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    Albania 2014 Human Rights Report - Albania

    The Republic of Albania is a parliamentary democracy. The constitution vests legislative authority in the unicameral parliament (Assembly), which elects both the prime minister and the president. The prime minister heads the government, while the president has limited executive power. In June 2013 the country held parliamentary elections that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) reported were competitive and respected fundamental freedoms but were conducted in an atmosphere of distrust that tainted the electoral environment. Authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.

  • Ambassador Lu Delivers Remarks at the Funeral of RENEA officer Ibrahim Basha.

    Ambassador Lu Remarks at the Funeral of RENEA officer Ibrahim Basha (June 25, 2015)

    The family of Police Officer Ibrahim Basha, officers of the Albanian State Police, members of the Albanian Special Forces, ladies and gentlemen,On behalf of Albania's NATO allies that served with then-Special Forces nën tetor Ibrahim Basha in Afghanistan and Iraq, we honor him for his service to his nation.

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    U.S. Embassy Statement (June 24, 2015)

    We offer our deepest condolences to the family of police officer Ibrahim Basha—a veteran of the Albanian Special Forces, twice deployed with NATO forces in Afghanistan—who was killed in Lazarat today. Our thoughts are also with those officers who were wounded in the line of duty. The U.S. Embassy fully supports Albanian law enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Albanian citizens, and calls for the perpetrators of this horrible crime to be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law. We strongly condemn any and all violence directed at law enforcement personnel.

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    U.S. Embassy Statement on Local Elections (June 22, 2015)

    The United States congratulates the citizens of Albania for peacefully exercising their democratic right to vote in the local elections on June 21, 2015. Counting of the votes is continuing and we call upon democratic institutions to ensure a speedy and thorough certification of the results.

  • Ambassador Lu Attends Youth Political Academy Forum in Korce

    Ambassador Lu Attends Youth Political Academy Forum in Korce (June 10, 2015)

    Ambassador Donald Lu attends the Youth Political Academy in Korce with the participation of members of youth forums of the political parties, and local youth activists. The event is one in a series of regional political academies organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies as part of their Embassy Democracy Commission funded project, which encourages youth participation in local elections and youth active bipartisan input in the wider electoral agenda.

  • Deputy Chief of Mission Henry Jardine speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce & Monitor Magazine Debate of Candidates Running for Tirana Municipality.

    Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Henry Jardine at the American Chamber of Commerce & Monitor Magazine Debate of Candidates Running for Tirana Municipality (June 9, 2015)

    Thank you very much. I also just want to take a few words. I know you’ve been here all morning and I don’t want to take up any more of your time. But I just want to say a few words on behalf of the U.S. Embassy to thank Mark Crawford, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce, board members of the Chamber and all those who made this happen.

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  • Statement by the President on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day (May 8, 2015)

    Seventy years ago today, the Allied Forces declared victory in Europe over tyranny during World War II. After more than five years of brutal fighting that took the lives of some 40 million people across the continent—including six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime—the forces of freedom triumphed over oppression in Europe. The war was not yet won; it would be three more months of fighting in the Pacific. But V-E Day represented, at long last, a hope for peace.  

  • On the Occasion of Europe Day -- Press Statement by John Kerry Secretary of State, Washington, DC (May 7, 2015)

    On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day.Over 60 years ago, a handful of war-scarred countries started down a new path that united a continent. You did it not by force of arms, but by free movement of trade, ideas, and people. You built a union based on values like the rule of law, democracy, and prosperity for all people. Today, thanks to the European Union, we are closer than ever to a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.The United States is proud to work hand in hand with you.  

  • Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu "24 years of U.S. – Albania Relations" (March 16, 2015)

    The Honorable President of the Republic Bujar Nishani, Ms. Arta Dade, Mr. Eduart Selami, Dr. Edith Harxhi, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. On this 24th anniversary of our resumption of diplomatic relations, I wanted to remember for the moment the visit of Secretary of State James Baker to Tirana 24 years ago. Maybe some of you also remember that historic day in June. I recently spoke to Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns who as a young diplomat was with Secretary Baker on that trip. 

  • Remarks by President Obama and European Council President Donald Tusk Before Bilateral Meeting (March 9, 2015)

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome Donald Tusk to the White House in his new role. I had outstanding experiences working with him during the time that he was Prime Minister of Poland, one of our closest allies, and was consistently impressed with his outstanding work and his strong support for the Transatlantic Alliance. We are very pleased that he is carrying on those same skills and values to the European Council. And let me just say at the outset that I think transatlantic unity is as strong as it’s ever been. We face a number of significant challenges. Obviously a major topic of conversation today will be the situation in Ukraine. We are all committed to making sure that we uphold the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that have been threatened by Russian aggression. We’ve been able to maintain strong unity with respect to sanctions.  

  • Statement by the President on the 45th Anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (March 5, 2015)

    Forty-five years ago today the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force. At the time that the treaty was signed, it was widely predicted that dozens of countries would develop nuclear weapons, a prospect that threatened to disrupt global stability and security. Instead, thanks to worldwide collective efforts and commitment, the NPT has become the cornerstone of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, reinforcing international peace and security, and preventing the further spread of nuclear weapons while promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Today, global nuclear stockpiles are at their lowest levels since the 1950s. As I stated in Prague in 2009, reinforced in Berlin in 2013, and again reaffirmed last month in my National Security Strategy, the United States seeks the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.  

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