The Albanian-American Civic League has called on US President Donald Trump to remove Richard Grenell from office as special envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.
An open letter states that the Trump administration’s approach is wrong and that Grenell’s credibility has been lost as an impartial mediator, writes the newspaper inFokus.
“We believe that the Trump administration’s approach to the Kosovo-Serbia conflict is fundamentally wrong and therefore doomed to failure. “Since Ambassador Grenell has lost the credibility of an impartial mediator, the Civic League calls on President Trump to remove Ambassador Grenell from office as Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue,” the letter said.
While they say they are worried after the fall of the government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti was orchestrated by some members of politics in Kosovo in coordination with Grenell.
“We, the members of the Board of the Albanian-American Civic League, are very concerned about the dangerous situation in the Republic of Kosovo after the fall of the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Albin Kurti. The decline was the result of an unprecedented move orchestrated by several members of Kosovo’s political elite committed to advancing their personal interests, in coordination with President Trump’s Special Envoy for Serbia-Kosovo Peace Negotiations, Ambassador Richard Grenell. The Civic League has always lobbied the US Government to co-ordinate with the European Union to fully engage in finding a just and lasting solution to the Kosovo-Serbia conflict. To our regret, Ambassador Grenell has misused the process by pursuing an easy and quick solution. “
But who is the Albanian-American Civic League?
This is led by the American Joseph DioGuardi, writes the newspaper inFokus.
DioGuardi was the first member of Congress to present the issue of the rights of Albanians in the Balkans, making it a matter of interest to the US Government through the congressional resolution he brought to the House of Representatives in 1986.
DioGuardi was also responsible for the first hearing in Congress on the Kosovo issue in 1987 and has made more than 40 trips to the Balkans since leaving Congress in 1989, now as founder, volunteer and President of the Albanian Civic League. – American.
In 1990, DioGuardi and Congressman Tom Lantos visited Kosovo to see the brutal policies of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic and his regime, and then made his first official trip to Albania in 50 years since the dictatorship.
In 1996, DioGuardi returned to Albania with Balkan-Albanian Civic League Adviser Shirley Cloyes and Congressman Benjamin Gilman, then chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, where they met with President Sali Berisha to discuss national security. .
Then he traveled to Albania again in 1998 for the humanitarian crisis from the war in Kosovo, at the request of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and in the summer of 1999, DioGuardi and Cloyes traveled to Kosovo after the NATO bombing and reported to Gilman, writes the newspaper inFokus.
In 2003, DioGuardi and Cloyes were the ones to introduce a resolution in Congress and called on the US government to recognize Kosovo’s independence, along with the support of the Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Henry Hyde and senior member Tom Lantos. .
In fact, together with Lantos in 2003 they led a delegation to Montenegro where the goal was the rights of Albanians and their status in this country.
DioGuardi was born in the Bronx of New York in 1958, while his father emigrated to the United States in 1929 and was of Albanian ethnicity, born in a village in Italy.