Kosovo decision own army, Serbia furious

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The Kosovo parliament adopted Friday a law approved the creation of a private regular army provides. The Serb minority and Belgrade are furious, the NATO is also unhappy.

The Kosovar parliament approved on Friday first, a law that provides for the creation of a ministry of Defence. The members of parliament agreed thereupon unanimously to the Kosovo security Forces (CSF), which is now primarily tasked with missions such as help with natural disasters, a military mandate.

The CSF has grown to 3,000 men. Within ten years they should be a force with 5,000 troops in light armament.

The Kosovar prime minister Ramush Haradinaj speaks of a natural evolution. “The process of the transformation of the Kosovo security Forces, ten years ago, incidentally, under the active guidance and assistance of our Nato partners, including Germany,” he said. “There is now a time has come where this is a logical imperative step.”

Serbia furious

Since 1999, a Nato-led international peacekeeping force in the (territorial) integrity and security of Kosovo, that Serbia has to be torn off and where the majority are ethnic Albanians.

The representatives of the Serbian minority in Kosovo did not participate in the vote in the parliament. Neighboring Serbia reacts furiously. Belgrade see the about 100.000 Serbs in Kosovo is threatened existentially. “For me it’s a difficult day. This does not contribute to the regional cooperation, ” said the Serbian prime minister Ana Brnabic. “Without a stable region there is no stable Serbia.’

The government in Pristina denies, however, that the future army is a threat to the Serbs in Kosovo. Kosovo points out that many Serbs in the CSF.

Also Nato displeased

Nato, too, has a negative attitude toward the decision of the Kosovar parliament. “I regret that this decision was taken despite the concern that the Nato has expressed. Nato supports the development of the Kosovo security Forces under their current mandate. With the change of the mandate of the North Atlantic Council has now forced the level of engagement in Kosovo in the CSF to rethink it, ” said secretary-general Jens).

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