Whilst fully respecting the fundamental right of citizens of Albania to demonstrate, we reiterate the importance of exercising this right in an orderly and peaceful manner.
We condemn all violent acts which have taken place in previous protests. Any form of incitement to violence is not tolerable. The use of explosives or any other items designed to cause injury is completely unacceptable. It is the responsibility of the protest leaders to ensure that the demonstrations are held in a safe manner for both participants and ordinary residents of Tirana and to avoid any escalation during the protests. Law enforcement authorities also have a responsibility to continue acting with restraint, even if provoked.
We continue to call on all sides to urgently engage in a constructive dialogue to overcome the current political situation.