Ambassador Ryerson talks about Berisha's Non-gratis: 25-30 years ago they were not involved in corruption but were involved along the way
In an interview with VOA, the first American ambassador to Albania, Edwin Ryerson, spoke about Berisha's non-grata declaration, showing that 25-30 years ago, when he had the support of the United States, he was not involved in corruption, but he is involved afterwards and is getting a lot of attention.
Excerpts from the interview:
VOA: You have continued to follow developments in Albania, as you understand and speak Albanian. When you were in Albania, the then opposition leader, Sali Berisha, enjoyed great support from the United States. Today after 30 years, the attitude has changed 180 degrees. The Secretary of State has appointed Sali Berisha for major corruption. How is it explained? What is your opinion on this change?
Ambassador Ryerson: What has happened in Albania is encouraging, but also very disappointing. Someone asked me recently why Secretary Blinken did this, why not an announcement from one of the spokespersons. For me, this is a signal against corruption, not only for Albania, but that Washington will hit corruption every time it sees it, regardless of who it is. What matters is what this, or that person, this, or that entity is doing now. Maybe 25-30 years ago they were not involved in corruption, but they have been involved since then and that is why it is now receiving so much attention.