Armed Forces, there’s no accord between Albanian leaders

Armed Forces, there’s no accord between Albanian leaders

Pristina, May 5, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Political party leaders in Kosovo could not strike a deal in order to pass in parliament the creation of the Armed Forces of the Republic.

This morning, heads of political parties have met with US ambassador, Tracey Ann Jacobson. The meeting came in an attempt to secure the necessary votes in parliament, which would transform Security Forces into Armed Forces. According to IBNA’s sources, unable to reach a cross party consensus, the issue of the foundation of Armed Forces has been postponed until Tuesday.

The meeting ended a few minutes before the start of the parliamentary sitting, which was supposed to discuss the completion/amendment of laws which would enable the creation of the Army of Kosovo, which is being conditioned by MPs of the Serb and Turkish minority with the continuation of reserved seats for at least another term.

So far, none of the leaders has come up with a declaration of what has been discussed. They have not confirmed any preliminary agreement which would secure two thirds of votes. These votes and two third of votes by MPs from the minorities, are necessary for the creation of the Armed Forces of Kosovo.

Disagreements relate to the continuation of the parliamentary seats reserved for Serbs. Serb minority conditions the voting for the Armed Forces with the request for guaranteed seats in parliament to continue for another 4 years.

Parties are also divided for the dissolution of parliament and non confidence motion for the prime minister.

Present in the meeting with the US ambassador was the leader of PDK, Hashim Thaci, that of LDK, Isa Mustafa, that of AAK, Ramush Haradinaj, leader of AKR, Behgjet Pacolli.The leader of Self Determination, Albin Kurti was not invited in this meeting, the same as last week. This party is determined not to accept the continuation of reserved seats for minorities. The same positioning is also shared by LDK, the largest opposition party. Bearing these stances in mind, there’s a serious risk of not securing two thirds of the necessary votes for the establishment of Armed Forces. /ibna/