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Kosovo is planning to convert its lightly-armed Kosovo Security Force into a full-fledged army.
Established in 2009, the force consists of 2,500 active and 800 reserve members and is primarily responsible for crisis response.
Over the past few years, it has been intensively trained by KFOR, which reports to NATO. Based on the Kosovo Security Force’s success, the alliance will decide on the future of the Kosovo army.
“NATO nations are considering the right time for the KSF final endorsement,” KFOR spokesman Alexander Willing said. “The North Atlantic Council, NATO’s highest decision-making body, will make a political decision based on the assessment of NATO’s military authorities,” he added.
The council is expected to decide on the force’s status at its June meeting.
Voice of Russia, SETimes.com