Pristina marked the 20th anniversary of the deployment of international forces in Kosovo with a ceremony to award medals and unveil monuments to former top US officials which Serbian government official Marko Djuric said was a cynical show and a “vampire ball”.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci decorated former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright prior to the unveiling of her bust in Pristina. A medal was also presented to retired US General Wesley Clark who was the commander of NATO forces during the air campaign against FR Yugoslavia in 1999.
Albright said at the presentation that Kosovo had grown into an independent state over the past 20 years and deserved to be recognized by all countries.
The ceremony was attended by former US President Bill Clinton who said that the US and Kosovo were the closest of allies over the past 20 years regardless of who was in the White House or Congress while Clark said that Kosovo should become a member of NATO because it is an organization of people “who believe in freedom”.