Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive
Prishtina [Pristina], 14 July: Hashim Thaci, chairman of the Democratic Party of Kosova [Kosovo] [PDK], said yesterday in Prishtina that the role of the United States government in all the processes in Kosova is irreplaceable.
Thaci made these comments following a farewell meeting with the outgoing chief of the United States Office in Prishtina [USOP], Philip Goldberg.
"The role of the American government in the process of liberation, building of democracy and, in the settlement of Kosova political status is irreplaceable and very respected and honoured by the Kosovar citizens," said Thaci.
Talking about the achievements in Kosova, Thaci said that the progress that has been done until now is a merit of Kosovars and internationals, emphasizing that the US Government and the chief of the USOP have played an important role in this aspect.
"Kosova and its citizens are the most stable partners in the region to the United States and I believe that even in the future we will move together towards the fulfilling of the Standards and status settlement, which must be in full accordance with the will of the Kosovars," said Thaci.
Goldberg voiced his satisfaction with the work of the PDK in moving the processes forward.
"Many important things have happened in the recent years in Kosova, whereas Hashim Thaci and the PDK have had an important role in those events," said Goldberg, adding that they are also playing a responsible role as part of the unity team.
Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 14 Jul 06