Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi meets the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Guido Westerwelle

Monday, September 24, 2012, New York

Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr. Hashim Thaçi met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr.. Guido Westerwelle. The Prime Minister informed the German Foreign Minister with the latest developments in Kosovo, the process of recognition and European integration. Prime Minister thanked the Foreign Minister of Germany for their unreserved support and commitment of Germany towards Kosovo and the region. Minister Westerwelle confirmed that this commitment and engagement will remain steadfast.

"Kosovo is ready to open the new chapter, that of integration in the EU and in other relevant multilateral mechanisms. We will meet every requirement and every obligation," Prime Minister Thaçi said.

"I am grateful and humbly express my admiration for German soldiers in Kosovo. We must work together that peace and stability will ultimately prevail in the region and in relations between the countries of the Western Balkans. From now on, we need to focus on the development and integration. Independence is not self-sufficient, we must integrate and be treated equally with other countries, "said Prime Minister Thaçi.

"We are also ready to normalize relations with Serbia. But this normalization shall never be at the expense of the independence, integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Kosovo. Serbia should release itself from the medieval mentality and realize that Kosovo and its independence is an irreversible fact," said the Prime Minister at the meeting .

Minister Bekim Çollaku
Bekim Çollaku