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Kosovo Opposition Fire Tear Gas To Disrupt Parliament

Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo have launched tear gas to disrupt the work of a parliamentary commission on a border demarcation agreement with neighboring Montenegro.

The meeting of the parliamentary foreign committee on August 9 was interrupted after an opposition lawmaker opened a tear gas canister.

The opposition says that Kosovo has lost over 8,000 hectares because of the deal.

The opposition has been disrupting parliamentary work since last September to protest the Montenegro deal and another one with Serbia that gives more powers to ethnic Serbs in Kosovo.

In May, the European Commission recommended allowing Kosovars to travel throughout Europe's so-called Schengen zone without visas, but only after Kosovo fulfils certain conditions, including ratifying the border agreement with Montenegro.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, something that Belgrade still rejects.

Based on reporting by AP