I know there has been concern about this everywhere in the region. But I have been watching very carefully, of course, what’s going on in Washington and I can say that U.S. policy regarding the Balkans in general and Kosovo in particular has been very consistent over the last several decades whether there has been a Democrat or Republican in the White House. I have seen no indication that that’s going to change at this point.
Kosovo has already made important strides on the road to recovery from a terrible war that devastated so many families, and that is still causing far too many too much pain. Citizens can be rightfully proud of the steps their government has already made on the path toward reconciliation, including your inclusive laws and multi-ethnic government. Kosovo’s commitment to normalize relations with Serbia is laudable, and real progress has been made that is tangibly benefitting Kosovo citizens; we will continue to work for further progress.
Progress on property rights is essential to a better future for the people of Kosovo, for economic development, women’s economic inclusion and empowerment, Euro-Atlantic integration, and progress towards the rule of law and human rights.
I am very encouraged to hear the Kosovo Government has approved a comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy and Action Plan. To open this important event today, I would like to say a few words today about the nexus between cybersecurity and privacy.
The digital economy is booming around the world – creating new jobs and opportunities we couldn’t have imagined even a decade ago. Increasingly our lives are interconnected and online – from our critical infrastructure and national security systems, to our cars and bank accounts, the digital economy has brought us efficiency and greater effectiveness.
One of the extraordinary things about serving here in Kosovo is that every day I get to see the innovation of Kosovo’s entrepreneurs, and the determination of so many of you who are driving economic development. And there are so many different people- I was at a Makerspace in Gjakova a couple of months ago and I had the same kind of feeling there. And Gjirafa and you, Mergim, and your whole team are such an extraordinary example of this.
The United States Embassy strongly supports your efforts to prevent violent extremism and I was very encouraged to hear the opening remarks from our two first speakers today. I’m also very encouraged by these events that empower local officials, communities and citizens to be active in facing Kosovo’s challenges. It is particularly important on this issue- the need to develop authentic ways to confront extremism and to build resilience to radicalization and violence.
Progress on women’s property rights is one of my top priorities, and something that I feel quite strongly about. This topic brings to the fore so many critical issues that we all care about: women’s economic empowerment, social inclusion, human rights, the rule of law, not to mention Kosovo’s economic development. I think the extent to which women are able to thrive in Kosovo’s economic system is an indicator for Kosovo’s economic growth as a whole. And when we see that only 4% of women in Kosovo are able to inherit property and land, that only 19% own land, we know there is room for improvement.
Kosovo is one of our strongest partners, and we look forward to continued cooperation on this extremely important issue.
I think the future of Kosovo depends on all the communities working together to make progress on behalf of all the citizens.
The letter from the Secretary General sets the stage for additional cooperation, but it also reaffirms the important progress that Kosovo has already made in aligning its values with those of the Alliance. It confirms that Kosovo’s future lies firmly in the Euro-Atlantic family.
Tonight we are lucky to also have with us 20 talented young artists from across Kosovo, who have used artistic expression to advocate for inter-ethnic inclusion and reconciliation. And we can see their talent and passion on display here tonight.
Last week was absolutely a terrific week, and we are very pleased with the results of Anti-Corruption Week. Just our Embassy sponsored about 25 different events, and of course our NGO partners and other people in Kosovo did another couple dozen. We were very pleased with the way things went. We are also very happy that the coalition of NGOs was able to come together and to figure out some joint strategy, so how to make progress on corruption, and that was a positive sign as well.
Accountability for judges and prosecutors is fundamentally important to implementing the rule of law. An effective disciplinary system is the key to establishing that accountability. We are not talking about crimes; we are talking about actions that are ethical violations or call into question the judgment or impartiality of a judge or prosecutor.
I’m pleased to be part of the launch of our new U.S. Embassy-supported project — the “Demand for Justice” program – which will be working on some innovative ideas to improve citizens’ access to justice. For example, I was excited to hear about the initiative for Kosovo law students – under the guidance and mentorship of experienced lawyers – to provide pro bono legal assistance to Kosovo citizens, who otherwise could not afford legal representation. The program also will reach out to Kosovo’s youth in different ways to involve them in the rule of law sector.
