NATO does not decide on Kosovo army
NATO supports the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) in its present format, which does not envisage its use as a combat unit; it was stated at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Friday, February 28, 2014
NATO does not make decisions regarding the structure, mandate and mission of the Kosovo Security Force, a NATO official who wished to remain anonymous told the press, adding that this matter is up to the government in Pristina. The Kosovo authorities decide on their own whether to transform the KSF into a conventional army, he said. Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci has recently announced that the KSF would be renamed next week as the Kosovo Armed Forces, with NATO's full support. KSF is a security force comprising approximately 2,500 active duty and 800 reserve members, whose mission is currently limited to civil protection operations and assisting the civil authorities in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies. According to the Ahtisaari plan, which Pristina had accepted, members of this unit are only allowed to carry light firearms. Taci and Kosovo's Minister of Security Forces Agim Ceku plan to transform the KSF into a conventional army with all the attributes that this entails.