Serbia wishes Montenegro to join EU as soon as possible

BELGRADE – Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, said in Podgorica Tuesday that as holder of the OSCE chairmanship, Serbia wishes Montenegro to become a member of the European Union as soon as possible.

“Our (OSCE) mission in Montenegro pointed to a great number of joint projects realized, and this is precisely the reason why the OSCE mission is there. I can say with great pleasure that we are offering our full support to Montenegro for the things they have done so far, and also for what is yet to be done,” Dacic said after meeting with his Montenegrin counterpart Igor Luksic and talks he held with OSCE representatives in Montenegro.

Serbia has made the Western Balkans its top priority in the year it holds the OSCE chairmanship.

“What it means is regional cooperation between countries, and I would therefore like to thank Montenegro for signing the Declaration of the International Commission on Missing Persons,” Dacic said during his first official visit to Podgorica in his capacity as OSCE chairman.

Montenegrin Foreign Minister Luksic said he was pleased about Serbia’s chairing the OSCE.

Today we focused on topics concerning Serbia’s OSCE chairmanship and Montenegro offers its full support for the Serbian chairmanship of the organization, Luksic said, expressing satisfaction about Podgorica’s cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro.

He used the occasion of today’s meeting to commend the recent resumption of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

“I wish to highlight our support for the outcome of the talks between Belgrade and Pristina. We believe that this is a step forward in resolving the issues to meet the ambition of this region to reach all European standards as soon as possible. Our expectations are to see Serbia start opening negotiating chapters as soon as possible,” said Luksic.

Dacic, on the other hand, expressed satisfaction about the relationship between Montenegro and Serbia.

“I am pleased that relations between Serbia and Montenegro have been completely relaxed over the past few years. We wish Montenegro all the best and we wish it to become an EU member as soon as possible,” Dacic said.

Source: InSerbia News (Montenegro)