The President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, in an interview this Wednesday, described the “Open Balkan” initiative as “very controversial”.
According to him, it is an alternative scenario for the future of the Western Balkans outside the EU.
“We don’t need this, we need EU membership”emphasized the head of state of Montenegro.
According to Vijesti, Djukanovic says that the goal of the authors of the Open Balkans idea is the disappearance of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo and North Macedonia and added that it would end with “war and genocide”.
He said that Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic “will be judged by citizens, courts and history” if he pursues a policy that is against the interests of Montenegro.
Djukanovic told Autonomija media that Montenegro was given a chance to advance in the negotiation process with the European Union, adding that this is also a path to EU membership.
“It is logical that Montenegro will be the first future member of the EU, because in the current course of negotiations it is much ahead of all the candidate countries, besides, there are no geopolitical doubts“, said Djukanovic.
Regarding the question of whether Montenegro will benefit from this chance, he said that it depends on the performance of the government and other state bodies of Montenegro.
“In this work, our ally cannot be inferior to illusions that this chance is not very likely and that the EU will quickly change its mind after getting used to the war in Ukraine”Djukanovic said.
He added that the alternative of the European path is known and that this means an even deeper lag behind the European level of economic and democratic development and frequent concerns of regional stability.
Djukanovic stated that this is the reason why he was so critical of the government’s decision to sign the Agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church (SRC).
According to him, both in Montenegro and in neighboring countries there are many who do not want to see Montenegro as a stable, stable, prosperous country and a member of the EU.
“With this maneuver of the government, they received a gift from their historical dreams. Whatever the motive for this, no state body or individual will be able to avoid historical responsibility“, Djukanovic emphasized.
He said that there are many disputes regarding the contract with KPS, “first of all because it was approved quickly and behind the public’s back, then the historiographical falsifications with which the KPS stands, as the most vicious instrument of Serbian nationalism and Russian imperialism in the Balkans, is trying to help the theft of Montenegrin history”.
He added that many norms from that contract are contrary to the Constitution and systematic laws of Montenegro.
“And let me repeat, the Government of Montenegro is trying to legitimize the destruction of Montenegro,” Djukanovic said.
“Those who do not see our region in Europe, do not see the multi-ethnic democracy in the Balkans either. They like the idea of changing borders, ethnic and religious homogenization within enlarged states. As usual, everything traditionally starts from the Serbian one. This time the ‘Serbian world’ and it continues with the same big actions”. Djukanovic said.
Asked to comment on the statement of the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic, who after his visit to Belgrade said that with that “historic visit” he managed to “restore” relations between the two countries, Djukanovic asked the question “if every visit, could restore relations contaminated for almost two centuries”.
The Montenegrin head of state emphasized that Serbia has had a “hegemonic role” in the Western Balkans for two centuries.