Friday, February 26, 2021

Dispatch of the American ambassador to Kosovo leaked: We are in hell! Urgently notified State Department


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22.02.2021. 13:32 – 22.02.2021. 14:05

The document, signed by US Ambassador Philip Cosnet, presents a whole list of problems that led to the embassy there being on the “edge of shooting”.

US Ambassador Philip S. Kosnet, Photo: Printscreen / Youtube

A collision with reality – in short, a dispatch leaked to the public in which the US Embassy in Pristina informs the State Department that their officials in Kosovo and Metohija are – “in hell”.

The document, signed by US Ambassador Philip Cosnet, presents a whole list of problems that led to the embassy there being on the “edge of shooting”.

As “Politiko” published, and reporter Nahal Tosi reported on her Twitter account, that list is longer, and it also contains the corona virus and the lack of vaccines, but also infrastructure, polluted air, stray dogs, overtime work … All this leads, it is written in the dispatch, to bad interpersonal relations among employees.

– The embassy in Pristina in Kosovo is approaching the shooting point. Even before Kovid-19, Kosovo was severely affected by air pollution, few green areas, few chances for outdoor activities and poor infrastructure – the “Politika” reporter quoted Kosnet as saying.

He also states that there are “ubiquitous packs of stray dogs” on the streets of Pristina, which can be “aggressive in hunting for food”.

– For these and other reasons, the embassy officials were mostly “stuck” indoors due to the covid crisis – it is written in the dispatch.

That, however, is not the only torment.

– The embassy does not have enough staff, so it deals with tasks outside its duties, and the balance between business and private life has disappeared – states the journalist “Politika”, and adds that one of the employees in the survey said that “this has a serious negative impact on my health. “

This, among other things, is manifested in “panic attacks, chest pain, loss of sleep”, it is written in the dispatch.

“Kosovo as free from covids”
Also, the document states the problems related to the corona virus and vaccination of both the local population, but also the employees of the US Embassy.

– Approximately 20 percent of the employees in the embassy fell ill with kovida-19. The vast majority of them are locally employed staff, which is an indicator of ineffective disease control in Kosovo – the leaked document reads.

It is also stated that “Kosovo is behaving like a country free of covid-19”, but at the same time it is stated that “Kosovo is a country devastated by a pandemic”.

– In the US, if you don’t wear a mask in public, you could end up in a viral video. In Kosovo, you will most likely end up on social networks because you are wearing a mask – the journalist from “Politika” quotes from the dispatch.

Preference given to staff in the United States
The document also states that there is a perception that the leaders of the State Department gave priority to vaccination to the staff in Washington.

“It’s hard to accept,” the US ambassador wrote.

He states that “the constant increase in expectations, and then the rapidly disappearing hopes regarding the distribution of vaccines, had a severe impact on the prospects of our community for the future.”

– Many respondents now doubt that they will ever get the vaccine, while others suggest the indifference of the ministry – the text reads.

Asked to comment on the whole story, a State Department spokesman expressed sympathy for one cable television station, but also said the department had directed “nearly 80 percent” of vaccine supplies to field locations using a “hub-and-spoke distribution model.” way of distributing goods, where traffic planners organize routes as a series of branches, which connect distant points with the central hub).

He also added that “when it comes to vaccines, we intend to offer them to 100 percent of the department’s staff, as fast as the delivery of vaccines allows.”

The “Politika” journalist also states that it should be noted that the “Washington Post” recently published a story that showed how the concerns of American diplomats about the distribution of vaccines are quite widespread.





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