Upper parliamentary house approves ratification bill for border treaty with Ukraine

The Council of the Republic (upper house of Belarus’ National Assembly) on April 26 approved the ratification bill for a treaty with Ukraine on the state border between the two countries, BelaPAN reports.

The treaty, signed as far back as 1997, was ratified by the Ukrainian parliament in the same year.

A special joint commission will now be set up for demarcation work. The process may take a decade, Ihar Rachkowski, head of the State Border Committee, told the House of Representatives, which passed the bill on April 2. According to General Rachkowski, there are many problems in delimiting the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, but all of them are solvable. He noted that the countries might have to exchange some areas.