Ethics and anti-corruption efforts rely on individual choices as much as institutional efforts. We acknowledge that changes in practice and perception are hard, and will not happen overnight. But as Kosovo continues to take the tough but necessary steps to unlock its potential, the United States will be a steady partner. We believe in Kosovo’s future as a strong and valued member of the world trading system. As a demonstration of our commitment to those beliefs, I welcome you to this workshop.
There is a brightness to the current situation in Kosovo. If you think about the journey that Kosovo has been on, celebrating nine years of independence in a remarkably stable environment. The economy is growing and this is a country just filled with possibilities. So, it is not without its challenges and that is one of the reasons that we’re here.
Kosovo is our first stop. Why is that the case? Because this country is so important. The whole world is watching Kosovo. The whole world is rooting for Kosovo in some ways. We certainly are. We realize that a stable Kosovo and one in which all parties are included in governance is one that we can greatly celebrate.
National Day Message for Kosovo from President Trump, Feb 17, 2017 Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States, I am pleased to congratulate the people of Kosovo on your independence day on February 17. The partnership between our countries is based on shared values and common interests. A sovereign, multiethnic, democratic Kosovo’s future lies in a stable and
On the Occasion of Kosovo’s National Day, Feb 17, 2017 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, it is my pleasure to congratulate the citizens of Kosovo on the ninth anniversary of your independence as you celebrate this February 17. The United States values its strong friendship with Kosovo based on mutual aspirations for stability, peace, and prosperity
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.
The U.S. Embassy welcomes February 4 agreement between Environment and Spatial Planning Minister Shala and North Mitrovica/e Mayor Rakic on a revised urban plan for the pedestrianization of King Peter Street., We applaud the municipal assembly of North Mitrovica/e for its prompt adoption of the new plan. The agreement reached will result in the construction of a beautiful pedestrian area that fulfills the 2015 agreement on freedom of movement for all of Kosovo’s people. Much can be accomplished when all sides come together to work for the common good.
Over the last few days and under the facilitation of the EU Office and US Embassy, the parties comprising Mayor of North Mitrovica and Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning agreed to resolve the issue surrounding the construction of the wall in Mitrovica. Together they reached a solution that will ease tensions in the north of Kosovo, assist the freedom
Kosovo is an example of what happens when the international community, led by America, commits itself to the defense of its interests and values. In general, I would recommend reductions commensurate with the security situation on the ground, but my understanding is that, at present, the Force remains critical to ensuring the stability of the region. Moreover, before it would be prudent to reduce the U.S. military presence, the Kosovo Security Forces must receive a mandate to conduct domestic security and territorial defense, a shift that will require constitutional change with parliamentary support.
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.
DCM Colleen Hyland at Annual Conference of Prosecutors, January 28, 2017 Good morning. First, I want to let you know that the Ambassador really did want to be here this morning and unfortunately was called to other duties. So I am here to deliver to you the message that he wanted to give you. Thank you, Minister Hoxha, Chairman Isufaj, Chief
Fun facts about past presidential inaugurations Incoming presidents have celebrated their inaugurations in novel ways, starting with George Washington dancing the minuet after his. The Constitution offers little guidance beyond the date of the inauguration and the words of the oath. Each celebration is shaped by tradition and by each new president’s personality. Here’s a look at a few notable inaugural moments.
U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section has opened the call for applications for the Fulbright Specialist program. This program allows Kosovo institutions (academic, government, civil society) to submit projects for assistance from a U.S. specialist. Deadline for receipt of applications for this program will be open until March 1, 2017. All information about this program can be found in our website; in
Kosovo is a sovereign, independent country and we respect the right of Kosovo to manage who and what crosses its borders. We are pleased that there were no confrontations at the border, but the increase of nationalism benefits no one.
The U.S. has recognized Kosovo as a sovereign, independent country since 2008 and we respect the right of Kosovo to manage who and what crosses its borders. We are pleased that there were no confrontations at the border last night. The U.S. strongly supports the EU-moderated Dialogue as the best way forward for Kosovo-Serbia relations.
Questions regarding US policy vis a vis Serbia should be addressed to our Embassy in Belgrade. However, US policy regarding the Balkans has been relatively consistent over the last two decades regardless of which party was in the White House. We have seen no indication that this will change.
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 holiday season in the U.S. means festive celebrations and decorations. Thousands of ornaments, wishes and messages of hope fill the White House.
2017 Fulbright Specialist Program Application Period is now open! DEADLINE: March 1, 2017 The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at institutions abroad. The Fulbright Specialist Program in Kosovo is open for Kosovo host institutions to submit project ideas for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals. The program awards grants for projects that will last between
The U.S. Department of State is offering Scholarships for high school students from Kosovo to attend the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.
