“RTK: Ambassador Kosnett, welcome.
AMB: Thank you. It is a great honor and privilege to return to Kosovo as the Ambassador of the United States.
RTK: First of all, let me express our condolences to you upon the passing of President George H. W. Bush.
AMB: Thank you for that Xhevdet. I had the privilege of meeting President Bush only once, many years ago, and I feel the same way that everyone in my country does. He was a great leader, a man of honor who has earned his place in history, and I know that he was also a great friend of Kosovo.
RTK: A great supporter to Kosovo too. Thank you. Ambassador, Kosovo has changed since you have worked here in 2003. At this point where Kosovo stands, it had huge support from the US. Do you think that Kosovo could still count on U.S. policy?
AMB: Absolutely. The United States has considered Kosovo to be a great success story. We have said that it’s a success story for the United States, but most importantly it’s a success story for the people of Kosovo. I can tell you that in the months I spent in Washington preparing for this assignment, I met with many people in the government, in Congress, as well as outside the government, and I think America’s commitment to Kosovo’s future is unshakeable. In fact, I would say, that it is an area where there is complete consensus between Republicans and Democrats—between the government, the administration and the Congress. Everybody feels that Kosovo is a very close friend of the United States and we are deeply committed to supporting Kosovo.” (full interview at US Embassy in Kosovo)
“While she was being raped by a Serbian policeman and a civilian, Vasfije Krasniqi asked the policeman to kill her. She was only 16 when the men took her from her family home in Northern Kosovo on April 14, 1998. Back then, she saw death as the only possibility to escape her ordeal. ‘But he answered: No, you will suffer more if you stay alive,’ Vasfije Krasniqi said in an interview with Kosovo’s public TV station RTK. She recalled how she addressed the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) after the end of the war to place charges against the men who raped her. But even after three trials, none of them was punished. One of them still lives in Kosovo, where he works as a policeman.
Today, Vasfije Krasniqi lives in Texas and is the mother of two children. In October, she returned to Kosovo to tell her story in a 25-minute television interview. Her rare act of courage has deeply moved the entire country.” (Deutsche Welle)
“A special court with international prosecutors and judges set up to try alleged war crimes by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is expected to interview ex-KLA commander Rrustem Mustafa a.k.a Remi in January 2019, his lawyer confirmed.
Gazeta Express reported on Thursday that an ex-KLA commander has been summoned to be interviewed by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, lawyer Arianit Koci, confirmed that his client, Rrustem Mustafa, known for his nom de guerre Commander Remi, has received a subpoena by the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. “It’s a subpoena for an interview,” Koci said in a press release distributed to media.” (Gazeta Express)