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Ambassador Ismail at the conference “Humanitarian Diplomacy”

Washington, 29 October 2014 - Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in Washington, Akan Ismaili, being invited by "Diplomatic Courier", attended, as a panellist, the Conference on "Humanitarian Diplomacy".

Ambassador Ismaili stressed, while addressing an audience of many diplomats and representatives of institutional and public life in Washington, that human solidarity was determinant in the survival of people of Kosovo during the 90's.

Speaking of success of many international organizations that have supported Kosovo since the post-war early days, Ambassador Ismail stated that this success would not be possible without a broad social activism.

Ambassador Isamili, stated that the scale of citizens’ involvement, activation and participation is the indicator of a successful humanitarian intervention.

Ambassador Ismaili added that: "All citizens of Kosovo in 1999 became humanitarian activists. All of them supported each other. This was a great help to the process of social development, facilitation of transition, and to the intervention be successful,".

According to him, the source of this solidarity were 90’s, during which time people of Kosovo were denied basic human rights by an apartheid system.

Panellists were focused on the intervention of humanitarian organizations in different countries of the world working on prevention of crises and social recovery.

On this occasion, Ambassador Ismaili stressed that organizations that helped Kosovo in the
early days of post-war, were composed of professionals, who have directly affected lives of Kosovo citizens and same time became friends with.

"They helped Kosovars not only to meet their basic needs, but made them feel like human beings", adding that many of these organizations were better organized than UN mission (UNMIK) itself.

"Luckily we had KFOR, they have played a very important role in uniting and coordinating these humanitarian organizations, "stated Ambassador Ishmaili.

The conference was organized by the "Diplomatic Courier," which has a very strong network of diplomats and representatives of institutions and non-governmental organizations in Washington.