Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj says visa liberalization will be granted to Kosovo at the latest in March.
And he said the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) would be turned into an army by the same time.
In a statement to RTK, quoted by Beta on Friday, Haradinaj said that starting in March at the latest, “citizens of Kosovo will be able to freely move to the Schengen zone.”
RTK reported that Haradinaj will discuss these issues with EU representatives during his visit to Brussels on December 18.
Beta said that this was the first time that one of the leaders of Kosovo institutions has spoken about deadlines for achieving the process of visa liberalization and the formation of the Kosovo army.
EU’s preconditions for visa liberalization are “demarcation of border with Montenegro and success in the fight against corruption and organized crime.”
The international community and NATO believe that the transformation of the KSF is a political issue that is under the jurisdiction of Kosovo institutions, but also that it should be preceded by amendments to the Constitution and have the consent of other communities in order to preserve the multinational composition of those forces, said the report.
Representatives of the Serb List are opposed to the formation of an army in Kosovo.
Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin says KFOR will remain the only military formation in Kosovo and Metohija.
Speaking at the Pasuljanske Livade Range, where he attend the Serbian Army’s Zima 2017 (Winter 2017) exercise, Vulin added that any other outcome would represent “a serious security problem for the whole region.”
Reacting to Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s statement that “the Kosovo Army” would be established “by March,” Vulin recalled that this was Haradinaj’s “old wish.”
“Based on (UNSC) Resolution 1244, it is clear that the only armed force in Kosovo and Metohija can be KFOR, and that is the position of the Republic of Serbia that will not change. This is the position of the government of the Republic of Serbia, of the United Nations and, most importantly, of all Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija,” Vulin told journalists, Tanjug reported on Friday.
The minister pointed out that it was not possible to form “any kind of an army of Kosovo” – except “by force and brutal violation of international law, by violation of Resolution 1244, by brutally trampling on the will of the United Nations Security Council, and, of course, of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija.”
“Forming the Kosovo army outside Resolution 1244 would be a serious security problem for the whole region, the creation of some kind of military formation, where it cannot exist – because there is no state there – some formation that would be led by people whose goal is to destabilize this area and have conflict in this region,” said Vulin, and concluded:
“Once again, I am warning that Resolution 1244 must be respected, that is the position of our people, our country, our president, and the position of our Army – that there can be no army in Kosovo, nor any armed force other than KFOR.”