U.S. "strongly supports" Montenegro's NATO membership
The U.S. strongly supports Montenegro's membership in NATO, it was said as Montenegrin Speaker Ranko Krivokapic met with influential congressmen and senators.Source: Tanjug
In addition, the need for continued efforts in the area of the rule of law, but also in the fight against corruption and strengthening of the public support was stressed, said the Montenegrin state television RTCG on its website.
During Krivokapic's conversation in Washington with Congressman Michael Turner and Senator John McCain, unequivocal support was given to inviting Montenegro to join NATO during the December summit of foreign ministers, Krivokapic's cabinet said in a statement, adding that NATO membership will mean a step forward for the country.
During the meeting they also discussed the current situation in Montenegro, caused by the protests of the opposition Democratic Front which wants the government to resign, and Krivokapic said that "ultimatums are not democracy, peaceful protests are one of the vital tools of democracy, but they are in no way a stable, nor a final tool."
He concluded that "all flows must return to institutions, the Parliament of Montenegro that is the place of agreements and decision-making."
Krivokapivć took the opportunity to also, while in Washington, call on all political actors to return to parliament and said that the government must be "an expression of indisputable legitimacy, of the will of the citizens, and therefore the best decision for Montenegro."
During his visit to the United States, Krivokapic has been meeting with officials in the State Department who condemned the violence that erupted on Saturday during a protest of the Democratic Front in Podgorica.