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Published date: 17.04.2006 14:36 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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Montenegrin Government adopted a Declaration on relationship with Serbia after the referendum, stated Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. In his short address to reporters after the session of the Government, Djukanovic said that Montenegro would guarantee citizens of Serbia all present rights, except for voting rights, reports Serbia and Montenegro Today.

Djukanovic added that these rights include the right to property and the rights in the sphere of health and pension insurance. Students from Serbia currently studying in Montenegro would be enabled to finish their studies under existing conditions, said Djukanovic.
Montenegrin Prime Minister said that Serbia was left an open invitation to regulate international relations with Montenegro after the referendum as "two friendly, closely related countries". "Nothing can force us to act against Serbia, as frequently desired," said Djukanovic.

He also said that constant refusal of Serbia to negotiate future relations with Montenegro would not discourage present authorities in the country from persisting in this issue. Djukanovic said that instead of a dialogue with Montenegro, "Serbia was engaged in a joint campaign with unionists" in Montenegro. Montenegrin Prime Minister also said that Montenegro would not engage in a policy against anyone, especially not against Serbia, reported Radio Television of Serbia.

Serbian government remains firm not to address the issue of future relations with Montenegro until the referendum process is over in Montenegro, said Serbian Economy and Privatisation Minister Predrag Bubalo.

He told a press conference after the session of the Serbian government that the Declaration on relations with Serbia adopted on Thursday by the Government of Montenegro represents a "marketing move", which is forecasting in advance the outcome of the referendum. As he said, Serbian government will patiently wait for citizens of Montenegro to express their free will on whether they wish to remain in a state union with Serbia or wish to live in an independent state, and would only then adopt decision on mutual cooperation.

"One should, however, lose every illusion that everything would remain the same if Montenegro opts for independence, and that the life would remain the same for citizens of both states in their independent countries compared to their present life in joint state," concluded Bubalo.