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PRESS RELEASE

Statement from U.S. Embassy, June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

Earlier this morning, Ambassador Jacobson and staff from the U.S. Embassy were physically accosted by protesters from Vetevendosje as they attempted to enter the Assembly building for the regularly scheduled parliamentary session.  Several other observers and members of parliament were likewise assailed while trying to enter the building.  As we have stressed with all leaders and particularly to Vetevendosje, while the United States respects citizens’ rights to free speech and expression, we deplore the use of violent tactics in obstructing the democratic process.  Freedom of speech does not mean the right to restrict the freedom of movement of others.  Vetevendosje’s continued reliance on violent tactics undermines Kosovo’s reputation as an emerging democracy.

Ambassador Jacobson is attending today’s session at the formal invitation of the Kosovo Assembly.