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Neutral Moresnet/Belgium, Borderstone XXX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TeamYakara
N 50° 45.207 E 006° 01.257
32U E 289873 N 5626640
Quick Description: Bordercrossing of the former independent community of Moresnet and Belgium
Location: Liège, Belgium
Date Posted: 10/12/2018 1:44:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMZB27
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
Views: 1

Long Description:
Neutral Moresnet (French pronunciation: ?[m?.??.n?]) was a small Belgian–Prussian condominium in central-western Europe that existed from 1816 to 1920 and was jointly administered by the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (Belgium after its independence in 1830) and the Kingdom of Prussia. After 1830, the territory's northernmost border point at Vaalserberg connected it to a quadripoint shared additionally with the Dutch Province of Limburg, the Prussian Rhine Province, and the Belgian Province of Liège.[1] Today it is known as the Three-Country Point, being the meeting place of the borders of Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

During the First World War, Neutral Moresnet was annexed by Germany, although the allies did not recognise the annexation. The Armistice between France and Germany in November 1918 forced Germany to withdraw from Belgium and Neutral Moresnet. A year later, the Treaty of Versailles awarded Neutral Moresnet to Belgium, effective 10 January 1920, when the territory was annexed by Belgium to become the municipality of Kelmis. The area is especially of interest to Esperantists because of initiatives in the early 20th century to found an Esperanto-speaking state, named Amikejo (lit. Place of Friendship), on the territory of Neutral Moresnet.

During World War II, Kelmis and the surrounding area was again annexed by Germany and had its name reversed to Moresnet, but the territory was returned to Belgium in 1944.


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Type Of Crossing: State/Region

Where is the border located?: Urban Street

Welcome Center/Facilities: No

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