USA approves border demarcation between Kosovo and Montenegro

USA approves border demarcation between Kosovo and Montenegro

Pristina, 21 December 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

US State Department has issued a report today in relation to the border demarcation between Kosovo and Montenegro, drafted by the Kosovo State Commission for Marking and Maintenance of State Border.

The report states that there is no problem whatsoever with the border demarcation between Montenegro and Kosovo.

“We understand the basis for the Commission’s demarcation efforts was the 1974 Yugoslav Constitution, which defined Kosovo’s border with the administrative borders of municipalities, which are broken into cadastral zones. This basis of delineation was also used in the 2007 Comprehensive Settlement Proposal of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and the 2008 Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo”, the statement says.

According to the State Department, following a review of the maps from the 1940 to the present, including those used by the commission demarcating the border, it has determined the recently delimited border closely aligns with the border as defined by the 1974 Constitution.

“The borders we have depicted since 2008 match the proposed border of 2015 in detail. We note that the conclusion of the border demarcation agreement is an EU condition for visa liberalization and represents an important step in Kosovo’s path toward European integration”, says the US State Department. /ibna/