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Pacolli: Demarcation to be removed as visa liberalization criteria (RTK)

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Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli called said today that the border demarcation with Montenegro should be removed as a visa liberalization criteria for Kosovo. During a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group, Pacolli said: “We are a young country, we started from scratch with the help of the European Union and our friends beyond the Atlantic. Since 2008 when we declared our independence, we have adopted a European legislation, a constitution that is a model for the way it treats minority communities. We have made many steps toward European and international integration, with the help of our European friends,” Pacolli said. He said Kosovo and Serbia are neighboring countries and that this is an undeniable fact. “Kosovo is a sovereign country, with its own laws, its constitution that protects the minorities and their rights … We need to build a bridge between Serbia and Kosovo for the sake of the younger generations. Kosovo is committed to this, we cannot obstruct one another or deny the facts,” he added. “We must set aside all provocations and build our futures as two independent countries in the region. We have examples of excellent cooperation with Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. We have outstanding relations with Montenegro, despite the issue of demarcation”. Pacolli said the demarcation with Montenegro should not be a European problem and that it should be removed as a visa liberalization criteria for Kosovo. “You know that Georgia and Ukraine have border disputes but they were given visa liberalization. It is difficult for us to tell our youth who are fully pro-European why these countries have visa liberalization and we don’t”.

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