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NATO supports Kosovo – Serbia dialogue, doesnt change position on army (media)

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CdM that he regrets the Kosovo Assembly’s decision to adopt a series of laws that enabled the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into the Kosovo Army, despite warnings from NATO. “Even though in principle, the transitioning of the KSF is an issue for Kosovo to decide, we have made it clear that this action comes at the wrong time. With the changing of the KSF mandate, the North-Atlantic Council will have to review the level of NATO’s engagement with the KSF. All parties need to make sure that this decision, which comes at a bad time, will not further increase tensions in the region. All political stakeholders in the region must focus on progress in reforms and dialogue. I have talked with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and informed them about the ongoing discussions among NATO member states,” Stoltenberg said. He added that it was very important for the parties to refrain from any statements or actions that can lead to further tensions. “In this respect, I welcome the constant communication between our KFOR Commander, Lorenzo D’Addari and his colleagues in the region, including his recent meeting in Nis with the chief of the General Staff of Serbian Armed Forces, Milan Mojsilovic. We fully support the process of normalization between Belgrade and Pristina through the EU-brokered dialogue. This is crucial for peace and security in the region,” Stoltenberg said.

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