THE SPEECH OF PRESIDENT ATIFETE JAHJAGA FOR THE OCCASION OF THE DAY OF JUSTCE

Three years ago Kosovo won one of the most important battles in the international law as a verdict of declaration of independence, state building, international subjectivity and territorial integrity of our country, by proving that the will and the values upon which we have built our state were just and they embody the will and values of world’s democracy.

Honorable representatives of institutions of the Republic of Kosovo,
Honorable representatives of the Judiciary, Prosecution, Kosovo Police,
Honorable representatives of the civil society,
Honorable ambassadors and representatives of diplomatic missions in the Republic of Kosovo,
Honorable citizens of the Republic of Kosovo

Three years ago Kosovo won one of the most important battles in the international law as a verdict of declaration of independence, state building, international subjectivity and territorial integrity of our country, by proving that the will and the values upon which we have built our state were just and they embody the will and values of world’s democracy.

The Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence is the most just verdict that recognized the efforts of the people for freedom and independence, which gave Kosovo the chance to return again in the European family and established peace and security in entire region of the Balkans. 

The battle of peace was won – opening the road to the building of a democratic and inclusive state based on the respect of human values, equality and understanding.

The decision concludes the great sacrifice of generations and opens the road of perspective for us and those who come after. This decision of the International Court of Justice is a step towards building a state of justice, where order and rule of law are its basis and where the wellbeing of citizens is increased with joint work of all of us.

This state has its roots in rule of law, which is respected and implemented by all and in front of which every citizen is equal. This state of rule of law will not recognize the power of crime any more but the powerful hand of law which will establish order in our society. We have declared a number of wars against the organized crime and corruption and we have expressed our strong will to win them. These are not and cannot be only words – our battles in the war against corruption and organized crime should be strengthened and deepened even more. We cannot lose this war, because if so we would lose our European perspective, because we would lose the wellbeing of our citizens.

This state should be developed by offering opportunities to everyone based on the human rights for basic freedoms, embodied in our Constitution. And this right of every citizen cannot be deprived from our difficulties to build a state of justice. This would help us fasten our internal reforms which are needed and necessary to preserve the foundation of the democratic state and advance our processes. Because these reforms will enable also the economic development of our country and will spread the rule of law in all of our territory by offering security to every citizen without any discrimination, and certainly will enable the right and free choice of the citizen of Kosovo.

Democracy is a long and tiring road but it gives a chance to everyone and it changes our life.

Allow me that from here today to express my deep concern, as the concern of every citizen of Kosovo, for the departures of our youth from the country, towards a not so clear future. I express my deep concern for the scenes of our youth placed in refugee camps, without any hope to win a new perspective. The road of escaping has ended for us, for the tormented people of Kosovo that 15 years ago were deported by force. I truly understand the hardships of life and the desperation of everyone who has taken this road, but the road of fear, escaping and deportation will not be repeated anymore. Kosovo is not a place of crisis anymore, but a state which is internationally recognized, which respects international norms, laws and conventions. Kosovo is a state that is seeking ways to develop and progress, to open new working places which would prevent the search for a new life, beyond our borders. Our courage to deal with hardship today will change our life and will help the development of our state. The courage to change and advance the present will fasten the road to our European integrations which cannot and should not be endangered by anything.

We have a joint obligation – we the citizens of the Republic of Kosovo – to build our country with dignity and love.

Dear participants,

I congratulate you for the day of justice. Let it be a day to reflect the achievements and responsibilities and that the principle of justice and rule of law should be the leading principle.