The President: The national interest was the lifetime cause and philosophy of activist Shaban Viqa

Prishtina, April 10, 2019 – The President of state, Hashim Thaçi, participated today in the Memorial Academy in honor of the life and work of activist Shaban Viqa – Baci.

President Thaçi said that activist Shaban Viqa, known with the nickname “Baci”, belongs to the profile of activists and fighters who above all put the national interest, turning it into a lifetime cause and philosophy.

“It couldn’t have been otherwise, when it is known that he was educated in a family with a clear national determination. This determination has made Shabani to be part of the patriotic movement against the rule of Yugoslavia and Serbia since the eighties of the previous century. His patriotic ideal was best revealed by the war of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Without any hesitation, Shaban Viqa turned his home in Greme into a KLA headquarter. He was one of the participants of the Epopee of Jezerc, a glorious battle of the Nerodime Operational Zone, but also in many other battles”, stated President Thaçi.

The Head of State emphasized that Shaban Viqa was a strong activist in patriotic movements of the eighties and nineties, especially within the Resistance Front.

“Shaban never stopped the patriotic activity. Luckily, he escaped imprisonment and is sentenced in absentia for 15 years at the beginning of the 1998, 1999 war”, he added.

Speaking about activist Shaban Viqa, President Thaçi said that he was a proponent of the project for the unification of Albanians.

“The name, life and deed of Shaban Viqa are immortal”, he added.

President Thaçi, based on his constitutional and legal powers, honoured the distinguished activist Shaban Viqa - Baci, post mortem, with the highest honor in the Republic of Kosovo, with the Order “Hero of Kosovo”.