Albania flag burning in Belgrade aggravates tensions

Football fans kiss the Albanian flag as they protest on October 16, 2014 near the Serbian Embassy in Tirana. AFP Photo

Albania on Oct. 19 condemned the burning of its flag during a football match in Serbia, the latest in a series of incidents aggravating political tensions between Belgrade and Tirana.

The Albanian foreign ministry urged Serbian authorities to bring the preparators to justice and called on “Serbian politicians to distance themselves from those acts that are… harmful for the future and stability of the Balkans.”

The incident took place during the match between Serbian first division sides Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Belgrade on Saturday, when Red Star fans were photographed setting fire to an Albanian flag.

The incident further threw into doubt the forthcoming historic visit of Prime Minister Edi Rama to Belgrade, the first by an Albanian prime minister in 68 years.

Rama was due in Belgrade on Wednesday, but there were already questions over whether the visit would go ahead after the violent end of a Serbia-Albania football match on October 14.

The Euro 2016 qualifying tie in the Serbian capital had to be abandoned after a drone carried a pro-Albanian flag over the stadium, sparking a brawl on the pitch…

Muslims are constantly burning flags. They dish out it but not cannot take it. Typical.

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