demonstration in Albania.

Demonstrations are instruments of freedom of expression and  peaceful  assembly for citizens. We deplore that today's event has spiralled into violence.

We urgently appeal to all political forces to call for calm and refrain from provocation.

In order for Albania to progress on its European path, we once again urge Albanian politicians  to engage in a constructive political dialogue to  resolve without any further delay the long-standing political stalemate and to mobilise the countries energies to this end.

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