Protests in Kosovo ahead of vote on border with Montenegro

An opposition member of the Kosovo parliament on Tuesday 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 an agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro on border demarcation, which the Opposition is against.

Members of parliament ran out of a conference room used by a parliamentary committee after an opposition politician activated a tear gas canister. In the still gas-filled room, the remaining deputies adopted the government's plan for border demarcation.

At the same time, protesters stoned the nearby government building in the latest wave of violence against several proposed reforms. The demonstrators claimed Kosovo would cede to Montenegro 8,000 hectares of its territory.

The local media said the parliament could discuss the agreement on Thursday. The Opposition has threatened to prevent the discussion with all means available.

"As long as the criminal government that betrays national interests is in power, no one should hope that the Opposition's resistance is over," said Driton Causi, who threw tear gas, as he was being led away, handcuffed, by police.

The hand grenade that was thrown at the home of the chairman of the government's commission that drew up the border demarcation agreement did not explode and was later destroyed by mine removal experts, police said.

Kosovo and its allies the EU and the United States maintain that Kosovo will not lose anything with the agreement with Montenegro and that the document is in line with international and national laws.

"I guarantee that Kosovo will not lose an inch of its territory," Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told a news conference.

Last update: Tue, 09/08/2016 - 19:23

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