From our perspective, here at the Embassy, I think we’ve had a good year so far. We have raised awareness, a lot, about the problem of corruption. We have supported projects that make corruption less likely to happen, for example electronic procurement, and we are supporting prosecutors, judges and police on how to deal, investigate and prosecute corruption cases.
For five days, organizations across Kosovo have come together with a common message: united against corruption, bashkë e ndreqim. We have heard from government leaders, civil society, the international community and the media that the time has come for meaningful action in the fight against corruption. Tonight, I want to tell you that now it is your turn to take action.
I think we all agree that corruption is a big problem in Kosovo. But sometimes when you want to find solutions for big problems, it’s easier to break them into smaller parts. One part of the solution is making it harder for corruption to happen. What can we do about that?
I am proud to see a coalition of embassies, donor organizations and, most importantly, Kosovo’s civil society, who are turning up the volume, proposing concrete solutions, and compelling action in the battle against corruption.
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
Our policy regarding Kosovo and regarding the Western Balkans has been very similar from administration to administration. Our broad policy for Europe for many years has been to promote a Europe whole, free and at peace. I don’t right now see any reason to expect that will change. My intention is to continue to work on the issues that I have been working on all along, such as corruption, economic growth and Kosovo’s integration into the European framework.
Corruption is extremely important for economic issues and political issues, and everything else you can imagine. I have said before there is not a magic wand that will solve this problem. It requires hard work from society and government along multiple lines to both investigate, prosecute and convict corrupt officials and to make it harder to be corrupted in the first place. My government is spending lots of money, millions of dollars every year, to support both of these objectives.
One of the extraordinary things for me about serving here in Kosovo is that every day I get to see the innovation of Kosovo’s entrepreneurs and the determination of so many businessmen and women, who are driving Kosovo’s economic development.
I think United States foreign policy regarding Balkans has been remarkably consistent for the last couple of decades. whether there has been a Republican in the White House or a Democrat in the White House. I don’t really expect that to change. Regarding Kosovo as well, certainly there has been very strong support for Kosovo across political spectrum in the United States so, I expect the excellent relationship between Kosovo and the United States to continue.
I think people are very interested here. People ask me about the elections wherever I go and that has been going on for a while now. I think that relates to the high level of interest in the American elections this particular year, and it is similar to what we see in other countries.
It is a great honor for us to be able to celebrate your birthday with you. You are the ones who make it possible for us to do the important work we do.
Since its independence in 2008, Kosovo has made substantial progress in establishing and developing free market policies and legislation, and in improving its business climate. These steps were recognized in the World Bank’s just-released Doing Business 2017 report, which shows Kosovo moving four places up the rankings this year, from 64 to 60. Kosovo got credit for improvements in several categories: starting a business, tax compliance, and trading across borders.
Since I arrived in Kosovo I have been talking about the need to fight corruption. I want to highlight that I do not talk about the elimination of corruption, because unfortunately its eradication is not possible. But what is possible is the recognition and punishment of corruption when it is identified. This is something Kosovo can and must do.
Progress on women’s property rights is one of my top priorities, and something that I personally feel quite strongly about. So I’m pleased to speak to you all today…
For 25 years, the Alliance has been the primary guarantor of Balkans’ security – although as a side note, we should also acknowledge the very important and complementary role that the European Union has also played in bolstering regional stability using its own toolkit, as we heard yesterday from Amb. Apostolova.
I have been talking about the Justice Sector Strengthening Project for months, so I am extremely happy to be here today to kick off this important part of the whole initiative.
I’m very happy to be one of the first people to congratulate this gifted group of students. I’m so impressed by your dedication and your perseverance, but perhaps most of all, by your willingness to use your free time to learn English and American culture.
As Secretary Kerry noted this summer upon the release of the annual Trafficking in Persons report, there are 20 million global victims of trafficking. These victims are everyday people who are robbed of their families and dreams by unscrupulous transnational criminal networks.
President Thaci, Minister Hoxha, Mr. Isufaj, justices and prosecutors, diplomatic colleagues, and honored guests. Good morning. This is an important annual event for Kosovo and one that the American Embassy has strongly supported since it began seven years ago. Since I arrived in Kosovo, I have spent a great deal of time talking about the fight against corruption. I have
Failure to make more progress on these issues not only harms Kosovo’s women and girls, but also erodes the country’s overall economic development. That’s why this issue is even bigger than women’s rights and inclusion – it’s fundamentally about how Kosovo chooses to grow its economy, build prosperity, and pass it on to the next generation.
