Croatia and Serbia Give Themselves Two Years to Solve Border Issues

By 12 February 2018

ZAGREB, February 12, 2018 - Croatia and Serbia will try to bilaterally resolve the border dispute on the Danube river, yet if they do not manage to do so within the next two years, the dispute will be referred to an international court or arbitration, the presidents of Croatia and Serbia said in Zagreb on Monday.

Our recommendation to our governments is to continue bilateral negotiations on that for the next two years. If in that period we do not come to an agreement on the border issue, then we will agree on approaching an international legal body, Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović said.

Her Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vučić, added that the two countries have different starting positions. Croatia is referring to the cadastral books, while Serbia believes the starting point should be the law which it considers to be a stronger legal act.

"We will try to resolve that bilaterally over the next two years. If that isn't possible then we will go before a judicial arbitration body and its final ruling will be recognised by both sides."

Of the 262 kilometres between Croatia and Serbia, 136 kilometres are along the Danube River.