Happy Independence of Albania
Long live National Flag Day
Royal Albanian Family
Congratulations on raising our red and black flag, this year finds us with a flag lowered to half-mast … Our country mourns today the victims of the earthquake tragedy that shocked and disappointed every Albanian. It is impossible to celebrate today, when many families suddenly lost loved ones. May God give them strength and will to face this great pain!
The challenges we face today should give us courage and make us reflect. In difficult days like these, we remember the sacrifice of the fathers of the nation who on November 28, 1912 materialized the centuries-old dream of independence.
Like today, 107 years ago, our nation, with the will, voice and strength of representatives from all ethnic Albanian territories, proclaimed independence and freedom, making Albania equal to the throne of other modern nations.
Despite the unwavering efforts of the patriots and fathers of our nation, the geopolitical combinations of that time shrunk the natural Albania. For years, the Albanians who were unjustly left outside the imposed borders, with sacrifices managed to preserve the sacred language, traditions and the red and black flag.
For years, our people, suffering from internal and external wars, have strived for a dignified life and the lack of integration into the European family. Year after year, progress has been made and some successes have been achieved, but steps have also been taken after …
The year 2019 marked some important developments throughout the Albanian lands.
In Montenegro, along with Ulcinj, we already have the municipality of Tuz with Albanian government. This victory in the first elections as a municipality in itself (March 3, 2019) was achieved through the unification of all Albanian political factors, setting the most valuable example in the national cause.
In Northern Macedonia, the Albanians, as a key factor in governance and the entire constitutional composition and stability of that state, were crucial in the political solution of the problem of the new state name and, consequently, for the orientation and inclusion of that state in European and Euro structures. -Atlantic.
Kosovo, during 2019, became part of a more intensive agenda of the EU, NATO, US, which will naturally bring developments in the best interest of the national interest. The recent parliamentary elections in Kosovo were an example of political maturity, inclusive representation, transparency, respect for free voting and recognition of the result by all parties participating in the elections.
A wound in the heart of every Albanian remains Chameria, for which no effort is being made, no compensation or respect for property rights.
Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac also remain neglected and excluded from investments that would increase the well-being of citizens, while the politics of the day are misusing them as a chess piece in occult agendas.
We feel very proud of the Albanian diaspora, as many of our compatriots have excelled in all fields, wherever they live. At crucial moments they have served the nation with patriotism and perseverance.
The Albanian state should naturally include these personalities in the national cause, as well as invite this high intellectual potential in state institutions as they raise the name and prestige of the Albanian nation and state.
During this year, Albania has faced many difficulties that have come from the internal political situation in the country, such as the burning of parliamentary seats by the opposition, the holding of elections on June 30 only with the participation of the current majority, institutional conflict Presidency – Government, etc. Of course, these affected the fact that even this year, the European Council (18.10.2019) did not take a decision to open negotiations for Albania’s membership in the European Union
Citizens are disappointed with the way our democracy works. It seems that political groups fight more for power as an end in itself than in order to implement a vision for the development of the country and the well-being of its citizens. Employment, education, health and entrepreneurship should be at the center of the debate of the day. It is of vital importance the immediate attention to the Albanian youth that is seeking hope outside the borders of the mother country. No matter how much another country opens its arms and heart to you, homeland is never made. We call on the conscience of decision makers to give all their attention to the return of lost hope! Do not drive the youth away from the homeland because without them there is no future!
Lack of morale, corruption mentality and compromises at the power table away from the will of the citizens pose a real danger. If Albania is to progress, elected politicians will need to reflect the will of the electorate, and be accountable to the electorate for their actions.
We, like most Albanians, support the assistance of the international community in eradicating corruption in our judicial system, and look forward to further steps by the Special Anti-Corruption Structure. Meanwhile we also understand the responsibility that this structure has on itself. The fight against corruption should not take sides by being part of political agendas, but should be based on a high professional ethics and neutrality.
Unfortunately, Albania has lost several generations waiting for the benefits of the European Union integration process. The political class must set aside party interests and unite on major national strategic issues.
We believe and hope that Albania will be presented with one voice and with fulfilled conditions in order to become institutionally part of the European standards and family to which we naturally belong.
Foreign policy must have credibility and continuity. It should always be based on three principles: Albania’s integration into the European Union, putting in full service the country’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures by strongly supporting the fulfillment of integration standards, increasing Albania’s role in the region aiming at strengthening peace and stability.
It is important for Albania to have cooperation with the countries of the region, but the efforts to attract it to the concept of a mini Schengen without Kosovo and without a clear economic strategy, would be a reckless step that conflicts with the brotherhood and the national cause… Meanwhile, the integration between Albanians should be stimulated with a common vision, “two states-one Nation” within Europe! Steps towards a common diplomacy, an economic, educational and cultural platform are necessary. All these efforts should have only one goal, the well-being of the citizens!
On the 75th anniversary of the end of the war the wounds of the past are being opened, alas. Reminiscences of the previous totalitarian regime are being felt in Tirana. Unspeakable suffering and torture are being denied and silence is leaving thousands of victims of Communism in oblivion. On the artificial date of November 29, which coincides with the liberation of Yugoslavia, politics is promoting discord among Albanians without any mercy.
Unfortunately, she is taking away the merits of those who really fought in defense of the homeland, mixing in the history of the resistance “the heroes of the Red Party”. Still today are not mentioned 160 soldiers of the Kingdom of Albania, martyrs of the Nation, loyal to the legitimate state, who fell in defense of the Homeland on April 7, 1939!
Albania has a European history, at the epicenter of which a valuable Illyrian culture. We do not need to promote a sad history of bunkerization of our country by an isolating and anti-human mentality. For half a century, 3 million Albanians have all been victims. Some knew, others did not … The consequences of that regime are the main obstacles to the further democratization of the life of the country.
Albanians are worthy European citizens, and they proved their citizenship once again strongly in the extraordinary and impressive solidarity that they have shown and continue to show to each other in recent days. Albanians showed empathy, prudence, responsibility and love for each other. They gave the best example of how we should take care of our dear and common Albania./Memorie.al
Royal Albanian Family