Pristina, February 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Celebrations are taking place in Kosovo on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of independence. The main squares have been adorned with national flags and flags of friendly countries. The object which symbolizes the birth of the state of Kosovo has now taken the colors of the uniform of Kosovo Liberation Army in the honor of the 6th anniversary of independence.
Some of the main festive activities include the march of the troops of Kosovo Security Forces in “Mother Teresa” square, several official receptions, homage to the heroes and a visit to their families, a number of concerts and solemn fireworks later in the evening.
Messages in parliament
Parliament of Kosovo held a solemn session with the participation of international political personalities and personalities from neighboring countries. Speeches were delivered in this solemn session by the speaker of parliament, Dr. Jakup Krasniqi, prime minister Hashim Thaci and president of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga.
Mr. Krasniqi praised the contribution of Independence: “February 17, 2008 will eternally remain in the history of Kosovo, as a wreath of a century long effort of our people for freedom, independence, democracy and human dignity”, stressed the speaker of parliament, Jakup Krasniqi in his speech. Krasniqi also said that “the declaration of Independence is a historical act, which has been preceded by a long liberating process, covered with glory, blood and sacrifices. The declaration of Independence was preceded by a titanic war for life or death, which is symbolized vy the emblematic name of the legendary commander of Kosovo’s Liberation Army, Adem Jashari”.
Dr. Krasniqi said that: “During these 6 years, independent Kosovo has not endangered or harmed anyone, because its project has been based and founded on the highest values of American and western European modern democracy”.
Prime minister Hashim Thaci said that the vision of the government is the rule of law in all of the country, implying that the north of Kosovo must be taken under full control by Pristina.
“Our vision is for the rule of law to dominate in all of Kosovo, to protect private property, to encourage private incentives and to guarantee free competition and equal chances”.
Meanwhile, president of the country, Atifete Jahjaga said: “Without any doubt, we still have a long journey in order to impose law and order in each part of the territory of our Republic and to built an corrupt free state”.
Jahjaga warned that “the difficulties that the country is facing today are difficulties of transition, in which other countries of the democratic world have gone through and which they often slow down democratic processes and the integration path”.
6 years of independence, government and opposition divided on the situation
The government and opposition shared different opinions over the developments in the country in the past 6 years.
Prime Minister Hashim Thaci praised the United States of America, European Union, NATO and all other supporters who have helped the efforts of this country for the freedom and independence of Kosovo.
“Now, we celebrate the 6th anniversary of the independence of Kosovo with a new chapter, that of the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. The recognitions are increasing in number and I’m convinced that the recognition of Kosovo by Serbia will take place in the near future, alongside the European integration process”, said Thaci.
The head of the Democratic League of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa says that on the sixth of independence, Kosovo will be led by LDK.
“LDK will be voted this year to lead the country once again and to take forward those processes which have come to a standstill as a result of the current government. Along with its domestic and international partners, LDK will work hard to impose law and order and introduce a western European like democracy in the country, in which leaders and policy makers will be servants of the citizens”, said today (17.02) Mr. Mustafa.
Self Determination MP, Rexhep Selimi says that Kosovo is still not a genuine state. He says that government of Kosovo and that of Serbia are degrading the most the independence of Kosovo. He also says that national unification remains the dream of Albanians.
“6 years after the proclamation of Independence, Kosovo has not managed to become a genuine state, or at least, an independent and sovereign state. Its own government is rejecting its independence and sovereignty”, said Selimi.
The representative of Jashari’s family, Murat Jashari is sad about the political situation in Kosovo.
“We’re in a situation which if we don’t overcome quickly, the repercussions will be unpredictable and we can weaken the sovereignty of the state”, declared Jashari.
Kosovo proclaimed its independence 10 years ago following the war with Serbia. In 2005, negotiations were launched in Vienna between leaders of Kosovo and those of Serbia. After two years of negotiations, Pristina and Belgrade could not come up to an agreement.
The intermediary of these talks, Martti Ahtisaari, proposed his Package, which Kosovo used to proclaim its independence on February 17, 2008 and uses it to function as an independent state.
Two years later, on July 22, the International Court of Justice confirmed through its opinion that the independence of Kosovo has not breached any articles of the International Law.
Since February 17, 2008, independence of Kosovo has been recognized by 106 states. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo, Enver Hoxhaj, says that 6 years following the Independence, the results of the consolidation of the independent state are tangible, as 106 states have recognized the country. He says that lobbying continues and the process of recognitions is aimed to be finalized this year. /ibna/