U.S. Ambassador’s video address: Kosovo`s achieved a lot for 13 yrs

The U.S. Embassy in Kosovo has published on its website the address of the new ambassador to Kosovo, Jeff Hovenier, where he reveals information about his life and career, but also his promises for Kosovo.

“I’m no stranger to Kosovo and its history.  Over the past decades, I’ve had the honor in various capacities to represent U.S. interests along with my colleagues in defending Kosovo’s people, its sovereignty, and its independence. In many ways, I am a personification of the United States’ steadfast commitment over decades to you and your country.
 
In 1999, while working at the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, I served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Rambouillet Process.  I was also on the UN team in 2006 led by Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari that was responsible for status negotiations. Later in my career, at the White House National Security Council, I worked on U.S. policy for the Western Balkans, including Kosovo-Serbia normalization,” Hovenier said.
 
He added that Kosovo’s achievements over the past short 13 years are nothing short of remarkable – a vibrant democracy, a capable economy, and leadership Kosovo projects beyond its borders. However, he noted, there remains unfinished business.
 
“Here’s my promise to you – working with government leaders, civil society activists, and all people of Kosovo – my team and I will continue to advocate for our shared interests and vision:
  •         a Kosovo fully engaged and integrated into the region and European and Euro-Atlantic institutions, with improved, normalized relations with its neighbors;
  •         a Kosovo with resilient, reliable, and efficient public institutions that deliver services and justice to, and protect the rights and freedoms of, all citizens of Kosovo; and,
  •         a Kosovo with a sustainable, dynamic economy that attracts investment, protects the environment, and retains innovative talent,” Hovenier said.