Montenegro on the fast track to NATO

By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica

Leaders of NATO member countries have agreed to open intensified and focused discussions on Montenegro’s candidacy for membership. From the NATO summit in Wales was announced that by the end of 2015 it will be know whether Montenegro will get an invitation to join the alliance.

The views from the June ministerial conference of NATO member states were also confirmed at the summit in Wales. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that they agreed to open intensified and focused discussions on Montenegro’s candidacy, at the latest by the end of 2015, which will assess whether to invite Montenegro to join the alliance.

“Open Door Policy was a historic success for NATO. It has enabled us to go to Europe, entire and in peace. NATO’s door remains open, each country will be judged on their merit, and no third country has vetoed NATO’s enlargement. Each aspirant there still has unfinished business in different areas, and we will provide them with the support they need”, Rasmussen said.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, who attended the NATO summit in Wales said that he believes this is the last summit where Montenegro is participating with the status of the aspirant for membership. Everything I’ve heard, not only in the conference, but also at the numerous meetings that I had on the sidelines of the summit, assured me that our country could already be a full member of NATO at the next summit “, Djukanovic said.

On the ministerial meeting in June, NATO member countries found that the reform of the Intelligence Service is not yet completed and that Montenegro has to complete the given conditions until the end of next year. It is quite clear what Montenegro needs to do in order to obtain an invitation to join NATO. The list of conditions that has been given by the member countries has to be completed by the end of 2015. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Montenegro could be ready to begin talks to join next year, if they meet certain requirements. One of the key tasks of the Montenegrin authorities in this period will be the reform of the security sector, the only area that the Secretary-General specifically mentioned.

Source: Independent Balkan News Agency (Montenegro)