Ambassador Lirim Greiçevci greets the Ambassador of Slovenia, Tadej Rupel
A decade of freedom
Kosovo marked a decade of independence with an evening celebrating the country’s many accomplishments in a short space of time. Ambassador Lirim Greiçevci pointed out that Kosovo has won a gold medal at the Olympics, produced singing stars like Rita Ora and has, to chuckles from the crowd, “furnished three European national football teams with top footballers”.
Remembering the day the declaration of independence was first read, he said: “People were cheering, dancing and singing in the streets. Independence was never a fancy label for us. It’s the only way to protect our hard-won freedoms.”
Guest of Honour Karen Pierce, who was heading to the UN as the UK’s Permanent Representative told the audience: “A number of people have told me I must make sure Kosovo can be admitted as a member of the United Nations. I will do my best.”
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