President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga met today at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels with NATO’s Secretary General Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen commended President Jahjaga on her leadership. He said that President Jahjaga stands as the warrant of base values and principles of democracy and rule of law, freedom of speech and civic equality, principles upon which Kosovo is being built.
He also gave his support to President Jahjaga in her endeavours to remove articles 37, 38 and 39 from the Penal Code of Kosovo that will allow freedom of speech and a more professional work to be carried out by the media.
Rasmussen congratulated President Jahjaga of successfully bringing to the end the supervisory stage of Kosovo’s Independence and assessed that this is a step forward for Kosovo, and also congratulated the KSF on its activities in reaching the full operational capacities and implementation of its mandate.
Rasmussen said that KFOR will continue to remain in Kosovo as a guarantee of peace and stability. While he emphasized that the solution of the issues in three northern municipalities of Kosovo is a political one, he upon the same basis, praised President Jahjaga on her engagements in her communications with all the communities and her visits to the municipalities with Serbian population and her dedication for full integration of the communities into the Kosovar society.
Secretary Rasmussen assured President Jahjaga that there will not be any divisions of Kosovo, stating that solution lies in full integration and that it is of importance that the administrative office becomes functional and carries out its work for the benefit of all the citizens.
President Jahjaga thanked NATO Secretary General Mr. Rasmussen on his personal engagement and for the efforts that all those men and women within KFOR are undertaking in Kosovo, efforts that have gained them the respect and appreciation of all the citizens and that make KFOR as a most trusted institution.
President Jahjaga thanked NATO for the support it provides to KSF in the achievement of full operational capacities and by making KSF a very important institution that is in service of the people.
Discussing the general situation, President Jahjaga stated that Kosovo, as a sovereign and independent country, has become a factor of peace and stability in the region and that it nurtures the development of good relations with all the neighbours and would like to have same relations with its northern neighbour, the Republic of Serbia as well, as the future of the whole region lies in European Integration and we can get there by helping each other.