Ambassador Delawie’s comments to the media on Border Demarcation, March 31, 2016

First of all I wanted to say that I am here for the meeting of the forum of women judges and prosecutors. This meeting was held to launch new procedures to help the justice system of Kosovo deal more efficiently with the problem of domestic violence. This is an extremely important issue. But I did want to also comment briefly on the border demarcation commission report that we heard about last night. Now the embassy has already issued a statement on this issue but I thought I could elaborate a little bit more. This border demarcation commission included experts from the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. And they’ve determined that the Kosovo government commission had done an excellent job of delineating the border with Montenegro. I am pleased but I’m not surprised. I announced in December that the State Department had come to exactly the same conclusion. In fact, the borderline that the governments of Kosovo and Montenegro found is identical to the one that has separated the two entities for decades. The effort by some people to invent bizarre theories that would overturn decades of civil law is clearly an effort to use nationalistic rhetoric for political purposes. I really think it is time for us to put this fake issue behind us so the politicians can use their time on issues that will really improve the lives of Kosovo’s citizens. These are things like unemployment, like corruption. And like integration with the rest of Europe. These are things that will make an important difference in the lives of the people of Kosovo. Thank you very much.