PRISTINA, Kosovo (BulgarianMilitary.com) — Last week Kosovo voted to upgrade its armed security force and create an army and the decision was defined as “irreversible” by the country’s president on Sunday (16th December 2018). President Hashim Thaci also offered assurance that the decision will not threaten the ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province, learned BulgarianMilitary.com
In a statement, Kosovo’s government said on 14th December 2018 (Friday), “The Government of the Republic of Kosovo considers that Kosovo’s right for an army … stems from sacrifice and freedom, from the rule of law, the sovereign, the will of the citizens to protect and promote pro-Western values in Kosovo and beyond.”
President Hashim Thaci gave a briefing on the army plan before leaving for New York, where the U.N. Security Council will discuss within the coming days the decision of the Parliament of Kosovo from Friday to create its own national army.
Thaci commented, “Whatever happens at the Security Council, despite the concerns of a certain individual or a country, the formation of the Kosovo army is an irreversible act.”
In addition, he explained that the army of Kosovo will be a professional and multi-ethnic one and that 5 percent of the troops will come from the ethnic Serb minority. In that relation, Thaci advised the Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, to take into consideration the Serbs living in Kosovo “who feel calm and who take part in the army.”
Serbia still does not recognize Kosovo’s declaration of independence from 2008.
On Sunday, the foreign minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, said once again that the country will insist at the United Nations Security Council that the army of Kosovo would violate a U.N. resolution, which ended Serbia’s crackdown on Kosovar separatists from 1998-1999.
Ivica Dacic stated, “It is important that the position of Serbia will be heard.”
Serbia’s government has also warned it might use its own military as a response and the Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, said it is “one of the options on the table.” This option, however, could lead to a confrontation with the NATO-led peacekeepers, located in Kosovo since 1999.
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Source: Defense News, CNN