Dodik calls establishment of Kosovo Army a "direct attack" on regional peace

Dodik calls establishment of Kosovo Army a "direct attack" on regional peace

Dodik calls establishment of Kosovo Army a "direct attack" on regional peace Izvor: AFP

The adoption of a set of laws for the establishment of a Kosovo Army is a direct attack on peace and stability of the region and it cannot be good news for either Bosnia or its Serb-dominated semi-autonomous part, the Bosnian Serb member of the tripartite Presidency Milorad Dodik said on Friday.

“Forming an army of self-declared Kosovo is a serious attack against the international community, which is watching as the parliament of a self-declared state is breaching resolutions of the UN Security Council and all the norms of international law,” Dodik said.

The Kosovo Parliament on Friday adopted three new laws which marked the start of the formation of a fully-fledged military - the Law on the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF), Law on the Defence Ministry and Law on Service in the KSF – at the start of a process which is expected to take up to 10 years.

The move sparked outrage in  Serbia, with the country’s Foreign Ministry saying it would demand that the United Nations Security Council urgently organises a meeting to discuss Pristina’s “violation of the Resolution 1244," which was adopted in 1999 after the war in the Kosovo region, which then belonged to Serbia.

Serbia never recognised Kosovo as an independent state, and neither did Bosnia, mainly because of opposition by Bosnian Serbs.

“We believe that Serbia’s Government will, with its smart politics, manage to maintain peace in its southern province which is surely disturbed by today’s Pristina government decision,” Dodik said.

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