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Xinhua-English edition: Bulgaria recognizes Montenegro as independent state

Published date: 13.06.2006 11:00 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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The Bulgarian government has formally recognized the independence of Montenegro and would establish diplomatic relations with the Balkan state, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin said Monday.

Kalfin, also the country's deputy prime minister, said the Bulgarian government respected the Montenegrin people's will and recognized Montenegro's independence and sovereignty.

The minister also said Bulgaria supported Montenegro's efforts to join the European Union.

Montenegro formally declared its independence on June 3 after 55.5 percent of Montenegrin voters supported the republic's independence from the state union of Serbia-Montenegro in a referendum in May.