KOSOVO RATIFIES BORDER WITH MACEDONIA
The Kosovo Parliament ratified with 81 votes "for" the agreement on physical demarcation of the Macedonia-Kosovo border in the second attempt.
Kosovo MPs voted for the second time during the day, after the first vote was supported by only 67 deputies, which was insufficient for its ratification. According to the Kosovo constitution, ratification of international agreements needs a two-third majority from the 120-seat parliament
Prior to the first vote, the agreement was deliberated by President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, who assessed it is of Kosovo's state interest.
The second vote was held following a coordination meeting by heads of MP groups called by Parliament Speaker Jakup Krasniqi.
The Macedonian Parliament is scheduled to debate today the agreement's ratification. The Parliament session was scheduled after the Government adopted late Friday the report on the agreement's conclusion, along with the harmonized text of the document and the draft-law on its ratification.
The EU and United States welcomed the border demarcation agreement, saying it is a sign of maturity, responsibility and mutual respect, contributing to good neighborly relations and regional stability.