THE ACTING PRESIDENT OF KOSOVO DR. JAKUP KRASNIQI RECEIVED TODAY THE AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA TO THE NATO, MR. ARTUR KUKO

The Acting President of Kosovo Dr. Jakup Krasniqi received today the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to the NATO, Mr. Artur Kuko, updating him on the latest political evolutions in Kosovo, including the developments in the Kosovo Security Force and Kosovo Police.

“Today, I had the pleasure of receiving the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Artur Kuko, whom I updated on the political evolutions in Kosovo, with a special emphasis on our engagements in maintaining a political stability and in preparing free and democratic elections. I also informed of developments in the Kosovo Police and the Kosovo Security Force and we received valuable information on the NATO and KFOR’s engagements in Kosovo”, Mr. Krasniqi stated.

In addition, Mr. Krasniqi praised highly European Parliament’s decision to lift visa requirements for the peoples of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, considering it as a major event for Kosovo as well.

“Kosovo is also, as it were, one of the smallest countries of this part of Europe. We expect that following the progress report due to come out in November, in the beginning of November this year, the road to the visa liberalization for the people for Kosovo will become clearer”, the Acting President of Kosovo Dr. Jakup Krasniqi said.

On the other hand, having thanked the Acting President for the reception, Ambassador Kuko said that he has come to Kosovo for a working visit that is not related to the domestic political developments in Kosovo.

“I am in Kosovo for a working visit that is not related to the domestic political developments in Kosovo; a visit that was planned to take place time ago and that aimed at having me obtain, through KFOR, the latest updates on security issues and issues that relate to the presence of the Alliance in Kosovo and new tasks of the Alliance in building the capacities of the Kosovo Security Force”, Ambassador Kuko pointed out.

He said that he is pleased with the fact that, in Brussels, he feels almost every day that the Kosovo institutions are making a progress and consolidating themselves and that this particularly beneficial to the Kosovo Police and the Kosovo Security Force, as strong pillars of the Kosovar society and of the new and independent state of Kosovo.

Asked by journalists about his observation on the situation in the north and, especially, on the recent activities carried out jointly by KFOR, EULEX and Kosovo Police, Ambassador Kuko said that the Alliance HQ follows the situation in Kosovo with great attention.

He maintained that the situation is not favorable at all and that consultations between international observers, be they from the EU or Alliance, focus on the north of Kosovo, and that the troubled situations that has been created there has to be addressed in a coordinated fashion by the Kosovo authorities, in cooperation with the international community and KFOR in particular, which has an important role to play on the entire ground.