BELGRADE, Serbia – Serbian Presidential Advisor Nikola Selakovic said that in response to Kosovo’s decision to create an army, Belgrade “could send Serbian armed forces or declare Kosovo an occupied territory.”
Published on: Dec 14, 2018 @ 20:02
It became known earlier that the Kosovo parliament voted in the second reading in favor of a new law on the creation of a Kosovo army. This legislation will allow a doubling of the present security force, and will gradually turn the number of security forces into a full-fledged professional army of 5 thousand people.
The Serbian authorities will ask to convene an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the steps taken by the breakaway region of Kosovo to transform its security forces into an army.
This news was carried by news agencies including the Associated Press and Tanjug, citing the Serbian Foreign Ministry on Friday, earlier today on December 14th.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has said that Pristina’s parliamentary action to lay the foundation to create a military is “the most direct threat to peace and stability in the region.” Dacic noted that his country intends to achieve an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council due to the decision of Kosovo to create a regular army.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has already expressed regret over the continuation by Kosovo authorities of steps to create a national army, as FRN reported on earlier.