Pristina: On Thursday, October 18, the Kosovo parliament voted to convert the Kosovo security forces, which are designed to respond to emergency situations, into a regular army.
This was reported by the Pristina's edition Koha.
After the end of the war in Kosovo in 1999, security in this region is provided by NATO troops from the KFOR mission. Currently, it involved more than four thousand soldiers and officers.
The idea of creating full-fledged forces by Kosovo that proclaimed its independence from Serbia 10 years ago matured long ago. And on September 13, the country's government (independence recognized by more than 110 states, while Serbia still considers Kosovo as one of its provinces) unanimously adopted a draft law on the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into the Kosovo army and urgently submitted it to parliament.
Serb minority deputies left the parliamentary debate in protest.
Earlier, on October 16, Slavko Simic, a member of the “Presidium of the Kosovo Parliament” from the Serbian List party, voted against the proposal to consider three bills in the Parliament on the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a full-fledged army. According to Simic, the proposal to transform the KSF into the army is at variance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and “causes invaluable damage to trust, peace, and stability both in Kosovo and Metohija and in the region as a whole”.
According to the Minister for Security Affairs of Kosovo, Rustem Berisha, after accepting the proposed project, KSF will begin to perform new tasks, and the Ministry of KSF affairs will be transformed into the Ministry of Defense.
“Kosovo will form professional, multi-ethnic forces according to NATO standards, which will be compatible with other armies of the world,” Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj wrote on his Facebook page.
By the end of the year, Kosovo will acquire a full-fledged army. This was stated by the "speaker of the parliament of Kosovo" Kadri Veseli on October 15 in Pristina.
“We will form a Kosovo army with partners from the United States and NATO. Whether someone likes it or not, it will be done by the end of the year. The “Serbian list” is against, but we will work on it. We must strengthen the security forces and turn them into Kosovo’s armed forces,” the Serbian RTS TV channel quoted Veseli.
Meanwhile, the president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, believes that the decision to establish the army of Kosovo was made premature. We recall that in the summer he, together with his Serbian colleague Alexander Vucic, held a joint press conference in Vienna, at which they supported plans for exchanging territories where ethnic minorities live together, which will normalize relations with each other, and then open the way for both countries to join the EU and NATO.
Yesterday, Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in Belgrade that the creation of an army in Kosovo would become a danger to the world and would threaten "Serbia and the Serbs".
“There can be no other armed forces in Kosovo except KFOR as long as UN Security Council Resolution 1244 is in force,” said Vulin.
The Serbian minister called on the international community to ensure compliance with the UN resolution and prevent the creation of armed groups in Kosovo.
Sergey Sudakov, a professor at the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, said in an interview with Russian journalists that to create a full-fledged army, not just security forces, Kosovo will need to enlist the support of major weapon manufacturers, primarily the United States, and for this the US administration will first need to get consent to issue a license to sell weapons from Congress and the Senate.
Sudakov believes that the escalation of the conflict in the Balkans is part of the US plan to create local armed conflicts "traps" for Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement in September stating that “pushing Kosovars and their overseas patrons into the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into full-fledged “armed forces ”, contrary to the position of Belgrade and Kosovo Serbs, is extremely dangerous for stability in the Balkans.”
Against the backdrop of support for the separatists in the separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Kremlin, as we see, is traditionally guided by the policy of double standards.