Acting Minister Reka spoke at the Columbia University debate: "The Future of Kosovo"
Initially, acting Minister Reka congratulated New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on managing COVID-19, conveying the support of the people of Kosovo to the citizens of New York and of the United States in these difficult days of coping with the pandemic.
Regarding the future of Kosovo, acting Minister Reka said that the future of Kosovo cannot be imagined otherwise but being part of the Euro-Atlantic family of liberal democracies.
Both Kosovo and the United States were born in the liberation war against colonial tyranny, while in times of peace they build liberal democracy. Kosovo was under Serbian colonial rule for a century, starting from annexation at the beginning to apartheid at the end of the last century. Therefore, the liberation war was the only solution to get rid of the foreign invader, while after the war Kosovo was supported by the most powerful Western alliance.
Kosovo's independence, said Minister Reka, was both legitimate (the plebiscitary will of the people for liberation from the foreign invader) and legal (based on international law as emphasized by the International Court of Justice in its opinion of 2010).
The future of Kosovo, said acting Minister Reka, is being part of Western civilization, as a Republic based on the rule of law, a state having its borders protected by the Constitution and a government with good governance.
Regarding the issue of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue discussed in this debate, acting Minister Reka said that it can no longer be as it was, i.e. there will no longer be asymmetric negotiations, but only negotiations between two equal states, which should conclude with mutual recognition between the two states – no territorial changes.