Kosovo Parliament is set to vote on Friday a package of laws enabling transition of the lightly armed Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a fully-fledged army.
Kosovo MPs will convene on Friday at 10:00 to approve a package of laws on creation of Kosovo Army. If laws are approved, a special ceremony will be followed the same day at 17:00 at the Ministry of KSF. The Parliament’s press service issued on Monday a statement confirming the only point of the agenda. MPs will review three draft laws in second reading: The Draft Law on Ministry of Defence; Draft Law on KSF, and: Draft Law on Serving in KSF.
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said the transformation of the KSF into army is in compliance with bilateral and multilateral relations with the NATO member countries, as well as with the NATO’s Headquarters.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned last week Kosovo authorities that move to create army is ill-timed, goes against the advice of many NATO Allies, and can have negative repercussions on Kosovo's prospects for Euro-Atlantic integration. But US Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett in a televised interview last week said that Kosovo Security Force (KSF) evolution into Kosovo Armed Force is a positive step and is natural for Kosovo as a sovereign, independent country to have a self-defense capability.