Montenegro PM offers ‘goodwill’ to seal Kosovo border deal

February 14, 2018

Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, top left, flanked by his Kosovo counterpart Ramush Haradinaj, reviews the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Kosovo capital Pristina, Wednesday Feb. 14, 2018. Markovic is on two day official visit to Kosovo. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Montenegro’s prime minister is offering his country’s goodwill to help resolve a dispute that has held up a proposed border deal with neighboring Kosovo.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic visited Kosovo on Wednesday. He said Montenegro considers the agreement settled and wants to extend “the goodwill to find a way out” of the dispute that has prevented ratification by Kosovo’s Parliament.

Opposition parties say Kosovo is ceding territory under the deal reached in 2015, a claim denied by the previous government and international experts.

The European Union insists Kosovo must approve the border demarcation deal before its citizens can enjoy visa-free travel within the Schengen zone.

Montenegro recognizes Kosovo’s 2008 independence from Serbia, which Serbia opposes.

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