Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, October 8, 2015


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. Embassy, makes a mockery of one of Kosovo’s most important democratic institutions. Today’s violence, together with that of the previous three weeks, has prevented the Assembly from fulfilling its mandate to improve the lives of Kosovo’s citizens. This is not democracy. This is obstruction of the democratic process. As we have in the past, the United States strongly urges the opposition to renounce the use of violence as a political tactic and to constructively engage in the important work of the Assembly to advance the interests of the Kosovo people.