Djukanovic, vote on October 16 to decide future of country

Premier Montenegro, first 10 years of independence a success

07 October, 19:58

    (by Franco Quintano)

    PODGORICA - NATO adhesion, EU integration perspectives, the situation in the turbulent Balkan region and relations with Italy were among the topics discussed by Premier Milo Djukanovic in an interview with ANSA, 10 days ahead of political elections in Montenegro.

    The prime minister spoke about a wide range of issues, tracing a very positive analysis of his country's first decade of independence.

    ''We have turned one of the least developed republics of former Yugoslavia into one of the most developed economies of the western Balkans'', Djukanovic said, stressing how Montenegro is today ''a relevant destination for tourism and investments'' and a ''country that represents a stability factor in the region, as well as leadership in integration processes''.

    The premier, who has been an undisputed protagonist of Montenegro's political scenario for the past 25 years, said the vote on October 16 is of great importance, the most significant political event after the 2006 referendum'' with which Podgorica peacefully separated from the Union with Serbia.

    The election, Djukanovic said, will ''not only decide on the European and Euro-Atlantic future of Montenegro but also the direction'' of other processes in the region. ''We are presenting ourselves (to voters) with a guarantee of stability and the safeguard of multiethnic harmony'', together with a ''series of meaningful projects in the sectors of road infrastructures, tourism and energy worth billions of euros''.

    Djukanovic, who is the leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists, pointed his finger against political rivals, saying that they are ''the same who were loyal to the regime of Slobodan Milosevic''.

    ''All those who opposed Montenegro's independence are together again'', they have the same objectives and interests that are ''on the same pace with Russia's no to NAtO's enlargement'', he said. Djukanovic said that, with adhesion to the Alliance, which could occur ''already in the first half of next year'', in Montenegro ''everything will change for the best'', starting with security. Stability will be guaranteed in the country as well as the fact that borders won't change, he said, and ''the stability of the Mediterranean region'' will be extended, thus boosting security in Europe.

    Milo Djukanovic thus called for further European support to the integration process of Montenegro and the entire region in the EU. ''Only a united Europe can offer adequate responses to the many challenges it confronts'', starting with the migrant crisis and the fight against terrorism and radicalism.

    Criticizing the excesses of nationalism that have recently emerged in some Balkan countries, Djukanovic said relations with Italy are ''excellent'', both from a political and economic perspective, and stressed the great importance of the Italian presidency in the Berlin Process on Western Balkans. 

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