President Ibrahim Rugova honoured Adem Jashari, commander of former Kosova Liberation Army [KLA - UCK in Albanian] with the Kosova Hero Golden Order for his merits and contribution for the freedom and independence.
On the eve of Flag Day, 28 November, Rugova also awarded Albanian heroes Isa Boletini, Ismail Qemali, Hasan Prishtina, Bajram Curri, and Luigj Gurakuqi with this award for their contribution to freedom and independence for Albanians.
In an address to citizens for the Flag Day, Rugova said: "28 November is the day of Albanian Independence. Formal recognition of Kosova independence would complete the major act of 1912."
Rugova said in his message that Kosova is marking this historic day with a lot of progress made for those five years in freedom. "We will continue this progress and will work for all citizens. Let's hope we will celebrate next November with recognized independence," he said.