UNMIK Deputy SRSG Robert Sorenson was in the municipality of Gjilan/Gnjilane yesterday to officially hand over multiple items donated by UNMIK to the community.
During a meeting with mayor of Gjilan/Gnjilane Mr. Qemajl Mustafa, who expressed deep gratitude for the donations, the DSRSG discussed how they would contribute in supporting the efforts to develop a strong and vibrant Gjilan/Gnjilane.
“This donation is for the most vulnerable people in the community to try to help them as they try to move forward, as well,” said Mr. Sorenson.
The donated items include dozens of IT equipment and will be distributed to the Municipal Office for Communities and Return, one IDP Center, one health house, and other villages.
UNMIK DSRSG also praised the efforts on economic development in the municipality.
“It’s particularly important as you made clear that economic development become the focal point. And, really, for economic development, it’s people. So, I’m hopeful that with this continued engagement, this continued interest in fostering positive relations amongst all the communities further economic development will move forward,” stressed Mr. Sorenson.
Following Mayor Mustafa’s statement on the community’s transition to what is now an environment where freedom of movement and communication is the norm, Mr. Sorenson added that dialogue is very important in trying to create a more normalized situation throughout the region, so people can move freely, develop businesses, be educated, and see a positive future.
“I think that dialogue is at all levels; it’s good that it’s with the prime ministers, but it’s also good as you have demonstrated down at the local level as well. All are working towards the same.”
This visit was part of a series of continuing efforts by UNMIK to donate goods to communities throughout Kosovo. In the coming weeks, the tour includes a total of 32 municipalities.