The Minister of Defense, Armend Mehaj, seems to have caused another breakdown in Kosovo’s relations with the United States of America with a strange request made on September 18, during the election campaign for the October 17 Local Elections.
According to Albanian Post sources, Minister Mehaj had unofficially asked the commander of the Kosovo Security Forces, Rrahman Rama, to paint in blue four armored vehicles that had been donated to Kosovo by the US.
All this was happening during the election campaign for the October 17 Local Elections, which the ruling party would nevertheless lose.
At the same time, police action was taking place in the North, which was seen by many local opinion leaders as the use of state assets for partisan gain.
The KSF commander is already learned that he is in the process of dismissal, as he had categorically refused to fulfill the request of Minister Mehaj on the grounds that such a thing constituted a violation of the agreement with the US Government.
But the minister had insisted on painting these vehicles as if they did not belong to the Kosovo Army, and had also exchanged messages with the military attaché of the US Embassy in Pristina, Stephen Rose, who had also categorically refused and had reported the case to the U.S. Department of State.
The blue painting of armored vehicles is believed to have been in the service of the election campaign, especially in Mitrovica, where Vetëvendosje candidate was Agim Bahtiri. This would increase the impact on the citizens of Kosovo.
“The Pentagon has made it clear to the KSF command that, if Minister Mehaj’s request had been accepted, it would have been considered a serious violation of the signed agreements and all means and weapons would have been withdrawn.” – writes Albanian Post about the case.
The United States even reacted officially with a diplomatic note, openly requesting that the military equipment donated to Kosovo not be used by anyone other than the Kosovo Security Forces.