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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 19, 2001


U.S. Welcomes Free Election in Kosovo

The United States welcomes the successful completion of Kosovo's first election, under international supervision, for a Kosovo-wide Assembly.

International observers have confirmed the successful conduct of the election and the peaceful and efficient manner in which it was carried out. Voting was supervised by almost 1,900 OSCE supervisors, 230 observers from the Council of Europe and over 13,000 domestic monitors.

We expect the first official preliminary results this afternoon, November 19. The real work of assembling and running a provisional government must begin soon thereafter. Kosovo's newly elected leaders will need to build effective coalitions that give smaller groups and parties a stake in governing. Assembly members representing Kosovo's many ethnic communities must work together to resolve common issues and seek agreement and compromise in place of conflict.

Kosovo has successfully completed another step in the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244. Kosovo's future will continue to evolve in full accord with the terms of that resolution. We urge Kosovo's new leaders to continue working closely with the international community, and to avoid any action that may threaten that relationship, particularly with respect to Kosovo's final status. 


Released on November 19, 2001

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