US envoy to Kosovo: US soldiers haven’t died for Greater Serbia, Greater Albania

Source: AFP /OZAN KOSE

Philip Kossnett, the US ambassador to Kosovo, said on Tuesday his country's military did not die to enable the creation of either Greater Serbia or Greater Albania, adding he was angry with Kosovo people who "renounced their citizenship" after the "nationalistic statements of Kosovo's politicians about a union with Albania.

„My comment about the union with Albania is unchanged. The American soldiers did not fight and died to create either greater country in the Balkans. I want to focus on the (Kosovo) Constitution, which calls on a multi-ethnic society with religious freedom for all. The US is a multi-ethnic country, and after almost 250 years we’re still fighting to build the society in which everyone is equal before the law, where there are equal opportunities for all, in which ethnic groups and races live in harmony,“ Kosnett said.

„We’ll have a referendum on unification with Albania, be aware of that,“ he warned last week.

He added he believed that „Kosovo benefits from being multi-ethnic, multi-religious society and the talks of Greater Albania or Greater Serbia in the Balkans would be a surrender, failure and I think it is not an answer to the countries’ and regional problems.

Kosnett reacted to Ramush Haradinaj, a candidate for Kosovo’s new president’s statement that the European Union was pushing Pristina in a union with Albania.

„We’ll have a referendum on unification with Albania, be aware of that,“ he warned last week.