News 05 Jun 12

Montenegro and Bosnia to Seal Border Deal

Montenegro will soon sign border and dual citizenship agreements with Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Montenegrin President announced.

Milena Milosevic
BIRN
Podgorica

Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, met Bakir Izetbegovic, member of the Bosnian Presidency, on Sunday at UNESCO’s Summit of Heads of State in South East Europe, in Mostar, southwest Bosnia.

Following the meeting, Vujanovic stated that the border agreement between the two countries was being finalized and would be the first agreement of its kind between the two former Yugoslav republics. He also noted that Montenegro and Bosnia had also agreed terms on dual citizenship.

Milan Rocen, Foreign Minister, in May said that demarcation with Bosnia was “almost done" and that the more than 240-kilometre-long state border was more or less agreed.

So far, Montenegro has signed a border agreement only with Albania. Demarcation with Serbia is still in the early stages. Montenegro and Croatia, meanwhile, have a long-standing dispute over the Prevlaka peninsula, which does not hinder relations between the two countries, but has not been solved.

When it comes to dual citizenship, Vujanovic said that the agreement would serve the interests of people from both countries.

The summit in Mostar was the tenth annual summit organized by UNESCO in cooperation with leaders of the region.

The organization of these events was launched in 2002, with the aim of strengthening regional cooperation. 

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