Arrest of Serbian Official in Kosovo Press Statement

Arrest of Serbian Official in Kosovo Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 27, 2018 The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s events in Mitrovica, which unnecessarily heighten tensions and threaten regional stability. We urge all parties to avoid further escalation of the situation, and to act calmly and resolve disputes peacefully. To create ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ratification of the Border Demarcation Agreement with Montenegro

Congratulations to the people of Kosovo on the ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro.  Ratification is an important achievement that affirms Kosovo’s place in Europe.  Each member of parliament who voted to ratify this agreement can be proud to know you have done the right and courageous thing for the good of your ...
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Statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

We welcome recent statements by Kosovo’s political leaders committing to abandon efforts to abrogate the Specialist Chambers.  We expect Kosovo’s leaders to keep their word and all Kosovo institutions to honor this commitment.  Only by upholding the rule of law and ensuring justice for all victims can Kosovo affirm its maturity as a state and ...
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U.S. EMBASSY PRISTINA TO PROCESS ALL IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF KOSOVO

The U.S. Embassy in Pristina is pleased to announce that beginning in January 2018, it will begin processing all Immigrant Visa (IV) applications for residents of Kosovo.  In previous years, IV applications were processed by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.  Because the U.S. Embassy in Pristina seeks to provide high levels of customer service ...
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Ambassador Delawie’s Statement on the Murder of Oliver Ivanovic

I condemn in the strongest possible manner the violent killing of Oliver Ivanovic this morning, and extend the Embassy’s deepest condolences to his family.  I call on all Kosovo’s justice institutions – especially now that police, prosecutors, and courts are integrated – to investigate this incident swiftly and professionally, and bring the perpetrators to justice.  ...
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Quint Member States Statement

We are deeply concerned by ongoing efforts to undermine the work of the Specialist Chambers, as well as by the December 29 presidential pardons of three individuals convicted of murder in the so-called "Hajra Family Case."  The Chambers, in particular, are an important part of Kosovo´s commitment to the rule of law and Kosovo´s work ...
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Kosovo Assembly Attempts to Abrogate Law on the Specialist Chambers

The United States is deeply concerned by recent attempts in the Kosovo Assembly to abrogate the law on the Specialist Chambers, the court established to hear cases of alleged crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other serious crimes committed during the 1998-2000 conflict. We call on political leaders in the Republic of Kosovo to maintain ...
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Statement from U.S. Embassy Pristina

Kosovo’s leaders have made repeated public statements this week that an initiative in the Kosovo Assembly regarding the Special Court won’t damage Kosovo’s international relationships.   They are mistaken.  Any such renewed efforts would have profound negative consequences for Kosovo’s European future and its relationship with the United States.
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Agreement Between the Government of Kosovo and Contour Global

We welcome yesterday’s agreement between the Government of Kosovo and Contour Global, which represents a huge step towards energy security in Kosovo. Energy insecurity is one of Kosovo’s greatest barriers to economic development. USAID has commissioned studies that put Kosovo’s economic losses at €300 million per year because of unreliable electricity supply. The United States ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Border Demarcation Agreement

The U.S. Embassy was disappointed by the new border commission’s report to the Assembly Committee on European Integration yesterday. Its assertions are unsubstantiated, misleading, and wrong. The existing agreement reflects an accurate process of determining the border, confirmed by Kosovo’s state commission and numerous internationally recognized experts.  In 2015, the State Department confirmed that the ...
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U.S. Embassy in Pristina to Process Diversity Visa Applications for Residents of Kosovo

U.S. Embassy in Pristina to Process Diversity Visa Applications for Residents of Kosovo, 27 September 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Pristina is pleased to announce that beginning in October 2017, it will begin processing Diversity Visa (DV) applications for residents of Kosovo for the 2018 program.  In previous years, DV applications were processed by the U.S. ...
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Statement by Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

As the local elections campaign season opens, the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States call all political parties and their candidates to commit to free, respectful, and peaceful campaigning. Citizens deserve an open and transparent election process where all candidates have the right to be heard by the voters, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Formation of Institutions in Kosovo

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Formation of Institutions in Kosovo, September 11, 2017 The U.S. Embassy welcomes the constitution of the Assembly and the formation of the government, and congratulates Assembly Speaker Veseli, Prime Minister Haradinaj, and the newly appointed state officials and ministers.  We look forward to working with the new government to advance ...
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Statement by Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

