PRESIDENT SEJDIU’S SPEECH AT THE CEREMONY MARKING THE 4TH OF JULY, THE UNITED STATES INDEPENDENCE DAY

I am much honored to be here with You today to mark the 4th of July, the Independence Day of the United States of America.

Prishtinë, 2 July 2010

Honorable President of the United States of America, Mr. Christopher Dell,
Honorable Mrs. Dell,
Honorable participants,
Ladies and gentlemen,


I am much honored to be here with You today to mark the 4th of July, the Independence Day of the United States of America.

Today, on the 234th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America we can assert, with no doubt, that the 4th of July 1776 marks the birthday of a country that has developed into a symbol of fight for freedom of the people and democracy and prosperity in the world.

The main principles that have inspired the founding fathers of the American state, the principle of the right to life, to freedom and to pursuit of happiness, constitute the unalienable foundation of universal principles of human rights and freedoms anywhere in the world. On the other hand, though as a text the Constitution of the United States is among the shortest of modern democracies, it represents one of the most powerful documents of our time, which protects, observes and guarantees universal values of each individual, ethnicity or grouping.

The United States of America is today a synonym to a great nation that strives worldwide for a more peaceful and safer world. It is the hope of many peoples around the globe for freedom, welfare and a brighter future.

The United States is always the first to assist countries affected by various disasters. The hand of assistance and generosity of the United States has now been extended to various peoples in all the corners of the earth.

If I may, I would like to quote now the President John F. Kennedy, who used to say: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

I believe that this famous quotation reflects the spirit and the very soul of the American nation, which does not cherish the freedom for itself only, but for all the humankind alike.

Honorable Ambassador Dell,
Honorable Mrs. Dell,
Ladies and gentlemen,

In the days of our great movement for freedom, democracy and independence, the people of Kosovo has enjoyed the permanent support of the United States.
The United States has assumed the leading role in a unified NATO intervention that aimed at delivering the people of Kosovo from physical annihilation in the spring of 1999.

The United States has stood by the people and institutions of Kosovo in the years of the recovery of our country, which had emerged ravaged from the war and the aftermath of a brutal oppression by Milosevic’s regime.

Together with many allies who have fought for humanity and freedom of the people, the United States have stood by us on decisive days of a process that aimed at settling the final status of Kosovo, which has ended with its independence.

Finally, the United States are supporting, in every respect, the strengthening of an independent and sovereign state of Kosovo for the best of our people, regardless of their ethnicity or religion.

By expressing, once again, my best wishes to the American nation on this important day, I wish that the United States of America, the people and the leaders of this country that has become a symbol of modern democracy will always celebrate successful anniversaries. 

Congratulations and Good Luck!
God Bless the United States of America!
God Bless the friendship between our countries!