US say Kosovo has right to own armed forces

  • Mihajlo Kopanja
  • 23.3.2018 14:17

US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs of the, Wess Mitchell stated on 14 March in Serbia that Kosovo has the right to establish own armed forces, an endeavour Kosovo previously undertook, but subsequently postponed due to the fact that EU and US pointed out such a step cannot be taken without amending the Constitution, which, in turn, cannot be done without the support of two thirds of the national minorities. So far supported the Kosovar Serbs have opposed such initiatives. 

Serbia believes Kosovo's armed forces can only be created in violation of international law/agreements, namely of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which stipulates the possibility of return of the Serbian Army to Kosovo. Mitchell's statements represent a reiteration of US' vision of Kosovo's future, including its support for a Kosovar army, although warning Pristina that the only way to achieve this is through a change in the constitution. Both EU and US are assuming an increasingly assertive role in the Balkans, but it is not clear whether local leaders would in fact implement the Western-sponsored agenda, which might prove very unpopular and push those societies closer to Russia, China or Turkey.

 

 

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