Kosovo eyes Turkish support over creation of army

State minister Rasim Demiri believes Turkey will provide support for creation of national army

Kosovo eyes Turkish support over creation of army

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kosovo State Minister Rasim Demiri said he expected Turkey would support the creation of a national army in the country.

“We believe that Turkey will give support for the creation of armed forces,” Rasim Demiri told Anadolu Agency during his visit to Ankara.   

A draft law was filed in the southeastern European state in January to convert the country’s armed security forces into a national army -- a move that increased tensions with neighboring Serbia.

 President Hashim Thaci sees the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) as a normal step for an independent state. But Serbia reportedly believes the move will destabilize the region.

Kosovo is sure it will “get support from both NATO and other foundations," Demiri said.  

Kosovo is a former Serbian province with nearly 1.8 million people, over 90 percent of whom are Kosovar Albanians.

The country declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Belgrade insists the country remains part of Serbia.

 

Last Mod: 28 Mart 2017, 16:39
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