Kosovo’s Southern Border Conflict

The demarcation agreement between Kosovo and Macedonia was intended to formally recognise the boundaries between the two countries, but local residents of both sides of the border disagree with the new markings.
Ethnic Albanian gunmen from both sides of the borders in the Mjak village of Debelldeh southern Kosovo, showing off their arms force as they are set to remove the new border markings in a joint effort on Thursday, April 24, 2008. (VX Photo/ Vudi Xhymshiti)

The second meeting of the Mixed Technical Commission for demarcation and marking of the state border between the Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo was held in Skopje on 18 April. At this meeting, Todor Nanev and Bekim Colaku, presidents of the delegations of the Macedonian and Kosovo commissions, signed a Protocol that describes the process for demarcation, in accordance with Article 3.3 of Annex 8 of UN Special Representative Martti Ahtisaari’s plan.

The Protocol also states that the Mixed Commission will demarcate and mark the border in accordance with the Agreement on spread and description of the state border, signed between Skopje and Belgrade in the year 2001, and this agreement is an integral part of this Protocol. The Commission’s work should be completed within a year. Representatives of the International Civil Office in Kosovo also attended this meeting.

(VX News Pictures/ Vudi Xhymshiti)

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