Pristina, September 22, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga has been awarded with the prize “Leadership in the public domain” given by “Clinton Global Initiative” during a gala held in New York.
In the presence of many political and public figures, this award was given to president Jahjaga by the former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.
After accepting the prize, the president of Kosovo held a speech. She said that it’s a great honor for her to be given this award by people who with their significant engagement in the public domain and their leadership, brought peace and justice for millions of people.
“Mr. President, Mrs. Secretary of State, I consider this a great honor for the people of Kosovo too, whose lives you changed through your decision to prevent genocide in Kosovo and by being beside us to help us build our state in peace, freedom and democracy”, declared Jahjaga.
Jahjaga confessed the post war period and the will of Kosovars to build the new state.
“15 years ago, Kosovo was covered in ruins. Lives were broken, families were divided. Many of them forever. Link between ethnic communities were completely ruined, but out of those moments of pain, commitment and not despair emerged. We were committed to go further and build a new Kosovo”, said Jahjaga.
“And we did this, in spite of the priorities that a society coming out of the war has, in spite of the fluctuations of transition and challenges for a stable state. Today, Kosovo lives in freedom and peace, building its path toward EU and NATO”, added Jahjaga.
“As president, I am proud to be part of this effort and to serve my country. Kosovo, the Kosovo that you liberated and the reconstruction of which you helped, will continue to be a great confession of hope”, said Jahjaga. /ibna/