Withdrawal of Azerbaijani Peacemakers from Kosovo to Be Discussed in Parliament
Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 March / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / The issue of withdrawal of Azerbaijani peace-makers, who serve in Kosovo, after separation of the province from Serbia and the declaration of independence, will be considered during the Parliamentary session on 4 March.
The appeal of the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Parliament to withdraw Azerbaijani peace makers from Kosovo was discussed and supported during the meeting of standing Parliamentary Commission on Security and Defense.
The document submitted to Parliament stated that military service of Azerbaijani peacemakers in Kosovo must be reconsidered in connection to the changed situation in Serbia and Kosovo.
In 1997 a peacemaker brigade and later a peacemaker group was founded in the National Army of Azerbaijan. Some 150 peacemakers from Azerbaijan serve in Iraq, 34 - in Kosovo and 45 in Afghanistan.
Kosovo had been under UN submission since 1999. On 17 February, Kosovo separated from Serbia and declared independence. Several states including the United States, Britain, Germany, France, and Turkey recognized the independence of Kosovo. However, Russia, Spain, China, Greece, Georgia and Belgrade condemn the separation of Kosovo from Serbia. Azerbaijan does not recognize Kosovo's independence.
The report developed by Elmira Suleymanova, ombudswoman, will be heard during the meeting.