Kosovo is still far from NATO accession

Kosovo is still far from NATO accession

Pristina, 18 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The proclamation of independence by Kosovo on 17 February 2008 didn’t bring any changes in the relations between Kosovo and NATO.

After independence, NATO adopted its neutral positioning toward Kosovo and continued to function in Kosovo based on Resolution 1244.

This, due to the fact that four NATO member countries, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain, didn’t recognize Kosovo.

This is stated in the report issued by Kosovo Center for Security Studies (QKSS), which aims to offer solutions and alternatives how Kosovo can move forward in the accession in this Alliance.

“As far as cooperation with NATO is concerned, Kosovo is blocked in all aspects, not being able to participate in cooperation mechanisms and different programs of NATO. Kosovo has not established bilateral relations with NATO officials, thus being the only country in Western Balkan which doesn’t have any form of cooperation with NATO”, says the report called “Destination NATO: Kosovo’s alternatives toward NATO accession”.

The report further stresses that “based on NATO’s official documents, Kosovo’s accession in the program of Partnership for Peace may be conditioned by its accession at the OSCE. Given that Kosovo is not a member of this organization, this can act as another obstacle for Kosovo into becoming part of the Partnership for Peace”.

“The efforts made by Kosovo policymakers to strengthen relations with NATO, have been restricted to declarations. Kosovo’s institutions have not made an official request to NATO in order to establish official relations with Kosovo”, the report says.

According to this document and in spite of many challenges, Kosovo’s allies in the NATO have insisted for Kosovo to move forward toward the accession in the Partnership for Peace and NATO. /ibna/