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Belgrade is looking for international allies ahead of mid-December vote, arguing that a new military could be used against Serbian minority in Kosovo.5 December 2018
"The irresponsible behavior of Pristina could lead into a catastrophe because Serbia cannot peacefully watch the destruction of the Serbian people," Vucic said in a statement, as quoted by RFE.
Vucic added that “continuous provocations” from Kosovo leave Serbia with no choice but to “protect” the Serb minority, writes AP.
Pristina’s parliament is to hold a vote on the creation of the army in mid-December. The initial vote, held in October, passed with 98 votes out of 120 in favor of transforming the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a regular army, Deutsche Welle reports. At that time, the parliament’s 11 ethnic Serbian members abstained from the vote, which was heavily criticized in Belgrade. Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in a statement cited by Deutsche Welle that the only armed forces in Kosovo must be NATO-led peacekeepers, and that a Kosovo army would "threaten Serbia and the Serbs."
The vote comes in the midst of escalating tensions between the two countries. Last month, Kosovo imposed 100 percent tariffs on Serbian goods in a decision that came after Pristina’s latest failure to join the world police organization Interpol, which Pristina blamed on Serbia’s interference. Serbia is the single biggest source of imports into Kosovo, followed by Germany.
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