The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania joins the concerns expressed by the international community over the illegality and danger of the referendum stated to take place in Crimea on 16 March. MFA estimates that this referendum is illegal and not compliant with the Constitution of Ukraine and the international law, and therefore cannot serve as the basis for any change to the status of Crimea.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Russian Federation to stop operations in support of this dangerous, destabilizing initiative that violates the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns any allegation that the declaration of independence of Crimea should be treated in the same manner as the declaration of independence of Kosovo. The misuse of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo's independence to justify the legality of the referendum proposed in Crimea, has no legal basis and no resemblance to the historical and factual circumstances.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the parties to immediately be directed towards a peaceful resolution of this conflict through direct dialogue and diplomatic instruments and detach themselves from the rhetoric and unilateral acts which increase tensions.
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