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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the creation of a Kosovo army

Dominique Bilde

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the creation of a Kosovo army  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1244(1999) of 10 June 1999,

–  having regard to the Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement submitted to the UN Security Council on 26 March 2007,

–  having regard to the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, particularly Chapter XI thereof,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas, on 14 December 2018, the Parliament of Kosovo voted in favour of turning the current Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an army, to be made up of 5 000 soldiers (Euractiv, 14 December 2018), sidestepping the need for a Constitutional amendment that would have required approval from two thirds of non-Albanian MPs;

B.  whereas the Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement stipulates that the KSF may have a maximum of 2 500 active members and 800 reserve members;

1.  Criticises the statement made by the United States Embassy to Kosovo in support of turning the KSF into a ‘force with a territorial defence mandate’;

2.  Is concerned at the risks that creating a Kosovo army would pose to stability in the Western Balkans;

3.  Calls on the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to strongly condemn the creation of a Kosovo army.

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