Government Formation in Kosovo

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 9, 2014

We congratulate Kosovo on the constitution of its Assembly and formation of its government -- the first democratic transition of political authority resulting from free and fair elections in all of Kosovo’s territory. This coalition government, and the process that led to its formation, demonstrate the resilience and vitality of Kosovo’s democratic and political institutions.

We applaud President Jahjaga for her steadfast leadership to ensure that this transition occurred in accordance with Kosovo’s laws and constitution. We also congratulate Prime Minister Isa Mustafa and look forward to working closely with him and his new cabinet as they confront the many challenges that face Kosovo and the region.

The United States will continue to support Kosovo’s efforts to meet these challenges, including the Dialogue with Serbia on normalization of relations and Kosovo’s commitment to establish a Special Court to handle allegations investigated by the Special Investigative Task Force. We expect the government to work inclusively to support all of Kosovo’s communities, and to seriously address the issue of corruption.

We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with Kosovo on a common agenda that advances Kosovo’s political and economic development and Euro-Atlantic integration.