If you think Kosovo should be independent, then you think like George Soros. One of his think tank fronts — the International Crisis Group (which has been creating crises in Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Georgia and other Balkan and Caucasus states) — was the first to suggest the creation of a Kosovo army:

Serbia-Western powers and United Nations should allow Kosovo to create an army as part of resolving the final status of the disputed province, a think tank said in a report [on July 28, 2006].

The International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, said that the…international community “must avoid creating a weak state”…It proposed that the force should be made up of up to 3,000 personnel and
have no tanks, heavy artillery, ground to ground missiles or attack aircraft until Kosovo and Serbia have joined NATO’s partnership programs.

Since coming under U.N. rule in mid-1999, authorities in Kosovo have built a new police force of some 7,000 officers. The province also has a 3,000-strong Kosovo Protection Corps, or KPC, a civil emergency organization, mainly consisting former ethnic Albanian rebels which fought Serb forces during the 1998-1999 war [and beheaded some monks].


Armed KLA units take over Kosovo roads — November 2005

Uniformed and armed individuals were stopping vehicles and asking travellers for identification on Sunday night on the road leading to the southern Kosovo village of Dubrava, according to Albanian language daily Koha Ditore…Witnesses say that the unit members told travellers that they could freely tell the police about them…Sources tell the daily that the unit responsible for these actions is made up of former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

There has been speculation that the reason for the activity of this group is to let local and international politicians know that they are ready to resort to military actions if the Kosovo status discussions veer of the direction that the former members of the KLA and the people of Kosovo wish for the talks to move in; towards independence.

Armed Kosovo Albanians reportedly enter Serbia, fire shots at former Serb mayor
August 15, 2006

Masked, armed persons reappear in Kosovo — December 7, 2006

The KPS [Kosovo Police Service] stated that unidentified armed persons wearing masks have opened check points around the region…Police quickly responded to calls from citizens.

In a village near Đakovica, there was gun fire exchanged between the armed group and police officers. There were no injuries and the armed assailants fled into a nearby wooded area.

Early last week, police commands reported that there are serious threats to UNMIK personnel and property, which increased the level of security in the province.

(One is reminded of the rivalries among Fatah, Hamas and their various offshoots.)

Regrouping of Armed Groups Intensified near Drenica, Pec and Djakovica
March 10, 2007

International representatives have observed intensification of regrouping of armed groups in black uniforms with the insignia of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the past few days in the areas of Drenica, Pec and Djakovica, writes Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti.

Novosti writes that UNMIK and KFOR forces have received strict orders “not to get involved in conflicts or disagreements with the armed groups and, when they observe them, to abandon their mission and return to their base”.

The paper says that Albanian extremists are assessing that “the status of Kosovo is a done deal” and that after the official proclamation of independence in the Kosovo Assembly and recognition of sovereignty by certain countries in the region, a new exodus of Serbs from Kosovo should be provoked.

The extremists estimate that the greatest number of Serbs, some 80 percent, will immediately head in the direction of (central) Serbia. During the Serb withdrawal period, the paper says, extremists plan to provoke incidents with Serb refugee columns.

Novosti writes that the plan also includes provoking the Serb security forces to react to protect the Serb convoys, which would result in requests for intervention of international forces to protect “the endangered Albanian population in the Presevo Valley”.

The radicalization of the security situation is also expected by the international forces, writes the paper, adding that Albanian terrorist groups deployed along the border with Macedonia have regrouped at the
junction of Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia, and that the so-called terrorist paramilitary Albanian National Army has intensified transfer of arms and materiel from Kosovo to the territory of Sandzak.

According to Novosti, at a meeting held in the Aleksandar Palas Hotel in Skoplje [Macedonia], Hasim Thaci has asked Albanian extremists in Macedonia to prepare volunteers who will be sent to Kosovo when needed…

Kosovo Protection Corps transforms into Armed Forces of Kosovo (March 26)

Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) is transforming into Armed Forces of Kosovo, KPC’s spokesman Shemsi Sulja said, adding that the transformation has begun some time ago.

“We have been working on transformation of KPC into defense forces of Kosovo from some time back. The process is in accordance of the Martti Ahtisaari’s plan that includes forming of Armed Forces”, Sulja told Belgrade’s Fonet Agency.

He explained that the newly established Armed Forces have a need of human resources that will meet the standards of the modern armies included in NATO.

According to Sulja, employment of the few members of the Serbian minority that served in KPC is guaranteed.