Serhat TUNAR –TDO- The parliament of Kosovo on Friday voted massively in favor of the creation of an army. At the moment, Kosovo has what it is called a ‘Security Force’ consisting of some 2.500 lightly armed militia. The decision is unilateral, and not received well by either friend or foe.

Kosovo was involved in a bloody civil war with Serbia in the 1990s, when it broke away from what was left of the former republic of Yugoslavia.

It was supported by NATO, which helped the Kosovar Albanians, mainly with air bombardments, against the regime of Slobodan Milosovic in Belgrade.

After the civil war, it was protected by “Bondsteel” a large US military army camp where NATO’s Kosovo Force was headquartered.

In 2008, Pristina declared independence, but this was never officially recognized by Serbia and Russia.

One year later created its Kosovo Security Force.

But they felt it was not enough, hence the talk of turning that Security Force into a full blown army.

Serbia has threatened military action against neighboring Kosovo after its parliament approved the creation of a new army.

Kosovar MPs voted on Friday to expand the existing Kosovo Security Force into a 5,000-troop army, plus 3,000 reservists.

Belgrade called the move a “direct threat to peace and stability” in the Balkans and lashed out at the United States for supporting the proposal.

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