On Monday 23 April 2018, the president of Kosovo, Mr. Hashim Thaci visited The Hague, the Netherlands to participate in an open debate organised by the Netherlands International Political Affairs Institute, Clingendael. The event also marked the launch and presentation of a book that authors from The Times had written about Mr. Thaci and the political struggle of Kosovo.
In his opening speech Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci mentioned that Kosovo is recognised as a country that continuously improves its democratic record year-by-year and that it is working hard to improve relations between the various peoples in the region. After decades of oppression, a devastating war in 1999 and a subsequent struggle to establish a modern democratic state that reflects the interests of its citizens, Kosovo currently is an example for good governance in the region. As part of the extended Albanian cultural realm it offers many hopes to the Cham community as well that one day their dreams and aspirations will become a reality.
The Republic of Chameria President Festim Lato also participated in the debate with the Kosovo president in order to get a greater insight into the political activities of Kosovo and how this affects the situation of other peoples in the region, like the Cham community. There is great support among the people of Kosovo for the plight of the Cham community. The Republic of Chameria president Festim Lato hopes that the governmental institutions in the region will be able to officially support the Cham community in the near future as well.
The debate with the president of Kosovo was followed by a speech from Ms. Suzy Jagger, one of the authors of the book: “New State, Modern Statesman: Hashim Thaçi – A Biography”. Miss Jagger mentioned in her speech that the modern history of Kosovo cannot be separated from the life and activities of Hashem Thaci. Mr Thaci played a vital role at many of the critical junctures in Kosovo’s history of the past 20 years. From one of the main student leaders who rallied the people against Serb aggression in the late 1990’s to lead negotiator, premier and eventually president of the new independent republic of Kosovo. The political life of Mr. Thaci is an inspiration to many, and to the president of the Republic of Chameria, Festim Lato, as well.