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US Embassy: State Commission’s assertions on Border with Montenegro are misleading and wrong

US Embassy: State Commission’s assertions on Border with Montenegro are misleading and wrong GazetaExpress Tuesdat, 14 November 2017 18:18

The U.S. Embassy was disappointed by the new border commission’s report to the Assembly Committee on European Integration on Monday. In a statement posted in their official website the US Embassy says that Commission’s assertions are unsubstantiated, misleading, and wrong.

“The existing agreement reflects an accurate process of determining the border, confirmed by Kosovo’s state commission and numerous internationally recognized experts.  In 2015, the State Department confirmed that the original agreement accurately reflected the boundary that has existed between Kosovo and Montenegro since 1974. 

“No facts have emerged since to call that decision into question.  Questioning the agreement and dragging out the process of ratification threatens Kosovo’s relationships with its neighbours and the EU, and leaves Kosovo and its citizens isolated.

“It is time for Kosovo’s institutions to work to promote the interests of Kosovo’s citizens in this matter. We urge Kosovo’s politicians to look beyond their personal partisan interests and party politics and focus on the needs of their citizens by ratifying the existing agreement as soon as possible,” the US Embassy announcement reads. 

On Monday members of the state Commission on border demarcation failed to convince MPs that current version of the demarcation was wrongly negotiated by former members of the Commission who were dismissed by Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj after he took the office in September 2017. Haradinaj says that current version of the Agremeent is wrong and should be revised. Kosovo and Montenegro signed the demarcation Agreement in 2015. However, Kosovo's parliament has yet to ratify it. Opposition members claim the deal would deprive Kosovo of 8,000 hectares of land. Ratification of the Agreement is one of the last criteria for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation with the EU. 

    Date: 14 November 2017 18:18
    Author: GazetaExpress

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