Friday, November 25, 2022

Kosovo Wants Creation of Regular Army

At the next session of Kosovo parliament, MPs will discuss forming the regular army.

That was reported by RTK Live.

Establishing of Kosovo Army requires constitutional amendments which can be achieved with two thirds of votes of MPs representing minorities in Kosovo. Serbian caucus Srpska is opposing establishment of the Kosovo Army.


Former General Commander of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), Kadri Kastrati, says the KSF can be transformed into Armed Force of Kosovo without support of Serbian Election List – Srpska.

“The Government of Kosovo, Assembly of Kosovo in cooperation with our international partners, can establish the army without amending the Constitution. The KSF’s name remains the same but they should be given military tasks,” he said.

The decision has angered Serbia. Serbia, which does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, strenuously opposes the creation of regular Kosovan armed forces. Serbia and Kosovo, a former province which declared independence from Belgrade in 2008, having been involved in EU-led talks to normalise relations since 2011.

The current Kosovo Security Force has 2,500 lightly armed active soldiers and 800 reservists. The new Kosovo Armed Forces may comprise 5,000 active soldiers and 3,000 reservists.

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