“Kosovo’s Parliament overwhelmingly approved legislation on Friday to form an army, prompting criticism from NATO and European Union officials and angering neighboring Serbia, which said it was prepared to use its own army to protect ethnic Serbs in Kosovo.

All 107 lawmakers present in Kosovo’s 120-seat Parliament, which is dominated by ethnic Albanian parties, voted to back the government’s plan to transform the 3,000-strong, lightly armed Kosovo Security Force into an army that would grow to 5,000 active troops and 3,000 reservists in the next decade.” (NY Times)

“Kosovo President Hashim Thaci confirmed he would attend the UN Security Council session on the latest developments in Kosovo, set to take place on Monday in New York.

Speaking to reporters prior to his departure from Pristina airport, Thaci said regardless of the discussion at the UN headquarters, the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into an army is an ‘irreversible process which can only get stronger.’” (N1)

“Kosovo’s parliament voted on Saturday to form a negotiating team to try to resolve outstanding disputes with Serbia, amid growing tensions between the two neighbors.

The two countries committed to a European Union sponsored dialogue aimed at setting all remaining issues between them in 2013, but little progress has been made since.

Relations between Belgrade and Kosovo have been strained since 2008 when Pristina, with the backing of western countries, declared independence from Serbia.” (Reuters)