The General Assembly of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of the
Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) failed to meet after pressures by Serbia
and Russia not to allow Kosovo’s Assembly Chairman Jakup Krasniqi to
participate, according to a Nov. 23 report by Albania’s daily Shqip.
The assembly meeting was supposed to last for three days in Tirana, the
capital of Albania, which holds the PABSEC presidency. Russia’s Foreign Minister
Sergej Lavrov announced at the last minute that he would not go to the meeting,
for reasons that are still unknown, the daily wrote.
According to the same report, Serbia’s Parliament announced in its official
website that there had been efforts to include Krasniqi in the meeting of
PABSEC’s permanent committee, which gathers prior to the opening of the
Assembly’s plenary session, but “the idea had been prevented.”
Delegations of Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Armenia, Moldavia,
Romania, Russia and Ukraine voted against Krasniqi’s participation in the
meeting whereas Turkey’s delegation has abstained, according to the Serbian
Parliament’s statement, Shqip wrote. This situation has caused the cancellation
of the PABSEC meeting, the statement added.
The Albanian Parliament, on the other hand, said the cancellation of the
meeting was because of “technical issues.”
“After PABSEC’s bureau meeting on the evening [of Nov.23], the steering
committee meeting, which consists of leaders of the PABSEC member state
delegations, decided that the draft-agenda for the meeting was unsuitable,” the
Albanian parliament said in a statement. As the draft agenda prepared by PABSEC
secretariat was not approved and there was no alternative agenda, the meeting
was postponed to a later date, the statement said, according to the Shqip
Some 400 businessmen also went to Tirana with the delegations of PABSEC
member states to seek cooperation and trade opportunities, according to a
statement on the Albanian Parliament’s website.