The President: In Kukës, the Kosovars found the warmth of the Albanian hearth

Kukës, November 09, 2017 - The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, today, at the Kukës Palace of Culture has decorated the citizens of Kukës with the “Order of Freedom” medal.

President Thaçi said that he is in Kukes to express the great gratitude to all the citizens of Kukës, who with incomparable generosity and nobleness sheltered about 500 thousand brothers and sisters from Kosovo, displaced violently during the war years.

“In the most critical period of the Kosovo Albanians, the new Kukës, the small Kukës in appearance became the big Kukës, open, loving and deeply generous and noble”, he said.

President Thaçi said that the fair war of the Kosovo Liberation Army and NATO’s successes made the anti-Albanian politics of Belgrade even wilder, which began ethnic cleansing through murders, prosecutions, deportations and genocide.

“They forced the unarmed population, women, men, elderly and children to leave their homes toward Macedonia and Albania. In Kukës, about half a million deported people settled down. Thanks to the solidarity, love and pure patriotic feeling, the deported Kosovars, in Kukës, found the warmth of the Albanian hearth and patiently waited for the end of the war”, added President Thaçi.

The Head of State said that after a long history of struggle for freedom, Kosovo had finally established the most important political and military organization, the Kosovo Liberation Army, the most successful guerrilla of the century which went to fulfill the ideal and the dream of freedom.

“For the first time, Kosovo achieved to be an actor in the international arena at the Rambouillet Conference. For the first time Kosovo had on its side strong international friends, the world of democratic values. It was precisely this political advancement of Kosovo that managed to produce the international document by which the democratic world engaged the most powerful alliance of the globe, NATO, to intervene militarily over Serbian military and police targets”, said President Thaçi.

President Thaçi have said that the inhabitants of Kukës and those of Lumë in general, are a common part of Kosovo’s history.

He said that they also experienced what their brothers and sisters from Kosovo were experiencing.

“During 1998-1999, Kukës became the basis of the KLA. The city of Kukës experienced the shelling of the Serbian army. Many people of Kukës joined the Kosovo Liberation Army, just like the ones of Hasi and Tropoja”, said President Thaçi.
The Head of State said that Kukës and Prizren had the political, historical and geographical fate of unrighteous state border division for a century. But in this division and isolation, according to President Thaçi, through Radio Kukës there was found a form of communication between Kosovo and Albania.

“Kosovo’s forbidden history was broadcasted on Radio Kukës”, he stressed.

Whereas, the Mayor of Kukës, Bashkim Shehu, said that this is a marked day for the inhabitants of Kukës because of the high values and sensibility they have shown in the war years in Kosovo.

“Thaçi was in Kukës as a war leader, as a warrior of freedom, but today has come as the President of Kosovo to show us that Kosovo and Kosovars do not forget us”, said Shehu.

Seeking the support of the two Albanian governments, Shehu has proposed to create the “Museum of Remembrance”, to remember the difficult days the Kosovars and the people of Kukës have spent together.

In a sign of gratitude for the generosity of the people of Kukës, President Thaçi has awarded the “Order of Freedom” medal for the citizens of Kukës.