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Podgorica, Montenegro (7 April 2016) — Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković hosted earlier today Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre Marcel Pesko. DPM Marković expressed gratitude to the OSCE for the support during the multiyear process of improving democracy, transparency and the rule of law in Montenegro, stressing that visit of its senior official comes at a specific moment of 10th anniversary of the renewal of Montenegrin independence…
Podgorica, Montenegro (7 April 2016) — Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković hosted earlier today Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre Marcel Pesko. DPM Marković expressed gratitude to the OSCE for the support during the multiyear process of improving democracy, transparency and the rule of law in Montenegro, stressing that visit of its senior official comes at a specific moment of 10th anniversary of the renewal of Montenegrin independence.
“The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe was not only an observer but an active participant in the total transformation of Montenegro in the past decade and longer. During that time, Montenegro managed through continuous, objective and inclusive approach to ensure the necessary level of trust with the OSCE, which we will in the future inevitably valorize,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Mr. Marković emphasised that our country recognised all the major challenges of the contemporary social moment and successfully weathered them, and that they are part of results in the field of European and NATO integration.
“The number of open chapters in which we demonstrated the seriousness of the state policy is the result of our total social potentials, and it’s unanimous opinion of subjects who are following our democratic transformation,” noted DPM Marković.
Director Peṧko said that the OSCE will continue its agenda in all areas in which Montenegro needs the support of the Organisation, recognising ten years of independence as a framework for the creation of new tracks of cooperation between Montenegro and the OSCE.
Regarding the results of EU and NATO integration, Peṧko pointed out that the evident progress of Montenegro is the success of the OSCE at the same time, and that the Organisation appreciates the manner in which Montenegro recognises the role of the OSCE in the creation of democratic processes. He also expects that the Government and political factors build political environment that will allow the maintenance of credible elections in October this year.
Deputy Prime Minister Marković informed Mr. Peṧko of the current situation related to the political agreement, which will allow the opposition to participate in Government, state authorities and institutions, which will undoubtedly be the precursor of a new political practice in the region and beyond.
“The most responsible political factors have already contributed to the efforts to successfully respond to the challenges of democracy in Montenegro. The fulfillment of major objectives of internal legal and political level confirms the credibility of the state and institutional capacity, and opens the horizon for the comprehensive aspects in the field of rule of law, economic security and democratisation of the society, which is a broad field of action of this and future Government,” said Mr. Marković.
The officials agreed that the OSCE gave a concrete contribution in raising the level of competence and effectiveness of the State Election Commission and other authorities for the implementation of electoral procedures, and that soon should start functional redefinition of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro – to go from the current level to the advanced level of institutional strengthening in the field of the rule of law, economic progress, and security and stability.
Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro Janina Hřebíčková also attended the meeting.
Source: Government of Montenegro