Crvenkovski: Kosovo's ultimatum on the border - a bad start
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

Sandanski, Bulgaria

Image Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski warned neighboring Kosovo Wednesday that its ultimatum on a border dispute bodes ill for bilateral relations.
Crvenkovski said Kosovo authorities' insistence that his country should first recognize the new Balkan state and then discuss border issues marks "a bad start to bilateral relations", AP reported.

He was speaking after talks with his Bulgarian counterpart, Georgi Parvanov.
Crvenkovski said he would seek to bypass Kosovo's authorities on the issue, appealing instead to United Nations officials in the former Serb province.
"I have proposed to my government not to address the Kosovo authorities, but rather the international institutions, which - as it seems - are to stay there for a quite a long time", Crvenkovski said.

Kosovo has never recognized a border agreement signed in 2001 between Macedonia and Serbia.

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