Thank you so much for inviting me to join you in promoting “Equal Rights for All!” This event is a testament to the fact that the human rights of LGBTI persons are in fact expanding. I hope our efforts over the coming days will increase cooperation to further LGBTI rights, as you have said Mr. Chairman, both in Kosovo and
Mirëdita. Dobar dan. Good morning everybody. Mayor Ahmeti, representatives of KFC, thank you very much for this celebration and for inviting me to be here. I can tell you, it’s an absolute pleasure for me to be here and to see so many potential customers of all ages. The opening of KFC is a major step in demonstrating an improved
Thank you very much Mr. President, it is certainly a pleasure for us to be here and I particularly appreciate the presence of Margot Ellis, our Deputy Assistant Administrator from Washington D.C. who is here to help witness this important agreement. I think it is safe to say we are all very delighted to be here for today’s signing ceremony.
Thank you Arian for the kind introduction and the opportunity to speak once again to this group about the importance of business ethics and anti-corruption efforts. Fighting corruption is something I care deeply about, and it’s one of my government’s top priorities. Secretary Kerry addressed this issue when he visited Kosovo last December, and, more recently, Vice President Biden addressed
Express: Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for your time. On the first of September there will be a vote in the Parliament and if the MPs fail to ratify the Agreement on Border Demarcation with Montenegro, I want to ask you briefly–should the government continue its work? Does it make any sense for them to continue the work if
Thank you very much, Director General Rafuna. It’s been really terrific to see the important work that the Customs Service does here every single day. The work of the Customs Service directly supports Kosovo’s security, its ability to uphold the rule of law, and of course Kosovo’s economic development. I talk a lot about corruption and rule of law and
RTV 21: Dear RTV21 audience, we are pleased to welcome U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie. Mr. Ambassador, welcome to RTV21. Ambassador Delawie: Thank you very much Besiana. It is great to be here. RTV 21: Let us start this conversation with the latest developments in the country. The most outspoken issue in the country lately and also things that
Hi. I am here in Prizren at Dokufest. I am about to talk about corruption, which is my favorite topic to talk about in Kosovo. But, I tell you, I want to address couple of other issues, right now. First of all, this week, it started so well for Kosovo with Majlinda Kelmendi winning the gold medal at the Olympics
Thank you all for coming! This is the fourth annual America Night at Dokufest. This is my first time hosting this reception, and I am happy to celebrate Dokufest and Dokutech and the American filmmakers, producers and festival directors joining us tonight. I’m honored that we can do this event in the beautiful Sheh Zade House. I am delighted that
President, Speaker, Prime Minister, Moderator, Commission, Members of Parliament, experts and other observers, I am glad to see all parties gathered in one place to listen to both concerns and support for this issue. I think this will be a useful opportunity to put the various arguments on the table for public understanding and to inform the parliament deputies before
Thank you for the kind introduction, Merita. I’ve had a warm welcome on my first visit to Viti/Vitina. Greetings Deputy Prime Minister Kuçi, Mayor Haliti and other distinguished guests including Supreme Court Chief Justice Hasani and Kosovo Judicial Council Chairperson Idrizi. Like all parents, I want the best for my children — and that includes the right to own property.
