German foreign minister visits Montenegro

PODGORICA -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will talk to Montenegrin officials in Podgorica today.

Guido Westerwelle (Beta, file)
Guido Westerwelle (Beta, file)

According to earlier announcements, the German FM will meet with Montenegro’s President Filip Vujanović, Montenegrin parliament Speaker Ranko Krivokapić and Foreign Minister Milan Roćen.

The visit to Montenegro marks the beginning of Westerwelle’s tour in the countries of the region. After Montenegro he will visit Croatia and Kosovo.

The German FM, who met with Montenegrin Prime Minister Igor Lukšić on Tuesday, stressed that problems in Kosovo should be solved through dialogue.

“The only way countries of the region can reach the European Union is through the path of democracy, reforms, cooperation and peaceful resolution of all conflicts. In that sense we respect and rely on Montenegro’s constructive approach in dealing with the issue. There is only one way to resolve conflicts and that is dialogue. Territorial integrity of the countries of the region is something Germany is not willing to discuss,” Westervelle told a press conference.

After Podgorica he will go to Dubrovnik where he will speak to his Croatian counterpart Gordan Jandroković.

Westerwelle will on Thursday visit Kosovo. According to announcements, he will meet with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and KFOR Commander Erhard Buhler.