Spajić: No one will gain anything from the non-binding resolution, nor will there be any harm, we are a bit fed up with national issues

"I think the essence is to turn again to the projects with which we will connect, in order to understand each other better"

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Spajić, Photo: Boris Pejović
Spajić, Photo: Boris Pejović
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In my opinion, no one will gain anything from the non-binding resolution, nor will there be any harm from it, said Prime Minister of Montenegro Milojko Spajić.

"I think the essence is to turn again to the projects with which we will connect, in order to better understand each other. When we talked about the European path of Montenegro, many people emphasized tourism, as an important instrument in the promotion of Montenegro as a European destination. It was Croatia that pushed their story among the EU members, in such a way that they rebranded themselves in such a way that all the people from Germany, France, Sweden, Spain came to Croatia and saw Croatia as it is. And that is why Croatia was accepted with great support as a member. We should also lobby through tourism, Montenegro should lobby for its membership in the EU, and for more investments, and for better commitment, and other positive things that should happen," said Spajić at at today's press conference, answering the journalist's question "What does the region gain by adopting the Resolution on Srebrenica, a new division as Vučić said, or reconciliation. What will Montenegro gain?".

At the plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly yesterday, the Resolution on the International Day of Reflection and Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica was adopted.

Representatives of 84 countries voted for that Resolution, 19 were against, and 68 abstained. Montenegro also voted "for".

At today's press conference, Spajić added that connection with the region is an absolute priority.

"Fantastic relations with all the countries in the region are a priority. Yesterday I was with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, we concluded that we have a very similar situation, Montenegro has, in addition to Montenegrins, Serbs, Croats, Albanians, and Bosniaks in significant numbers in their country. We need to lead a neutral conciliatory policy as much as possible, to be respectable towards all interests in the region, and as a small country we primarily look at our economic interests. If we want to be the Switzerland of the Balkans, the Singapore of Europe, as I said in the exposé, we have to make an effort, and that's this way, without a big story, without big topics, and with a lot of work in the background and a lot of economy," Spajić said.

When asked if he expects a cooling of relations with Serbia and what are the reactions of his coalition partners after yesterday's vote on the resolution, given that they were against it, Spajić answered: "I think that we have accepted the amendments and you saw that are part of the official text, and Montenegro was mentioned in the letter to all the member countries. Yesterday, Montenegro and its amendments were mentioned somewhere, that they contributed to reconcile some prejudices or misinterpretations. So I think we are going back on the topic of the economy from today".

When asked if he would support "the announcement of his coalition partner Andrija Mandić for the initiative, to return the tricolor and the Serbian language as the official language and whether the Europe Movement would now support it", Spajić said that he really did not see that or any other initiative.

"We don't have a problem if any initiative increases the rights of a people or group in Montenegro, and it's not at the expense of others, we don't have a problem with that as a party. I'm speaking as the president of the party, but I think the bottom line is to return the economy as an absolute focus in In Montenegro, I think we are a little fed up with these national issues, resolutions and everything else. We need to deal with life, we need to deal with concrete things, I understand that some other things are needed for readability, but I think that the citizens value the focus on the economy and the focus the most to European integration," Spajić said.

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