Analysis 16 Mar 17

Kosovo Risks Alienating Crucial Allies in Army Row

President Thaci is taking a gamble as he presses on with moves to create a Kosovo army despite US and NATO opposition. 

Perparim Isufi, Taulant Osmani
BIRN
Pristina
Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci. Photo: Jeta ne Kosovo

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci’s move to change the status of the Kosovo Security Forces, KSF, has received a setback from the NATO Secretary General and from the US embassy in Kosovo.

But, despite the clear messages coming from the international community, that Kosovo should halt this move, Thaci shows no signs of backing down.

“Be sure that the transformation of the KSF into the Kosovo Armed Forces will only strengthen credibility of the Kosovo state in the eyes of international friends. I am certain this will happen. There will be no stepping back,” Thaci told a panel discussion on his initiative in Pristina on Tuesday.

On March 7, he handed Speaker of Parliament, Kadri Veseli, the proposed changes in a bill that would see the current Security Force strengthened in terms of its responsibilities and capacities.

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