Moves to create a Kosovo army have ‘deteriorated relations’ with Serbia: UN peacekeeping chief

UN Photo/Evan Schneider Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council, 17 December 2018.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

The decision by Kosovo’s parliament to form a national army was described by the UN Peacekeeping chief on Monday as having “further deteriorated relations between Belgrade and Pristina,” which, he said, have been strained for some time.

Jean Pierre Lacroix, head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) was briefing the Security Council on recent developments that have heightened tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, which became embroiled in conflict in the late 1990s, when Kosovo made a bid for independence.

Mr. Lacroix began his briefing, by pointing to November 21, when Kosovo announced new tariffs on goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia, raising them from ten to 100 percent. In reaction, Mayors of four Kosovo Serb-majority regions of northern Kosovo, announced their resignations, and the parliaments of their municipalities cut off official communications with the capital, Pristina.

Serbia, for its part, announced that it would only take part in European Union-facilitated talks with Kosovo if the tariff hike was reversed.

This was the tense backdrop, said Mr. Lacroix, for Kosovo’s adoption of three laws that provide for “substantial changes” to the mandate, role and strength of the Kosovo Security Force. The Government’s intentions were clarified in a statement which announced the country’s right to have “an army, a multi-ethnic and professional force built under the highest NATO standards.”

Serbia characterized the move by Kosovo as an act of “political aggression” and called on KFOR, the NATO-led peacekeeping force – which was set up following a Security Council resolution and is responsible for establishing a secure environment in the country – not to allow any kind of “Kosovo Army” to operate. According to media reports, Serbia has warned that the creation of such an army would violate a UN resolution that ended Kosovo’s war of independence from Serbia.

On Friday, UN chief António Guterres “noted with concern” Kosovo’s adoption of the draft laws to strengthen its Security Force, reiterating that only KFOR has the responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment in the country, and calling on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from any actions that could raise tensions.

In his Monday briefing, Mr. Lacroix said that it was crucial that the two countries avoid any steps that could further worsen the situation, and urged them to “find ways to re-engage in the dialogue aimed at the normalization of their mutual relations.” The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), he added, is working closely with KFOR, and focusing on inter-community trust building, which is “essential for the long-term normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.”

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Concerned over Haiti’s political crisis, Guterres promises ‘continuous commitment’

This is what a Green New Deal for Europe could look like

Brexit negotiations: Can May’s Britain bounce back?

Glasgow and Edinburgh race to become the UK’s first net-zero emissions city

5 ways you can personally fight the climate crisis

Why lay people don’t expect anything good from G20

Entrepreneurship in a newly shaped Europe: what is the survival kit for a young Catalan and British entrepreneur in 2018?

MEPs approve EU’s spending in 2017

The new ethical dilemmas in medicine of the 21st century

Why do overwhelming proportions of EU’s youth feel excluded?

Congolese expelled from Angola returning to ‘desperate situation’: UN refugee agency

Why the fight against nature loss should be a business priority

World Malaria Day: 7 things to know about the deadly disease

Service and Sacrifice: Malaysian peacekeepers in Lebanon proud to serve their homeland and the United Nations

EU Directive makes haircut on uncovered deposits a standard in bank bail-ins

Why schools should teach the curriculum of the future, not the past

In polarized America, a new divide looms

Escalation in Syria fighting cause for ‘great concern’ says UN chief, dozens more civilians dead or injured

The last goodbye of JADE’s Executive Board 2019

The importance of pre-departure training for a better understanding of global health issues

Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment

6 ways least developed countries can participate in the 4IR

The Commission unsuccessfully pretends to want curbing of tax evasion

This app lets you plant trees to fight deforestation

Sudan: ‘Exercise utmost restraint’ urges Guterres as thousands march in Khartoum, sparking deadly clashes

Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

New chapters in EU-China trade disputes

Employers’ organizations work towards improving the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises

UN chief ‘deeply saddened’ by Ethiopia plane crash which killed 157, including at least 21 UN workers

The EU wants to create 10 million smart lampposts

A European Discovers China: 3 First Impressions

Why the Fourth Industrial Revolution could spell more jobs – not fewer

The EU launches € 1 billion plan on supercomputers and tries to catch-up with competitors

South Eurozone urgently needs fairer distribution of taxation burden

Accelerating a more sustainable industrial revolution with digital manufacturing

Migration crisis update: Greece could probably say goodbye to Schengen really soon

Fairness in the Food Supply Chain: Commission welcomes Member States’ support for greater price transparency

This is where teachers are most (and least) respected

‘Informing is not a crime’ UN chief calls for better protection of journalists, press freedom

EU continues targeting on Chinese steel imports instead of the revival of its own economy

If people aren’t responding to climate warnings, we need to change the message

Illegal fishing plagues the Pacific Ocean. Here’s how to end it

After swallowing effortlessly the right to be forgotten time for Google Ads now to behave

Heart attacks and strokes are more common on high pollution days, data shows

Execution of juvenile offender in Iran ‘deeply distressing’ – UN rights chief

Why financial services can kickstart Africa’s digital economy

EU security and defence industry prepares positions for ‘producers’ and ‘customers’

We need to rethink neuroscience. And you can help us

This is what happens when a school swaps french fries for quinoa

Franchise India 2016, returns in 14th year 

How blockchain can manage the future electricity grid

Security Council should ‘nurture’ Colombian consensus against return to violence, top UN official urges

Health Education, is it a necessity?

The EU finally seizes the opportunity to support the sharing economy?

Migration crisis update: lack of solidarity not only among EU leaders but also EU officials

How did Facebook fool the Commission that easily during the WhatsApp acquisition?

Service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers ‘at the forefront of our minds’: UN chief

Eurozone’s central bank leadership prepares for shoddier prospects

What can Darwin teach the aviation industry about cybersecurity?

1.1 billion people still lack electricity. This could be the solution

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s