NATO plays pivotal role in promoting peace in region: Thaçi

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg & President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi | NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization

“NATO plays a pivotal role in guaranteeing peace in the region of the Western Balkans,” President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi said at a meeting in Canada with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

During the meeting, Thaçi and Stoltenberg touched on security in the region. Thaçi briefed secretary Stoltenberg on the campaign that Kosovo institutions have launched for involvement of minority communities in Kosovo’s Security Force.

He said that NATO plays a pivotal role in guaranteeing peace in the region. Thaçi is in Canada to attend the International Security Forum in Halifax. Yesterday he headed for the Canadian capital to meet with representatives of politics and civil society there.

However, earlier in October, Thaçi said that the transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF), after a long period of its development can lead Kosovo to join the NATO.

He expressed that such would take place in an excellent partnership with the USA, KFOR and NATO, is in the interest of all the citizens of Kosovo, in the interest of all communities and in the interests of the security and peace in Kosovo and the region.

He also said that the Kosovo Armed Forces do not pose any kind of threat to anyone, as there is no threat by the KSF.

“The only purpose of the KSF today and of the Armed Forces of Kosovo tomorrow will remain the same. It is the empowerment of peace, stability in the region and the provision of security to all the citizens of our country”, he said, adding that this process started years ago is gradually going to the final stage.

Ultimately, the Armed Forces will be formed in full cooperation with KFOR, NATO and the USA”, Thaçi said.

The NATO allegedly says that for 18 years now, NATO has been working to keep Kosovo and the region safe: through the KFOR mission, as well as through assistance and advice, which help to build up the capacities of the Kosovo Security Force and its civilian institutions.