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Ukraine and Romania initial long-expected border treaty
June 13, 2003
Hoover's Online

Posted by HW on September 16, 2019

Disputes
Officials from Ukraine and Romania initialed a border treaty on Friday after years of disputes over a tiny Black Sea island, but an official said discussions about the island would continue.

Initiated
Ukrainian Foreign Ministry State Secretary Oleksandr Motsyk and his Romanian counterpart Cristian Diakonescu initialed the document during the 19th round of talks on border issues in Kiev, the Foreign Ministry said.

Resolve all
The presidents of Ukraine and Romania agreed last year to resolve all border disputed by this June, and officials drafted the treaty last month in Bucharest, the Romanian capital.

Next week
It is expected to be signed by Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Romanian President Ion Iliescu during one-day talks next week in Ukraine. But the Foreign Ministry said talks about Zmeinyi island will continue.

Oil and gas
Disagreements about the island, which is believed to contain valuable reserves of oil and natural gas, have clouded Ukrainian-Romanian relations for decades. Ukraine also seeks to develop fishing facilities on the island.

History
Romania controlled Zmeinyi before World War II, after which it was incorporated into Soviet Ukraine over Romania's objections. A 1997 treaty signed by Ukraine and Romania recognized Ukraine's control of Zmeinyi, but disputes resumed a year later.

NATO
Romania, a formerly communist country that was invited last November to join NATO, has shown interest in settling the island dispute because NATO requires applicant countries to resolve all border issues prior to accession.
 
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