Plav – After the meeting in Ohrid and Pec, yesterday in Plav begun the two-day conference about forming of Balkan park of peace. The representatives of the municipalities Plav, Rozaje, Pec, Decane, Sladar, and Bajram Cuir have signed last year in Pristina a letter of good intention about the mutual cooperation with which they have given the support to the initiative of the civil sector for creation of Balkan peace park along the border areas of these towns. The goal of the park is promotion of cooperation and overcoming of problems with which the citizens of these areas have been facing with during the war on Kosovo, during social turbulences in Albania which has conditioned the degrading of natural wealth in three areas.
The representatives of the local authorities and NGO’s from all six municipalities yesterday agreed about the carrying out of concrete ideas related to Plav and Rozaje. Antonija Jang who is the chairwoman of the project said that the citizens of these municipalities have similar problems, an the biggest problems are migration and unemployment.
– People from these areas are connected with beautiful mountain wreath of Prokletije. Because of its tourist potentials civil sectors of Great Britain and USA at the end of 1990’s connected with NGO’s from these municipalities and started to carry out the project of sustainable development of tourism and protection of environment. In that way, our future activities will most likely be directed on foundation of an informative center, because the citizens of the countries in Europe are vaguely informed about natural beauties of this area – said Jang.
As a part of the Balkan park of peace there will be marked unofficial mountain tracks for which local administrations have given authorizations, which, as Jang said, will be a good connection for achievement of cooperation and socializing among people mainly tourists and mountain climbers.
President of Plav Municipality, Skender Sarkinovic said that municipality Plav in the following period will become an important tourist destination in Montenegro.
– Bad roads, traffic isolation, and border position of the municipality have been a limiting factor for development, but I believe that in the following period through these projects we should valorize those defects. That is mainly related to proclamation of Prokletije for the fifth national park, but also on the opening of roads towards Pec, Decani and Podgorica through Albania – said Sarkiinovic.
The founders of the project Balkan park of peace are UNEP and the Committee of the Balkan park of peace in cooperation with the NGO “Triton” from Plav which is the organizer of the conference.