Serbia says will prevent Kosovo army establishing 'diplomatically'

Kosovo's multiethnic force, which was launched on Wednesday, will have 2,500 personnel and 800 reservists.

Serbia says will prevent Kosovo army establishing 'diplomatically'

Serbia sees new Kosovo army as a threat and Serbia will use all diplomatic efforts to fight it, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Kosovo declared independence last February, angering Belgrade which considers the majority-Albanian territory in the Balkans part of Serbia.

Many commanders in the new Kosovo Security Force are veterans of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which fought Serb forces trying to prevent Kosovo's independency during 1998-99 in kosovo.

"There is no other way that Serbia can perceive the so-called Kosovo Security Force, but a direct threat to its national security and a direct threat to peace and stability in the region of the Western Balkans," Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told a news conference during a visit to Slovenia.

"We're going to continue protesting strongly using all diplomatic efforts and all diplomatic tools ... to bring about a process that is going to have the effect of the unforming of this paramilitary group," he added, speaking in English.

Kosovo's multiethnic force, which was launched on Wednesday, will have 2,500 personnel and 800 reservists but it will take a few years before it becomes fully operational.

Jeremic claimed the new Kosovo Security Forces violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244. Adopted in 1999, the resolution had among other conditions required that the KLA be demilitarised.

Reuters
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