December 10th, 2002

Croatia, Yugoslavia Sign Landmark Border Deal

Croatia, Yugoslavia Sign Landmark Border Deal

Tuesday, December 10, 2002; 9:46 AM

KONFIN BORDER CROSSING, Croatia (Reuters) - Croatia and Yugoslavia signed a landmark border deal on a disputed Adriatic peninsula Tuesday.

The agreement will pave the way for a quick end to a 10-year-old U.N. peacekeeping mission there.

The Prevlaka peninsula lies on Croatia's southernmost border with Montenegro, which together with Serbia makes up Yugoslavia.

The strip of land, a couple of miles long and jutting into the Adriatic, is of strategic importance because it controls access to the spectacular, fjord-like Boka Kotorska bay, Montenegro's major deep seaport.

Under the deal, both countries will keep the area demilitarized and have joint sea police patrols, although the peninsula will be part of Croatian territory.

Yugoslav navy ships will be able to sail through the channel leading into the bay, but will not be allowed to stop, conduct military training or any other military activity in the area.
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