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The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said on Saturday that the border in the north of the country has a "vacuum that needs to be filled", despite the "one-sided commitment of my predecessor" to NATO for not allowing the relocation of the Kosovo Security Force ( KSF) in this part of the country.
Kurti made these comments during a meeting of the General Council of the Vetëvendosje Movement on Saturday, almost a week after the attack on the Kosovo Police by armed persons in Basnjska of Zveçan, where a police officer was killed.
"It is the unilateral commitment to NATO of one of my predecessors that does not allow the KSF to enter the north, but our border must be protected. This vacuum that is there must be filled, and for this we are increasing the cooperation with our international partners and allies, and the presence of NATO and KFOR there. "For this act of aggression against our republic, Serbia must be punished internationally because every time it has not been punished for its crimes, it has repeated them and this should not be allowed," said Kurti.
Unlike the Kosovo Police, the Kosovo Security Force's visit to the northern municipalities: North Mitrovica, Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposaviq, is limited by an agreement between Kosovo and NATO.
The KSF cannot go or settle in the north based on a 2013 letter exchange between the then prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, and the then head of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In this exchange of letters, Thaçi has guaranteed NATO that the KSF will undertake missions in the north of Kosovo only in cooperation with KFOR.
The current head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has made it clear several times to the institutions of Kosovo that this agreement is still in force./ REL