Albanian parties challenge govt on maritime dispute with Greece

Six Albanian parties launched a legal challenge to the government, seeking a ruling on whether a maritime accord it sign with Greece.

Albanian parties challenge govt on maritime dispute with Greece

Six Albanian parties launched a legal challenge to the government on Tuesday, seeking a ruling on whether a maritime accord it sign with Greece violated the Balkan state's constitution and sovereignty.

Four left-wing and two centre-right parties said the accord, signed in April, lacked transparency and a map delineating the new maritime border, as well as neglecting historical facts about the Greek-Albanian border.

"The accord has raised more than enough reasonable doubt for us to ask the Constitutional Court to examine its compatibility, if it is constitutional or not," Saimir Tahiri, an opposition Socialist MP, told reporters outside the court after delivering a document setting out the case.

If the court accepts the lawsuit, parliament will have to delay ratification of the pact.

Earlier this month, the government of Prime Minister Sali Berisha said not a single square metre of territory had been lost.

Critics say the accord would have negative consequences for Albania's political and economic interests.

"It does not take into account the historical, continued and uncontested exploitation of the area by the signatories to this agreement by defining a border line different from what has historically existed," the complaint read.

The parties also complained that Albania's territorial integrity had been impaired because the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea had not been correctly applied.

A day before the accord was signed in Tirana, Albania filed a request for European Union candidate status. It joined the NATO alliance in early April.

Reuters
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