Yuri Kim: Armed groups for vote protection have no place in a NATO member and EU aspirant
US Ambassador Yuri Kim, EU Ambassador Luigi Soreca and CEC Chairman Ilirjan Celibashi held a joint meeting to discuss the April 25 elections and the measures taken to ensure the security of the process.
US Ambassador Yuri Kim, in her media statement after the meeting, said that the armed groups for the protection of the vote belong to the past and have no place in a NATO member state and aspirant for EU integration. She closed her statement with a call in Albanian: "We are with you!"
"You have to leave things to the past. Armed groups to protect the vote are a thing of the past and have no place in a NATO member and a country aspiring to join the EU. It is the responsibility of leaders to be responsible and to ensure calm and not violence or fear. We are monitoring all the actions that the leaders are doing and I thank the Prime Minister Rama and the leader of the opposition Basha who have called on the people to keep calm and protect the integrity of the elections. As you go to vote (he says in Albanian) We are with you! ” - said Ambassador Yuri Kim.