It is my great privilege to welcome you to the reception on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kosova.
This celebration is even more special to us in New York. This celebration is in full coordination and support of our precious diaspora and many sponsors.
Let me express my deep respect and appreciation to my dear friend Councilman Mark Gjonaj, his leadership within the Albanian community, and dedication to bring together associations, businesses, friends, community to make this celebration more meaningful.
Diaspora kept our hopes for freedom when Kosovo was experiencing the last apartheid in the middle of Europe. Diaspora was with us when criminal Serb regime of Miloshevic led ethnic cleansing and genocide against Albanian population of Kosova.
In 90’ they told the story of oppression, of violation of human rights, of killings in Kosova, in front of UN, of US Congress and elsewhere.
Albanian community was our voice when we didn’t have the voice.
12 years ago, on 17th of February 2008, Parliament declared the Independence of Republic of Kosova.
It was one of the coldest day I remember, People were all over the streets not noticing the enormous cold, witnessing the birth of our state, living the dream, aware of many generations that didn’t make to see the freedom and the statehood of Kosova, being grateful for their contribution.
Grateful to Historic President Ibrahim Rugova and the peaceful resistance, to Adem Jashari and the Liberation Army, to USA and all progressive countries who stopped the genocide and helped to bring peace to Kosova.
Today we celebrate the 12th years of Kosovo’s Independence surrounded with a lot of friends, celebrating many successes, being aware of a lot of challenges and a work to do in front of us.
Kosova today is a respectable member of international community bringing added value to the world’s security, safety, sport, music, art.
The modern and vibrant business is finding its way to new markets for their products, whether it is IT, services, high quality furniture, tourism, mining or agriculture products.
Our Judokas put Kosovo in the highest summits of the world’s Judo.
Kosovo soccer players, most of them baby refugees in 1999, are making proud the best soccer teams of the world.
The world best pop singers are proud Kosovar girls, Rita Ora, Dua Lipa, Era Istrefi,
The highest world mountains are concurred by Kosovo girls showing to the world that sky is the limit when you get the chance.
Kosovo finally got the chance, the chance to be alive, the chance to compete, the chance to add value, the chance to be a part of the world.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Please join me in celebration of 12th anniversary of Kosovo’s Independence. Let us raise the glass of Kosovo wine, try some delicious Kosovo Albanian food and listen to our national songs and music.
20.02.2020; Radisson Hotel