U.S. Embassy Statement on Kosovo Security Force Transformation Process, March 8, 2017
The United States is concerned by Kosovo’s announced intention to change the mandate of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) without a constitutional amendment. We support the gradual, transparent transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into a multiethnic force in line with NATO standards. However, this transformation should be done in accordance with the Kosovo Constitution and through an inclusive and representative political process that reflects Kosovo’s multiethnic democracy. We stand ready to engage in a consultative process with all stakeholders to achieve our shared goal of transforming the Kosovo Security Force in a manner that enhances Kosovo’s security, contributes to regional stability, and supports Kosovo on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration. Adoption of the current proposed law would force us to re-evaluate our bilateral cooperation with and longstanding assistance to Kosovo’s security forces.