The U.S.-Adriatic Charter Partnership Commission Meeting in Budva on Wednesday brought together prime Minister Igor Lukšič, President Filip Vujanović, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
The Secretary General stated that it was a time full of promise for Montenegro and all the countries of the Western Balkans.
Mr. Rasmussen spoke about all of the nations of the Western Balkans, but had the kindest words for Montenegro. He stated:
“Montenegro has set an excellent example. It is a full and active participant in our Membership Action Plan. And it has come a lot closer to the Euro-Atlantic community, and to NATO, in a very short time.
Montenegro’s political leaders have made good progress in introducing the necessary reforms. You have made Montenegro a constructive regional player. And a contributor to security beyond its borders.
I commend Montenegro’s political leaders for that courage and determination. And I encourage you to continue your efforts. It is of utmost importance to ensure that the Montenegrin security agencies and defence sector meet NATO requirements. And that further efforts are made to fight corruption and organized crime. That will bring Montenegro even closer to meeting its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
The three leaders discussed Montenegro’s progress through the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). Mr Rasmussen saying “Your first year in the MAP process has been a great success. Montenegro has achieved a lot of progress in its reform process”.
Mr. Rasmussen also thanked Montenegro for it’s substantial contributions to NATO’s operation in Afghanistan, “Your troops do a great job and your contribution is also a testament to your commitment to international security and stability.”