Kosovo: Deployment of EULEX
Assistant Secretary Fried (Nov. 26): "The EULEX mission is to help the Kosovo authorities establish a single unitary system of the rule of law throughout the country. The effect is to reinforce sovereignty in Kosovo. That, in turn, will help advance Kosovo's European future." Full Text | Press statements: Nov. 26, Dec. 9 | Ambassador DiCarlo's Remarks
Joint U.S.-EU Statement on U.S. Participation in the EULEX Mission in Kosovo
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dan Fried signed an agreement October 22 that will allow the U.S. to participate in the EULEX mission in Kosovo. This will be the first time the U.S. has participated in a European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) mission with the EU. In remarks after the signing ceremony in the EU Council building in Brussels, Assistant Secretary Fried said the U.S. would contribute 80 police officers and up to eight judges and prosecutors to the mission. Full Text | Joint U.S.-EU Statement
Secretary Rice (July 18): "The people of Kosovo have a long road ahead to build their multiethnic democracy. But if the first few months are any indication, they have the will and the dedication and the commitment and the skill to do so. And as they do so, they will have a strong friend in the United States of America." Full Statement
Kosovo’s Constitution Enters into Force
The United States congratulates the people of the Republic of Kosovo on the entry into force of their new constitution today. This constitution enshrines the aspiration and determination of Kosovo's citizens to create a democratic, multi-ethnic state that is fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic community. The United States particularly welcomes the incorporation into the constitution of the broad minority rights protections originally proposed by UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari. Full Statement.
Opening the U.S. Embassy in Pristina
Charge d'Affaires Kaidanow (Apr. 8): "As a consequence of Kosovo's new status as an independent country, recognized by many of the world's most powerful and prosperous nations, we have now been granted permission by the U.S. Congress to open formally as a full-fledged U.S. Embassy." Full Statement.
United States Recognizes Kosovo as Independent State
The United States formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign and independent state on February 18, 2008, and President Bush responded affirmatively to a request from Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations between our two countries. Full statement by Secretary Rice; Briefing by Under Secretary Burns.
Macedonia, Montenegro and Portugal: Recognition of Kosovo Independence
The United States welcomes and commends the decisions today by Macedonia and Montenegro to recognize their neighbor Kosovo as a sovereign country. Full Text
The Kosovo/International Court of Justice Resolution
Statement by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, in the General Assembly. Full Text
Secretary Rice and President Bush met with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
Kosovo: A New Chapter Begins
U.S. Director of Foreign Assistance and USAID Administrator Henrietta H. Fore led the U.S. delegation at the International Donors' Conference for Kosovo in Brussels on July 11. Read her blog about the conference on the State Department's DipNote blog. Full Text | Conference Remarks | More on Donors Conference
Current Situation in Kosovo
Assistant Secretary Fried spoke to journalists at roundtable. Full Text
UN Secretary-General’s Proposed Reconfiguration on Kosovo
Remarks by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Permanent Representative, at the Security Council stakeout. Full Text
Resolution 1244, UNMIK and the Situation in Kosovo
Remarks by Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Permanent Representative, in the Security Council Chambers. Full Text