NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Thursday Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to brief them on the outcome of Wednesday's meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on the Western Balkans when it was discussed also on the plan to move ahed with creation of Kosovo Army.
Stoltenberg announced that he underlined that both Belgrade and Pristina should show calm and restraint, and avoid any provocative statements or actions. “With Mr. Haradinaj, I raised the plan to move ahead with the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into an army. I stressed that such a move is ill-timed, goes against the advice of many NATO Allies, and can have negative repercussions on Kosovo's prospects for Euro-Atlantic integration,” Stoltenberg said in a statement. “I reiterated that should the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force evolve, NATO will have to examine the level of our engagement with the Kosovo Security Force,” he said. Stoltenberg also spoke with Vucic on the need to de-escalate current tensions. “I reminded both that the EU-mediated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina remains the only way to bring durable peace and stability to the region. NATO remains committed to the security and stability of Kosovo through our UN-mandated KFOR peacekeeping mission,” Stoltenberg said.