President Jahjagas speech held at the unveiling of the statue of Dr. Ibrahim RugovaToday is a historic day, a day of happiness for all of us, for all our friends, because as of today, for all eternity, in the main square of Prishtina, the capital of the Republic of Kosovo, the statue of the President Dr. Ibrahim Rugova will proudly stand, as a momentum to all of us of the labouring of this intellectual, this activist, this statesman, this visionary, who through his love for his fatherland, his unshakeable dedication, built a political platform for our state, Republic of Kosovo, a sovereign and independent state, thus making us a free, dignified and an equal nation, returning to our roots, the family of the European civilisation.
Honourable Ms. Fane, honourable family of the First President of the Republic of Kosovo, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova,
Honourable Mayor, Mr. Mustafa,
Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Kuçi
Honourable representatives of the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo, of the central and local levels,
Honourable representatives of the academic, educational and scientific sectors,
Honourable collaborators of President Rugova,
Honourable Ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic missions in Kosovo,
Honourable citizens of Prishtina, citizens of Kosovo, honourable compatriots,
Today is a historic day, a day of happiness for all of us, for all our friends, because as of today, for all eternity, in the main square of Prishtina, the capital of the Republic of Kosovo, the statue of the President Dr. Ibrahim Rugova will proudly stand, as a momentum to all of us of the labouring of this intellectual, this activist, this statesman, this visionary, who through his love for his fatherland, his unshakeable dedication, built a political platform for our state, Republic of Kosovo, a sovereign and independent state, thus making us a free, dignified and an equal nation, returning to our roots, the family of the European civilisation.
This statue of our founding President, honours us, it reminds us of the path which we traversed through history, of the sacrifice we undertook through centuries, for freedom, independence and democracy.
Us, who are building our state and a democratic society, have it much easier, because we are continuing the path paved by our ancestors; we are continuing the programme which became the strong foundations of our state, only through untiring and all encompasing efforts of the best sons and daughters of the nation, through many a generations, crowned bby the glorious war of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
Dr. Ibrahim Rugova is the intellectual who, among the very first ones, brought to us the spirit of the western democracy, critical thought, evaluations made outside the ideological concepts, which spread in a lightning manner among our intellectual and political elite and the new generations of students, thus building a new view pointing concept, dedication and the intellectual mission in a free mind, defeating the single mindedness and dictatorship as a concept.
In the times of great spiritual and human distresses, in the times of social churnings, of the intertwining of political ideas, Ibrahim Rugova, with an utmost wisdom and a vision about the future knew , without hesitation, to position himself in the right manner, to build an intellectual and political concept and to stand in front of the movements for quest for liberation, which was equal with, and in certain segments, precursor to progressive civic movements in various countries of Europe and the world.
Peaceful political philosophy of Rugova has already been accepted as a concept of new political philosophy which successfuly managed to gather the whole nation around the very idea of the quest for liberation and democracy.
This political philosophy, enlivened as an peaceful, active politics, built the state of the Republic of Kosovo, over passing the savage occupation, which was imposed by force to the nation, and by complete functionalisation of all the segments, he organised the lives of the citizens in a manner which reflected the opposition to the oppressive measures of the dictatorial regime, by which he earned the admiration of the whole world, the vehement support and backing of the United Nations of America and of the countries of the European Union, for our cause of being free and dignified in our Dardania, as President Rugova always used to say.
Organisation of the autonomous state, under the design and leadership of President Ibrahim Rugova, demonstrated to the world, that, by utilisation of civil disobedience, we managed to ignore the occupation, and show the ability to organize a state based on complete solidarity and voluntarism, built upon the highest moral and human traditions, values of European civilisation, of a democratic society in which all citizens, regardless, enjoy equal rights and freedoms.
The activity of Dr. Ibrahim Rugova is intertwined with the fall of communism in Kosovo, the organisation of the multi party life and building of parliamentarism, things which opened the door to democratic ideas and concepts of society building, free and fair elections and building of co-governance in the developmental platform of the state.
President Rugova established our eternal ties with the United States of America, the leading democracy, defender of the free nations, and our ties with the countries of the European Union.
Kosovo has a safe future, in its membership into European Union and NATO.
Republic of Kosovo is being built as a civic state, with full respect for its laws and its Constitution.
Kosovo is proud to have had the honour to have its concept of freedom and independence designed by an intellectual of European standards, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, the one who once and for all planted the seeds of freedom, the concept of democracy, of building a society of free and equal people into our hearts, us who are building our independent state today.
This statue of the first President of the Republic of Kosovo, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, as the foundation of freedom in our lands, honours all of us.
Honourable citizens of the Republic of Kosovo,
Let us enjoy and hold and care for with pride the statue of this great man, who with his incessant engagements and labouring on behalf ot the fatherland, obliged us us by becoming a beacon of light on our path towards our future.