Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at KSF Day

Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at Kosovo Security Force (KSF) Day,  November 25, 2016

Thank you, General Rama.

I’m very pleased to be here today to celebrate Kosovo Security Force Day.  I understand the significance attached to this day and I appreciate the opportunity to share the occasion with you.

Since its establishment in 2009, the KSF has earned its reputation, I think as one of the most trusted and respected institutions in Kosovo.  The KSF is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all the citizens of Kosovo.

It’s been another tremendous year in this regard and I’m pleased to congratulate the KSF on all that it has accomplished.

One achievement, of which I know everyone is extremely proud, is the recent opening of the Search and Rescue Training Facility, which I was hoping to see today.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with that, but I hope to be able to visit it soon.

Another remarkable success is the gold medal that the squad from Kosovo won at the British Patrolling Exercise “Cambrian Patrol 2016.”  This is a truly outstanding achievement, particularly considering it was Kosovo’s first time competing at the event.

Finally, I’d like to touch upon the tremendous progress that the KSF is making in establishing a more diverse security force.  This is highlighted by the recent commissioning of the KSF’s first Serb and Bosniak officers—both of whom I believe are here today. (Lt Denic and Lt Zoranic)

I’m particularly encouraged to see progress on the issue of diversity.  Progress on this front is essential because the KSF will only be at its best when it draws upon the talents of ALL segments of Kosovo’s society and I know Minister Demolli and General Rama share my conviction.

Towards that end, I’m pleased to hear that they are increasing their efforts to bring underrepresented communities into the KSF.  I think we all agree that the composition of the KSF must reflect Kosovo society.  At the same time, it’s equally important that an environment be fostered within the KSF that promotes mutual trust and respect among all those that wear the Kosovo uniform, regardless of ethnicity.

I think we are getting closer to the day when this becomes a reality.

This was a great year for the KSF and I’m convinced that an even brighter future lies ahead.  Thank you and I wish everyone a happy Kosovo Security Force Day!

It is wonderful to see some many members of the community, and the talented KSF here today.

Thank you to General Rama and KSF for such a great event.

Faleminderit shumë!  Hvala!