US Def. Sec. Matis Calls for Kosovo Army

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  1. Osmanovic

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    Mattis Speech Reheats Debate Over Kosovo Army


    The visit of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to Kosovo on Friday comes amidst a heated debate in Kosovo, as well as in neighbouring Serbia, about a possible shift in US foreign policy signalled by Defence Secretary James Mattis that would allow or even oblige Kosovo to establish its own armed forces.

    It is unclear whether this issue will be part of the discussions between the NATO chief and Kosovo officials, and equally unclear whether, how and when this change would be achieved, experts say.

    Mattis told the US Senate's Armed Services Committee on January 12 that the Kosovo Security Forces’ status should be upgraded.

    “Before it is prudent to reduce the US military presence [in Kosovo], the Kosovo Security Forces must receive a mandate to conduct domestic security and territorial defence, a shift that will require constitutional change with parliamentary support,” Mattis said.

    “Mattis’s statement is a clear signal … that the Kosovo Armed Forces have to be formed,” Imer Mushkolaj, a political analyst from Pristina, told BIRN.

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    Kosovo is a part of Serbia, and "Army of Kosovo" is just one another terroristic organisation, sponsored by USA and NATO. May be, Yanks just want to start another war in Europe.
     
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