Boycott serves as disclaimer of responsibility

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Deputies who boycott the work of parliament reject their responsibility, said the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Brian Yee.

He told the 2BS Forum in Budva today that Montenegro’s entry into NATO has been the most dramatic change in the region this year, although much has happened .

He said that Alliance membership was a remarkable achievement.

America remains with Montenegro on every step of the path towards NATO, said Yee.

“Similarly, America will go along with any country in the region that has this goal. We will also support NATO as the pillar of global security. The US and EU partnership will not change. America is devoted to the Alliance, ” he said.

According to Yee, the accession of Montenegro to NATO reinforces the consistency of the open door policy, but reveals Russia’s determination to undermine the Balkans’ progress on the European and Eurasian path starting from, as he said, a drastic plan for Podgorica and support for movements in Bosnia to the efforts to isolate Kosovo.

“We have seen a flamboyant nationalist rhetoric and politics of divisions, we saw a tear gas in the Kosovo Assembly, politicians in Republika Srpska who are threatening to secede, the mob that entered the parliament in Skopje, the opposition in Montenegro boycotting parliament. In order to avoid this, leaders in the region must find political courage for the necessary, but unpopular reforms in the interest of citizens. I hope that the new prime minister of Kosovo will have the courage to approve the demarcation agreement with Montenegro, ” Yee said .

The governments of the region, he added, including Montenegro, have to fight corruption.

“Parliaments should represent and defend citizens’ interests. Deputies boycotting parliament’s work disclaim their responsibility and ignore the advice of former US President Theodore Roosevelt, who said it was better to be a brave leader in the arena than a critic or observer, ” Yee said .

Source: Radio Television Montenegro