Monday, 10 Dec 2018

NATO leader speaks to Serbian and Kosovar leaders amidst tensions

BELGRADE, Serbia – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that on Thursday he spoke with Serbian and Kosovar leaders of the Kosovo project to form a regular army, which was strongly contested by Serbia and Serbia. alliance.

According to a statement by the Kosovo government, Ramush Haradinaj assured Stoltenberg that the transition of the Kosovo Security Force to a regular army would be done in close cooperation with NATO.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in a statement that he was concerned about the Kosovo plan because it represents "a danger" for the "survival" of the Serbian minority in Kosovo and could jeopardize stability and stability. peace in the region.

Stoltenberg said in a statement that Serbian and Kosovar officials should "show calm and restraint and avoid any provocative statements or actions".

He added that he had warned Haradinaj that NATO would review the level of our engagement with the Kosovo Security Force.? "

"I pointed out that such an approach is inappropriate, goes against the advice of many NATO allies and can have negative repercussions on Kosovo's prospects for Euro-Atlantic integration," he said. Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg reminded Belgrade and Pristina that dialogue remained "the only way to restore lasting peace and stability in the region", adding that NATO is committed to the security and stability of Kosovo.

Serbia has warned that the formation of a Kosovo army could trigger armed intervention.

The Kosovo Parliament will vote on 14 December on the creation of a regular army. Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, a gesture that Serbia does not recognize.

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