KoSSev: Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has just completed her visit to the region. She was in Pristina the day before yesterday. She was in Belgrade yesterday. What were her key messages to Kosovo leadership, to Serbian leadership? Or, if you want to make any kind of additional comment to that visit, how important that visit was. The public
President, Prime Minister, Minister Bajrami, Government of Kosovo officials. Rectors and other University Officials. Fulbright Alumni. Distinguished Guests. It is with great pleasure that I join you here today for this momentous signing ceremony. This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program—proposed by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945 and enacted by President Harry Truman the
Mirembrema; Dobro vecer; Good evening. Mister President, Mister Speaker, Mister Prime Minister, Senator Ernst, General Orr, General Gronski, Citizens of Kosovo, members of the international community, and my fellow Americans. Welcome to our Independence Day celebration. I think it is particularly appropriate that we had Senator Bob Corker here to help celebrate Kosovo’s Independence Day in February, and today we
Radio Free Europe (RFE): Ambassador Delawie, thank you very much for sharing your time with Radio Free Europe today. Ambassador Delawie: You are very welcome. It is my pleasure to be here. RFE: Thank you. When you got here, you found a turbulent Kosovo and it still continues to be, almost a year since your arrival. Is it getting any
Good morning. It is my pleasure to be here with you today to mark the 14th edition of this distinguished event. I have heard wonderful words from my colleagues who attended yesterday’s activities. As you know, my Embassy has many educational and cultural programs in Kosovo, ranging from student exchange programs to cultural preservation, to the famous Mary McBride band
Miredita, dobar dan, good afternoon Deputy Minister Hoxha, General Director Maxhuni, and distinguished police agency representatives from Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I am happy to be part of this important training program. I have spoken at length since my arrival in Kosovo about the priority I place on strengthening rule of law. I have had
Good afternoon, Chairman Hayredini, Ombudsperson Jashari, leaders of Kosovo’s LGBTI community, honored guests. Thank you for inviting me to join you in marking this special day. I’m so happy I was able to join you earlier in the fantastic IDAHOT march, and I am proud our Embassy sponsored the after-march performance of the Mary McBride Band. As President Obama said
Mayor Jankovic, members of the community, and other distinguished guests: It is my pleasure to be here today. One of my first trips after I arrived to Kosovo was a visit to Zvecan. On that day, I met many farmers at an agricultural fair to mark the successful partnership between USAID and farmers of Zvecan. Today, we mark another partnership,
Members of the Board of Trustees, President Thompson, Vice President Cosentino, representatives from RIT, families, friends, students, and most importantly, members of the 2016 graduating class of the American University in Kosovo. Mirëdita, dobar dan, good afternoon. Are you all happy? I remember. It’s a pleasure to be here with you today to mark the 12th commencement of AUK, and
Good Morning. Minister Demolli, LTG Rama, members of the Kosovo Security Forces, distinguished guests, family, friends, American colleagues. Today, we all have the great honor to be a part of Kosovo’s history. I congratulate Arelena Shala and Ylli Daladaku for their successful admission to the United States Military Academy, class of 2020. This is a tremendous accomplishment. Being accepted for
Hello everybody. Minister Hyseni, representatives from the Kosovo Police, General Director Maxhuni, State Prosecutors, people from other agencies, Mr. Shtuni. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at the conclusion of this important workshop, and especially thank you to the Minister and the General Director for their leadership in dealing with this important issue. This training program, I
Thank you very much. Ministers, professor, Deputy Minister Gashi, Ambassador, colleagues, it’s great to be here today, especially to talk about this very important topic. Certainly investment in the education of people, particularly women, is the key to success and prosperity of a nation. My President Obama has said — “The best judge of whether or not a country is
Mirëmëngjesi. Good morning. I would like to say thank you to KLI and Mr. Musliu for inviting me today. I am certainly pleased to be here with Ambassador O’Connell. My greetings to Mr. Idrizi, Mr. Isufaj, and Mr. Hasani. Since I arrived in Kosovo I have been talking about the need to fight corruption. Sadly, I do not talk about
Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Launch Event of the Kosovo Credit Guarantee Fund (KCGF), April 26, 2016 Good morning. Speaker Veseli, Prime Minister Mustafa, Ambassador Viets, distinguished guests, good morning to everybody and welcome. I cannot tell you all how excited I am to be here talking about an economic issue. I was actually an economist before I was a
