Secretary: Hillary Clinton
My letter dated
My letter also informed you of the adverse impact of the ambassador’s statements and actions
upon the previous excellent relations between the Albanian people and the
The Ambassador’s dinner meeting with Premier Berisha two hours after the killing and wounding of demonstrators by members of the government security was inexplicable.
The Albanian people were pleased when Ambassador Arvizu was apparently recalled to
actions. The Albanians expected that our government, through the Department of State, would repudiate the Ambassador’s statements and actions and would express a positive understanding
of the reasons for the demonstrations and the desire of the Albanians to replace, by special election, the government of Sali Berisha.The desire of the Albanians appears to be consistent with
recently manifested desires of citizens of
to replace corrupt governments, some of the governments have consented to special elections, and the positive response of the government of the
During an interview with Voice of America TV on February 5, 2011 which was translated and broadcast directly to Albania, Ambassador Arvizu stated in part, that the corruption complained of by the demonstrators was based in the corruption of the Albania people themselves and that the government of Sali Berisha was not corrupt and there should not be an election to replace the government of Premier Berisha until the next regularly scheduled parliamentary election in 2013.
The Albanian press and TV gave the citizens extensive coverage of the ambassador’s remarks.
The commentary of the media is completely and seriously negative to the interest of our country.
The over whelming majority of the Albanians, now are of the opinion that Ambassador Arvizu has accurately expressed our government’s policy.
Their opinion is given support by recent frequent telephone conversations between the ambassador and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas M. Countryman. After such conversations is it credible that Ambassador Arvizu would misunderstand or intentional misstate
our government’s policy ?
The Albanians also question why our government supports demonstrators in
During the above mentioned interview Ambassador Arvizu also stated that the American government is ready to grant the government of Sali Berisha $ 20 million dollars for unspecified purposes .The Albanians consider this statement to be evidence our country’s endorsement of the corruption and misgovernment of Sali Berisha. Unfortunately this and other statements and actions of Ambassador Arvizu, unless clearly repudiated by the Department of State, will gravely inhibit the prospects of a successful bi-lateral relationship between our government and Albanians
Sali Berisha made a public statement to the Albanian people on February 6.2011 at . He said that
Madam Secretary the procedure which allowed Sali Berisha to credible make the above described statements is not your fault. You have been fittingly occupied with developments in
I suggest that you promptly initiate the process to remove Alexander Arvizu from his position as Ambassador to
Madam Secretary I call to your attention an event during President George Bush’s visit to Albania which bears on the present circumstances He scheduled a visit to the historic town of Fush-kruj the place to which the Albanian hero Skenderbej in the 15 century returned and liberated Albanians from control by the ottoman Turks. President Bush wished the Albanians to know that our government believed it was more important to have good relations with the people than with its then corrupt government led by Sali Berisha, President Bush refused to allow Premier Sali Berisha accompany him to Fush-kruja and 300,000 over Albanians traveled to Fush-kruj and applauded President Bush, he then stated it was the greatest welcome he received his public life.
Madam Secretary I came to the
For the first twenty years of my life my father was in prison because he supported democracy and human rights in
With respect and best wishes
Prof. Dr Pellump G. Pilinci