Kosovo postpones plans to create national army

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 15.4.2017 11:31

Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi agreed to postpone the creation of the national army on Friday, 7 April.

In March Thaçi found a way to bypass Serbian opposition in the parliament and necessary constitutional amendments, which would allow the transformation of the lightly armed Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) into a regular army. Such a step was sharply criticised not only by the Serbian minority but also by traditional allies, the United States and NATO. Although Thaçi had shown no signs of backing down, eventually he decided to postpone the approval of the plans under international pressure. However, Thaçi's plans for the transformation do not end there and he gained more time to convince Serbs to approve the amendments with strategic international partners' assistance. NATO and the United States do not oppose the creation of the army itself but say that the constitution must be changed first. These efforts to create a Kosovo national army follow a series of incidents between Kosovo and Serbia, which escalated tensions between these countries and complicated the security situation in the region in the past months.

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