Analysis 18 Jul 16

Kosovo Leaders Fight Losing Battle Over Border Deal

Leaders look increasingly isolated in their struggle to persuade MPs to back the controversial border agreement with Montenegro.

Arben Qirezi
BIRN
Pristina
Kosovo parliament. Photo: BIRN

Ratification of the controversial agreement on demarcation of the border with Montenegro is shaping up to be the biggest challenge facing Kosovo’s ruling coalition, as public opinion at home and in diaspora mobilizes firmly against it.

Government announcements that it intended to forward the deal to parliament for ratification have still not been realized.

A government meeting, set for Wednesday, was postponed, most likely out of fears that MPs would not ratify the deal. On Friday, the government postponed the approval of the draft law, in spite of announcements it will do so.

The hesitation of parliamentarians from both the Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, and the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, to endorse the deal - amidst continuing furor that surrounds the border between Kosovo and Montenegro agreed between the two state commissions in August 2015 - has left the prospects for ratification more uncertain than ever.

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