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US promises to lobby for more countries to recognise Kosovo - reports

Author: Clive Leviev-Sawyer Date: Sat, Feb 28 2009 18 Comments, 3039 Views
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The United States has reconfirmed its support for the new state of Kosovo and has promised to lobby for more recognitions, according to a report in Pristina daily Koha Ditore.

The newspaper said that Kosovo leaders president Fatmir Sejdiu, prime minister Hashim Thaci and foreign minister Skender Hyseni were given these guarantees in a meeting on February 26 2009 with US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

"The US together with its European allies will continue to give its large and substantial support for the newest democracy in the world," Koha Ditore quoted Clinton as saying.

"Support for Kosovo is coming from both (Democrat and Republican) parties. And has been continuous over three administrations, beginning with the administration of my husband, Bill Clinton, and then with Bush’s and now Obama’s. I have told both of them, the president and the prime minister, that the USA will always support and work with your state," Clinton said.

According to a US state department transcript, Clinton said that she had "congratulated the president and the prime minister for Kosovo’s progress in its historic first year as an independent state. And it is a great privilege and honor to see the many accomplishments of Kosovo since the terrible time of repression and war 10 years ago".

"The president and prime minister and I discussed the economic and political tasks ahead and the need to provide an increasingly secure and prosperous life for the people of this country. The president and prime minister outlined their vision of a multiethnic democracy at peace within itself and with its neighbors. The vision is reflected in Kosovo’s flag, whose stars represent the different peoples – Albanians and Serbs, Roma, Bosniacs, Turks, and others – who have their home in Kosovo," Clinton said.

"I emphasised that the United States, working with our European partners, will continue to extend strong and substantial support for the world’s youngest democracy," the transcript quoted Clinton as saying.

Sejdiu said: "We had the chance to express our vision that Kosovo is essentially interested to become a part of the European Union and Nato, and with a special bond and a special friendship that will continue forever with the United States of America.

"Kosovo has so far been recognised by 55 countries throughout the globe, and we were delighted to get a confirmation from the United States of America that we will continue to get their support in also getting the recognition from other countries, and also the support for a speedy economic development of our country, and the support for our vision to create a country which is democratic and a country for all its citizens," Sejdiu said.

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    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #18 00, 43, Sat, Mar 28 2009

      Balkanfefer, Serbs do give a damn about Kosovo. It is a very important part of Serbia but nobody else does.
      They only give a damn when it comes time to exploit it.
      Are you really that arrogant or stupid to think that there is someone out there besides Albania who actually give a shit about you? Americans have stated often enough that they only have interests and not friends. Who do you think you are to them?

      So no, Milos is not stupid. YOU ARE.

    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #17 00, 40, Sat, Mar 28 2009

      Dino, just answer one question. If Albanians fought against the Turks, how come they were converted to Islam and Serbs weren't?
      Not much fighting took place then. Maybe an odd one or two Albanians resisted but the majority submitted. Are you that stupid to see what is in front of your own eyes?

      We have a huge Greek population in Melbourne and there are areas which are exclusively Turkish, Greek, Italian etc. Do we now let them separate and make their own mini cities and let them govern themselves because of it?
      [...]

      Read the full comment It's not Serbia's fault that Albanians breed like rabbits and have overpopulated Kosovo as a result of that and illegal jumping across the border since Tito took power.
      If Serbs were guilty of ethnic cleansing then they must've cleansed themselves because now they are only 5% in Kosovo compared to about 50% just before WW2.
      Dino, if you are going to speak, please use logic and think about how you sound. To live in the modern world doesn't mean you have to give away a chunk of your country to a minority who happen to be a majority in a certain area. If that were the case, US would have to give up quite a bit of their country to the Mexicans. We don't demand that from them. How about the English getting the hell out of Ireland? They are occupying that area still and they go on preaching to others.
      Dino and the rest of the Albanian support team, we can see through you bull.

    • Anonymous
      Balkanfever Rating:
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      #16 21, 03, Mon, Mar 16 2009

      Milos, your an idiot! In your eyes no one gives a shit about Kosovo. If that's the case then Serbia shoudnt ether. Your a fool with foolish toughts. The fact is that if Serbia continues to use Kosovo as a tool to get what it wants, then they are sure to see Kosovo join the eu before they do! That's the facts. An don't think that the world dosent see what serbia is doing, this is not the 1900s were Serbia did what it pleased with no threat of action, Its a differant time and differant players! So mind your [...]

      Read the full comment busness and stop unvailing your selves. Cause what Serbia did then and what it is doing now really is no differant. All they are doing is giving the albania logitomacy for all there claims agianst Serbia. So SSSSHHHH!!!

    • Anonymous
      Milos Rating:
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      #15 09, 32, Sun, Mar 15 2009

      According to Albanian reports exactly. No one really gives a shit about Kosovo including America reason because its just another frozen conflict. 137 UN member countries support Serbia. Kosovo is Serbia and always will be.

    • Anonymous
      Balkanfever Rating:
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      #14 21, 13, Wed, Mar 11 2009

      To be honest dino you really don't sound serian. An aslo I made the comment about "bad apples" but if you are Serbian, it's a breath of fresh air from all the other nationalitic comments made by ALB,SRB,CRO,BOS..ect. Well if you are bravo it would take that kinds thinking to change the Balkans.

    • Anonymous
      Dino Rating:
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      #13 20, 30, Wed, Mar 11 2009

      I am Serbian and I am also realistic. The truth is the same people who are trying to discredit me are the same bad apples I speak of. There so willing to make me not serbian that it is pathetic. Don't you see the way our grandfathers spoke about us and our race just dosent make any sence anymore. It was good for the past when we needed to unit and fight but it just isn't needed anymore. I would like to think that we are a little differant now. But after hearing some of your comments about me I [...]