President Thaçi, Former President Jahjaga, Ambassador O’Connell, Ambassador Kilic, Dr. Rushiti, Ms. Kadiraj, and honored guests, particularly the brave war survivors who are a testament to Kosovo’s hope for a brighter tomorrow. I am proud to join you today to congratulate you on yet another successful step in your long journey. The opening of this new center represents tangible support
Madame President, Minister Kuçi, Mrs. Morina, judges, prosecutors. Thank you all for coming today. It is a true honor for me to be here. The Forum of Women Judges and Prosecutors was founded back in 2013, as you have heard, with the support of the United States Embassy. When it first started, a number of people predicted that there would
First of all I wanted to say that I am here for the meeting of the forum of women judges and prosecutors. This meeting was held to launch new procedures to help the justice system of Kosovo deal more efficiently with the problem of domestic violence. This is an extremely important issue. But I did want to also comment briefly
Madame President, Ministers, Ambassadors, honored guests; particularly the courageous survivors who have endured and persevered. I am proud to be here today to congratulate you, Madame President, for your transformative leadership to broach a topic as sensitive as survivors of rape during the war. Thanks to this effort, Kosovo and the world are aware of the plight of these survivors
It is a great honor to sign this Extradition Treaty between the government of the United States and the government of the Republic of Kosovo. This is a historic occasion, as this treaty will supersede that signed between the government of the United States and the Kingdom of Serbia in 1901. This agreement, one of the most modern in the
Mirëmëngjes. Dobro jutro. Good morning. Dean of Students Kaçiu, Ambassador Martusz, Mr. Kosumi , faculty, students, honored guests. It is always an honor to speak to students and members of academia, who are working to develop the future of Kosovo. My daughter is currently at university, and my son will start this year. Like students here in Kosovo, they are
Mirëmëngjes. Dobro jutro. Good morning. Dr. Gjocaj, representatives from the Kosovo Security Force , Emergency Management Agency, Kosovo Police, our military medical experts from the Defense Institute of Medical Operations, managers and directors of health clinics and regional medical centers, guests and friends. Thank you all very much for participating in this training program, which has been organized by the
We are here tonight to welcome Thomas Melia, new USAID Assistant Administrator for our part of the world. I think the fact he decided to come to Kosovo on his first trip abroad in his new job is indicative of the importance of the U.S. – Kosovo relationship, as well as the key role USAID has played and will continue
Thank you, Mark, and thank you very much to all of you for joining us this evening. As some of you know, my father was an architect, and I grew up with a special interest in and appreciation for design. This is my second time here at the National Library, and I can still say that this is one of
I’d like to talk a bit about the Assembly’s election of the president of Kosovo last Friday. From what I can tell, part of the country has celebrated this election, and part of the country has condemned it. This is normal in a democracy—no matter who is elected U.S. President next November, I can promise you that you will see
Thank you, Prime Minister and Minister Stavileci. It’s great to see so many participants from across Kosovo’s power sector, as well as from our international partners and colleagues, coming together to emphasize Kosovo’s need for a reliable source of power – a topic that has seized my interest since before my arrival here. Energy security is an essential ingredient for
“The United States congratulates the Assembly on the completion of the election, and the future president. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the people of Kosovo. I think people who threw Molotov cocktails on the street, or tear gas in the Assembly, did Kosovo no favors. I continue to oppose the use of violence to achieve political
First of all, I have to say that I am frustrated the opposition has once again used violence to disrupt the democratic process in Kosovo. Kosovo’s democracy, and the rights of the people to have a functioning government, should not be continued to be thwarted by a minority of MPs. Interestingly, I think the opposition demonstrated for a good chunk of
Thank you, Fisnik, and thank you to the Group for Legal and Political Studies. I am very appreciative of the great work that GLPS has done on this project and proud that the Embassy has been a partner through a Democracy Commission grant. I am also glad to have the opportunity to be a part of this esteemed panel. Since
RTK: Could you just please reveal a little bit about the goal of this visit at the International Mother Tongue Language Day? Ambassador Delawie: I am very happy to be here in Novo Brdo to help celebrate International Mother Language Day. This day promotes an important part of Kosovo’s multi-ethnic democracy; linguistic and cultural diversity. Today’s activities nurture diversity in
