Pristina, March 7, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Kosovo cannot establish its army for as long as Resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council is in force, say authorities in Belgrade.
The minister for Kosovo in the government of Serbia, Alexander Vulin says that “the establishment of armed forces is in contradiction with Resolution 1244 of the UNO, which in an explicit way states that KFOR armed forces alone can be present in the territory of Kosovo”.
The government of Serbia has decided to call an urgent meeting of UNO Security Council as a result of the warnings for the formation of Armed Forces of Kosovo, said Vulin.
Speaking on Kosovo, Vulin has remained loyal to the approach of Serb politics in 1999 and 2000 when Kosovo was under UN administration.
Vulin has ignored the fact that Kosovo has just celebrated the 6th anniversary of Independence and based his theses on Resolution 1244 of the Security Council which is still in force.
Agim Çeku: There’s no reason for Security Council to discuss on the Armed Forces of Kosovo
The Minister of Kosovo’s Security Force, Agim Çeku has immediately reacted following these declarations. He declared that Serbia has no reason to fear the Armed Forces of Kosovo. The youngest state in Europe, according to the former general, does not have territorial claims and no hostile approaches against any states.
According to him, Armed Forces of Kosovo will contribute for peace and stability in the region and for this, there’s no reason for the Security Council to discuss this issue, like Serbia requests.
“There’s no reason for the Security Council to discuss on this issue. This is a decision taken by the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo doesn’t have to ask permission from Serbia for its decisions”, said Çeku, one of the most prominent former commanders of Kosovo Liberation Army.
“Serbia doesn’t have to fear, because we don’t have any hostile approaches against anyone and neither do we have territorial claims. The mission of the Force is to defend the territory of the Republic of Kosovo and the sovereignty of the state”, added Çeku.
The prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci has expressed his conviction that the formation of the Armed Forces of Kosovo would benefit the entire region in terms of peace and security.
Thaci has also pledged that the steps for the establishment of Kosovo’s Armed Forces will be well coordinated with NATO and international partners.
During a hearing in front of the Security Committee of the US Senate, the senior State Department official, Hoyt Yee declared that “USA strongly supports Partnership for Peace and the eventual accession of Kosovo in the NATO”. Yee also declared that USA will work hard with the allies that have not recognized Kosovo in meeting this objective.
According to Mr. Thaci, “this is the first clear signal of a great friend of Kosovo, that Kosovo with the newly formed army-Armed Forces of Kosovo-will be an integrating element of Kosovo in the NATO”.
Reaction of Serb councilors in the four northern communes of the north of Kosovo
Serb councilors in the four northern communes of Kosovo have also objected the establishment of the army of Kosovo.
In a joint meeting held in Zvecan, these councilors have declared that the establishment of Kosovo’s Armed Forces “threatens the security of the region and Serbs of Kosovo”.
The mayor of Northern Mitrovica, Goran Rakic declared that “northern communes will suspend their official cooperation with the EU Office and EULEX if international structures in Kosovo do not meet our minimum requirements”.
In this meeting, Rakic has demanded from international representatives in Pristina to enable all Belgrade officials, starting from the ministers to the envoy for Kosovo, Aleksandar Vulin to enter Kosovo.
This meeting has been boycotted by Albanian and Bosnian councilors of northern communes.
Serb analysts: Belgrade is powerless in front of Kosovo’s Armed Forces
Analysts in Belgrade say that the establishment of Kosovo’s Armed Forces is now a fact. Serb analyst on military issues, Bojan Dimitrijevic says that the establishment of the army of Kosovo will finalize the consolidation of this state.
Dimitrijevic says that the legalization of these forces has began a year ago and there’s nothing that Belgrade can do in relation to this.
“Legalization of the Armed Forces of Kosovo has started a while ago and it’s only a matter of time when this becomes a reality. This will finalize the consolidation of the state of Kosovo”, said he.
According to Mr. Dimitrijevic, Kosovo has chosen a good moment to issue the decision for the creation of Kosovo’s Armed Forces.
“I believe that Serbia has chosen a good moment, because Serbia is entering an electoral campaign and the public opinion is busy with other topics. Thus, Belgrade doesn’t have the possibility for a strong reaction, apart from the Serb group involved in the Brussels talks. Armed Forces of Kosovo have been existing for a year now and this situation cannot be changed, because it’s only a matter of time until these forces are given this name”, said Dimitrijevic. He said that these forces will not play a role in the north of Kosovo.
A few days ago, the government of Kosovo took a decision to transform Kosovo’s Security Forces into Armed Forces. The Ministry of Security Forces will also be transformed into Ministry of Defense of Kosovo. Armed Forces of Kosovo will have 5 thousand active soldiers and 3 thousand in reserve. /ibna/
Photo from the KLA epopee and the last symbolic parade of Kosovo’s Security Forces which have been transformed to Armed Forces of Kosovo