TRANSITIONS ONLINE: Podgorica Rebuffs Kosovo in Border Dispute
8 November 2017
Domestic discord over Montenegro border demarcation agreement is blocking Kosovo’s bid for visa-free travel in the EU.
Montenegro considers its border demarcation agreement with Kosovo as “a done deal,” Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic responded after Kosovo’s prime minister raised the question of reviewing the agreement.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said over the weekend that the government is considering taking the issue to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague if Montenegro does not agree to review it, Balkan Insight reports.
Montenegro’s parliament ratified the agreement two years ago, while staunch opposition has so far blocked its ratification in Pristina. Opposition parties and border residents insist the deal will force Kosovo to relinquish 8,000 hectares (30 square miles) of territory.
Some analysts polled by Balkan Insight suggested Pristina’s threat to take the dispute to arbitration would soon falter because the Hague court can only take a case if both sides approve, something Montenegro is not likely to countenance.
“As I already said before, Montenegro has never revoked or cancelled an international treaty its parliament already ratified, and this will not happen now, either. We are, of course, patiently awaiting possible positive developments of events in Kosovo, since this is their internal issue,” Darmanovic said.
Compiled by Ky Krauthamer