WASHINGTON, D.C. - Presidents, diplomats, Balkan officials and members of the U.S. Congress paid an emotional tribute to the Voice of America's Albanian Service Tuesday, as the service marked the 70th anniversary of its first broadcast in 1943.Speaking at VOA headquarters in Washington, New York Congressman Eliot Engel (D) joked that he had been interviewed by VOA so many times that when he visited Albania or Kosovo he was widely recognized.
Engel, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, congratulated the service (watch here) for its work providing information to Albanians. "I think that we in the United States need VOA to show to the peoples of different oppressed countries what America is all about...Every dollar that we give to VOA comes back to us with hundreds of dollars of goodwill for America, hundreds of dollars of good faith for what America is and what it stands for," Engel said.
In a videotaped message, Albanian President Bujar Nishani described the service's influence, saying it "gave us hope during a dark time in our history. It had the power to help our people forget their starvation." Read More