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NYTimes - International: MONTENEGRO: THE NEW (OLD) FLAG IS UNFURLED

Published date: 16.07.2004 14:47 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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MONTENEGRO: THE NEW (OLD) FLAG IS UNFURLED

Montenegro hoisted a red flag emblazoned with a double-headed eagle above its Parliament building for the first time since it lost independence in 1918. The ceremony, underscoring Montenegro's intention to become independent of Serbia, took place three days after Parliament passed a law reintroducing the flag Montenegro used when it was a sovereign state from 1878 to 1918. In 2002, Montenegro agreed to shelve plans for independence and for at least three years stay with Serbia in the loose union that became the successor to Yugoslavia.

But Montenegrin leaders say they intend to go ahead with a referendum on independence, possibly in 2006. (Reuters)