The participants of the “BSK (Kosovo Security Forces) and Partners” conference in Pristina said though the troops went through a new period, its relations with the allies would be even stronger, N1 reported.
Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's Prime Minister, told the conference that Pristina’s armed forces would not replace the NATO-led KFOR, but that its transition aimed at joining the Alliance.
“The BSK transformation is a legitimate, democratic and gradual process. The transition aims to contribute to the regional and global security,” Haradinaj said.
He added the process would guarantee professionalism and the inclusion of all ethnicities.
The BSK transformation into an army caused outrage in Belgrade and among the Kosovo Serbs. Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic appealed to the Serbs not to join the new force.
The Serb List, a political party in Kosovo supported by Belgrade, refused to secure the two-thirds majority in Pristina’s parliament needed for the constitutional changes to enable the transformation.
Kosovo’s authorises then resorted to the changes of laws regulating the BSK and thus made its transformation into an army possible.
The US Embassy in Pristina said last month Washington would continue to support the BSK after the three new laws regulating “a disciplined and transparent transformation” into an army were adopted in principle by Pristina's parliament.