Balkans Trip: Biden Warns Kosovo of the “Cancer of Corruption”

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Bulgaria, Politics - No comments

US vice president Joe Biden warned the Kosovar government Wednesday of the “cancer” of corruption, during his first visit to the Balkans since 2009.

“I’m here today to affirm the United States is going to continue to stand with the people of Kosovo on your journey to become a prosperous, peaceful and multi-ethnic democracy,” he told reporters.

He underscored, though, the dangers of corruption — what he called “a cancer that eats at the fabric of every society where it exists. In short, it jeopardises everything Kosovo hopes to achieve, hopes to become, hopes for its future.”

Members of the opposition in parliament repeatedly have released tear gas in sessions over the past year to protest controversial deals with Serbia and Montenegro. Berlin-based Transparency International ranked Kosovo 103rd out of 168 countries on its “Corruption Perceptions Index” of 2015.

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