Kosovar PM Urges U.S. Not To Cut Troop Levels
3 February 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kosovar Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi today called on the United States not to go ahead with a planned reduction in security forces in Kosovo.
Kosovar Prime Minister Kosumi (file photo) (epa)
Kosumi was responding to comments from U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who said he wants to see the number of U.S. troops in Kosovo reduced. Rumsfeld suggested that other NATO countries should assume greater responsibility for security in the breakaway Serbian province.
U.S. officials say that Rumsfeld is expected to officially make that call at an international security conference in Munich on 4 February.
About 1,700 U.S. troops serve in the 16,000-strong NATO-led mission in Kosovo.
U.S. officials attending the Munich conference say Rumsfeld will also urge NATO to assume a bigger role alongside the United States in the struggle against international terrorism.