Montenegro remains committed to developing good neighbourly relations with Serbia, said Montenegrin ambassador to Belgrade, Tarzan Milošević, stating that he expects authorities and media in Serbia to lower tensions over current events after the adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion.
He said in an interview with Mondo that politicians need to refrain from sharp rhetoric and take into account what kind of messages they send, and that they need jointly to promote the positive rather than negative sides of the two countries’ relations.
“Although relations are currently strained, Montenegro remains committed to developing good neighbourly relations with Serbia, which are based on real interests, economic, geographical and political orientation to each other”, Milošević said.
He stated that he expects authorities and the media in Serbia to lower tensions over current events after the adoption of the Law on Freedom of Religion.
“Dialogue is the best solution and efforts should be made in favor of what we are doing together with Serbia as an important foreign trade partner, with whom we have good economic relations, joint projects and regional initiatives, as well as intensive cooperation on European integration”, Milošević said.
He stressed that the Government, headed by Prime Minister Duško Marković, is trying to lead a policy that will contribute to the stability of the region, and good neighbourly relations are one of the three pillars of Montenegro’s foreign policy.
He stressed that in the capacity of the diplomatic representative of Montenegro, which is a friendly but independent and recognized state, he will do everything for the maximum possible improvement of relations with Serbia.
The ambassador said that no one’s function, not even the ambassador’s, should be an obstacle in the relations between the two countries, and diplomacy should be used to overcome any misunderstandings.
“We are all transient, but Montenegro and Serbia, as independent mutually recognized states, are eternal, and I hope they will always be on the same side,” Milošević said.
Condemning the attempt to fire the Montenegrin flag, Milošević said it “left an ugly and bitter taste in our hearts”, and that it does not serve the honour of those who targeted it, or those who did not oppose it./ibna