“NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed concerns about Kosovo’s plans to transform the Balkan country’s lightly armed security force into a national army, calling the step ‘ill-timed.’

Stoltenberg made the comments following a meeting of the military alliance’s foreign ministers in Brussels on December 5, nine days before the Kosovar parliament is set to vote on whether to create a regular army, a move that the Serbian prime minister has warned trigger Serbia’s armed intervention in the former province.

Belgrade and ethnic Serbs in the northern part of Kosovo have vehemently opposed the creation of a Kosovar military, saying it would violate UN resolutions and be used against the country’s Serb minority — a claim denied by officials in Pristina.” (RFE/RL)