      Read the full comment can see we are still a little ways away from were we need to be as a people and a culture. The world is changing and we need to change with it. There is no threat of us loseing what are past has fought for, Serbia is still going to be here. We just need to know the truth behind Kosovo and it's not what we were told, god did not send a messenger to the king, and we fought side by side with the Albanians who were already there aganst the Turks to make sure that we could stop the invasion into serbia proper, that's the truth! Zelim to sue najlepse u zivotu..

    • Anonymous
      Steve Grogheim Rating:
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      #12 15, 43, Wed, Mar 11 2009

      DINO.. You are definitely not Serbian. You are either Croat or Albanian posing as Serb. That's pretty lame.

      LOGIC.. Come on. Serbs might destabilize "Kosova" but Albanians destabilized Serbia.
      Thank God for the internet so we could see Albanians burn Serbian churches in peace time.

    • Anonymous
      Zoltan Rating:
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      #11 01, 42, Mon, Mar 09 2009

      Igli, just because they live in that land or that they are the majority of that land does not give them the power to separate that land and use it for their own ends, in the same fashion that homeless people living in an abandoned building cannot claim the building as theirs

      The Albanians living in that area deserve to continue living there, but not at the expense of Serbia and people living in her.

      It is wrong and I for one do not support it.

    • Anonymous
      Igli Rating:
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      #10 02, 43, Wed, Mar 04 2009

      what makes a country or state is the presence of people living in it. If these people happen by a couple of thousand year chance to be Albanian in their land, don't they have the right to live as they please without other peoples say? Is it not any of us what to we seek in life, a country of your own to call home and follow the way of life as our parents passed it to us? Serbs wake up, EU is ringing and you'll miss the call. You'll miss their offer and delay your children's better futures for [...]

      Read the full comment the sake of a lost cause.

    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #9 07, 54, Tue, Mar 03 2009

      Dino, you might live in Belgrade, but you are not a Serb. Many Croatians live there as well. Please be more honest next time. No Serb will say the things you just have.
      Nice try though.

    • Anonymous
      Peggy Rating:
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      #8 07, 53, Tue, Mar 03 2009

      L*O*G*I*C, I can say the same about you as well. Albanians have made trouble everywhere. You threaten unreast if you don't get your way. You bullied Macedonia and Montenegro into accepting your wishes or else.
      How dare you say there will never be peace as long as Serbs exist. It's you, organ harvesting people who are a menace. Your bias is showing.

    • Anonymous
      Dino Rating:
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      #7 22, 17, Mon, Mar 02 2009

      You are right Balkan, it is a sad case. I am serbian from Belgrade and I can hounestly say that the Serbs in Kosovo are a little backwards and shamefull. But I blame my so called democratic govt for there ingnorence. These serbs beleave in fairy tales. Kosovo was anexed in the 1900's there were very little serbs living in Kosovo at that time and the Albanians actualy controled Kosovo and other parts of the Balkans before the creation of Yugoslavia. So to the Albanians congradulation on getting your independence and I hope we will be in the EU!!

    • Anonymous
      Balkanfever Rating:
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      #6 20, 33, Mon, Mar 02 2009

      It is a sad case for the educated Serbs in Serbia to have to deal with and suffer this image of a backwards undemocratic nationalistic warlike people. Based on a few bad apples. But I would like to applud the albanians who only 10 years ago have enough curege and willingness to move forward regardless of Belgrade attempt to make it as diffcult as possibul.

    • Anonymous
      You Know Rating:
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      #5 09, 52, Mon, Mar 02 2009

      Kosovo is Serbian Province it was it is and it will be. Why donèt these countries that recognized Kosovo and are supporting Kosovo independence since they are sooooo generous give these Albanians part of their own land. How about they give some land to Kurds and Palestinians who donèt have a country. Albanians all have Albania if they didnèt like Kosovo and Serbia they could have just left. They have a place to go. Serbs allow Albanians to immigrate to Kosovo and live a better life and what do Serbs get in return is to be kicked out from their [...]

      Read the full comment own house. Its really sad how these modern countries are breaking the UN resolution 1244 and are supporting a creation of a country that is based on trafficking drugs and humans.

    • Anonymous
      zdravko Rating:
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      #4 09, 09, Mon, Mar 02 2009

      I hope more countries will recognize Kosovo, so that us serbs and the whole region can move forward. From 1999 until now Kosovo has been an independent country.
      We need to focus on our EU integration.

    • Anonymous
      L*O*G*I*C Rating:
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      #3 22, 31, Sun, Mar 01 2009

      As long as there are Serbs there will never be peace. Serbs see Albanians as the menions of the devil and Serbia donates half a BILLION EURO to "parallel institutions" in Kosova which are terrorists institutions just so de-stablize the region. Serbia meddles so much in others affair that Kosova in the future might have to launch a pre-emtive strike to keep Serbian regime out of Kosova.

      Thank God for the age of fast internet now the whole world can see who is burning borders, who is bombing embassies, who is throwing Moltov Cockatails.

    • Anonymous
      besim Rating:
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      #2 19, 09, Sun, Mar 01 2009

      Kosova is a free and democratic nation most importantly declared by its people and supported by free nations of the world. Its future lays within the European Union as this is the ambition of all western balkan countries.

    • Anonymous
      Ideal Rating:
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      #1 09, 54, Sun, Mar 01 2009

      The most important support for the Kosovo independence comes from the US. This is the crucial moment to go further with the independence recognitions.

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