Kosovo legislature approved creation of national army, 14 December 2018

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Kosovo Parliament voted in favor of a set of laws that would allow their nation to create an army on 14 December 2018. The new law  plans to transform the existing Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a regular professional army of 5,000.

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Serbia is deeply opposed to the move, saying that it threatens peace in the region, while the United States said the move was 'only natural' for a 'sovereign, independent country'. NATO called the decision 'ill-timed' and said it went against the advice of the alliance. The UN also expressed concern about the move that could raise tensions in the area.

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The Guardian, 14.12.18: Serbia talks up armed intervention as Kosovo approves new army https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/14/kosovo-to-create-army-in-defiance-of-serbia-and-nato
Deutsche Welle, 14.12.18: News Kosovo legislature approves creation of national army https://www.dw.com/en/kosovo-legislature-approves-creation-of-national-army/a-46734640
EurActiv, 14.12.18: Kosovo asserts independence with vote to build an army https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/kosovo-asserts-independence-with-vote-to-build-an-army/
BBC News, 14.12.18: Kosovo's army dreamers enrage their Serbian neighbours https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46551471
Balkan Insight, 14.12.18: Kosovo Votes to Turn Security Force Into Army http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-votes-ksf-transformation-into-army-12-14-2018
Radio Free Europe, 14.12.18: Lawmakers In Kosovo Approve Creation Of Army, Inflaming Tensions With Serbia https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-parliament-army-ksf-serbia-vote/29655480.html
France 24, 15.12.18: Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia https://www.france24.com/en/20181215-kosovo-votes-create-army-enraging-serbia-nato-usa

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