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FOX News - USA: EU Recognizes Montenegrin Independence

Published date: 12.06.2006 19:59 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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BRUSSELS, Belgium The European Union on Monday formally recognized the independence of Montenegro and urged it to forge healthy relations with Serbia.

The EU foreign ministers said the June 3 independence declaration by Montenegro's parliament was legal confirmation of the outcome of a referendum two weeks earlier, in which 55.5 percent of Montenegrins voted to end their union with Serbia.

That split dissolved the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.

CountryWatch: Serbia-Montenegro

The EU ministers said they will craft close ties with Montenegro "as a sovereign, independent state" and urged the Podgorica government "to pursue a direct and constructive dialogue" on its future relations with Belgrade.

Both Serbia and Montenegro are to join the EU, though neither has been formally declared a candidate for membership.

The EU foreign ministers reaffirmed "the European perspective of the Western Balkans" whose wars of the 1990s have kept the region out of the EU while other east European nations joined.