“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Friday that the creation of Kosovo army would ‘jeopardise peace and stability’ and put the Balkan country in ‘big trouble.’

The warning came a day after Kosovo took the first steps towards creating its own army, ten years after it declared independence, despite fierce opposition from the ethnic Serb minority and Serbia itself.” (France 24)

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has warned of the dangers should the United Nations follow through on a reported U.S. call for an ‘exit strategy’ for the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

Vucic on October 17 said the withdrawal of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) would leave his country no choice but to ‘protect’ the ethnic Serbian population living in its former province, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

He did not specify what action Serbia could take in Kosovo should the peacekeeping mission, known as UNMIK, be terminated.

But he said that ‘the departure of UNMIK, as well as the formation of the Kosovo Army, would lead Serbia into a terribly difficult position in which we no longer have the choice, nor the right to choose or do anything else but to protect our country and our people.'” (RFE/RL)

“When talking about Kosovo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer said that ‘there are no blank checks or red lines’ but that the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina should be reached as soon as possible.

‘What we would like to achieve is a full normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, and this is a complex challenge,’ Palmer told Radio Television of Serbia (RTS).” (N1)