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Published date: 14.12.2009 13:06 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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(ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 14 - In the elections which last March gave him his sixth mandate, the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, asked voters for, and obtained, a strong Europeanist mandate. Now Djukanovic is leading a country that is travelling along the road towards integration with Europe and Nato and in an interview given to ANSA today said he expected to obtain candidate country status from Brussels in 2010. Djukanovic, on a one day visit to Italy - this evening he was supposed to meet Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Milan, an appointment cancelled after the attack against Berlusconi - said he gave primary importance to the two objectives of European and Nato integration which Podgorica has been aiming for some time. The premier pointed out the importance of these objectives for the Balkan countries, whose stability, "is a very important identity card" for a part of the world seriously injured by long violent civil wars. Conflicts, he said, which missed Montenegro, without however that being "a comfort", because "the wars in our neighbouring countries also involved us". "The instability of any part of Europe", continued the premier, "is instability of all" and shown in the deployment of peacekeeping forces in the Balkans "in which the lives of European citizens are put at risk in military operations". Therefore it is important that Europe "remains always open to the countries of the former Yugoslavia". For its part, assured the premier, Montenegro "is committed to carrying out its obligations to become part of the European civilization which must not "underestimate the potential of the Balkan countries, thanks to which it can have weight on the international stage". On the process of coming closer to the EU, the premier said that the application presented by the Podogrica government last July to the European Commission "was also given a few days ago to the Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, and all the nearly 4,400 questions included were compiled in only four months". Djukanovic admitted the reservations expressed by some member countries on the entry of Montenegro in the EU - especially Germany and the Netherlands - but said that "they were above all tied to the general concept of enlargement in a period of crisis for the European institutions and the global economic crisis".