9th July 2010
UPDATE, from Winnipeg Free Press: Thousands of Kosovars give Tony Blair a hero’s welcome
TONY BLAIR – ‘A LEADER, A FRIEND, A HERO’ – IN KOSOVO
(Just a little picture poster of our former Prime Minister, as it appears all over Pristina today)
For a larger version of the picture above see this Facebook page. Great comment too, re Daily Mail
Picture, right, from this Facebook page
Just in case the British press fail to notice tell you – as if – Tony Blair arrived in Kosovo last night. The British flags and large posters of Mr Blair adorned their streets welcoming the man they describe as “a leader, a friend, a hero”.
He’ll return home with at least two more reminders to that well-known British band of brothers – the ferals, critics and online deniers – as to what the world makes of our former Prime Minister.
I expect our streets too will be adorned with his pictures, in thanks and recognition. Yeah, right.
‘THE GOLDEN MEDAL OF FREEDOM’ for ‘HONORIS CAUSA’
The Freedom medal from the country’s president and the title of “Honoris Causa” from Pristina University, will be added to Mr Blair’s growing list of well-deserved trophies. But to him they are not just trophies. They mean something of fundamental importance in his approach to REAL freedoms. As they do to those who present them to him.
It just so happens that wherever he goes in this world – out of the reach of the brainwashing dullards in the British press – people recognise him for what he is – a true democrat, a true leader, and a TRUE freedom-fighter.
But he took the long way round, travelling first to Egypt to meet the Foreign Affairs Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit yesterday. They discussed the recent Palestinian developments. (See report here at Egypt’s government website.)
I know it’s hard for some of you to read this without feeling your BP soar. Those of you whose brains need recalibrating. But I advise you to keep taking the pills. I promise you, it’s not going to get any easier for you.
Well done, Mr Blair. Congratulations.
More reports on this trip follow. When the British press catch on, I’ll let you know.
Balkan Insight – Kosovo Readies for Tony Blair Visit
Pristina | 08 July 2010 | Petrit Collaku
Billboards in Pristina
Blair, who was invited by Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, will stay for two days. He will be accompanied by his wife, Cherie.
According to the British embassy in Pristina, Blair will be welcomed by the Kosovo Ceremonial Guard when he arrives at the prime minister’s office for his meeting with Thaci this evening. He is expected to meet with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu later tonight, who will award him with the golden medal of freedom.
The former British leader is scheduled to address the Kosovo Assembly on Friday at 11am, after which he will address the people of Kosovo in front of the National Theatre in Pristina. While in Kosovo he will be honored by Pristina University with the title Honoris Causa.
“All preparations are ready for the visit of Kosovo’s friend Tony Blair,” Kosovo government spokesperson Memli Krasniqi told Balkan Insight.
On Friday, Blair will visit Prizren and Peja.
Tony Blair is regarded as a hero in Kosovo due to his role during the NATO intervention in the late 1990s.
Many streets in Kosovo have been renamed after the now Middle East peace envoy, including in Kosovo’s capital and other major cities.
His fame stretches even further in some parts of the country, where several families have named their children after the British statesman. One of them is Tonibler Dajaku, born in 2001.
Pristina’s main roads are covered with British flags, billboards and posters welcoming former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is scheduled to arrive today in Kosovo.
The below was posted at the British Embassy website in Kosovo on 7th July
Tony Blair visits Kosovo
Tony Blair will visit Kosovo from 8 to 9 July 2010 at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo.
The visit will include meetings with the President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr Fatmir Sejdiu, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr Hashim Thaci. Mr Blair will also be the guest of the Speaker of the Kosovo Assembly, Mr Jakup Krasniqi, and will address the Assembly’s plenary session.
The Government of the Republic of Kosovo has organised a public event at the National Theatre on 9 July, from 12.00, as an opportunity for Mr Blair to meet the people of Kosovo. All are welcome to attend.
Mr Blair will be attending a lunch hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce during the visit and will also make a visit to the new municipality of Gracanica.
Mr Blair will be accompanied on this visit by his wife, Cherie Blair.
Media opportunities during the visit are as follows:
- Welcome by the Kosovo Security Force ceremonial guard at the Government Building
8 July, 18.25 outside the Government Building. Please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance. All accredited media welcome. Photographs and footage only.
- Press point after Mr Blair’s meeting with PM Thaci
8 July, 19.05 at the Government of Kosovo press briefing room. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start time. All accredited media welcome.
- Press point after Mr Blair’s meeting with President Sejdiu
8 July, 19.25 at the Office of the President for photo opportunity only, then from 19.50 outside the office of the President for questions from the media. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start time. All accredited media welcome.
- Welcome by the Speaker at the Kosovo Assembly
9 July, 10.10 at the main entrance to the Kosovo Assembly. Please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance. All accredited media welcome. Photographs and footage only.
- Speech by Mr Blair to the Assembly of Kosovo
9 July, 11.00 at the Assembly hall. Please arrive at least 45 minutes in advance. All accredited media welcome for coverage of the speech.
- Public event at the National Theatre
9 July, from 12.00. All media representatives welcome. You may wish to draw this event to the attention of your readers or viewers so that they are able to attend.
A transcript of Mr Blair’s speech to the Kosovo Assembly will be made available on the British Embassy website during the afternoon of Friday 9 July. Please check our website http://ukinkosovo.fco.gov.uk/en/ to download a copy of the transcript
Recent comments – “The terrorist lackeys must be really crazy to suggest that politicians like Blair are guilty of any offence. Why don’t they go for the real terrorists and murderers who are trying to infiltrate and change the enlightened western world as we know it?” and “The best there’s been since I grew up and I’m nearly 70 now. ‘Tis a pity that some have just never grown up at all.” and “Tony Blair was an excellent PM and the world holds him in high esteem.” and “You were a great Prime Minister, you did your best and a strong Ally of America.”
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