While we’re waiting for a new government to be formed, the U.S. government salutes the promises of various political leaders to keep Montenegro on its Euro-Atlantic course, continue with the implementation of major elements of Montenegro’s foreign policy and give priority to reforms necessary to accelerate the EU accession. However, actions will speak louder than words – the United States Embassy to Montenegro told Pobjeda daily referring to the initiative of the prime minister-designate, Mr Zdravko Krivokapić, that Montenegro should no longer celebrate May 9 as Victory Day and instead choose September 23 and 24, alluding to the formation of a new convocation of the National Assembly in which the three former opposition blocs comprise the new majority.
They also emphasized “they would rather refrain from commenting on specific statements of the leaders of political parties concerning local issues”.
Victory Day over Nazi Germany and Europe Day are being marked on May 9 as the day on which Nazi Germany surrendered in World War II and when the EU set off on a path towards peace and solidarity.
Mr Krivokapić has recently noted that Montenegro should not mark May 9 as Victory Day, and suggested other dates for celebrations – 23 and 24 September.
He didn’t comment on his initiative and never answered phone calls of Pobjeda journalists.
“We’re convinced that Montenegro, fully integrated into Western institutions, will contribute to a greater prosperity and brighter future of its people. This vision is in line with the wishes of the people of Montenegro – the vast majority of whom want their country to take its place alongside free and democratic countries of Europe,” the U.S. Embassy told Pobjeda daily.
Contrary to them, the UK and German embassies were quite restrained.
“The U.K. Embassy does not express opinion on unofficial statements regarding the internal issues of Montenegro,” they noted.
The German Embassy has said they want to recall the response of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, as they share their opinion on this matter.
“We don’t comment on specific statements regarding Montenegro’s internal issues. We expect the formation of a new government that will keep up with Montenegro’s stable road to the European Union,” the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro told Pobjeda daily several days ago.
Questions were sent to the Embassy of Russia as well, and yesterday they told they’d send a reply soon.