Hello everybody. I am here to support the institutions of Kosovo. I am here to support the Assembly of Kosovo. Kosovo faces many challenges. I think we all know what many of them are – unemployment, visa liberalization, corruption, things like that – which it has to have a functioning Assembly in order to help solve. I am here to
RTK: We know that this is the International Mother language Day however, there is a political event going on in Pristina and there is a parliamentary session which has been interrupted. What is your opinion about that? Ambassador Delawie: I have to say I am very disappointed that the opposition decided to throw tear gas in the Assembly today. Only two days
VOA: Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for you time. Ambassador Delawie: It’s a pleasure to be here. VOA: Mr. Ambassador, Kosovo has entered its sixth month of a political crisis, the worst one since the declaration of independence of Kosovo. According to you, what is the way out of this situation? Ambassador Delawie: I have to say this is
Mirëmëngjes! Dobro jutro. Good morning. Ministers, Chief State Prosecutor, Mayor, Diplomatic colleagues, justices, prosecutors, other distinguished guests, thank you very much. I’ve been in Kosovo only about six months now, but this is the second time I’ve been able to speak at the inauguration of a prosecutorial office. Like in Gjilan, the United States helped rehabilitate the basic courthouse in
Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be here. It’s terrific to be here with the two of you and your staffs. I really appreciate it. We have a saying in English that “cleanliness is next to godliness.” But for health care professionals, cleanliness can’t just be aspirational – it is vital to the health and indeed the survival of the
Prime Minister Mustafa, Minister Stavileci, Justice Rama, AUK President Thomson, and of course 67 of Kosovo’s brightest public servants – good afternoon. Let me start by saying I’m a public servant just like all of you. In fact, I’ve served my country for 30 years. I believe that dedicated, innovative, and skilled public servants are critical to a country’s progress
BIRN: Mr. Ambassador, please tell us how do you comment on the political situation in Kosovo? Ambassador: Well, thank you for the question. First of all, I support the President’s initiative to resolve political deadlock via dialogue. I look forward to further engagements among party leaders. I have to say I’ve been disappointed by some of the reactions that I
Good morning! Thank you all for coming here today. Thanks especially to Deputy Mayor Fadil Nura; Skenderaj Director of Education, Jashar Lushtaku, and of course, all of the School Directors, guests, friends and students. We have a program we are going to start in a few minutes. Since Monday is the beginning of African American history month, I wanted to
KTV ADRIATIK KELMENDI: How does the U.S. see the resolution of political crisis in Kosovo? What does it say about the protests of the opposition and what about the positions of the Government? Can there be new elections and what to do with the dialogue with Serbia? When are expected the establishment of the Special Court and issuance of the
It is terrific to have you all here. I’ve got to find your travel agent though first thing and complain that your plane really should land with the luggage! And I think some of you, we’ve got the former warm city caucus, because I’m from San Diego. And the weather out here these days is just really not acceptable for
On the occasion of the swearing in of Peace Corps volunteers Friday, Ambassador Delawie was asked by Arton Mulliqi from RTK to comment on the current state of affairs in Kosovo. Ambassador Delawie: First of all, I’d like to mention why I am here today. I am here to swear in six new Peace Corps volunteers. It is a tremendous
Thank you very much for having me here today. The U.S. Embassy strongly supports Kosovo’s efforts to increase its cybersecurity capabilities in the public and private sectors. I am very encouraged to hear that the Kosovo Government has been working hard on a National Cybersecurity Stategy. Today, I would like to talk with you about the nexus between cybersecurity and
2015 in Kosovo was a year of both success and challenges. Let me start with the good news. Years of tough negotiations bore fruit in October as Kosovo and the EU signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement, the first contractual arrangement for any state seeking to join the European Union. In July, Kosovo and the International Monetary Fund concluded a
– PART ONE – Association in line with the Constitution Ambassador Greg Delawie says that according to the verdict of the Court, the Association of Serb majority municipalities is in compliance with the Constitution of Kosovo. In an exclusive interview for Zeri, America’s Number One in Kosovo says that the Court has given specific guidelines to the Government on how
Good afternoon Mayor Jenuzi, Dr. Jashari, guests and friends. Today I have the pleasure to officially hand over this vehicle to the Family Health Care Center of Dragash. This donation is made possible by the U.S. European Command and coordinated by our Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation. We hope that this donation will improve the care of hemodialysis patients from
