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Belgium and the Netherlands Exchange Territory as Friends

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium walks towards the national monument on Dam square on the start of their three-day visit to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium walks towards the national monument on Dam square on the start of their three-day visit to The Netherlands, in Amsterdam, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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BRUSSELS – Belgium and the Netherlands, with their royals in attendance, have signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact that it makes sense to do so.

While the globe is littered with pieces of territory that are jealously held on to or fought over for historical reasons, the two neighboring nations on Monday signed away tiny plots of their land to the other because they were too much of a practical and jurisdictional bother.

Belgium gave up a tiny peninsula linked only to the Netherlands.

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On the meandering Meuse river, which divides both nations, Belgium gave up a tiny peninsula linked only to the Netherlands and got in return a nearby piece from its neighbor.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said the signing shows “borders can also be changed in a peaceful manner.”

The Associated Press

 

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