We commend the cooperation and coordination of the KJC and CEC chair in the first-ever formal certification of municipal elections candidates using nationwide court records. We call on the elections commission, in accordance with Kosovo law, to disqualify those candidates for whom the courts have certified ‎final convictions in the past three years. The first ...
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Statement by Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

We are concerned by the ongoing political situation in Kosovo. Kosovo faces many challenges, both immediate and long term, including both the IMF program, energy situation, but also the need for economic development, strengthening of the rule of law, Kosovo’s European perspective and Kosovo’s relationship with Serbia. Kosovo’s citizens deserve an Assembly and Government that ...
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Statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Over the past few days, including today, we have received a number of deeply concerning reports of efforts to influence the results of the election in Kosovo through threats and intimidation. In particular, there appears to be an attempt to intimidate and coerce members of the Kosovo-Serb community to vote in a particular way. Such ...
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Embassy Statement on the Official Start of Election Campaigns

As the campaign season opens today, the U.S. Embassy reiterates the call for all political candidates to commit to free, credible, and peaceful elections. We will be assisting Kosovo in meeting European standards for this election by deploying election observation teams across the country on election day. Unfortunately, there have already been credible allegations of ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy Pristina

The United States supports the passage of the Law on Execution of Penal Sanctions, which would close loopholes that allow politically-connected criminals to leave prison for frivolous reasons. We are, however, strongly opposed to a proposed amendment to that law that provides each detainee will receive 36 hours of time served credit for every 24 ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Kosovo Security Force Transformation Process

The United States is concerned by Kosovo’s announced intention to change the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) without a constitutional amendment. We support the gradual, transparent transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into a multiethnic force in line with NATO standards. However, this transformation should be done in accordance with the Kosovo Constitution ...
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Press Release

A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives arrives in Pristina today for two days of meetings as part of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP). The HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, ...
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U.S. Embassy Pristina statement on agreement on the wall in North Mitrovica

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 ...
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Statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

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 ...
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Embassy Pristina Announces New Tourist Visa Services for Applicants Age 60 and Older

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 ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Mary Warlick’s Statement at the Kosovo B Power Plant

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 ...
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Statement on Violence in Mushtishte/Musutiste and Gjakove/Djakovica

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 ...
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U.S. Embassy Pristina Statement on rtk

U.S. Embassy Pristina Statement on Attack on RTK, August 23, 2016 The U.S. Embassy condemns last night’s grenade attack on the premises of Radio-Television Kosovo as another assault on Kosovo’s democracy and hard-won progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration.  A small, faceless  group has now added an attack on media freedom to its assault on democratic principles and ...
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Statement on Assistant Secretary Nuland’s Visit to Kosovo

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. ...
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Statement on the Review of the Border Delineation Process, 31 March 2016

The Embassy of the United States welcomes the determination of the Ad hoc Commission that the border delineation process “clearly satisfied international norms.” We concur with the Commission’s call for the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Montenegro to take steps to improve border management and strengthen cooperation.  We hope that all sides will ...
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Statement on Kosovo-Montenegro Border Demarcation Report

The U.S. Department of State has reviewed the detailed delimitation line of the Kosovo-Montenegro border prepared by the Kosovo State Commission for Marking and Maintenance of the State Border.  We understand the basis for the Commission’s demarcation effort was the 1974 Yugoslav Constitution, which defined Kosovo’s border from the administrative borders of municipalities, which are ...
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Joint statement by the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative and the Embassies/Offices of the EU Member States in Kosovo Pristina, November 30

“Today we have witnessed a continued obstruction by the opposition of the Assembly work. This kind of violent obstruction is neither acceptable nor will it solve any problem for the citizens of Kosovo. We call for the return to dialogue in the political life in general and the Assembly in particular to prevent any further ...
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Joint statement of the Embassies of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Pristina, November 29, 2015

The Embassies of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Pristina have been closely following developments in Kosovo over the past days. We are pleased that demonstrations have passed peacefully and would like to commend everyone, especially the Kosovo Police, involved. We believe in the power of dialogue as a means to ...
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Statement of the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

The Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Pristina condemn the continued use of violence to achieve political goals.  We call for respect for the rule of law, democratic procedures, and international norms.  Political violence is unacceptable, and damages the interests of Kosovo citizens and Kosovo’s international standing.  This ...
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Statement from U.S. Embassy Pristina on the UNESCO vote, November 10, 2015

