Montenegro’s NATO membership to stabilise region


The visiting Montenegrin Foreign Minister Igor Luksic said in Sarajevo on Wednesday that he was sure that his country’s admission to NATO would facilitate the stabilisation of the whole region, despite disapproval from some countries after the alliance invited Montenegro to join it.

Luksic arrived in Sarajevo for talks with his Bosnian counterpart Igor Crnadak and other officials a day before Bosnia and Herzegovina’s parliamentary upper house is due to ratify a border agreement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Podgorica has stated that the document will be ratified by its legislators by the end of this month.

Thus, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be the first neighbours in the area of former Yugoslavia to regulate their border by an agreement.

Luksic said that his country found the border demarcation and good neighbourly relations extremely important.

As for Montenegro’s European Union and NATO membership bids, Luksic said that those two integration processes could yield success only together.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Crnadak congratulated Luksic on the NATO membership invitation.

“We know how much energy you have invested and how much important it is to you,” the Bosnian minister said.

Crnadak went on to say that Bosnia and Herzegovina would continue cooperating with NATO and that Sarajevo expected the Membership Action Plan to go into force.

“However, there is no consensus (in the country) on NATO membership,” Crnadak admitted.