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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pacolli, at the Diplomatic School for Young Diplomats: Kosovo a success model for international diplomacy

Prizren, 02 October – 2017 – Under the auspices of the Diplomatic Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supported by the German Foundation “Friedrich Ebert Stiftung”, commenced the works of the 4th Conference of the Diplomatic School for Young Diplomats, with representatives from different countries of the world, under the topic “Human Rights and Democracy”.

In the opening of the event, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, addressed the diplomats present at the event.

On this occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pacolli initially welcomed the diplomats, and subsequently congratulated the organizers and supporters of the conference for their work.

“As you all might be aware, Prizren is considered, by the world media, as some kind of a Capital for religious and inter-ethnic co-habitation. Also, the conference’s topic is to the point, and in the right time and the right place” stated the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pacolli.

Additionally, he spoke on the help that a young and small country such as Kosovo, could provide to international diplomacy.

“Can a small country such as Kosovo, somewhat add to the world’s diplomatic opinion, and experience of a diplomat? Although the question itself may sound as a paradox, I believe that we all have to answer with, YES. Kosovo with its experience in state-building, democracy and human rights, and with the example of Ibrahim Rugova, also called the Ghandi of Europe, does set an example to nations suffering from ethnicity-based discrimination. Also, Kosovo is an example of tolerance toward minorities. The Serb minority enjoys, based on our Constitution and in practice, a package of rights, which no other minority in the world has”, stated the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pacolli.

Also, the Director General of the Diplomatic Agency, namely Ambassador Beqir Ismaili addressed the attendees. “The Diplomatic School represents the most important activity of the Diplomatic Academy. Therefore, taking into account the help of democratic states in building the state of Kosovo, and clearly understanding the role and importance of Human Rights in developing the state of Kosovo, these two topics are the core of state-building, and development of our Republic”, stated Ambassador Ismaili.

Mr. Frank Hantke, Country Director for the German Foundation “Friedrich Ebert Stiftung” in Kosovo, the former-President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Fatmir Sejdiu and the former-Minister on Dialogue, Ms. Edita Tahiri, which were part of the first panel, also spoke before the young diplomats.

The Diplomatic School for young diplomats is considered as one of the most important annual activities of the Academy of Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which brings together young diplomats from around the world. This year, a novelty was the participation of young diplomats from Thailand, in addition to diplomats from the countries of the region such as Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Montenegro

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