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Kosovo-Albania deal on free movement at borders

More than 200,000 people are involved. Stronger cooperation

13 April, 18:36
(ANSA) - PRISTINA, 13 APR - Kosovo and Albania have signed an agreement allowing the free movement of citizens of the two countries living in border areas.

As Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti reported, representatives of the respective interior ministries signed the agreement in Tirana. As a result, as of today, more than 200,000 citizens of Kosovo and Albania living in areas up to 30 km from the land border between the two countries have the right to freely cross the border and stay in the border area for social, family, cultural, or other reasons. This agreement, Kurti underlined in a Facebook post, "strengthens and deepens cooperation between the two countries and facilitates the interaction of citizens on both sides of the border. A new joint meeting of the governments of Pristina and Tirana is scheduled for tomorrow in Djakovica, Kosovo. The vast majority of the population of Kosovo (about 2 million) - proclaimed independent from Serbia in February 2008 - comprises Albanians and Muslims.

The Serb minority, about 120,000 people, is concentrated in the country's north, and several enclaves are scattered throughout the territory. (ANSA).

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