Kosovo today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the deployment of NATO troops in an operation that helped stop a Serb military crackdown on ethnic Albanians that left more than 10,000 dead.
Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Matthew Palmer and other foreign officials are in Pristina to attend a ceremony for June 12, marking 20 years since NATO troops were deployed in Kosovo.
Commemorating U.S. support for Kosovo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Mathew Palmer, said that now is the best time to reach a comprehensive agreement with Serbia.
“The trauma of war does not help in building a democratic state. The US stands by Kosovo to encourage progress.
“Now is the time for Kosovo to strengthen its efforts to achieve lasting peace by reaching an inclusive agreement with Serbia that is mutually recognized,” said Palmer.
Meanwhile, former US President, Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright stressed that the decision to intervene in Kosovo was right.
The Albanian President, Ilir Meta, and Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, also participated in the ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of Kosovo's liberation.
Thaçi handed an award to Clinton on June 11, thanking him for his contribution to laying the "founding stone to the country's freedom".