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  • Ambassador's Remarks on Election of President, February 26,2016

    "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 goals in Kosovo."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Statement at the Assembly, February 26, 2016

    "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..."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Panel Discussion on the Fight against Political Corruption in Kosovo, February 23, 2016

    "..if we truly want to stop corruption, the citizens of Kosovo have to say enough is enough. They need to come forward to identify and report corrupt practices. Those witnessing or suffering from corruption have a critical role in fighting it. As this panel well knows, police and prosecutors need hard facts for indictments and convictions. Corrupt officials cannot be held accountable by rumors or suspicion alone..."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Statement at the Assembly February 19, 2016

    "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 support the members of the Assembly from the vast majority of parties who are here doing the job that their voters elected them to do less than two years ago. "   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks Regarding Tear Gas in Assembly, February 19, 2016

    "I have to say I am very disappointed that the opposition decided to throw tear gas in the Assembly today. Only two days after we celebrated Kosovo’s 8th birthday, it is very sad for me to see people trying to thwart Kosovo’s democracy. I really encourage all parties to try to change their mindset, to try to work towards dialogue, to bring this political impasse to an end."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks in Novo Brdo February 19, 2016

    "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 cross-cultural communication by including children who speak six different languages, and encouraging them to collaborate with each other. "   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Interview with Voice of America, February 12, 2016

    "... I have to say this is a manufactured crisis. I don’t think it’s a real crisis. The problem is that the opposition, which failed to achieve its objectives at the ballot box less than two years ago, is now trying to use violence to achieve its objectives. The best way out of the political crisis is for the opposition to allow the Assembly, the Members of Parliament that were elected by the people of Kosovo to do their job, to meet in the Assembly and to begin to focus on the important issues that face Kosovo citizens...."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie's Remarks at the Inauguration of the Prosecutorial Office in Ferizaj, February 10, 2016

    "...The construction of modern courthouses and prosecution offices throughout Kosovo helps improve citizens’ access to justice. These buildings also speak of our commitment to strengthening the rule of law in Kosovo...."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Garment Center Donation Health Center of the University Clinics of Kosovo, February 10, 2016

    "...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 patients in their care. So, today I have the great pleasure to officially mark the completion of renovations to the two Garment Sanitization Units at the University Clinics Health Care Center...."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at A.U.K. Certificate Ceremony for 1st Cohort Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) Public Policy Development and Leadership (PPDL) Participants February 9, 2016

    "...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 and prosperity. When you enter a career in public service, you need to accept that the citizens are going to decide who your bosses are. You also need to accept that they may make a different choice than you would...."   »

  • Ambassador Q&A with BIRN after AUK TLP Certificate Ceremony, February 9, 2016

    "..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 have heard to yesterday’s meetings. It’s important for the people to recognize that citizens employ politicians to make decisions. .."   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s remarks at the “America with Kosovo” Outreach Program, January 29, 2016

    Since Monday is the beginning of African American history month, I wanted to tell you about a particular hero of mine: Thurgood Marshall. Has anyone heard of him? He lived from 1908 to 1993, witnessed, and participated in a fascinating and turbulent period of American history.    »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s interview with KTV January 28, 2016

    Well, I meet all the time with politicians in Kosovo of all stripes. I continue to work on my three main priorities which, of course, are rule of law, economic development, and regional security. Of course, I discuss the political situation with people as well, and I continue to believe, and I continue to say to these politicians that dialogue and debate are the ways out of the political situation that we see today.   »

  • Ambassador’s Statement on Peace Corp Swearing In and Concern over Political Violence, January 22, 2016

    I am here to swear in six new Peace Corps volunteers. It is a tremendous honor for me to serve in a country with the Peace Corps, which represents a tremendous commitment of the United States to success in Kosovo. Moving on to your question, I hope that all politicians in Kosovo have taken the opportunity over the New Year’s holidays to reflect on how they achieve their political objectives.   »

  • Ambassador Delawie’s Remarks at the Peace Corps Swearing-in Ceremony, January 22, 2016

    It is wonderful to be able to welcome and swear in the six of you as Peace Corps volunteers. It is the second time I have been able to swear in the PCVs since I’ve been here five months or so. The Peace Corps presence in Kosovo is about a year and a half old or so demonstrates the United States’ continuing commitment to the success of Kosovo. We are determined that Kosovo will continue to develop its democracy, its economy, its rule of law and that we will do all we can in the United States to help that.    »

  • Ambassador Delawie's Interview with Zeri, December 30, 2015

    Well, I think we have to start off from the standpoint of the current Parliament we have today resulted from elections in 2014 that were widely regarded as free and fair by the OSCE, by the American government and by international observers. So to me that says that the Parliament has democratic legitimacy.   »

  • Op-Ed by Ambassador Delawie: Choosing Kosovo’s Path in 2016, December 30, 2015

    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 new stand-by arrangement that provides for growth-enhancing capital spending and advances key economic reforms.    »

  • Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, December 24, 2015

    We call upon all parties to respect the judgment of the Constitutional Court. We note that the Court explicitly holds that the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities is to be established as provided by the Brussels Agreement and offers guidelines for ensuring that it is done so within Kosovo’s constitution and laws.    »

  • Statement on Kosovo-Montenegro Border Demarcation Report, December 21, 2015

    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 broken into cadastral zones.    »

  • MCC Board Selects Five Countries for MCC Partnerships, December 17, 2015

    The Board selected Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo and Senegal as newly eligible for compacts. Cote d’Ivoire, which was selected in December 2014 for a threshold program, will now transition into the compact program after showing continued improvement on its scorecard and achieving greater political stability. Kosovo, which passed MCC’s scorecard for the first time after making progress on democratic rights, is a new partner for MCC. Senegal successfully completed its first MCC compact in September and demonstrated improved scorecard performance over the life of the partnership.   »

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