The Kosovo Assembly on 18 October approved the transformation of the existing lightly armed, 2,500-strong Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) into the Kosovo Armed Forces (KAF) within 10 years.
The legislation was supported by 98 of the 120 deputies. The other 22 were absent, including 11 representing the Belgrade-backed Kosovo Serb minority, who boycotted the vote.
Serbian defence minister Aleksandar Vulin said the creation of the KAF would be “a threat to peace” aimed at Serbia and the Serbs. “There can be no other armed force in Kosovo except KFOR [Kosovo Force] as long as UN Security Council Resolution 1244 [which ended the 1999 Kosovo war] is in place.”