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 of law, corruption, and regional and ethnic relations are serious and complex challenges, which will require broad engagement and effort throughout Kosovo – including from institutions, opposition, civil society, and the media.   Violence impedes Kosovo’s development and serves as a distraction from the critical issues the country faces.  Constructive, non-violent behavior– in institutions and on the streets – is the only way for Kosovo to advance.