Belarus and Ukraine move towards completing boundary demarcation
(9 July 2009)At a meeting held in Minsk on 29 June, Ukrainian Supreme Council Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn and Belarusian Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly Boris Batura agreed to push forward their land boundary demarcation agreement.
Reports give few details about the arrangements, but it seems that Ukraine and Belarus have tried to finalise a demarcation agreement for several years. However, only Ukraine, as Lytvyn declared, has completed its part of the procedure in 1997. Following the meeting, Boris Batura stated that while there were still technical issues to be worked out but he did not see why members of the Belarus parliament would not ratify the agreement soon.
However, it is still unclear if the agreement awaiting Belarus ratification will conclude demarcation that has already taken place, or if the agreement establishes a commission or mechanisms that will conduct future demarcation exercises.
Sources: ‘Lytvyn calls for completion of border demarcation procedure between Ukraine and Belarus’ Interfax: Ukrainian General Newswire, 30 June 2009; ‘Belarus pledges to ratify border demarcation agreement with Ukraine shortly’ Belapan news agency (Minsk), 29 June 2009.