"Border changes in Southeast Europe are not made without sacrifice"

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, delivered some strong messages on Thursday from Tirana, after a meeting with the Albanian counterpart, Ilir Meta.

His message touched on a heated issue of recent days, which has induced discussions and debates, after the publication of "non-paper " documents, which speak about changing borders in Southeast Europe.
 
“We know from experience that border changes in this part of Europe do not take place without sacrifice. I believe that we, the leaders of this part of Europe, but also the whole EU, have this moral and political obligation that currently is not simply not only because of COVID-19 but also because of the internal problems of the EU, of the Balkans. Today in this complicated time to give a new idea of ​​faster development, this is not an easy task," said Pahor.
 
The President of Slovenia, whose country will take over the Presidency of the European Union on 1 July this year, stressed the importance of further advancing the Balkan countries, further advancement of the EU integration process, saying that this would reduce the importance of the debate that has already been raised about borders. "I think that EU enlargement in the Balkans is not only geopolitical but also irreplaceable for the stability of the region and of Europe as a whole," Pahor said.