The President: The Epopee of the KLA awakened the Albanian pride everywhere

Prishtina, March 5, 2018 – The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, participated in the ceremony of the Kosovo Security Force for the marking of the 20th anniversary of the Epopee of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which this year coincides also with the 10th anniversary of the declaration of the Independence of Kosovo.

President Thaçi has said that these two jubilee anniversaries are epochal, historic and events with special importance for Kosovo and our citizens.

“Two decades ago, Kosovo sublimated the entire history of century long efforts for freedom and independence, opposing Belgrade’s administrative, police and military apparatus, led by the Milosevic regime. This opposition was made through the armed resistance, the fair war of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which was created by our citizens. The resistance of Commander Adem Jashari and his comrades was transformed into the massive and extraordinary expansion of the KLA ranks”, said President Thaçi.

He said that the KLA Epopee awakened the pride of the Albanian world everywhere, in Kosovo, in the Diaspora and around the world, wherever Albanians live and act.

“The KLA and all citizens’ resistance made the democratic world, headed by the United States of America and the EU to put the largest military power of the North Atlantic Alliance, NATO, in use. Kosovo at last became a free country for all its citizens”, he stressed.

The Head of State added that whenever he is in front of the members of the Kosovo Security Force, he sees the bright moment of Kosovo, where the history, the present and the future of our country are best joined.

“Your lining ups make us all proud, give us strength, security, and more love for our homeland. You are on the foundations of our identity as an independent state, from the time of transformation to today’s structuring. Therefore, as President of Kosovo, I express my greatest respect for all your work under the uniform of the KSF. This uniform, through your members, is respected throughout the world, in prestigious academies, being it with group activities or with individual achievements. Given your preparation, successful cooperation and support from KFOR and NATO, you are actually testifying the maturity and the ability to exercise your core mission, that of the Armed Forces of Kosovo”, said President Thaçi, adding that “the level of preparation in many dimensions is better than that of the armed forces of the region”.

Although today is a festive day when the pride and sacrifice for freedom and independence is commemorated, President Thaçi emphasized that we can not remain without mentioning that the march of the Kosovo Security Force in the field of professional transformation failed to be followed by our politics.

“I am convinced that this final step of giving Kosovo the Armed Forces, after a long period of development of the Security Forces, in an excellent partnership with the USA, KFOR and NATO, is in the interest of all the citizens of Kosovo, of all communities, of the security and peace in Kosovo and the region”, added President Thaçi.

The Head of State stated that he wants that the Armed Forces to be made with the change of the Constitution by joining in one place, in the Assembly of Kosovo, the political will of all entities and all communities of Kosovo.

He stressed that the Armed Forces of Kosovo will be common value of all, a value that expresses the multi-ethnic character of our state and our society.