German Ambassador to Albania Peter Zingraf has stated that he is unable to understand the government demolition of the National Theater in such a hasty and non-transparent way.
In a statement posted by the German Embassy, Ambassador Zingraf expressed concern of repercussions this might have on the country’s fight against coronavirus.
“The hasty demolition of the National Theater in Tirana at dawn today is difficult for me to understand in the form in which we saw it. In the current state of emergency, dialogue between government and civil society and transparent government action are particularly important. Against the background of combating the corona pandemic, this development makes me all the more concerned, since the crowds that have already happened and are still to be expected can mean a step backwards. I call on all actors to engage in dialogue and restraint,” the Ambassador stated.
The German Ambassador’s message and concern was also shared by the Dutch Ambassador to Albania, Guusje Korthals Altes.