Thaci: Pristina has NATO's approval to establish army
"Kosovo has NATO's approval to establish the Armed Forces of Kosovo," the website Kossev has said, quoting a statement from the Foreign Ministry in Pristina.Source: Kossev
According to this, Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci and Minister for European Integration Bekim Colak met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Todd Chapman
They discussed "cooperation between Kosovo and America in the field of security and the completion of security structures in Kosovo."
The statement quoted Thaci as saying that "Kosovo is ready to establish the Armed Forces of Kosovo and has gained the approval of NATO in this regard and now requires the consent of the Assembly of Kosovo," and added: "Establishing of the Kosovo Armed Forces, joining the Partnership for Peace Program and installing a political dialogue with NATO are Kosovo's priorities in the field of security."
Thaci has also been quoted as saying that the meeting in New York on Monday also discussed "fight against ISIL and against radicalism as well as Kosovo's active participation in the Global Coalition Against Terrorism were discussed, too," and adding, "I can assure you that we will continue to fight without any compromise terrorism and radicalism."
"Establishing of the Kosovo Armed Forces and intensification of the cooperation with NATO and other partners of Kosovo will confirm Kosovo's role as an exporter of stability in the region and beyond," he said.
The transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into an army would be possible only with the adoption of constitutional amendments, the Kossev website reports - something that requires the votes of assembly members from minority communities in Kosovo - "which they so far have not been willing to do."
According to the website, local media recently reported that Kosovo's Prime Minister Isa Mustafa allegedly asked ministers and experts for security issues "to find modalities of transformation of the Kosovo Security Force without the need to have constitutional changes" - because the Serb List "refuses for the Kosovo Army to be formed through constitutional changes."