PODGORICA, Montenegro (BulgarianMilitary.com), 08 August 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: Wikipedia
According to an announcement of Montenegro Defense Ministry, the Parliament has approved the proposal, sent previously this year by the Montenegro’s National Security Council, to be deployed Montenegrin servicemen to join NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo (KFOR), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Referring to the Ministry of Defense program of work, Montenegro will send 2 military officers for the period from 1st to 31st November, this year to join the NATO-led mission responsible for the peacekeeping in Kosovo after the 1999 war in the former Serbian province ended.
During the session of the Montenegrin government that was held last week, became clear that the two deployed officers will be paid the approved by the Parliament €70/per day. The Parliament also voted to deploy the military officers to join KFOR, as follows: one of them will be sent in (KFOR) command in Pristina, and the other – in the mission’s regional headquarters in Skopje, Macedonia.
The decision of sending Montenegrin servicemen in the KFOR mission in Kosovo was opposed by Serbian officials, early this year, claiming that the actions of Podgorica are not actions of a friend.
The Montenegrin decision for the sending of two of their servicemen to join in KFOR, was met with criticism by Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia and Aleksandar Vulin, Defense Minister of Serbia.
For the local media, the first said that this deployment is aiming to be only in service of the job that NATO gave Montenegro and added “Whatever one, two or three of them are going to do there, serves no other purpose but to do the job NATO gave them. Go ahead boys, you’re just doing your job. We know that this is not a friendly gesture towards Serbia,”
The Defense Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vulin, supported the President’s words by saying in front of Belgrade media, that the sending of these two servicemen to join KFOR is an act of support Kosovo’s independence and not of protection the Serb population.
Last week, in a response to the criticism from the Serb officials, the Montenegrin Defence Minister, Predrag Boskovic assured, that “Montenegro has betrayed neither Serbia nor Kosovo because Kosovo is not a part of Montenegro but an independent state”.
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