Kosovo plans to create regular army regardless of criticism

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 14.3.2017 14:34

On Tuesday March 7, President Hashim Thaçi presented to Kosovo parliament an amendment to a law that proposes the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a national army. The mission of the KSF is currently limited to emergency operations and protection of civilians. The approval of the proposal would enable acquisition of heavy weapons and an increase of troops, which according to Thaçi would reinforce the KSF's capability to protect Kosovo’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The proposed change is not apreciated by the Serbian minority, Serbia itself, nor the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In particular, they fear that the law could be passed without amending the Constitution, and therefore would not require the support of the Serbian minority in the parliament. Such a unilateral step is perceived as inappropriate by the Western allies and the US threatened to rethink their extensive help. However, Thaçi said that they have already waited for Serbian minority's support for three years and now they must act. Strained relations between Serbia and Kosovo began to escalate in recent months, similar the entire Balkans region. Serbian representatives said that the possible transformation of the Kosovo forces would bring further instability.

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