Greek foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos says resolving the Ionian Sea dispute is key to Albania joining the EU (photo: dpa)

Bilateral disputes between Albania and Greece threaten regional security

Historic enmity between Albanians and Greeks and a number of major bilateral issues have fractured diplomatic relations between the two Nato neighbours which are still technically at war. The disputes could lead to Greece using its veto in the European Union to block Albania’s negotiations to join. They also threaten regional geopolitics.

<i>Two Nato neighbours - Albania and Greece - are still technically at war with each other, Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama told the Nato Summit in Wales in September 2014. He said the absurdity of this formal state of war was another wake-up call to the existing bilateral relationship between the neighbouring countries. These are hampered by...

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
The key bilateral issue is the border in the Ionian Sea. The Ionian Sea Border Agreement was signed by two foreign ministers in 2009 and 225 square kilometres of Albanian territorial waters south of Albania’s main tourist centre Saranda and north of the Greek island of Corfu erupted into Albanian - Greek territorial disputes
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