Dukagjini Epopee, Haradinaj: Albanians remained on their lands, Milosevic’s forces fled

On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the “Dukagjini Epopee” and the 25th anniversary of the intervention of the NATO air forces against the military targets of the former regime of the butcher of the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic, the municipality of Deçan has organized a central manifestation today.

The former commander of the Dukagjini Operative Zone of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), at the same time the chairman of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), Ramush Haradinaj has spoken about the importance of the glorious Epopee of Dukagjini. He said that with their liberation war, the Albanians remained in their centuries-old lands, while Milosevic’s forces left.

“Even Gllogjan happened because of Prekaz. God willing that day, yes some good men were killed, but the war was not ‘killed’ that day. It is important at the end of the day, for this place where we are, this land, Albanians have remained and Milosevic’s forces have fled. This is the truth of this day. Several times Milosevic tried to eradicate the KLA and the Albanians, and every time he told foreigners that he almost drove them out of Kosovo, we have not left this place and this land for a single day of the war; since March 24, 1998, we have not left this land,” said Haradinaj.

Rifat Jashari from the family of the legendary commander of the KLA, Adem Jashari, gave an occasional speech at the central manifestation for the Dukagjini Epopee. He said that the bequest left between generations for the unification of the Albanian lands must be realized.

“God wants us to be together with Albania, with Kosovo, with the Valley so that we can travel together and achieve our goals. Then if we unite, we have completed the legacy that has been handed down from generation to generation,” said Jashari.

In his speech, the mayor of Deçan, Bashkim Ramosaj, said that with the Dukagjini Epopee, hope was born and that freedom had come despite the great price that Albanians paid in their fight for freedom.

“It is difficult to describe and prophesy to the end the most important event of the war for freedom with a speech. March 24 carries within itself the path of freedom, but on this date we are reminded of the sufferings of this people. On this day, our hope was born that freedom for us had already arrived, despite the great price we had to pay,” said Ramosaj.

The chairman of the Democratic Union for the Integration of the Albanians of North Macedonia, Ali Ahmeti, also participated in the demonstration, who said that after the great victory for freedom, Kosovo needs to move forward and finally acquire the physiognomy of an internationally accepted state.

“The Epopee of March will remain one of the most marked days in history, because all these fallen wanted to be by the side of the legendary commander Adem Jashari, to ease the pain and to give the news that Kosovo was freed by blood and help from the allies. Any cooling and neglect towards our strategic and historical allies of the nation must be carried forward, because Kosovo still needs to finally acquire the physiognomy of an internationally accepted state,” said Ahmeti.

The prime minister of North Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi, also gave a speech in front of the audience, who said that the support of the allies and strategic partners of the Albanians is essential and irreplaceable.

Meanwhile, the ambassador of Albania in Kosovo, Petrit Malaj, said that the future generations should once again commemorate the fight for freedom and honor the martyrs who gave their most precious thing for freedom.

“This day is engraved in our collective memory, symbolizing the indomitable spirit of Kosovo Albanians in their struggle for freedom and dignity. It is our duty to honor their legacy by working tirelessly towards peace, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond. Respect and pride to the leading role of the international community, whose support was fundamental in the search for peace and justice,” said Malaj.

On the occasion of the glorious Epopee of Dukagjini, homages were held at the Memorial Complex “Martyrs of the Nation” in Gllogjan, where the Speaker of the Parliament Glauk Konjufca, the Minister of Defense, Ejup Maqedonci, the Minister of Justice, Albulena Haxhiu and the Minister of Industry, Rozeta Hajdari were also present.

On March 24, 1998, a frontal battle took place in Gllogjan between the forces of the KLA and the enemy forces, which had surrounded Gllogjan, while their goal was the house of the Haradinaj family, where they encountered strong resistance. On this day, Him Haradinaj, Gazmend and Agron Mehmetaj were martyred.