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Thaci and Haradinaj avoid clash over demarcation with Montenegro

Thaci and Haradinaj avoid clash over demarcation with Montenegro GazetaExpress

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci receiving on Friday newly appointed prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, was careful not to tackle sensitive issues, such as demarcation with Montenegro, which was signed by him as foreign minister in 2015 and was strongly opposed by Haradinaj while in opposition. But both Thaci and Haradinaj pledged to address key issues, including visa liberalisation with the EU.

President Thaci said that the new Government headed by Haradinaj will have to face serious challenges and difficulties. “Forming of Government is merit of political parties,” Thaci said while congratulating Haradinaj in their first offiical visit after Haradinaj assumed his office, Gazeta Express reports. PM Haradinaj said that while in opposition in previous legislation, he has scanned political situation and this will help him address problems properly.

Asked to comment on ratification of the Agreement of the border demarcation with Montenegro, Thaci said all options will be reviewed, reminding that ratification of this Agreement is one of the outstanding criteria for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation with the EU. “Kosovo has strategic and good neighbourly relations with Montenegro, therefore we have no disputes with our neighbour Montenegro and Haradinaj is aware of this fact,” Thaci said.

Thaci as foreign minister of Kosovo in 2015 signed the disputed Agreement on border delineation with Montenegro, which was strongly opposed by opposition parties, including Haradinaj’s party stating that Kosovo loses more than 8000 hectares of land. After elected as prime minister, Haradinaj promised review of this Agreement and one of his first decision was dissmising the State Commission on setting the border with Montengero. Ratification of the demarcation Agreement is one of the remaining criteria for Kosovo to get visa liberalisation. /GazetaExpress/

    Date: 15 September 2017 14:52
    Author: GazetaExpress