17.02.2021

Prime Minister Hoti: Independence of Kosovo, a realized dream for generations who sacrificed everything

 

Prishtina, 17 February 2021

The Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the declaration of Independence of the Republic of Kosovo, attended the central event held at the barrack “Adem Jashari” of the Kosovo Security Force.

Prime Minister Hoti, in front of the large audience, said that anniversaries are special moments, to remember those who sacrificed everything for the realization of the centurial aspiration for freedom and independence.

“Days like these bring to our attention the highest values of patriotism, living in eternity. Meanwhile, in days like these, we take power and commit to the debt we owe to our children to make Kosovo a place where the dreams of every young person, every parent, every grandfather, every teacher, every artist, every farmer and all citizens of the Republic of Kosovo come true”, said Prime Minister Hoti.

Full speech of Prime Minister Hoti:

Dear Acting President, Ms. Osmani,
Dear Minister of Defense, Mr. Quni,
Dear Commander of the KSF, General Rrahman Rama,
Dear Ambassadors,
Dear Rugova Family, Jashari Family,
Dear KSF soldiers, dear citizens of the Republic of Kosovo.

Anniversaries are special moments, to remember those who sacrificed everything for the realization of the centurial aspiration for freedom and independence.

With deep gratitude we humble before the contribution of all those who led the peaceful and military resistance and before the blood of the martyrs.

Days like these bring to our attention the highest values of patriotism, living in eternity. Meanwhile, in days like these, we take power and commit to the debt we owe to our children to make Kosovo a place where the dreams of every young person, every parent, every grandfather, every teacher, every artist, every farmer and all citizens of the Republic of Kosovo come true.

The independence of Kosovo is a realized dream for generations who sacrificed everything; while much work remains to be done in order to realize the aspirations for Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic integration. This was the vision and the last will of our heroes, who lit our pathway in the liberation war. But, their ambition does not end here. This ambition grows and develops every day, as democracy is consolidating and advancing, as the highest and most precious value of all human history.

Therefore, today, on the 13th anniversary of Kosovo statehood, we celebrate the realized dream of the heroes, which is expressed as a combination of values for service and love for the homeland; to enable these boys and girls to proudly align with the army, which strengthens the foundations of our state.

Even on this anniversary, the memory and gratitude for the unparalleled contribution become our guide that gives us the strength to raise the flag of Kosovo alongside the most powerful countries to guarantee peace and security in international peacekeeping missions.

Happy Independence Day to all citizens of the Republic of Kosovo!