“The army and the Ministry of Defence (MO) already in NATO”

Reforms of Ministry of Defence (MO) and Montenegrin Army are positively assessed and it can be said that this sector is already in NATO, said Minister of Defense Milica Pejanovic Djurisic.

Committee for Defence and Security today adopted reports on the work and situation in the administrative areas of the Ministry of Defence, as well as the situation in the Army for last year, with the conclusions of this parliamentary body.

Deputies of Socialist People’s Party Snezana Jonica and independent MP Velizar Kaludjerovic abstained from voting.

Pejanovic Djurisic said that the Ministry and the Army of Montenegro continued intensive overall reform in the previous year, by developing relevant military capability to carry out missions of defense, as well as by taking on the obligations from the scope of future full membership in NATO.

She said that the results achieved are substantial contribution to the overall strengthening of the security of Montenegro, and progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration.

She pointed out that during the last year defense cooperation was realized with 20 countries, as well as through regional initiatives, and that members of the army participated in 23 international exercises.

As one of the most important activities in this period the minister singled out the destruction of surplus weapons, stating that an additional 104 tons of surplus ammunition was destroyed in the last year through MONDEM program, and that an additional 17 tons was destroyed within the project with Albania.

According to her, the MO is very dedicated to the modernization of the Armed Forces, procurement of necessary equipment and improving overall infrastructure conditions.

Pejanovic Djurisic also reminded of the need to purchase multi-purpose helicopters.

Regarding the supervision of air space, she reminded that Montenegro is part of a regional initiative BRAAD project, which will be finaced by NATO.

MP of the Democratic Party of Socialists Radivoje Nikcevic said that the reports are getting better, that they are analytical and detailed.

Bosniak Party MP Suljo Mustafic believes that the defense system is significantly improved and that the obligations to NATO ar being fulfilled. He sked the minister whether the national balance in the structure of the Army was improved in terms of involvement of the members of minority peoples.

Jonica praised that the report has clearly defined challenges and asked for more concrete deadlines for addressing these issues, including the acquisition of modern radar, the equipment modernization, lack of polygons, unfavorable age structure of the Army.

Positive Montenegro deputy Darko Pajovic said that military reform receive much praise from international address and that, “when it comes to meeting NATO requirements we are almost close to the target”. He asked whether there is enough attention on environmental protection when destroying surplus weapons.

Izvor: RTV Montenegro