STATEMENT OF THE U.S. EMBASSY PRISTINA

STATEMENT OF THE U.S. EMBASSY PRISTINA, 13 September 2018

The United States has always supported Kosovo’s sovereign right to an army and has worked closely with Kosovo on how to achieve this.  We have counseled a deliberate approach that keeps Kosovo in sync with our NATO Allies on this important step.  We were not consulted on the timing of this announcement and will have to analyze the draft laws to understand their purpose and effect.

We have been focusing our efforts the last several weeks on building a domestic consensus for the important Dialogue with Serbia.  We continue to believe that normalization between Kosovo and Serbia is the most important step for progress in the immediate future.