Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci clashed over the Kosovo’s decision to transform the nation’s security force into a regular army at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York City on Monday.

Vucic claimed that such a decision has no legal grounds, adding that the procedure did not even correspond to Kosovo’s own Constitution, warning the formation of such an army might provoke “great danger in the region.”

Kosovo’s Hashim Thaci in turn said that the move is “nothing extraordinary”, adding that such forces will be “soldiers of peace” and complimentary to NATO. He said the decision abides with international agreements.

While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called Kosovo’s decision “ill-timed”, the US approved it saying it was ‘Kosovo’s sovereign right’ as an independent nation after it unilaterally broke away from Serbia in 2008.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo’s declaration and insists the army would violate a UN resolution which ended Kosovo’s 1998-99 war of independence.

Source: UN TV

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