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Foreign minister meets Montenegrin leadership, stresses 'Agenda 2014'

Δημοσίευση 28 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 08:23 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Foreign minister meets Montenegrin leadership, stresses 'Agenda 2014'
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During a visit to Montenegro on Thursday, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas emphasised that the 'Agenda 2014' initiative for the European integration of the western Balkans was a strategic goal for Greece.

During a visit to Montenegro on Thursday, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas emphasised that the 'Agenda 2014' initiative for the European integration of the western Balkans was a strategic goal for Greece.

"Our common European future brings our two countries and their peoples closer," Droutsas said during a round of meetings held in the Montenegrin capital one day before the start of the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP) ministerial meeting on Friday.

In joint statements with Montenegro's Foreign Minister Milan Rocen, Droutsas said that promoting Greece's 'Agenda 2014' initiative had already enhanced the European profile of western Balkan countries and he stressed that Montenegro, in particular, was seen as a "success story".

He pointed out that the relatively new republic had already 'won' a visa for the EU, had signed a Stabilisation and Association Agreement and had received the status of candidate country.

Rocen emphasised that his country was progressing with the preparation of an Action Plan on the requirements demanded for its accession. He thanked Greece for its support of Montenegro's accession bid but also its assistance during recent floods.

Asked about his meeting on Friday with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki, Droutsas repeated that there was political will to find a solution in Athens and that "we have clearly stated our position on a name with a geographic determinant for use with all parties".

He also pointed out that the Greek side, including Prime Minister George Papandreou, had several times initiated contacts with Skopje's leadership.

"We want to see progress in the talks under the auspices of the United Nations and I once again call on Skopje to display a constructive spirit, to avoid actions and expressions that do not help Greece's sincere efforts," he added.

After meeting Rocen, Droutsas had successive meetings with Montenegro's Prime Minister Igor Luksic, Parliament President Ranko Krivokapic and Montenegro's President Filip Vujanovic. Later on Thursday he was to address diplomats and senior civil servants of Montenegro.