Citaku accuses Minister Mehaj of legal violations

Deputy leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Vlora Citaku accused Kosovo’s Minister of Defence Armend Mehaj of, as she said, asking the now-former Kosovo Security Force (KSF) commander Rrahman Rama to authorize the use of KSF assets by the Kosovo Police. 

“What has happened in recent weeks with the KSF should not be normalized. Minister Mehaj has seriously violated the law, including the agreement with the United States, by asking the Commander of the KSF to give the assets of the KSF for use in police operations. Such actions seriously undermine the credibility of the KSF as a partner and ally. The reaction from the US was harsh and immediate,” Citaku wrote on Facebook.

She also criticized how the KSF command handover took place. She said Rama deserved to have had a ceremony organized in his honor just as the new commander, Bashkim Jashari, “deserved to take on the new post with all ceremonies that such an appointment calls for.”

Gazeta Express reported quoting sources that Rama’s resignation is linked to disagreements with Minister Mehaj which peaked in September after he allegedly asked Rama to order the KSF troops to paint over four armored vehicles in blue under the justification that they were planned to be used as reinforcement to the Kosovo Police during an operation in the north.