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Albania's president warns that Macedonia crisis could be a setback for region's EU ambitions

  • Albanian President Bujar Nishani, left, meets with visiting Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Tirana, Tuesday May 26, 2015, during the South East European Cooperation Process summit, a regional grouping of 13 Balkan and eastern European countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Albanian President Bujar Nishani, left, meets with visiting Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Tirana, Tuesday May 26, 2015, during the South East European Cooperation Process summit, a regional grouping of 13 Balkan and eastern European countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Albanian President Bujar Nishani, left, meets with visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Tirana, Tuesday May 26, 2015, during the South East European Cooperation Process summit, a regional grouping of 13 Balkan and eastern European countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Albanian President Bujar Nishani, left, meets with visiting Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Tirana, Tuesday May 26, 2015, during the South East European Cooperation Process summit, a regional grouping of 13 Balkan and eastern European countries. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • Several presidents, heads of governments and senior officials take part in the summit of South East European Cooperation Process, a regional grouping of 13 Balkan and eastern European countries promoting cooperation along efforts from most of them toward joining European Union and NATO, in Albanian capital Tirana at the end of its one-year rotating president Tuesday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    Several presidents, heads of governments and senior officials take part in the summit of South East European Cooperation Process, a regional grouping of 13 Balkan and eastern European countries promoting cooperation along efforts from most of them toward joining European Union and NATO, in Albanian capital Tirana at the end of its one-year rotating president Tuesday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

Albania's president says the crisis in Macedonia could be a setback for the Balkan region's efforts to add new members to the European Union.

President Bujar Nishani told regional leaders meeting in Tirana that the Macedonia crisis showed the "fragility of stability in the region."

Macedonia is grappling with a political crisis triggered by wiretapping allegations against the government, while tension has been stoked by a shootout this month between police and suspected ethnic Albanian militants that left 18 dead.

The leaders were meeting as part of the 13-nation South-East European Cooperation Process. Five of its members are in the EU, while five others are candidates.