Kosovo's Haradinaj vows new army in 3 months if elected PM

Belgrade against creation of armed forces in Pristina

24 May, 15:42

    (ANSAmed) - PRISTINA, MAY 24 - Ramush Haradinaj, former Kosovo prime minister and former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) has said that Kosovo will have an army within 90 days of his being sworn in as PM if he wins the June 11 elections.

    Serbia accuses the UCK of war crimes.

    In statements to Kosovo's RTK television station, Haradinaj said that he would seek to convince Serbs in Kosovo that having a regular army is in their interest.

    Belgrade strongly opposes the idea of transforming the current security force of Kosovo into regular armed forces, saying that it would destabilize the situation in the region. Haradinaj was released last month by French authorities after being arrested in January. France refused to extradite him to Serbia, where he is accused of crimes against the Serbian civilian population during the armed conflict in the late 1990s.

    Early elections in Kosovo are planned for June 11 and Haradinaj is one of the candidates for prime minister.


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