Many congratulations to Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo and her support team on winning Gold at the Olympics in Riohttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-rio-judo-w-halflight-idUSKCN10I0OP.
It's another milestone for Kosovo.I first visited Kosovo in 1999 in the immediate aftermath of the conflict. I was Deputy Director for Democratisation with the OSCE. Russian troops were still camped at the airport. On the drive into Pristina I noticed the roofs of nearly every building had been smashed. Buildings in the town of Gjakova and many other parts of Kosovo had been utterly destroyed in the conflict. I met women and men across Kosovo who had come through appalling experiences. Thanks to the energy of many Kosovars combined with international support much has changed for the better. It is still work in progress and mistakes have been made along the way, but now it's time to celebrate! Sending all Kosovar friends warmest wishes of congratulations.