Greek-Albanian deadlock over Beleri case no closer to being resolved

PoliticsForeign Policy Tags: Albania, European Union, USA
Photo by Michael Button via Flickr
Photo by Michael Button via Flickr

Athens is at an impasse in its relations with Tirana after an Albanian court recently convicted Fredi Beleri, the ethnic Greek mayor-elect of the town of Himara, of vote-buying.

The trial has angered the Greek government, which has threatened to block Albania's EU accession talks unless Beleri's rights are respected. The court sentenced the politician to two years in prison, but he is appealing.

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