Đukanović: I fear the mistakes made in the 1990s

Đukanović: I fear the mistakes made in the 1990s

PODGORICA, June 4 (FENA) – Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović said today after a meeting with members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Željko Komšić and Šefik Džaferović that relations between the two countries are friendly and whoever questions them behaves irresponsibly and writes a page of his responsibility for the disruption of relations between states and peoples.

The BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik did not join the visit of members of the BiH Presidency to Montenegro, and Đukanović commented on the veto that Dodik imposed when the BiH Presidency session considered sending an official invitation to Đukanovic to visit BiH.

He says that he took a position on friendly relations between the two countries with Džaferović and Komšić immediately after the disputed session of the Presidency of BiH, and then expressed readiness to organize a meeting of two members of the Presidency of BiH and Đukanović.

The coronavirus pandemic has prevented them from doing it up until now, but after the pandemic eased down, it was organized and through this meeting Montenegro’s intention to further contribute to the improvement of friendship was confirmed, and Đukanović added that these individual incidents could not endanger that resolve.

He says that such individual incidents are most often undertaken in the region of the Western Balkans as an expression of irresponsible policies and he also referred to the relationship between Montenegro and Serbia, recalling that he encountered a lack of understanding of his views in Belgrade.

He notes that this did not sway him because he was a participant of politics in the 1990s, which is a burden on the one hand, but also a valuable experience not to make the mistakes that were made then and warn everyone in time not to repeat those mistakes.

“Serbia’s attitude towards Montenegro, but not only towards Montenegro, at this moment irresistibly resembles Serbia’s attitude towards neighboring countries in the 1990s, under the guise of caring for the allegedly endangered rights of the Serb people in those neighboring countries. In essence, the sovereignty of neighboring countries is once again being endangered,” stressed Đukanović.

He emphasizes that this happened in the 1990s, which resulted in 150,000 lost lives, valuable property destroyed that was created by the generations in the former Yugoslavia, as well as a court epilogue in The Hague for those responsible.

He emphasized that he hoped that such mistakes would not be repeated during his lifetime, but expressed fear that it might happen again but said that within the region and more responsible allied policies, this destructive force would be stopped.

He pointed out that the policy to which he belongs has borne the greatest political burden in the restoration of Montenegro’s independence, which he will continue to do, recalling that such a policy put the Declaration of the European Parliament on the Srebrenica genocide Resolution on the agenda of the Montenegrin parliament in 2009.

“No one in our political circles, no matter what function they performed, has ever disputed the genocide in Srebrenica or anything that could be considered as unquestionable values ​​of modern civilization. There should be no doubt that the Democratic Party of Socialists will be continuously in a state of readiness and responsibility to contribute to this perception of Montenegro in the international arena,” said Đukanović.

He also announced that he would not hesitate to prevent any other political actors on the Montenegrin scene from casting doubt that a change of government could change Montenegro’s unquestionable anti-fascist, democratic, pro-European and civic identity.