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NATO regrets Kosovo decision on reforming of Security Force

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Friday expressed his regret over the decision today in Kosovo on the adoption of three laws initiating the process of reforming of the Kosovo Security Force.
"I regret that this decision was made despite the concerns expressed by NATO. While the transition of the Kosovo Security Force is in principle a matter for Kosovo to decide, we have made clear that this move is ill-timed," he said in a statement.
"NATO supports the development of the Kosovo Security Force under its current mandate. With the change of mandate, the North Atlantic Council will now have to re-examine the level of NATO's engagement with the Kosovo Security Force," he said.
Stoltenberg said that all sides must ensure that today's decision will not further increase tensions in the region.
"I reiterate my call on both Pristina and Belgrade to remain calm and refrain from any statements or actions which may lead to escalation. NATO continues to support the EU-sponsored dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina as the only lasting political solution for the region," he added. (end) nk.mt