Resolution J481-2013

Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Kosova on February 17, 2013

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  • Feb 12, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 12, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 8, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Declara-
tion of Independence of Kosova on February 17, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  practice  of this Legislative Body to commemorate
historical events which exemplify the spirit  and  struggle  of  peoples
throughout the world to achieve Independence and live in peace and free-
dom; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is proud to recognize the economic,
educational and cultural contributions of the people of  Kosova  in  the
fields  of  business,  science  and  government  which have inspired and
encouraged the young people of New York  to  realize  their  dreams  and
ambitions through education and hard work; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to celebrate and
applaud the people of Kosova, who have fostered ethnic pride  and  exem-
plify  the cultural diversity that represents and strengthens the fabric
of the communities of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, The largest concentration of Americans with  Kosovar  descent
in the United States is in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, The people of the Republic of Kosova acquired independence on
the 17th day of February 2008; and
  WHEREAS, On the 17th day of February 2013, Kosovar Nationals and Koso-
var-Americans  and Albanian-Americans from throughout Kosova, the United
States, and the State of New York will  celebrate  the  independence  of
Kosova; and
  WHEREAS,  In  March 1999, the United States, along with members of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization  (NATO),  commenced  military  inter-
vention  aimed  at ending Slobodan Milosevic's brutal campaign of ethnic
cleansing against the people of Kosova; and
  WHEREAS,  That  military  intervention  resulted  in  the  defeat   of
Milosevic's  forces  and  the  creation  of the United States mission in
Kosova; and
  WHEREAS, The men and women of the Armed Forces of  the  United  States
have served bravely in Kosova since 1999, and their presence and partic-
ipation  in  NATO-led  Kosova force has been indispensable in protecting
the people of Kosova and stabilizing the region; and
  WHEREAS, Kosova is now functioning under its own democratic  Constitu-
tion  and  rule of law, combined with a new flag bearing a map of Kosova
topped by six stars, representing the six major  ethnic  groups  in  the
country; and
  WHEREAS,  Kosova has earned the recognition of the many United Nations
member states and many international organizations; and
  WHEREAS, The establishment of diplomatic  relations  demonstrates  the
special ties that have linked the people of the United States and Kosova
together; and
  WHEREAS, The State of New York has developed medical, community, busi-
ness,  and  educational  services to assist in integrating the people of
Kosova into the community; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  5th  Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of
Kosova on February 17, 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor  of  the  State  of  New
York;  The  Honorable Bekim Sejdiu, Consul General of Kosova; The Honor-
able Jetish Jashari, Deputy Chief of Mission; and Akan Ismaili, Ambassa-
dor of the Republic of Kosova to the United States.

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