Good morning – Minister Demolli; General Rama; distinguished guests and friends. I am pleased to be here today for the graduation of 15 Explosive Ordnance Disposal trainers with the Kosovo Security Force. These trainers have just completed a rigorous three-week course taught by a team from U.S. Army Europe. They are now certified to use the safety and demining equipment
I’ve been here to support the normal functioning of the Assembly. It’s very disappointing to see some Members of Parliament release teargas in the Assembly again. It’s disappointing. As most of you probably know the Assembly is supposed to pass the budget for the next year today and has a long list of other important laws that are necessary for
Thank you for allowing me to speak with you today. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak to Kosovo’s judges and stress their important role in advancing the rule of law and combatting corruption. Yesterday, on International Anti-Corruption Day, I was the key note speaker for an Amcham event on the battle against corruption. And this coming Saturday, I
Good evening everyone. It’s a pleasure to host such an inspiring group of artists and creative minds here tonight. I’ve been in Pristina for three months now, and have joked that my bare walls were a minimalist statement. The truth is I have been waiting for the installation of the art I was able to select from the Art in
Thank you Mr. Zeka, Mr. Preteni, Mr. Kelmendi, Mr. Prebreza, Ms. Shita, and other distinguished guests. I am particularly pleased that this event has been organized by the leading U.S. business organization in the country. Corruption is a persistent problem for those trying to do business, and it is commendable that business organizations like AmCham are making efforts to eliminate
Madam President, Minister Kuci, Judges, Prosecutors, Diplomatic Colleagues, Honored Guests, Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. I applaud the OSCE for supporting this event for the last five years and for their dedicated effort to improving rule of law in Kosovo. I think it is extremely important to have annual conferences like this for judges. In
RTK: Dear viewers, good evening. Tomorrow in Pristina will come the highest U.S. official since the visit of Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2011, the Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s visit to Kosovo happens at a critical time for Kosovo’s institutions, but we will hear more about the details of this visit and whom he will meet during his visit
KTV: Arta Avdiu (reporter): What’s your opinion about what’s going on at the Assembly of Kosovo? Ambassador Delawie: Well, a couple of things. I have to wonder if the people who are doing the tear gas throwing think they are above the law. I hope not. In the United States, we believe that everybody should be equal before the law
Good evening and welcome to the American Embassy Marine Security Guard detachment’s celebration of the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. A special welcome to Minister Abrashi, Minister Collaku, General Rama, and BG Boyles. I want to thank Staff Sergeant Guillermo and our entire team of Marines for allowing us to celebrate with them today. Before moving on
Koha Ditore: Thanks for having us. I would actually want to start with the issue of democracy that we are somehow confronting these days with developments in the Parliament of the last week and the current stalemate so to say there because of the eggs being thrown and the resistance of the opposition. What does this tell us, in your
Ambassador Delawie Remarks at the Anti-Corruption Council Meeting, Friday, September 25, 2015 Thank you, Madame President, Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, and other distinguished guests. I commend you for working together on a comprehensive, whole-of-society approach to Kosovo’s fight against corruption. Since arriving in this country, I have made no secret of my priorities. I have said I would like
KosSev: You have recently arrived in Kosovo? What are your impressions so far? Ambassador: Well, thank you for asking. I have very positive impressions for Kosovo so far. I got here about four weeks ago today, in fact. I’ve travelled a fair amount; I’ve met a lot of people and I see a country that’s come a long way since
RTK: Dear viewers, good evening. Tonight we have here in our studio the Ambassador of the U.S. to Kosovo, Mr. Greg Delawie. Mr. Ambassador, thank you. Ambassador: Thank you very much, Mr. Kastrati. It is absolutely wonderful to be here. RTK: Can you tell us and our audience a little bit about yourself? Ambassador: I’ve been an American diplomat for
Mirëdita të gjithëve. Faleminderit, Presidente Jahjaga, për mikpritjen e veçantë që ju dhe stafi juaj ma ofruat sot. Dobro jutro svima. Hvala Vam, predsednice Jahjaga, na izuzetnoj dobrodošlici koju ste mi Vi i Vaše osoblje ukazali danas. Good morning everyone. Thank you, President Jahjaga, for your and your staff’s extraordinary welcome today. It is an honor for me to represent
Let’s turn now to Kosovo, and ask why it matters to the United States. Why should the U.S. care about a landlocked developing country 5,000 miles away, smaller than Connecticut, with fewer than 2 million people? Why would the country’s situation in 1999 cause NATO to launch its first war in 50 years? Why would the U.S. provide it with