January 30, 2014

Defense and Security Council Holds Session
The session of the Defense and Security Council was held today in Podgorica. The session was chaired by the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović, and attended by the members of the Council, the Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro Ranko Krivokapić and the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanović.

Upon invitation, the session of the Council was also attended by the Minister of Interior, Raško Konjević, MA, Director of the National Security Agency, Boro Vučinić, MA, Chief of the General Staff of the Army of Montenegro Vice Admiral Dragan Samardžić and National Coordinator for NATO, Nebojša Kaludjerović.

The Council considered the Information on implementation of the National Security Strategy through fulfilling the key obligations to receive the invitation to join NATO.

The Council concluded that the Euro-Atlantic integration remains the most important national foreign policy priority in 2014.

Towards the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales, Great Britain, in September this year, at which the issue of the Alliance’s enlargement will be possibly considered, the Council concluded that Montenegro must be committed to fulfilling its obligations in order to be ready to accept the invitation. To this regard, the Council supported the past activities of the Government and the Council towards the NATO membership in all four key reform areas, with emphasis on further intensification of the reforms in the sectors of security and the rule of law, as well as in the area of strengthening the public dialogue aimed at increasing the support for NATO integration.

The Council considered the Report on participation of the members of the Army of Montenegro in international forces, peacekeeping missions and other activities abroad in 2013 and concluded that the participation in international forces contributed considerably to enhancing international reputation of Montenegro, improving the process of Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as strengthening capabilities of the Army of Montenegro.

The Council also considered the Report on participation of the members of the Army of Montenegro in exercises abroad in 2013 and concluded that participation in exercises abroad contributed to raise the level of capabilities of the Army and achieve these partnership goals.

The Council also considered other issues within its competence.

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