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Kosovo Activists Paint Border Deal Chief's Car

Angered over his role in the controversial border demarcation deal with Montenegro, Vetevendosje activists threw paint at a senior official's car in Pristina on Friday.

Perparim Isufi
BIRN
Pristina
 
Murat Meha's car painted by Vetevendosje activists. Photo: Facebook.

Opposition Vetevendosje activists in Kosovo threw paint at the official car of head of the government's commission for border demarcation with Montenegro, Murat Meha, on Friday.

Angered about Meha’s role in the border deal with Montenegro signed last August, the activists chucked paint at the car while he was being driven to parliament in Pristina.

Meha was scheduled to report there to the parliament's Committee on European Integration.

Immediately after the action, Vetevendosje posted a video of the stunt on its Facebook page.

The European Commission has said that ratification of the border deal is essential if the country wants to have visa requirements for Kosovo nationals lifted this summer.

To ratify the agreement, two-thirds of MPs in the 120-seats parliament - 80 votes in all - must be in favour.

However, the speaker of parliament, Kadri Veseli, has said that the deal with Montenegro will not be tabled to parliament unless a prior consensus is reached between government and opposition parties.

“We are in the discussion stage with the opposition and we will bring the issue to parliament when we are sure that the deal does not violate Kosovo’s territorial integrity,” Veseli said.

However, there is no sign that opposition parties are about to soften their resolutely hostile position towards the deal.

Glauk Konjufca, deputy head of Vetevendosje, which claims the deal deprives Kosovo of more than 8,000 hectares of territory, played down the importance of the paint attack.

“The reason why Meha did not appear today at the meeting is not today’s event. He is aware of the mistake he has done [over demarcation],” Konjufca said.

While opposition parties firmly oppose the deal, the government, the EU and international experts do not see the problem.

A team of foreign experts hired by former President Atifete Jahjaga ruled in March that the demarcation process with Montenegro had met all key legal and technical standards.

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