Montenegro doesn't expect incidents ahead of Kosovo ratification of border deal

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic has said that his country does not want an inch of other countries' territory, but it will preserve its territory and does not expect large-scale incidents along its frontier with Kosovo ahead of the ratification of the treaty on the two countries' borderline, set for 1 September in the Kosovo parliament.

Montenegro and Kosovo signed the Border Agreement in August last year in Vienna, as a result of three-year-long negotiations.

Montenegro's lawmakers ratified it in late 2015.

The legislature in Pristina is expected to do it on 1 September. However, some Opposition members in Kosovo insist that under the the treaty Kosovo will cede to Montenegro 8,000 hectares of its territory. The planned ratification has been preceded by incidents in the Pristina parliament.

On 9 August, an opposition lawmaker threw tear gas in the parliament and an unidentified person threw a hand grenade at the home of a government official ahead of a vote on the said agreement on border demarcation.

In the meantime, an association that calls itself "Albanian People's Army" has reportedly threatened to launch a war at the border in the event of the agreement's ratification.

Vujanovic said on Sunday that he perceived those incidents as a matter of Kosovo's internal affairs.

Last update: Sun, 28/08/2016 - 19:39


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