Tensions between Serbia and Kosovo ramped up on Wednesday ahead of Kosovo’s planned vote on the formation of a standing army.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told reporters that Belgrade is concerned that a regular army in Kosovo, which has a predominantly ethnic Albanian population, could be used to drive out the remaining Serbs from the country’s north. That could, he added, provoke a Serb military intervention.
“I am hoping we would never have to use it [the army], but this is currently one of options on the table as we do not want to watch this … ethnic cleansing,” Brnabic said.
Kosovo’s parliament is due to vote on transforming its 4,000-strong defense force into a regular army on December 14.