Kosovo still without armed forces

Kosovo still without armed forces

Pristina, 15 September 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

More than a year has gone by since the government of Kosovo recommended the creation of the Armed Forces of Kosovo, but up until today, these armed forces have not yet been set up.

This process is facing great challenges now, as, besides the fact that 2/3 of votes are required in parliament to make the constitutional amendments, the same number of votes is also needed by minority communities in the country and for this, the Serb List continues to pose a problem.

Analysts and representatives of opposition parties, accuse the current government of delaying this process.

Analysts and representatives of opposition parties accuse the current government of delaying this process.

Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) says that the government has lost the sense of strategic communication and has failed at transforming Kosovo Security Force (FSK) into an army.

AAK’s Department of Policies and Defence, says that it has constantly followed the government’s analysis, which relates to the transformation of FSK into the Army of Kosovo.

In this context, AAK says that such process is not in line with the recommendations of the Strategic Review of the Security Sector, as far as the dynamics of the transformation and development of Kosovo’s Armed Forces are concerned.

“The responsibility for the failure to set up Kosovo’s army belongs to the government, which up until yesterday, was led by former PM Hashim Thaci and today by Isa Mustafa. We’re once again stressing that delays in this process are unjustifiable and completely unacceptable. As a party, we insist on this issue to be voted in parliament as soon as possible and the Armed Forces of Kosovo must not remain hostage of political bargaining between government and the Serb List”, AAK says.

Meanwhile, Skender Perteshi from the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, says that the main obstacle in this process are Serb MPs.

“For the moment, besides the Serb community, all other communities in Kosovo back the creation of the armed forces, except for the Serb List which, without receiving the green light from Belgrade, it will not vote in favor of the armed forces”, Perteshi says.

The current mandate of FSK is more of a civil mandate and once it’s transformed into armed forces, this mission will be in charge of defending the sovereignty and integrity of the state.

As far as the transformation of FSK into Armed Forces is concerned, PM Isa Mustafa says that it’s unreasonable to condition the creation of armed forces with reserved seats in parliament.

“What is changed in the Constitution with two third of the votes, cannot change in the future without following the same principle, as this would lead to a number of conditions imposed and it would be difficult for us to find a way out”, PM Mustafa says. /ibna/