September 03, 2013

Cetinje: Media Statements of the Presidents Vujanović and Josipović
President Vujanović expressed his satisfaction over the official visit of the President of Croatia to Montenegro and conveyed his gratefulness for this first official visit of the President Josipović, only about 60 days after Croatia became EU member state.

The President expressed his gratitude on behalf of Montenegro to the President Josipović and Croatia for the support in our European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

“That support has been significant and we very much appreciate readiness of Croatia to further promote our integration interests, now at the new position as EU member state and previously the NATO member state. We especially emphasized in our talks the values of “Brdo Initiative”, the initiative composed of the President of Croatia Mr. Josipović and President of Slovenia Mr. Pahor, that Slovenia and Croatia as hosts of the meeting of the Western Balkan should be promoters of our integration as well as regional projects in support to finding of a solution for the open issues. We expressed it in a very clear and quality manner. We were glad that the President of France François Hollande participated in the meeting, who expressed his support to the quality and good dynamics of integration.

The President Vujanović said that they concluded that it was also an opportunity to confirm existence of good bilateral relations and necessity to further develop our economic relations through the economic cooperation potentials. It is an opportunity to promote also cooperation of our Parliaments, which is on a high level both in the framework of working bodies and parliaments. Cooperation in all the social areas, which is on a high level and represents a good example of the region, in the field of science, health, social policy, should be promoted. He said that they promoted position of the minorities and the two states should continue to take care of them, who should be treated as a bridge of cooperation. There is no doubt that such policies of Croatia and Montenegro would be continued.
The President concluded that they discussed also regional issues about which their official position is known.

The President Josipović said that he was honored and satisfied with his visit to Montenegro and reiterated Croatia’s support to Montenegro in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration.

“I am also glad that we can together conclude that bilateral relations are very good, excellent, that bilateral cooperation is good. We concluded that we could do it better together in the field of economic cooperation and we also discussed, as Mr. President Vujanović said, the regional initiatives, strategic plans of our countries, which plans are certainly related to Europe and prosperity of the whole region.”

He said that they also discussed certain concrete initiatives such as Adriatic-Ionian motorway and expressed joint position that certain existing open issues, which we inherited from the former common state, should be resolved in a speeded way. “I think that these issues should not be left to the next generation of politicians. I can express also a great satisfaction over the high compatibility of our political positions in relation to the common issues, particularly in relation to the European issues.

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