Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the Kosovo Security Force (KSF)

  • 08 Mar. 2017 -
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  • Press Release (2017) 046
  • Issued on 08 Mar. 2017
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  • Last updated: 08 Mar. 2017 14:58

Today, I have spoken to Hashim Thaci and Isa Mustafa to convey the serious concerns of NATO Allies about recent proposals by the Kosovo authorities to transform the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an armed force, without a constitutional change. I made clear that unilateral steps such as these are unhelpful, and I urged the Kosovo authorities to remain in close contact with Belgrade.

In recent years, NATO has supported the development of the KSF as a professional, increasingly multi-ethnic force. 

The structure, mandate and mission of the KSF are a matter for local Kosovo institutions in accordance with their constitutional law. However, should the mandate of the KSF now evolve in the way proposed, NATO will have to review its level of commitment, particularly in terms of capacity-building.  I made this clear during my visit to Kosovo in February and I reiterated it in my telephone conversations today.  

I remain in close contact with my counterparts in the European Union.