Parliament Speaker Kadri Veseli says Kosovo will establish its army by mid-December. The Parliament of Kosovo has approved in principle a package of laws on transition of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into Army of Kosovo and MPs are expected to pass the legislation in December.
Veseli told media that he will call the Parliament’s Presidency to schedule a session on final approval of the three draft laws enabling transformation of the KSF into army. He made the comments attending an activity in Skenderaj. “We will have Kosovo Army soon, within this year. By mid-December we will have the second reading of the draft laws on Kosovo Armed Force. On Monday I will convene heads of parliamentary groups to set the date. We will respect all the procedures. Parliamentary committees are about to conclude their job and the decision-making will be transparent,” Veseli said. He also said that Kosovo will establish its army in coordination with international partners. He said future Army of Kosovo will be defensive force and will contribute to peace in Kosovo and the region.
The Parliament of Kosovo has approved in October giving more power to current KSF civilian force, and bypassing the constitutional amendments required to change it into regular army. A constitutional obligation for that would require a “double majority” – meaning the support of two-thirds of all 120 MPs and two-thirds of the 20 ethnic non-Albanian MPs. Kosovo Serb MPs, who hold 10 of the 20 seats in parliament reserved for non-Albanian communities, have blocked such initiatives and strongly opposed creation of Kosovo Army.