July 12, 2017


Cetinje: Statehood Day of Montenegro
On the occasion of the 13th July, Statehood Day of Montenegro, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović hosted reception in the Blue Palace in Cetinje.

Representatives from the political, scientific, cultural, commercial and sports field and former high state officials of Montenegro attended the reception, including representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions and high officials of the international organizations and institutions.

The President delivered the speech at the reception as follows:

Dear citizens of Montenegro,
Dear citizens of the Old Royal Capital Cetinje,
Distinguished state and local officials,
Your excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Among many historically remarkable years of Montenegro, this year will, proudly, have its notable place. In the country, which has been recognized by its centuries long battle for freedom and independence, years of achieving such aspirations are to be celebrated as everlasting values. In order to prevent history repeating itself, and to avoid permanent fight for freedom and independence, Montenegro has to have an alliance that will be a guarantee of the stability and eternity.

Montenegro has obtained that Alliance this year by its membership to NATO. The Alliance that is in the interest of all its citizens and in favor of stability and peace. The Alliance that is not against anyone, that does not forget either tradition or friends, that is focused on future, without risk of repeating dark pages of history. In the Balkans, lessons from the past are very hard to learn, and tragic mistakes are repeated, unfortunately, with more severe consequences. Therefore, and unfortunately as well, the Balkans need an ally to be protected from itself and that permanent stability is ensured. Along with the protection that comes with the Alliance, it is equally important that such Alliance ensures better economy and closer ties with the countries whose values we share and that we are mutually proud of.

It is the will of the destiny that this yearÈs integration goal has been achieved in the period when we mark the 120th anniversary of the participation of our army in global peacekeeping missions. In one such mission, which was an archetype of "Blue Helmets", by which human solidarity is recognized, the army of the Principality of Montenegro took part. That January 1897, in the Obilić field, our Prince Nikola addressed 70 soldiers, eight noncommissioned officers and two officers, sending the message: "Heroes! Great European powers honored me to send one unit of my Montenegrins to join the international army in Crete, because they are convinced that Montenegrins will fulfill their duty as it befits them - honorably and heroically."

Twelve decades ago, our Prince and later our King, knew that helping those in need was a matter of honor. He knew that joining international army was an honorable commitment. That such commitment should be fulfilled honestly and bravely. Honestly because it is imperative ethical vertical of this region and bravely because without bravery there would be no freedom or state. There would be no Montenegro.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Now when we have eternal state and eternal freedom, honor, honesty and heroism require our unity. They require that we should turn to each other in cherishing our multi-national and multi-confessional country and preciousness of our minorities. We have many close ties, but we are the closest to each other. Only united and collected can we build a better future for Montenegro in peace and harmony.

May God save Montenegro.
May harmony and peace be with everyone.
May Montenegro be eternal.


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