TIRANA, Albania — Kosovo’s prime minister and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg have spoken on the phone about the country’s plan to form a new army, a move that has been strongly contested by Serbia and the alliance.
A statement from Kosovo’s government on Thursday said Ramush Haradinaj assured Stoltenberg the transition from the Kosovo Security Force into a regular army would be done in close co-operation with NATO.
It doesn’t say how Stoltenberg responded.
On Wednesday, Stoltenberg said “It … may have serious repercussions for Kosovo’s future Euro-Atlantic integration.”
Serbia has warned the formation of a Kosovo army could trigger an armed intervention.
Kosovo’s parliament will vote Dec. 14 on the formation of a regular army. Kosovo declared independence in 2008, a move which Serbia doesn’t recognize.
The Associated Press