The Government has planned to proceed the draft Law on Armed Force of Kosovo to the Assembly during the first half of the year, while the President’s Office announced that this year Kosovo will have its army.
The government program foresees the draft Law on army to be proceeded to the Assembly by the end of April. Also there is another initiative of the President’s Office for the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). But this legal initiative has been suspended temporarily. Bekim Collaku, advisor to President Hashim Thaci told the daily Koha Ditore that at the request of international strategic partners, the Presidency suspended temporarily the transformation of KSF into army in order to make the transformation through the constitutional amendments. The consent of all communities is needed to change the constitution. “We are at the final phase of the comprehensive campaign for the Kosovo army. We will not wait indefinitely,” Collaku said. “The first part of the year is a suitable time to complete this process. Kosovo needs its army and has no time to lose.” On the other hand, the government has included on its legislative agenda the draft law on army sponsored by the Security Force Ministry. Koha Ditore asked Minister Rrustem Berisha if they will proceed the draft law even without the constitutional amendments but he declined to comment on this issue.