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.
The Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States congratulate the Central Election Commission, political parties, and voters of Gllogovc/Glogovac for the December 4 first round of the extraordinary mayoral elections, which observers generally characterized as well organized and conducted in a positive atmosphere. These elections demonstrated a strong commitment by all actors, including citizens, to
The U.S. Embassy in Pristina is pleased to announce that beginning January 5, 2017, it will accept first-time B1/B2 visa applications from Kosovars aged 60 and older. Previously, only B1/B2 applicants aged 80 and older, or those renewing visas, were eligible to apply in Pristina. Because the U.S. Embassy in Pristina seeks to provide high levels of customer service to Kosovar visa applicants and recognizes the difficulty of traveling to Skopje, it has decided to expand the visa services offered in Pristina.
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 encourage both the Government and civil society to treat the Strategy as a living document – reflective of the progress made, but also incorporating the feedback of challenges still to be overcome.
There is much to be done to ensure all of Kosovo’s citizens have opportunities and are empowered to effect change in their communities. The United States is proud to be your partner on these issues and will continue to stand with Kosovo and all of you here today, to advance human rights
We believe that corruption is one of the most important problems that Kosovo faces as it looks to build a future integrated into the Euro-Atlantic and international community. It is a central issue in the public’s mind and also a key theme from Brussels.
Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Kosovo Law Institute Roundtable, December 06, 2016 Thank you, Betim and Kosovo Law Institute for organizing this important discussion. It is my pleasure to be here today to continue to show the Embassy’s support for the very important role the justice sector plays in the fight against corruption in Kosovo. When Ambassador Delawie participated in
USAID Kosovo Acting Mission Director Mike De La Rosa remarks on Fighting Corruption through Transparency of Public Spending, December 6, 2016 Thank you very much Nora. And thanks to everyone else for taking the time to be here today. (Minister Hoti and Mr. Besnik Osmani) I appreciate the opportunity to emphasize the U.S. Embassy and USAID’s commitment to fighting corruption
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.
Small Grants Opportunity! Call for Proposals: The U.S. Embassy Pristina and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (ECA) are pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. Program Objectives: The Embassy and ECA’s Cultural Heritage Center (“the Center”) request proposals for funding in FY 2017 for
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.
The application season for the Fall 2017 program is now closed. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university. The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and aims to
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
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As a daughter, I have been blessed and supported by my parents to achieve all that was available to me, legally and socially. I have been able to exercise my right to education, to employment, ownership and inheritance.
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
Good morning. I want to thank the George C Marshall Centre and Kosovo Diplomatic Agency for organizing a seminar on such an important topic. This seminar on Strategy and International Security addresses Kosovo’s vital interests and its engagement in the region and globally. We are all dedicated to creating a world that is more peaceful and stable; united in our
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.
Ambassador Delawie visited Podujeve today to see a successful raspberry farm supported by USAID Kosovo’s AGRO Program, an example of successful adoption of modern cultivation and growing technologies. The farm at the village Katunishte is run one family but employs a dozen seasonal employees as well. Ambassador Delawie encouraged everyone to keep up the good work! On his trip to
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
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Thank you very much Mr. Minister, I really want to thank you for your hospitality and hosting my visit here today to have an opportunity to visit your facilities here at Kosovo A and B. It really is my great pleasure to be here and to have the opportunity to visit Kosovo’s primary sources of power generation. The United States
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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
The U.S. Embassy unreservedly condemns the use of violence to achieve political objectives in Kosovo as we have seen in recent days. We call on all Kosovo’s leaders to do the same. Democracy provides space for disagreement and even for protest. But under no circumstances is violence against police, the media, members of the government and other citizens, an acceptable
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
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. You cannot only call me Joe, you can call me anytime you need me. And, Mr. President, I was thinking about it on the way out here — it was 2001 when I came to Bondsteel with my son and I met you in Pristina that year. And both you and
Thank you very much, Mr. President. I’ve been to Kosovo many times. Looking at Mr. Rugova’s photograph or painting as I came down the stairs. I’ve met with him many times, as well. It goes back a long way. And I always enjoy coming. People back home ask me why I keep coming to Kosovo. It’s because every time I
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.
Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland visited Kosovo on Sunday, July 10, for a series of meetings with leaders from the Government of Kosovo and civil society. She was joined during her visit by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Dr. Michael Carpenter and United States Ambassador to Kosovo Greg Delawie. During meetings with Kosovo President
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
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
“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
On behalf of President Obama and the citizens of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of the Republic of Kosovo as you celebrate your eighth anniversary of independence on February 17. During my visit to Kosovo in December, I applauded the recent progress your country has made toward Euro-Atlantic integration. This progress includes
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
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
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