Ambassador Delawie’s statement on Demarcation, March 20, 2018
Today is an important day. Today, the Kosovo Assembly has the opportunity to move beyond the intractable debate over the border and score an important victory for its citizens.
Two and a half years of potential progress and integration with Europe have been lost over this issue. Kosovo does not have any more time to lose.
As much as this vote is about visa liberalization, it is also about settling the border with a friendly ally and NATO member, Montenegro.
This vote will also show which parties are serious about their responsibilities to govern Kosovo for the benefit of its citizens from all communities, and which ones are interested only in scoring political points.
I call on all MPs to vote in favor of the agreement. An abstention or failure to show up is a vote against the agreement and against the best interests of your people.
Every vote counts.
And if this agreement does not pass, the voting record will show who has failed Kosovo’s people.
I continue to be amazed at how hard some people are working to prohibit Kosovo’s young citizens from traveling in Europe.
Do not leave your citizens in isolation. Vote for Kosovo’s future. Vote in favor of this agreement.