On 7 November 2018, the Republic of Chameria president Festim Lato discussed the Cham issue with the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Ms Federica Mogherini.
President Festim Lato and his delegation have been in contact with the European External Action Service (EEAS) for over a year and have had several closed door meetings with policy advisors at the EEAS who are experts on the Balkan region. At those occasions the president was able to explain the political and human rights situation of the Cham community and the workings and objectives of the Republic of Chameria.
The EEAS is the EU’s diplomatic service and manages the diplomatic relations and foreign and military policy of the EU. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica Mogherini leads the EEAS. In this capacity she coordinates the external relations of the EU and acts as a ‘foreign minister’ of the European Union.
On 7 November 2018, president Festim Lato participated in a high level conference in the European Parliament with, among others the president of the Socialists & Democrats, Udo Bullman, and the president of Burkina Faso. Many other dignitaries were also present, as was High Representative Ms Federica Mogherini. Before and after the conference, president Festim Lato exchanged views with Ms. Federica Mogherini about the Cham issue and what the role of the European Union could and should be in helping resolve it. At this occassion the president also offered Ms Mogherini additional material about the Cham issue and the activities that he and his government have implemented in recent months.
At the conference, Ms Mogherini showed that she is a political leader who is driven by the vision of making the world more peaceful and using the European structures to improve the lives of migrants, minorities and all those who are currently unjustly excluded. President Festim Lato is hopeful that Ms Mogherini and the EEAS will play an increasingly more public role in addressing the Cham issue and to get it on the political agenda.
Prime-Minister Ali Aliu, diplomat Jeroen Zandberg and Mr Rexhep Abazi, who is representing the Albanian community in the Presjevo region, also participated in the event.