Stoltenberg: NATO is reviewing its commitment to the Kosovo Security Force

NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

 NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told on Wednesday to Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj that the North Atlantic Council has already held the first discussion on the recently adopted laws by the Kosovo parliament for the transformation of the Army Security Force .

In a telephone conversation, Stoltenberg told to Prime Minister Haradinaj that while the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) mandate is changing, the North Atlantic Council will reconsider the degree of engagement within this force in the coming year.

Mr. Stoltenberg also reiterated the stance that NATO will continue the mission of KFOR to guarantee a safe environment in Kosovo. "KFOR works under the UN mandate and will not be affected by the laws on the military," told the Prime Minister Haradinaj, is said in a statement issued by Stoltenberg, Voice of America confirms.

While the Prime Minister Hardainaj considered as friendly the conversation with the Secretary Stoltenberg and expressed his satisfaction with NATO's commitment to supporting Kosovo as a whole.

"I guaranteed the Secretary Stoltenberg for the transparency of the KSF transition process, expressing my vision of the Government to deepen the partnership with NATO, KFOR, NALT, the Extended Interaction Program and the readiness of the troops of the KSF for contributing to regional and global security," wrote Prime Minister Haradinaj.

On December 14, Kosovo's parliament adopted the necessary laws in transforming the Army's Security Force, a decision backed by the United States, Great Britain and Germany, while fomenting NATO's and European Union's controversial reaction, estimating that it was not a suitable time for such a thing.

The decision was overcome with anger in Belgrade, where Serbian President Aleskandr Vucic said Kosovo's army jeopardizes the stability of the entire region, and on the other hand attacking strongly  the United States for supporting the Kosovo Army.

Early this week, the issue was also discussed at an extraordinary UN Security Council meeting at the request of Serbia. Most of the Security Council member countries gave support to Kosovo's right to establish its own army.
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