Magazine article New Internationalist

Jobs for the Boys: Civilian Peaceforce Is Far from Neutral [Kosovo Protection Corps]

Magazine article New Internationalist

Jobs for the Boys: Civilian Peaceforce Is Far from Neutral [Kosovo Protection Corps]

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Things are off to a shaky start for the Kosovo Protection Corps (known as the TMK) which aims to be a multi-ethnic civilian emergency service, lightly armed, and with no law-enforcement powers. Many new recruits are fresh out of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA) which officially declared itself defunct as part of the peace agreements signed last year.

More than 100,000 Serbs are said to have fled the province fearing revenge attacks by Kosovo Albanians. And the TMK is doing little to stop further intimidation. Former KLA members see the new service as a continuation of their army and disdain the attempts of the international community to enroll non-Albanians. In Drenica, Zenullah Prokshi, once commander of the KLA 14th Armored Brigade and now an active member of the TMK, says: 'I know that the Serbs will never work with me. I hate them too much. Even those who did not sully their hands with blood helped the others to do so. I'll never be able to share anything with them.' His younger brother, Fitim, a former KLA communications officer, was more diplomatic: 'As far as I'm concerned, the Serbs could join but I doubt that they really want to. …

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