The United States strongly supports Kosovo as a multiethnic, democratic, independent and sovereign state.  While the outcome of yesterday’s vote denying Kosovo UNESCO membership was disappointing, it is neither a statement on Kosovo’s independence, nor a reflection of its position in the world.  In fact, the U.S. Embassy in Pristina is encouraged by the 92 ...
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Statement from QUINT member states on Brezovica, October 30, 2015

The embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and France wish to express their strong support for the Brezovica Resort Development Project in Kosovo.  The inclusive, transparent bidding process was conducted in full compliance with Kosovo laws, and incorporated the best international public-private partnership practices.  A successful Brezovica project will create a world-class ...
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Public Statement

The Embassy of the United States notes that Kosovo needs a functioning Assembly to pass the legislation necessary to provide a secure and prosperous future for the citizens of the country.  We welcome the successful completion of the last plenary session and support all measures within Kosovo law and the Assembly’s rules of procedure to ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, October 22, 2015

U.S. Embassy Continues Support for Academic Reforms  The U.S. Embassy continues to support the reforms being carried out by the Rector of the University of Pristina.  A modern and high quality university education will provide youth the skills they need for the future, and contribute to Kosovo’s European integration.  We encourage all efforts that contribute ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, October 20, 2015

The Embassy of the United States in Kosovo strongly supports President Jahjaga’s attempts to foster political dialogue The Embassy of the United States in Kosovo strongly supports President Jahjaga’s attempts to foster political dialogue among the political parties represented in Kosovo’s Assembly.  The Parliament is Kosovo’s most important institution and its function is vital to ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, October 8, 2015

U.S. EMBASSY CONDEMNS VIOLENCE IN KOSOVO PARLIAMENT The Embassy of the United States of America in Kosovo condemns the violence today in the Kosovo Assembly. Weapons have no place in parliaments. The appalling conduct of certain opposition MPs, which necessitated medical attention for other MPs, as well as international observers, including staff from the U.S. ...
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Statement by the U.S. Embassy Pristina, August 26, 2015

U.S. Embassy Pristina congratulates the Government of the Republic of Kosovo for concluding four agreements in Brussels.  The agreements, which respect Kosovo’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, will improve the lives of all people in Kosovo and are a victory for all sides. The discussions, facilitated by the EU High Representative, resulted in agreements on energy, ...
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Joint Statement

Statement of EU Embassies/Offices, EUSR/EU Office and US Embassy in Kosovo on the adoption of constitutional amendment and law on the establishment of the Specialist Chambers   “EU Embassies/Offices, EUSR/EU Office and the Embassy of the United States in Pristina welcome the adoption of the constitutional amendment and law needed to establish the Specialist Chambers and ...
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President Obama Nominates Greg Delawie as U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, March 30, 2015

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to confirm that President Obama has nominated Greg Delawie to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo.  The U.S. Constitution requires that the President obtain the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate before appointing ambassadors. Contrary to recent media reports in Kosovo, the Senate has not yet held a ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Signing of Foreign Terrorist Fighter Law, March 26, 2015

“The United States Embassy extends its warm congratulations to President Jahjaga and the Kosovo Assembly on the passing and signing into law the Foreign Terrorist Fighter legislation. This legislation is an important instrument in a broader strategy of fighting violent extremism. The United States values its partnership with Kosovo in the global fight against violent ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy, Pristina, March 7, 2015

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the government’s passage of the constitutional amendments necessary to establish the Special Court.  It is an important step toward honoring the commitments Kosovo made in the April 2014 Exchange of Letters with the EU.  It also demonstrates Kosovo’s readiness to address the allegations against individuals in the 2011 Council of Europe ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, March 4, 2015

The United States Embassy, Pristina is pleased to announce Arbana Xharra, Editor-in-Chief of Zëri, as the winner of the Secretary of State’s prestigious International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) for the European Bureau. The Secretary of State’s annual IWOC Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for ...
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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, February 3, 2015

The U.S. Embassy urges government, opposition parties, and citizens to demonstrate their shared commitment to Kosovo’s future by ensuring that planned protests are conducted in a peaceful manner.  Citizens have a right to express grievances to the government, and the government has an obligation to listen and respond.  Economic development, job creation, illegal migration, rule ...
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Statement from the Quint embassies, January 26, 2015

“The Ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States to Kosovo stress the democratic right of all citizens to protest in a non-violent manner. The right of peaceful assembly and to join freely with fellow citizens to demonstrate is critical to a functioning democracy. However, violence during protests is illegal and ...
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