New Government of Kosovo on its first meeting on Monday has decided to dismiss members of the Commission on demarcation of border with Montenegro in a bid to revise the border deal opposed by MPs of previous legislation.
Newly appointed prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, during his first meeting of his cabinet on Monday has proposed for the state Commission on demarcation be dismissed and tasked former LDK MP Shpejtim Bulliqi to form a new team and create the new Commission. Bulliqi was one of the biggest opponents of the controversial border deal with Montenegro, claiming that Kosovo loses more than 8000 hectares of land and criticized members of the Commission for not doing their work professionally. The Agreement signed in 2015 by the then former minister of Foreign Affairs, Hashim Thaci and minister of Interior Skender Hyseni was refused repeatedly by MPs in previous legislation, including Haradinaj who as MP of the opposition AAK was one of the loudest MP opposing the Agreement. After assuming his office on Monday Haradinaj told ministers that Kosovo has no time to lose and should address this issue urgently. Ratification of the Agreement on border delineation with Montenegro is one of the last remaining criteria for Kosovo citizens get visa liberalisation with the EU. When asked by one of the ministers of his cabinet whether he consulted Montenegro related to this issue, Haradinaj said that “relevant institutions are working on this issue” and he hopes an acceptable solution is possible.