Serbia: an end to conscription?
According to a report in BalkanInsight.com, Serbia's minister of defence Dragan Sutanovac has announced that compulsory military service will be suspended and the professionalisation of the Serbian Army be completed next year.
In an interview with the daily Blic, Sutanovac expressed his belief that the country's president Boris Tadic will be in a position to suspend compulsory military service based on a report given by the defence ministry.
"I can promise that my team and I shall do everything to finalise that process by the end of the year," the daily quoted the minister as saying.
According to the plan, the Serbian army would have a staff of 36,000 professionals, 28,000 of whom will be in the army and 2,000 in training.
Source: BalkanInsight: Serbian Defence Minister on Military Service, NATO, 25 January 2010